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7:25 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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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 …
The Note:
Speaker Boehner Dismisses CBO's Report Health Care Repeal Increases Deficit
Discussion: The Politico and AmSpecBlog
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: Crooks and Liars and Ezra Klein
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
New CBO Analysis: GOP's Push For Health Law Repeal Would Increase …
Discussion: Wonk Room and Hullabaloo
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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.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Republicans introduce bill to eliminate presidential ‘czars’
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Gary Weckselblatt / phillyBurbs.com:
Fitzpatrick back in Washington  —  The Bucks County native reclaimed …
The Note:   Congressmen Who Skipped Swearing-In Stall GOP Health Reform Repeal
Anna Palmer / Roll Call:   Sessions' Blunder Puts Brakes on House Work
Russell Berman / The Hill:
GOP lawmakers cast House votes despite missing swearing-in
Discussion: Washington Post
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 and Theo Spark
Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
House Reads Constitution, Gets Civics Lesson
Discussion: The Foundry
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  —  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 …
The Huffington Post:
Daley: Double Rahm
Discussion: PostPartisan and Hullabaloo
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 …
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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 …
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Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Gates surprises lawmakers with plan to cut $78 billion from defense budget
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 …
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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.
Adam Serwer / The Plum Line:
Huck Finning the Constitution  —  Earlier this week, there was an uproar over a publisher's plans to release an edition of Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn that would replace the N-word with the word “slave” in order to make the book more “appropriate” for schoolchildren.
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Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
The 'people's House' takes up ‘We the People’ with symbolic floor reading
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.
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 …
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
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.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
U.S. teenager tortured in Kuwait and barred re-entry into the U.S.  —  (updated below)  —  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.
Discussion: New York Times, Emptywheel and Truthdig
Matt Lewis / Politics Daily:
Tim Pawlenty on Michele Bachmann, Michael Steele . . . and Hockey … Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is on a book tour, and, as such, I was able to catch up with him for a quick interview Thursday morning.  We discussed a wide range of topics, from Afghanistan to the Minnesota Vikings.
 
 
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Ben Geman / The Hill:
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Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
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Adam Goldman / Associated Press:
Ex-CIA officer charged with leak to Times reporter
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David Cole / Washington Post:
The Conservative Constitution of the United States
Discussion: ACS Blog and Hot Air
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Senator Nelson's office clarifies position on filibuster reform
Rachel Slajda / TPMMuckraker:
King: Babies In Garbage Cans Prove Health Reform Is Unconstitutional (VIDEO)
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Victor Davis Hanson / Real Clear Politics:
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Discussion: The Daily Dish and Power Line
Nicholas Graham / The Huffington Post:
O'Reilly: God Causes The Tides, Not The Moon (VIDEO)
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Matt Friedman / New Jersey Online:
Gov. Christie signs ‘Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights’
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