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2:40 AM ET, January 7, 2011

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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.
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
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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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 …
The Huffington Post:
Daley: Double Rahm
Discussion: CNN, Ezra Klein, PostPartisan and Hullabaloo
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama names Daley as his new chief of staff
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
ABCNEWS:
Obama Picks Bill Daley as Chief of Staff
Discussion: CNN
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 …
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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 …
Jim Abrams / Associated Press:
Historic reading of Constitution sees House tussle  —  WASHINGTON - Republicans made history Thursday by staging the first-ever reading of the entire Constitution on the House floor.  But that record may come with an asterisk: Democrats asked why original sections that later were amended …
Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
House Reads Constitution, Gets Civics Lesson
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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The Note:
Reid & McConnell Square Off On Health Care, Filibusters & Debt Ceiling
Discussion: CNN, The Politico and Oliver Willis
Daniel Strauss / Ballot Box:
GOP fundraises off specter of another term of ‘Speaker Pelosi’
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
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Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
After Railing Against Government Spending, Speaker Boehner Can't Name One Program He Would Cut  —  Campaigning before the recent midterm elections, House Republicans were adamant that, if given power, they would cut government spending.  However, when pressed for specifics …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Strange bedfellows: U.S. Chamber and AFL-CIO may team up against …
Discussion: National Review
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 …
Discussion: NewsReal Blog and Weasel Zippers
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 …
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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Adam Goldman / Associated Press:
Ex-CIA officer charged with leak to Times reporter  —  WASHINGTON - A former CIA officer has been indicted on charges of disclosing national security secrets after being accused of leaking classified information about Iran to a New York Times reporter.  —  Federal prosecutors charged Jeffrey Sterling …
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Greg Miller / Washington Post:
Former CIA officer Jeffrey A. Sterling charged in leak probe
Discussion: Lawfare, News Desk and BLACKFIVE
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.
 
 
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Rating the New Governors
Discussion: Plunderbund
Elizabeth Warren / White House.gov Blog Feed:
Welcoming Holly Petraeus to the Consumer Financial Protection …
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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: Thomson IR and Clusterstock
David Cole / Washington Post:
The Conservative Constitution of the United States
Discussion: Liberal Values, ACS Blog and Hot Air
 Earlier Items: 
Rachel Slajda / TPMMuckraker:
King: Babies In Garbage Cans Prove Health Reform Is Unconstitutional (VIDEO)
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
ObamaCare Rewards Friends, Punishes Enemies
Nicholas Graham / The Huffington Post:
O'Reilly: God Causes The Tides, Not The Moon (VIDEO)
Discussion: Outside the Beltway