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4:45 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  —  ABC News' John R. Parkinson reports:  —  Speaker of the House John Boehner dismissed a report by the Congressional Budget Office that found that repealing the health care law would increase the federal deficit …
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
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
Business Background Defines Chief of Staff
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
In '88, Daley deplored ‘black party’
First Read / msnbc.com:
First thoughts: Now what?
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Gibbs Talks Daley
Discussion: The Fix and The Daily Beast
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Daley Is Obama's New Chief
ABCNEWS:
Obama Picks Bill Daley as Chief of Staff
Discussion: CNN
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 …
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:
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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WTOP.com:
Packages give off smoke, odor at Md. buildings
Discussion: CNN and iOwnTheWorld.com
Post Now:
Smoking packages close Arundel offices
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
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
The Constitution (as amended) …
Discussion: Salon
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.
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Gates surprises lawmakers with plan to cut $78 billion from defense budget  —  Defense Secretary Robert Gates Thursday told Congress the administration is seeking $78 billion in cuts to the Defense budget over the next five years on top of $100 billion in efficiencies.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Pentagon to cut spending by $78 billion, reduce troop strength
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 and Emptywheel
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 …
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 …
 
 
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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
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: 
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’
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