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5:05 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 …
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
BREAKING: CBO Paints Grim Picture of Repeal  —  A few days ago I asked whether the Republicans would wait for a Congressional Budget Office score before voting on their proposal to repeal health care reform.  To their credit, they have.  And the news from the CBO is exactly what you would have thought …
The Note:
Speaker Boehner Dismisses CBO's Report Health Care Repeal Increases Deficit
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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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
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 …
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 …
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’
The Huffington Post:
Daley: Double Rahm
Discussion: PostPartisan and Hullabaloo
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Daley Is Obama's New Chief
First Read / msnbc.com:
First thoughts: Now what?
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:
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.
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Daniel Strauss / Ballot Box:
GOP fundraises off specter of another term of ‘Speaker Pelosi’
Discussion: The Politico
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
The Constitution (as amended) …
Discussion: Salon
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
Discussion: Washington Monthly
wbaltv.com:
Source: Explosions Reported At 2 State Buildings  —  Fire Crews, Hazmat Sent To MDOT, Jeffrey Building  —  HANOVER, Md. — Officials are investigating explosions at the Maryland Department of Transportation's headquarters in Hanover and a state government building in Annapolis that have injured a few people.
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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
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 …
Brian Deer / BMJ:
How the case against the MMR vaccine was fixed  —  In the first part of a special BMJ series, Brian Deer exposes the bogus data behind claims that launched a worldwide scare over the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine, and reveals how the appearance of a link with autism was manufactured at a London medical school
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CNN:
Retracted autism study an ‘elaborate fraud,’ British journal finds
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
McCain says he'll make 'Don't ask' repeal work  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Thursday he would work to help implement the repeal of the military's “Don't ask, don't tell” policy, despite his opposition to that legislation.  —  McCain signaled he had made peace with the lame-duck bill …
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 …
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.
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 …
Nicholas Graham / The Huffington Post:
O'Reilly: God Causes The Tides, Not The Moon (VIDEO)  —  What's Your Reaction: … David Silverman, president of the American Atheist Group, went on The O'Reilly Factor last night to defend the billboard ads his group has put up around the country calling religion a scam.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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.
Matt Friedman / New Jersey Online:
Gov. Christie signs ‘Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights’  —  TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie has signed a bill advocates say gives New Jersey the toughest anti-bullying law in the nation.  —  Christie signed the “Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights,” according to a press release from Garden State Equality …
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.
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.
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 and Emptywheel
 
 
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Strange bedfellows: U.S. Chamber and AFL-CIO may team up against …
James A. Barnes / Hotline On Call:
Insiders: Romney Is Top GOP 2012 Contender, Daniels Second
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Tony Pugh / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Health care spending increase is smallest in 50 years
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Ezra Klein
Aaron Deslatte / Orlando Sentinel:
Crist plans to join Morgan and Morgan on Friday
Discussion: The Hill and Ben Smith's Blog
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
ObamaCare Rewards Friends, Punishes Enemies
Discussion: Fox Nation and protein wisdom
Los Angeles Times:
Let Scalia speak
Foreign Policy:
10 Percent Unemployment Forever?
Discussion: EconLog and Marginal Revolution
Victor Davis Hanson / Real Clear Politics:
The New Sophists  —  In classical Athens, public life became dominated …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Power Line
 Earlier Items: 
O'Ryan Johnson / Boston Herald:
Grandpa killed in drug raid
Discussion: Hit & Run
Brad Wilmouth / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Roseanne Barr: Cheney 'Never Worked Honest Day in His Life …
Richard Alleyne / Telegraph:
‘Great Garbage Patch’ in the Pacific Ocean not so great claim scientists
Discussion: Right Wing News
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Why Progressives Find It Difficult to Take the “Fiscal Responsibility …
The Hill:
President Obama's motorcade: A seatbelt-free zone?
Discussion: CNN, Hot Air and The Jawa Report