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9:45 AM ET, January 6, 2011

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Ezra Klein:
A very smart speech by Speaker Boehner  —  If you spent the afternoon watching C-SPAN, as I did, you heard applause.  A lot of it.  Over and over again.  And when John Boehner took the podium to be sworn in as Speaker of the House of Representatives, it swelled back up, and stayed there.
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Nancy Pelosi perma-grins and bears it as she hands speaker's gavel to John Boehner  —  Why is this woman smiling?  —  Nancy Pelosi smiled and applauded on the House floor Wednesday afternoon as the clerk read the tally of the vote that formally ended her speakership.
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Michelle Malkin
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.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Dem campaign chief: Goal is making Pelosi Speaker again  —  House Democrats' goal is to make Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) the Speaker of the House again, their campaign chairman said Wednesday evening.  —  Rep. Steve Israel (N.Y.), the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee …
Discussion: NO QUARTER
Roger L Simon / Pajamas Media:
'It's still just me'—Will Boehner Be the Anti-Obama?
CNN:
Retracted autism study an ‘elaborate fraud,’ British journal finds  —  Editor's note: Watch Anderson Cooper's interview with the author of the discredited study, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, on “AC360°” at 10 p.m. ET tonight.  —  (CNN) — A now-retracted British study that linked autism …
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Associated Press:
Vaccine-Autism Study Was Fraud
Mike Allen / The Politico:
BULLETIN: BILL DALEY ANNOUNCEMENT AS CHIEF OF STAFF EXPECTED SOON — Gibbs to give speeches, consult to reelect - Karen Finney, Josh Earnest in mix to replace — Rick Powell to Bloomberg  —  Good Thursday morning.  A TOP WHITE HOUSE OFFICIAL, on whether Bill Daley will be named chief of staff …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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New York Times:
Obama Turning to Experienced Hands as He Remakes Staff  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama closed in Wednesday on a decision to fill two top positions and recharge his administration, stopping just short of naming a new chief of staff and a top economic adviser to guide the White House through a new period of divided government.
Reuters:   Exclusive: Volcker to step down from White House panel
DealBook:
A Goldman Unit Is Said to Have Rejected Facebook  —  Before Goldman Sachs bought a stake in Facebook and started offering shares to wealthy clients, a powerful investment group within the firm turned down the chance to buy a piece of the social networking site, according to several people briefed on the internal discussions.
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Juli Weiner / Vanity Fair:
Republicans to Spend $1.1 Million Reciting Constitution on House Floor  —  As we reported this morning, House Republicans will kick-start the 112th Congress tomorrow with a spirited recitation of the Constitution, a document whose recent relevance is due largely to the ideological and sartorial interests of the Tea Party.
Simmi Aujla / The Politico:
Steve King unveils birthright bill  —  Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) isn't wasting any time with his immigration agenda, dropping a bill on the first day of Congress that goes after birthright citizenship.  —  King's measure would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act, ending automatic citizenship for anyone born in the country.
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 …
The Hill:
President Obama's motorcade: A seatbelt-free zone?  —  Does President Obama wear a seatbelt in his presidential limo?  He is supposed to, but there are indications that he doesn't.  —  After then-New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine (D) was seriously injured in a car accident in 2007 …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Hot Air
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The Huffington Post:
Dean Endorses Bill Daley, Rips Outgoing Obama Aides For ‘Contempt’
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
The Constitution (as amended), The Schumer Model, Fast Break on GOP Backtracking, Crown Shots at Andy's Bar, Pelosi's Historic Loss of Support, Trivia  —  By Jonathan Allen (with an assist from Jake “Fast Break” Sherman)  —  THE READING OF THE CONSTITUTION, AS AMENDED …
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Boosts Afghan Surge  —  Pentagon Plans to Send 1,400 Extra Marines to Supplement Spring Campaign  —  U.S. and Afghan soldiers prepared for patrol in Kandahar province on Wednesday.  —  WASHINGTON—Defense Secretary Robert Gates has decided to send an additional 1,400 Marine combat forces …
Discussion: AOL News
Duke Helfand / Los Angeles Times:
Blue Shield of California seeks rate hikes of as much as 59% for individuals  —  Insurer says the increases result from fast-rising healthcare costs and other expenses resulting from new healthcare laws.  The move comes less than a year after Anthem Blue Cross tried and failed to raise rates as much as 39%.
