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4:15 PM ET, January 6, 2011

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Douglas Elmendorf / Director's Blog:
CBO's Preliminary Analysis of H.R. 2, the Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act  —  The House of Representatives is planning to consider a bill (H.R. 2) to repeal the major health care legislation enacted last March—that is, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) …
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Jake Sherman / The Politico:
GOP bends its own new House rules  —  Just hours after taking control of the House, Republicans passed a sweeping set of rules promising transparency and reform.  —  But the new majority is already showing these promises aren't exactly set in stone.  —  After calling for bills to go through …
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
BREAKING: CBO Paints Grim Picture of Repeal  —  A few days ago I asked whether the Republicans would wait for a Congressional Budget Office score before voting on their proposal to repeal health care reform.  To their credit, they have.  And the news from the CBO is exactly what you would have thought …
The Note:
Speaker Boehner Dismisses CBO's Report Health Care Repeal Increases Deficit
Tony Pugh / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Health care spending increase is smallest in 50 years
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Ezra Klein
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
New CBO Analysis: GOP's Push For Health Law Repeal Would Increase …
Discussion: Wonk Room and Hullabaloo
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
‘Birther’ arrested during Constitution reading  —  A woman was arrested in the House gallery Thursday after interrupting a reading of the Constitution by yelling out her belief that President Barack Obama is not a natural born citizen of the United States.  —  When Frank Rep. Pallone …
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Ryan J. Reilly / TPMMuckraker:
Birther Interrupts House Reading Of Constitution, Yells ‘Help Us Jesus’ (VIDEO)  —  An apparent member of the birther movement seated in the gallery of the House of Representatives on Thursday interrupted a reading of the Constitution.  The woman yelled out “Except Obama, except Obama …
ABCNEWS:
Constitution Reading on House Floor Mired by Yelling, Objections  —  Members of the House of Representatives today read the Constitution on the floor of the House chamber, marking a first for Congress.  While lawmakers read the amended version to skirt the original's controversial passages …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Ezra Klein:
The mystery of Bill Daley  —  Imagine I told you that one of the candidates President Obama is considering for chief of staff opposed the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, opposed doing health-care reform and led the Chamber of Commerce's effort to loosen the post-Enron regulations …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
In '88, Daley deplored ‘black party’
The Huffington Post:
Daley: Double Rahm
Discussion: PostPartisan
First Read / msnbc.com:
First thoughts: Now what?
Discussion: Associated Press
ABCNEWS:
Obama Picks Bill Daley as Chief of Staff
Discussion: CNN
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Gibbs Talks Daley
Discussion: The Fix and The Daily Beast
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Daley Is Obama's New Chief
Mark Memmott / NPR:
Review Of Juan Williams' Firing Done; NPR News Exec Resigns  —  NPR just released two statements — one on the completion of an independent review of the dismissal of news analyst Juan Williams and another on the resignation of Senior Vice President for News Ellen Weiss:
wbaltv.com:
Source: Explosions Reported At 2 State Buildings  —  Fire Crews, Hazmat Sent To MDOT, Jeffrey Building  —  HANOVER, Md. — Officials are investigating explosions at the Maryland Department of Transportation's headquarters in Hanover and a state government building in Annapolis that have injured a few people.
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Post Now:
Smoking packages close Arundel offices
WTOP.com:
Packages give off smoke, odor at Md. buildings
Discussion: CNN and iOwnTheWorld.com
The Fix:
Democrats' defection from Pelosi is historic  —  How divided are Democrats' right now?  —  With 19 Democrats withholding support from Nancy Pelosi for House speaker on Wednesday, it represented the largest defection from a party's speaker nominee in nearly a century.
