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10:20 AM ET, January 5, 2011


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Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Republicans Lower Goal for Cuts to Budget  —  WASHINGTON — Many people knowledgeable about the federal budget said House Republicans could not keep their campaign promise to cut $100 billion from domestic spending in a single year.  Now it appears that Republicans agree.
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
As Boehner Ascends, His Power Comes With Caveats  —  WASHINGTON — Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio is set to complete a remarkable political revival Wednesday when he becomes the 61st speaker of the House, placing him squarely at the crossroads between the desires of conservative activists …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Report: House GOP backing away from promise to cut $100 billion in spending this year?  —  Their excuse will be that the fiscal year, which began on October 1, will already be almost half over by the time the budgetary resolution that was passed during the lame duck runs out in March.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Happy 112th Congress — Speaker Boehner: 'This is the people's House' — Cincinnati chili, Graeter's ice cream in Cannon Caucus - Pelosi promise to be ‘willing partner’ — Fallon rises  —  BULLETIN - FROM INCOMING SPEAKER BOEHNER'S PREPARED REMARKS — swearing-in about 2:30 p.m. …
Discussion: The Page and News Desk
Kathleen Hennessey / Los Angeles Times:
‘Tea party’ freshmen embrace status quo  —  After campaigning against D.C.'s ways, new Republican lawmakers quickly turn to lobbyists and fundraisers.  —  Reporting from Washington — ‪The new class of Republican lawmakers who charged into office promising to shun the ways …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Boehner, congressional leaders change Twitter titles in web change-of-power  —  In twin moves reflecting their new roles in the next Congress, Reps. John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) modified their official handles on Twitter.  —  Pelosi, the outgoing Speaker of the House …
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Republicans Set to Wield New Power in Washington  —  The Capitol building, Jan. 4, 2011.  —  7:27 a.m. |  Updated Republicans will lay claim to a broad — if partial — governing mandate at exactly noon on Wednesday, ushering into Washington scores of new conservative lawmakers who promise …
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Pirate's Cove
Robert Pear / New York Times:
U.S. Alters Rule on Paying for End-of-Life Planning  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration, reversing course, will revise a Medicare regulation to delete references to end-of-life planning as part of the annual physical examinations covered under the new health care law, administration officials said Tuesday.
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Washington Post
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
In House, new Republican majority plans to act fast to undo Obama's agenda
Discussion: Hot Air, The BLT and The Other McCain
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Wily old Dems take on whippersnapper Republicans
Discussion: Betsy's Page
The Hill:
Tight calendar for 112th limits GOP's options on spending cuts
Russell Berman / The Hill:
‘Cut and grow’ is new mantra of incoming House GOP majority
John R. Parkinson / ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: President Michele Bachmann?  —  Sources: Tea Party Favorite Is Mulling a Presidential Bid in 2012  —  Forget the fervent chatter speculating that Tea Party favorite Rep. Michele Bachmann is considering launching a campaign to challenge Sen. Amy Klobuchar for the Minnesota U.S. Senate seat …
Brobinson / Fox Nation:
Speaker Pelosi Leaves With a Whopper  —  At her final press conference as House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said, “Deficit reduction has been a high priority for us.  It is our mantra, pay-as-you-go.”  —  The numbers tell a different story.  —  When the Pelosi Democrats took control …
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Speaker Pelosi's Final Insult: “Deficit Reduction Has Been a High Priority” (Video)
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
The Politico:
White House shakeup could mean Robert Gibbs exit  —  Administration officials — who long denied that President Barack Obama was planning a major housecleaning in the wake of the disastrous 2010 midterms — aren't pushing back anymore.  —  Senior adviser David Axelrod has already announced his departure …
Tea Party leaders not swayed by Lugar meeting  —  Washington (CNN) - Hoping to head off a primary challenge from the right, Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Indiana, sat down with Tea Party leaders last month but did little to persuade them of his conservative credentials.
David Harsanyi / Denver Post:
The Constitution is dead.  Long live the Constitution.  —  Every patriotic fiber of my body tells me that reading the Constitution aloud at the commencement of congressional sessions is a good idea.  Heck, a pop quiz might even be in order.  It is vital that members of Congress fully immerse themselves …
Discussion: Cold Fury
Warren P. Strobel / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
WikiLeaks: ‘Voluptuous’ nurse cable costs diplomat his job  —  WASHINGTON — In what appears to be the first diplomatic casualty from the latest WikiLeaks revelations, the U.S. ambassador to Libya has returned to Washington and is likely to leave his post, U.S. officials said Tuesday.