Discussion: Wonkette and National Review
Adrienne LaFrance / Civil Beat:
Obama's Winter White House an Illegal Rental  —  President Barack Obama's two-week stay at his Hawaii Winter White House was illegal under a long-standing Honolulu ban on short-term rentals.  —  Obama did not break the law by staying at the house, but the property owner who rented his house …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, Hot Air and Tammy Bruce
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
“Daily Show”: Meet the moron who got San Francisco to ban Happy Meals  —  Via Reason, Heritage, and a slew of other righty blogs, cleanse your palate with a salty, fatty video snack.  Things start slow but hang in there for the end of the interview between Frisco nanny-in-chief Eric Mar and Aasif Mandvi …
Discussion: Hit & Run
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Gibbs: Senator Obama Only Voted Against Raising Debt Ceiling in 2006 Because He Knew It Would Pass Anyway  —  On Sunday, President Obama's top economic adviser, Council of Economic Advisers chair Austan Goolsbee, cautioned members of Congress not to “play chicken” by voting against raising …
David Ignatius / PostPartisan:
Is Darrell Issa the new Joe McCarthy?  —  To the victors in the congressional elections goes the power of subpoena, as Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has been so eager to remind the Democrats.  But as the new Congress is seated, Issa and his GOP colleagues should note the difference between investigation and witch-hunt.
Tim Kane / The Atlantic Online:
Why Our Best Officers Are Leaving  —  Why are so many of the most talented officers now abandoning military life for the private sector?  An exclusive survey of West Point graduates shows that it's not just money.  Increasingly, the military is creating a command structure that rewards conformism and ignores merit.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Ed Whelan / National Review:
Reinhardt's Non-Disqualification Memorandum—Part 1  —  A month ago, Judge Reinhardt immediately denied Prop 8 proponents' motion to disqualify him from taking part in the Prop 8 appeal.  As he put it, “for reasons that I shall provide in a memorandum to be filed in due course …
Discussion: Power Line and Box Turtle Bulletin
Henri Paget / ninemsn:
KFC employee screams insults at customer  —  A worker at a KFC restaurant in Sydney has been suspended after he was filmed screaming vicious insults and threatening to attack a customer.  —  The violent outburst happened at a Halal-friendly KFC in Punchbowl on December 26 …
 
 
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Jake Sherman / The Politico:
GOP bends its own new House rules
Discussion: Washington Monthly and CNN
Shankar Vedantam / Washington Post:
Several states want court ruling on birthright citizenship
David Folkenflik / NPR:
American Media's True Ideology? Avoiding One
Discussion: Politics Daily
Washington Post:
A self-destructive move  —  The junior Democratic senators are fed up …
Justin Elliott / Salon:
Lanny Davis' African human rights disaster
John Distaso / UnionLeader.com:
Granite Status Exclusive: Santorum hires Mike Biundo to head his PAC in NH
msnbc.com:
Conversations sparked by photojournalism
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Tammy Bruce
Christian Science Monitor:
Could you pass a US citizenship test?
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Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
Tea Party Billionaire David Koch Entertains Newly Elected Republicans …
Discussion: The Reid Report
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Robots, slaves, horses, and Malthus
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
Christopher Drew / New York Times:
Pentagon Is Poised to Cancel Marine Landing Craft
Discussion: Danger Room and SWJ Blog
Jonathon M. Seidl / The Blaze:
JOY BEHAR WONDERS IF ‘CONSTITUTION-LOVING IS GETTING OUT OF HAND’
Discussion: protein wisdom
Naomi Wolf / Guardian:
Julian Assange's sex-crime accusers deserve to be named