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Gates surprises lawmakers with plan to cut $78 billion from defense budget  —  Defense Secretary Robert Gates Thursday told Congress the administration is seeking $78 billion in cuts to the Defense budget over the next five years on top of $100 billion in efficiencies.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Pentagon to cut spending by $78 billion, reduce troop strength
Helen Thomas / FCNP:
Privatizing Social Security Again?  —  This year, 2011, marks the beginning of baby boomers receiving Social Security checks and they should be alerted of past perennial Republican attempts to partially privatize the program.  —  Heaven forbid that plans prevail to invest a certain amount …
Discussion: Raw Story, Mediaite and Media Decoder
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FCNP:
Veteran Journalist Thomas Resumes Column Today in News-Press
James Warren / The Atlantic Online:
No Pity for Robert Gibbs and His ‘Modest’ Salary  —  Perhaps it was the long flight back from Hawaii.  But President Obama's first full day back on the job suggested a slight case of tone deafness.  —  In bidding a sort-of farewell to White House spokesman Robert Gibbs, he noted the …
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 …
Todd Wright / NBC Miami:
Florida Professor Arrested for Having a “Suspicious” Bagel on a Plane  —  Passengers claimed man had suspicious package in the overhead compartment  —  A Florida professor was arrested and removed from a plane Monday after his fellow passengers alerted crew members they thought he had a suspicious package in the overhead compartment.
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
McCain says he'll make 'Don't ask' repeal work  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Thursday he would work to help implement the repeal of the military's “Don't ask, don't tell” policy, despite his opposition to that legislation.  —  McCain signaled he had made peace with the lame-duck bill …
Nicholas Graham / The Huffington Post:
O'Reilly: God Causes The Tides, Not The Moon (VIDEO)  —  What's Your Reaction: … David Silverman, president of the American Atheist Group, went on The O'Reilly Factor last night to defend the billboard ads his group has put up around the country calling religion a scam.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
U.S. teenager tortured in Kuwait and barred re-entry into the U.S.  —  Gulet Mohamed is an 18-year-old American citizen whose family is Somalian.  His parents moved with him to the U.S. when he was 2 or 3 years old, and he has lived in the U.S. ever since.  In March, 2009, he went to study Arabic …
Discussion: New York Times and Emptywheel
Benedict Carey / New York Times:
Journal's Paper on ESP Expected to Prompt Outrage  —  One of psychology's most respected journals has agreed to publish a paper presenting what its author describes as strong evidence for extrasensory perception, the ability to sense future events.  —  The decision may delight believers …
Victor Davis Hanson / Real Clear Politics:
The New Sophists  —  In classical Athens, public life became dominated by clever and smart-sounding sophists.  These mellifluous “really wise guys” made money and gained influence by their rhetorical boasts to “prove” the most amazing “thinkery” that belied common sense.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Power Line
 
 
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Aaron Deslatte / Orlando Sentinel:
Crist plans to join Morgan and Morgan on Friday
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Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
ObamaCare Rewards Friends, Punishes Enemies
Discussion: Fox Nation and protein wisdom
Los Angeles Times:
Let Scalia speak
Matt Lewis / Politics Daily:
Tim Pawlenty on Michele Bachmann, Michael Steele . . . and Hockey
Foreign Policy:
10 Percent Unemployment Forever?
Discussion: EconLog and Marginal Revolution
Matt Friedman / New Jersey Online:
Gov. Christie signs ‘Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights’
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Grandpa killed in drug raid
Walter Olson / Cato @ Liberty:
The Fall of the House of Waxman
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Brad Wilmouth / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Roseanne Barr: Cheney 'Never Worked Honest Day in His Life …
Richard Alleyne / Telegraph:
‘Great Garbage Patch’ in the Pacific Ocean not so great claim scientists
Discussion: Right Wing News
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Why Progressives Find It Difficult to Take the “Fiscal Responsibility …
The Hill:
President Obama's motorcade: A seatbelt-free zone?
Discussion: CNN, Hot Air and The Jawa Report
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
The Constitution (as amended) …
Discussion: Salon
CNN:
Retracted autism study an ‘elaborate fraud,’ British journal finds