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1:10 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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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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Ezra Klein
Sarah Kliff / The Politico:
CBO: Health law repeal adds $230 billion to deficit
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
New CBO Analysis: GOP's Push For Health Law Repeal Would Increase …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Wonk Room
The Star-Ledger Editorial Page:
What deficit?  —  The new Republican majority in the House …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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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Aharding / CNN:
Tea Party message to new Speaker
Discussion: The Note
The Huffington Post:
Bill Daley Chief Of Staff Announcement Reportedly Coming Soon  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION? … Read More: Bill Daley, Bill Daley Announcement, Bill Daley Chief Of Staff, White House.  White House Chief Of Staff, William Daley, William Daley Announcement, William Daley Chief Of Staff, William Daley White House.
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Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Daley to Become Next White House Chief of Staff
Ezra Klein:
The mystery of Bill Daley
Mike Allen / The Politico:   BULLETIN: BILL DALEY ANNOUNCEMENT AS CHIEF OF STAFF EXPECTED SOON …
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 …
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Washington Examiner:
Defense spending should not be a sacred cow
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Democrats Plan Attack on Republican Repeal Effort
Discussion: The Politico
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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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 …
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Jack Shafer / Slate:
Vanity Fair portrays the WikiLeaks founder as a shrewd negotiator …
Discussion: Guardian
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.
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 …
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Nancy Pelosi perma-grins and bears it as she hands speaker's gavel to John Boehner
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Reuters:
Exclusive: Volcker to step down from White House panel  —  (Reuters) - Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker plans to leave his role as head of a panel of experts advising President Barack Obama on the economy, sources familiar with the decision said on Wednesday.
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Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Gibbs defends Obama 2006 vote against raising debt ceiling
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 …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
U.S. teenager tortured in Kuwait and barred re-entry into the U.S.  —  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.  In March, 2009, he went to study Arabic …
Discussion: New York Times
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 …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Benedict Carey / New York Times:
Journal's Paper on ESP Expected to Prompt Outrage  —  One of psychology's most respected journals has agreed to publish a paper presenting what its author describes as strong evidence for extrasensory perception, the ability to sense future events.  —  The decision may delight believers …
Discussion: Gawker, Hullabaloo and The Agonist
Walter Olson / Cato @ Liberty:
The Fall of the House of Waxman  —  While others wish the new Congress well today on its swearing-in, I plan to light a 100-watt incandescent bulb and hoist a caffeinated alcoholic beverage in honor of a different milestone: starting today, the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee …
Discussion: GayPatriot
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Why Progressives Find It Difficult to Take the “Fiscal Responsibility” Movement Seriously  —  Portrait of the Deficit Hawk as a Liberal Democrat from Massachusetts  —  Yesterday was the presentation of the “Fiscy Awards,” which go to politicians that the fiscal responsibility movement likes:
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 …
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
 
 
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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Restarting the economic machine
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JSOnline:
Obama again nominates Butler to federal bench
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Poll: Percentage of Americans who identify as Dems at 22-year low
O'Ryan Johnson / Boston Herald:
Grandpa killed in drug raid
Todd Wright / NBC Miami:
Florida Professor Arrested for Having a “Suspicious” Bagel on a Plane
Robin Bravender / The Politico:
Murkowski says Energy slot is in the bag
Brad Wilmouth / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Roseanne Barr: Cheney 'Never Worked Honest Day in His Life …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Richard Alleyne / Telegraph:
‘Great Garbage Patch’ in the Pacific Ocean not so great claim scientists
Discussion: Right Wing News
 Earlier Items: 
The Hill:
Dems up for reelection under pressure to nix healthcare mandate
Duke Helfand / Los Angeles Times:
Blue Shield of California seeks rate hikes of as much as 59% for individuals
The Hill:
President Obama's motorcade: A seatbelt-free zone?
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Hot Air
David Ignatius / PostPartisan:
Is Darrell Issa the new Joe McCarthy?