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9:20 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 …
Sarah Kliff / The Politico:
CBO: Health law repeal adds $230 billion to deficit  —  Republicans kicked off the first day of Congressional proceedings to overturn health reform with unwelcome news: a Congressional Budget Office estimate that repeal would increase the deficit by $230 billion by 2021.
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Democrats Plan Attack on Republican Repeal Effort
The Note:
Speaker Boehner Dismisses CBO's Report Health Care Repeal Increases Deficit
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
The Note:
Reid & McConnell Square Off On Health Care, Filibusters & Debt Ceiling
Discussion: The Politico
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
BREAKING: CBO Paints Grim Picture of Repeal
Discussion: PERRspectives and Ezra Klein
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
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.
Russell Berman / The Hill:
GOP lawmakers cast House votes despite missing swearing-in
Discussion: Washington Post and Salon
Anna Palmer / Roll Call:   Sessions' Blunder Puts Brakes on House Work
The Note:   Congressmen Who Skipped Swearing-In Stall GOP Health Reform Repeal
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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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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Ezra Klein:
The mystery of Bill Daley
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Strange bedfellows: U.S. Chamber and AFL-CIO may team up against House GOP infrastructure cuts  —  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO — two powerful players that are often at each other's throats — are considering teaming up for a campaign against the House GOP's planned cuts …
Discussion: National Review
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Craig Whitlock / 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 …
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.
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
Discussion: Poynter
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 …
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
ObamaCare Rewards Friends, Punishes Enemies  —  The administration waives allies through the health law's onerous restrictions.  —  Aprimary task for the new Republican House majority is to undo as many of the pernicious effects of ObamaCare that it can.  One of these effects is the spectacle …
Discussion: Fox Nation and protein wisdom
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Senator Nelson's office clarifies position on filibuster reform  —  As you probably noticed, Senator Ben Nelson has taken a bit of a beating in the last 24 hours because he seemed to tell a local media outlet that he opposes filibuster reform.  “The last thing we need to do is start changing rules …
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
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.
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.
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 …
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.
 
 
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Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
EXCLUSIVE: Rep. Lamar Smith issues first DOJ oversight letter
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: Mother Jones
David Cole / Washington Post:
The Conservative Constitution of the United States
Discussion: ACS Blog and Hot Air
Rachel Slajda / TPMMuckraker:
King: Babies In Garbage Cans Prove Health Reform Is Unconstitutional (VIDEO)
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Wonkette
Adam Serwer / The Plum Line:
Huck Finning the Constitution
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Los Angeles Times:
Let Scalia speak
Discussion: Hit & Run and SCOTUSblog
Nicholas Graham / The Huffington Post:
O'Reilly: God Causes The Tides, Not The Moon (VIDEO)
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
U.S. teenager tortured in Kuwait and barred re-entry into the U.S.
Discussion: New York Times, Emptywheel and Truthdig
Sarah Ellison / Vanity Fair:
The Man Who Spilled the Secrets