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6:30 PM ET, January 7, 2011

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New York Post:
Rudy gearing up for DC run  —  Confident that he'd have a chance to win, Rudy Giuliani is rounding up his top political advisers for a possible 2012 presidential run, sources tell Page Six.  —  Sources say the tough-talking former mayor “thinks the Republican race will be populated …
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama would easily win Nevada again...except against Romney
Discussion: GOP 12 and Primaries For Palin
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
GOP representatives regret skipped oath  —  In a letter to be distributed Friday night, Reps. Pete Sessions and Mike Fitzpatrick apologize to all 433 of their House colleagues for voting after missing out on taking their official oath of office during Wednesday's opening ceremonies of the 112th Congress.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Nick Gillespie / Hit & Run:
Memo to Speaker Boehner: If You Won a Congessional Majority Because You Pledged to Cut Spending and You Can't Think of a Single Program to Cut Now, Please Go Home  —  That Congress botched its first-ever public reading of the Constitution is worrisome, but less so than the fact they've spent …
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Weiner Mocks House GOP Oath Blunder: 'We Violated The Constitution …
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House approves resolution fixing problem with missed swearing-in
Philip Klein / AmSpecBlog:
BREAKING: CBO Says Repealing ObamaCare Would Reduce Net Spending by $540 Billion  —  The Congressional Budget Office, in an email to Capitol Hill staffers obtained by the Spectator, has said that repealing the national health care law would reduce net spending by $540 billion in the ten year period from 2012 through 2021.
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David Brooks / New York Times:
Buckle Up for Round 2  —  The health care reform law was signed 10 months ago, and what's striking now is how vulnerable it looks.  Several threats have emerged — some of them scarcely discussed before passage — that together or alone could seriously endanger the new system.  These include:
blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
Obama mouthpiece Robert Gibbs was forced out by new henchman William Daley  —  I wondered yesterday whether Robert Gibbs jumped or was pushed and noted that President Barack Obama's words indicated that it was “not an entirely voluntary departure”.  —  It's being reported by John King …
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:   Did Daley Force Gibbs Out?
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
Crony capitalism  —  Big Labor and Big Business are teaming up to protect Big Government.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Levi's Vindication: The Self-Exposure Of Sarah Palin  —  As a long-standing Palin hysteric, I have to confess a mite less concern in 2011 than at any time since she has been farcically commanding the attention of the political class.  Not much has changed essentially: Palin's favorable ratings remain roughly where they have been.
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
In U.S., 46% Favor, 40% Oppose Repealing Healthcare Law  —  Three-quarters of Republicans favor repeal; 64% of Democrats oppose it  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans do not strongly endorse the new Republican House majority's efforts to repeal the landmark healthcare legislation passed last year.
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Doug / RADAR:
EXCLUSIVE: Sonny Bono's Widow - Rep. Mary Bono - In Lurid Photo Scandal With Woman Investigated By FBI  —  Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack has been caught on camera in a lurid scandal where another woman is apparently licking her breast.  —  RadarOnline.com has exclusively obtained the photo …
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Key Numbers In Unemployment Report Not So Good  —  Needless to say, administration supporters will be touting that the unemployment rate released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics this morning dropped from 9.8% to 9.4%.  Politically, this is good news for Obama, at least in the short run.
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Tyler Durden / zero hedge:
Labor Force Participation Rate Drops To Fresh 25 Year Low …
Felix Salmon:
No good news for the long-term unemployed
Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
‘Job-killing’ regulation?  ‘Job-killing’ spending?  Let's kill this GOP canard.  —  Republicans these days can't get through a sentence without tossing in their new favorite adjective, “job-killing.”  —  There's “job-killing legislation,” in particular the health-care reform law.
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David Dayen / news.firedoglake.com:
MA Supreme Court Deals Banks a Major Blow on Foreclosure Fraud, in the Ibanez Case  —  In a major ruling in the Massachusetts Supreme Court today, US Bank and Wells Fargo lost the “Ibanez case,” meaning that they don't have standing to foreclose due to improper mortgage assignment.
Ronald Brownstein / NationalJournal.com:
White Flight  —  President Obama's path to a second term may rely on states shaped by the same social forces he embodies.  —  Right turn: Sen. Marco Rubio's supporters in Florida included many whites who voted for Obama in 2008.  —  By any standard, white voters' rejection of Democrats …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
To House GOP, illegal immigration is a jobs issue  —  With Republicans now in control of the House Judiciary Committee, Attorney General Eric Holder and other Justice Department officials are going to be answering a lot of questions in the next two years.  “We're going to start fast,” …
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Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Illegal immigration foe passed over for chairman of Judiciary subpanel
Discussion: The Politico
Dorian de Wind / The Huffington Post:
Bachmann's Epiphany and My Own ‘Conversion’  —  What's Your Reaction:  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has recently come under a lot of attention, even ridicule, for telling an audience of Michigan Republicans how she “shed her youthful Democratic roots and became a Republican.”  —  Her story:
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Texas Omen  —  These are tough times for state governments.  Huge deficits loom almost everywhere, from California to New York, from New Jersey to Texas.  —  Wait — Texas?  Wasn't Texas supposed to be thriving even as the rest of America suffered?  Didn't its governor declare …
Andrea Leontiou / msnbc.com:
Egypt threatens to remove Central Park obelisk  —  Archaeologist concerned about damage to hieroglyphic text on Cleopatra's Needle  —  Below:  —  Since 1881, the obelisk known as Cleopatra's Needle has stood in New York's Central Park, but a letter from the secretary general …
Yasmine El-Rashidi / english.ahram.org.eg:
Egypt's Muslims attend Coptic Christmas mass, serving as “human shields”  —  Muslims turned up in droves for the Coptic Christmas mass Thursday night, offering their bodies, and lives, as “shields” to Egypt's threatened Christian community  —  Egypt's majority Muslim population stuck to its word Thursday night.
 
 
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Felix Salmon:
Political appointees and the revolving door
Discussion: Yglesias, Justin Fox and Salon
Bloomberg:
Obama in Political, Economic Quandary Weighing Tax Overhaul
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Pence introduces anti-abortion bill ahead of conservative gathering
Rick Brookhiser / National Review:
Rudy Redux?  —  I assume the chatter about Giuliani making another run is merely that.
Bruce Bartlett / The Fiscal Times:
Elmendorf to GOP: Don't Kill the Messenger!
 Earlier Items: 
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Congress Needs to Be More Budget-Minded
Discussion: Mother Jones and TaxVox
The Note:
Bachmann for President? 'I'm Going to Iowa - There's Your Answer'
Ted Rowlands / CNN:
Investigation into death of Notorious B.I.G. heats up
Discussion: Gothamist, The Informer, Gawker and L.A. NOW
First Read / msnbc.com:
Ryan hints at debt ceiling strategy
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Force Structure! Doctrine!