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8:50 AM ET, January 6, 2011

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CNN:
Retracted autism study an ‘elaborate fraud,’ British journal finds  —  Editor's note: Watch Anderson Cooper's interview with the author of the discredited study, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, on “AC360°” at 10 p.m. ET tonight.  —  (CNN) — A now-retracted British study that linked autism …
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Associated Press:
Vaccine-Autism Study Was Fraud
Mike Allen / The Politico:
BULLETIN: BILL DALEY ANNOUNCEMENT AS CHIEF OF STAFF EXPECTED SOON — Gibbs to give speeches, consult to reelect - Karen Finney, Josh Earnest in mix to replace — Rick Powell to Bloomberg  —  Good Thursday morning.  A TOP WHITE HOUSE OFFICIAL, on whether Bill Daley will be named chief of staff …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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New York Times:
Obama Turning to Experienced Hands as He Remakes Staff  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama closed in Wednesday on a decision to fill two top positions and recharge his administration, stopping just short of naming a new chief of staff and a top economic adviser to guide the White House through a new period of divided government.
Reuters:   Exclusive: Volcker to step down from White House panel
Ezra Klein:
A very smart speech by Speaker Boehner  —  If you spent the afternoon watching C-SPAN, as I did, you heard applause.  A lot of it.  Over and over again.  And when John Boehner took the podium to be sworn in as Speaker of the House of Representatives, it swelled back up, and stayed there.
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Nancy Pelosi perma-grins and bears it as she hands speaker's gavel to John Boehner  —  Why is this woman smiling?  —  Nancy Pelosi smiled and applauded on the House floor Wednesday afternoon as the clerk read the tally of the vote that formally ended her speakership.
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Michelle Malkin
Wall Street Journal:
Goldman Flooded With Facebook Orders  —  Inundated with demand, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. plans to stop taking orders for shares of Facebook Inc. on Thursday, and has told some would-be investors to expect just a small fraction of the shares they requested, according to people familiar with the situation.
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DealBook:
A Goldman Unit Is Said to Have Rejected Facebook  —  Before Goldman Sachs bought a stake in Facebook and started offering shares to wealthy clients, a powerful investment group within the firm turned down the chance to buy a piece of the social networking site, according to several people briefed on the internal discussions.
Discussion: Clusterstock, Fortune and Felix Salmon
Simmi Aujla / The Politico:
Steve King unveils birthright bill  —  Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) isn't wasting any time with his immigration agenda, dropping a bill on the first day of Congress that goes after birthright citizenship.  —  King's measure would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act, ending automatic citizenship for anyone born in the country.
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Gibbs: Senator Obama Only Voted Against Raising Debt Ceiling in 2006 Because He Knew It Would Pass Anyway  —  On Sunday, President Obama's top economic adviser, Council of Economic Advisers chair Austan Goolsbee, cautioned members of Congress not to “play chicken” by voting against raising …
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Juli Weiner / Vanity Fair:
Republicans to Spend $1.1 Million Reciting Constitution on House Floor  —  As we reported this morning, House Republicans will kick-start the 112th Congress tomorrow with a spirited recitation of the Constitution, a document whose recent relevance is due largely to the ideological and sartorial interests of the Tea Party.
Discussion: Raw Story and AMERICAblog News
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The Huffington Post:
Dean Endorses Bill Daley, Rips Outgoing Obama Aides For ‘Contempt’
Washington Post:
A self-destructive move  —  The junior Democratic senators are fed up, understandably so, with the institution's glacial pace.  Liberal activists are demanding filibuster reform - now.  —  They should be careful what they wish for.  —  The reforms being discussed make complete sense.
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Sarah Ellison / Vanity Fair:
The Man Who Spilled the Secrets  —  The collaboration between WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the Web's notorious information anarchist, and some of the world's most respected news organizations began at The Guardian, a nearly 200-year-old British paper.  What followed was a clash of civilizations …
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Bachmann considering White House bid, aides say  —  Aides say she has made no decision.  But ‘nothing is off the table.’  —  WASHINGTON - Fresh off winning re-election and proving she can raise massive amounts of campaign cash, Rep. Michele Bachmann is beginning to consider a presidential run, according to close congressional aides.
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Garance Franke-Ruta / The Atlantic Online:
Michele Bachmann for President?
Henri Paget / ninemsn:
KFC employee screams insults at customer  —  A worker at a KFC restaurant in Sydney has been suspended after he was filmed screaming vicious insults and threatening to attack a customer.  —  The violent outburst happened at a Halal-friendly KFC in Punchbowl on December 26 …
Adrienne LaFrance / Civil Beat:
Obama's Winter White House an Illegal Rental  —  President Barack Obama's two-week stay at his Hawaii Winter White House was illegal under a long-standing Honolulu ban on short-term rentals.  —  Obama did not break the law by staying at the house, but the property owner who rented his house …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, Hot Air and Tammy Bruce
David Ignatius / PostPartisan:
Is Darrell Issa the new Joe McCarthy?  —  To the victors in the congressional elections goes the power of subpoena, as Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has been so eager to remind the Democrats.  But as the new Congress is seated, Issa and his GOP colleagues should note the difference between investigation and witch-hunt.
Christian Science Monitor:
Could you pass a US citizenship test?  —  In order to become a US citizen, immigrants must pass the Naturalization Test.  American citizenship bestows the right to vote, improves the likelihood of family members living in other countries to come and live in the US, gives eligibility for federal jobs …
Naomi Wolf / Guardian:
Julian Assange's sex-crime accusers deserve to be named  —  The shielding of sex-crime accusers is a Victorian relic.  Women are moral adults and should be treated as such  —  As Swedish prosecutors' sex-crime allegations against Julian Assange play out, one aspect of the case merits serious scrutiny.
John Distaso / UnionLeader.com:
Granite Status Exclusive: Santorum hires Mike Biundo to head his PAC in NH  —  WEDNESDAY UPDATE: THE FIRST 2012 HIRING.  Mike Biundo, the veteran Manchester conservative political strategist who guided Frank Guinta's campaigns for mayor of the state's largest city and then for the U.S. House …
Ed Whelan / National Review:
Reinhardt's Non-Disqualification Memorandum—Part 1  —  A month ago, Judge Reinhardt immediately denied Prop 8 proponents' motion to disqualify him from taking part in the Prop 8 appeal.  As he put it, “for reasons that I shall provide in a memorandum to be filed in due course …
Discussion: Power Line and Box Turtle Bulletin
 
 
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Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
Tea Party Billionaire David Koch Entertains Newly Elected Republicans …
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Pentagon Is Poised to Cancel Marine Landing Craft
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New York Times:
China's Push to Modernize Military Is Bearing Fruit
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
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Trial set for firing over use of ‘n’ word
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
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