Ezra Klein:
Repealing health-care reform would cost hundreds of billions of dollars — and Eric Cantor knows it  —  House Republicans are in a pickle: One of their new rules says that new legislation must be paid for.  But the health-care bill reduces the federal deficit by more than $100 billion over the next 10 years.
Chavez floats Stone, Penn, Clinton for U.S. envoy  —  (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez sought to end a diplomatic stand-off with the United States on Tuesday by suggesting it name Bill Clinton, actor Sean Penn or director Oliver Stone as its envoy to Caracas.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
David Leonhardt / Economix:
Q.&A. With Gov. Mitch Daniels  —  Following are excerpts of my recent interview with Mitch Daniels, the Republican governor of Indiana:  —  Q. ...  what is it that government essentially does too much of now?  What's the common theme here of things that you can get government to stop doing without adversely affecting people's lives?
Discussion: New York Times
Michael Theodoulou / Daily Mail:
Vulture tagged by Israeli scientists flies into Saudi Arabia ... and is arrested for being a spy  —  A vulture tagged by scientists at Tel Aviv University has strayed into Saudi Arabian territory, where it was promptly arrested on suspicion of being a Mossad spy, Israeli and Saudi media reported Tuesday.
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Deal Spurs Inquiry  —  SEC Launches Review of 1960s-Era Disclosure Regulations for Private Firms  —  The Securities and Exchange Commission has begun examining whether disclosure rules for privately held firms need to be rewritten as a result of recent deals allowing investors …
Discussion: Paul Kedrosky's …
Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
Theater Audience Boos Tea Party Billionaire David Koch  —  David Koch masks his role as one of the top financiers of the Tea Party movement and pro-polluter front groups by loudly tacking his name to more laudable charities, like the New York city ballet.  Koch, who has professed his devotion to …
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Rep. King blasts critics, defends hearing on homegrown terror  —  The incoming chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee lambasted The New York Times on Tuesday while defending his planned hearings on the radicalization of Muslims living in the U.S.  —  Two days after the Times questioned …
API Newsroom:
API: Study shows path to job growth and more government revenue  —  Increased access to domestic oil and natural gas—rather than increased taxes on the U.S. oil and natural gas industry—is the best strategy for increasing government revenue, jobs and energy production, a new study by Wood Mackenzie concludes.
New York Times:
With New Heart Pump, Cheney Resumes Old Life  —  By LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN, HELENE COOPER and MICHAEL D. SHEAR  —  WASHINGTON — A few days before Christmas, former Vice President Dick Cheney emerged from several months of a self-imposed political sabbatical to headline a fund-raiser for Maria Cino …
USA Today:
‘Earmarks’ to nowhere: States losing billions  —  WASHINGTON — Almost 13 years ago, Rep. David McIntosh, R-Ind., directed $375,000 in federal funding “to improve State Road 31” in Columbus, Ind., a city at the edge of his district.  —  The McIntosh “earmark” seemed routine at the time …
Discussion: Bankrupting America and
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Hindustan Times:
Taliban cut off man's hand for theft
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Lydia Saad / Gallup:
111th Congress Averaged 25% Approval, Among Recent Lowest
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Chrystia Freeland / The Atlantic Online:
The Rise of the New Global Elite
Discussion: Felix Salmon and Balloon Juice
Man charged with killing 2
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Senator Barack Obama Explaining his 2006 Vote Against Raising the Debt Limit
Discussion: Power Line and The Sundries Shack
Nathan Frandino / CBS New York:
Poll: Christie Ahead Of Obama Among GOP Hopefuls
Discussion: Zogby, Paul Mulshine and Weigel
 Earlier Items: 
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Keep Your Laws Off My Body
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David Corn / Politics Daily:
The House GOP Weaponizes the Constitution
Discussion: AOL News, Don Surber and sisu
David Hinckley / NY Daily News:
Glenn Beck dropped by New York's WOR radio station over poor ratings …
Andrew Bolt:
Shocked by the slaughter, Muslims blame the Jews instead
James Meikle / Guardian:
Gerry Rafferty dies aged 63
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Boehner fires back at Dem senators with vow to push forward with repeal