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11:25 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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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Strange bedfellows: U.S. Chamber and AFL-CIO may team up against …
Discussion: National Review
The Note:
Reid & McConnell Square Off On Health Care, Filibusters & Debt Ceiling
Discussion: The Politico
The Note:
Speaker Boehner Dismisses CBO's Report Health Care Repeal Increases Deficit
Discussion: The Politico, CNN and AmSpecBlog
The Huffington Post:
Two House Republicans Vote Without Being Sworn In, Violating Constitution On Day It Was Read  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION? … WASHINGTON — Two House Republicans have cast votes as members of the 112th Congress, but were not sworn in on Wednesday, a violation of the Constitution on the same …
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Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Republican lawmakers miss oath, vote on floor anyway  —  Two Republicans, including a member of the GOP leadership, voted on the House floor several times despite not having been sworn in, throwing the House into parliamentary turmoil Thursday — the same day the Constitution was read aloud on the floor.
Gary Weckselblatt / phillyBurbs.com:
Fitzpatrick back in Washington  —  The Bucks County native reclaimed the 8th District seat he lost four years ago to Democrat Patrick Murphy.  —  WASHINGTON - Nearly one year ago, Mike Fitzpatrick launched his campaign for Congress in front of St. Mary Medical Center in Middletown …
The Note:   Congressmen Who Skipped Swearing-In Stall GOP Health Reform Repeal
Anna Palmer / Roll Call:   Sessions' Blunder Puts Brakes on House Work
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
The problem with William Daley as new chief of staff  —  So it now appears to be official: Obama has chosen William Daley as his new chief of staff.  —  There's been a lot written about how this pick is sure to anger the liberal base, because the optics of appointing a banker as chief …
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Eric Lipton / New York Times:
Business Background Defines Chief of Staff  —  WASHINGTON — He is a top executive at JPMorgan Chase, where he is paid as much as $5 million a year and supervises the Washington lobbying efforts for the nation's second-largest bank.  William M. Daley also serves on the board of directors at Boeing …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
In '88, Daley deplored ‘black party’
Discussion: CNN, Gawker and Alan Colmes' Liberaland
Ezra Klein:
The mystery of Bill Daley
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama names Daley as his new chief of staff
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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 …
Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
House Reads Constitution, Gets Civics Lesson
Discussion: The Foundry
David Weigel / Slate:
Birtherism Breaks Out!  —  During the reading of Article II …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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:
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Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Reports: John Edwards engaged to Rielle Hunter  —  Former presidential candidate John Edwards is engaged to longtime mistress Rielle Hunter, according to a report.  —  The Jan. 17 issue of the National Enquirers says that the ex-North Carolina senator asked the mother of his lovechild …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Republicans introduce bill to eliminate presidential ‘czars’  —  A group of House Republicans introduced a bill on Wednesday to rein in the various “czars” in the Obama administration.  —  Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) and 28 other House Republicans introduced legislation to do away with the informal …
Washington Post:
Pentagon to cut spending by $78 billion, reduce troop strength  —  The Pentagon will have to cut spending by $78 billion over the next five years, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Thursday, forcing the Army and Marine Corps to shrink the number of troops on active duty and eventually imposing …
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama threatens to veto healthcare repeal  —  President Obama officially drew a line in the sand Thursday evening, threatening to veto House Republicans' attempt to repeal Obama's landmark healthcare law.  —  In a statement of administration policy released by the Office of Management and Budget …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Scarecrow / Firedoglake:
MSNBC Flunks Remedial Math on Debt Ceiling  —  Earth to MSNBC executives: your anchor, your reporter, and your editors do not know what they're talking about.  They just badly misinformed your viewers.  —  The “debt ceiling” is a limit on debt, not spending.
Discussion: Clusterstock and TPM LiveWire
Simon Johnson / Economix:
Why Are Taxpayers Subsidizing Facebook, and the Next Bubble?  —  Simon Johnson, the former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund, is the co-author of “13 Bankers.”  —  Goldman Sachs is investing $450 million of its own money in Facebook, at a valuation that implies the social-networking company is now worth $50 billion.
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Greg Miller / Washington Post:
Former CIA officer Jeffrey A. Sterling charged in leak probe  —  A former CIA officer involved in spying efforts against Iran was arrested Thursday on charges of leaking classified information to a reporter, continuing the Obama administration's unprecedented crackdown on the flow of government secrets to the media.
Discussion: Lawfare, News Desk and BLACKFIVE
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Adam Goldman / Associated Press:
Ex-CIA officer charged with leak to Times reporter
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
EXCLUSIVE: Rep. Lamar Smith issues first DOJ oversight letter  —  Right Turn has obtained the first oversight letter from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) issued to the Justice Department.  While he was in the minority, Smith labored, largely unsuccessfully …
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.
James A. Barnes / Hotline On Call:
Insiders: Romney Is Top GOP 2012 Contender, Daniels Second  —  Rank the top 5 candidates, 1 through 5, in terms of whom you think is most likely to capture the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.  —  Republicans (107 votes)  —  Jan. 2011 Insiders  —  Index Score  —  Change from
 
 
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Elizabeth Warren / White House.gov Blog Feed:
Welcoming Holly Petraeus to the Consumer Financial Protection …
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Atlantic Online
Veronique de Rugy / National Review:
Businesses Don't Like Competition  —  Last week, I wrote a piece …
Discussion: Hit & Run
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
The Mystery of Tom Miller's Shifting Comments on Criminal Sanctions …
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Nearly 50 House Republicans offer bill to block EPA climate rules
Discussion: Doug Ross and Mother Jones
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
December Retail Sales Are Weaker Than Expected
Discussion: Clusterstock
David Cole / Washington Post:
The Conservative Constitution of the United States
Discussion: ACS Blog, Hot Air and The Reid Report
Rachel Slajda / TPMMuckraker:
King: Babies In Garbage Cans Prove Health Reform Is Unconstitutional (VIDEO)
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Wonkette
 Earlier Items: 
Daniel Strauss / Ballot Box:
GOP fundraises off specter of another term of ‘Speaker Pelosi’
Discussion: The Politico
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
ObamaCare Rewards Friends, Punishes Enemies
Discussion: Fox Nation and protein wisdom
Los Angeles Times:
Let Scalia speak
Discussion: Hit & Run and SCOTUSblog
Victor Davis Hanson / Real Clear Politics:
The New Sophists  —  In classical Athens, public life became dominated …
Nicholas Graham / The Huffington Post:
O'Reilly: God Causes The Tides, Not The Moon (VIDEO)
Discussion: Outside the Beltway