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9:00 PM ET, January 7, 2011

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Ezra Klein:
When opposition to health-care reform stops being polite and starts getting scary  —  In the Wyoming state legislature, 10 congressmen and three senators have co-sponsored “The Health Care Choice and Protection Act.”  The intent?  To make it a felony to implement the health-care reform law …
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The White House:
Statement by the President on H.R. 6523  —  Today I have signed into law H.R. 6523, the “Ike Skelton National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011.”  The Act authorizes funding for the defense of the United States and its interests abroad, for military construction, and for national security-related energy programs.
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:
CNN:
Oklahoma to challenge health care law
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 …
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Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Weiner Mocks House GOP Oath Blunder: 'We Violated The Constitution …
Discussion: msnbc.com, Salon and TPMDC
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
GOP representatives regret skipped oath
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House approves resolution fixing problem with missed swearing-in
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
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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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.
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
Crony capitalism  —  Big Labor and Big Business are teaming up to protect Big Government.  As Greg Sargent put it yesterday, in describing the budding alliance between the AFL-CIO and the Chamber of Commerce: “The two groups rarely agree on anything, and frequently target each other in the harshest of terms …
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Jill Lawrence / Politics Daily:
Robert Gibbs' Successor: How About a Woman as White House Press Secretary?
Discussion: PBS and Wall Street Journal
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:   Did Daley Force Gibbs Out?
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 …
Todd Starnes / Fox News:
‘Mother,’ ‘Father’ Changing to ‘Parent One,’ ‘Parent Two’ on Passport Applications  —  Section of current passport application asking for “father” and “mother” information.  —  The words “mother” and “father” will be removed from U.S. passport applications and replaced with gender neutral terminology, the State Department says.
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Christopher Weber / Politics Daily:
On Passports, Mother and Father Will Soon Be ‘Parent 1’ and ‘Parent 2’ … Gay-rights proponents are cheering and some conservatives are up in arms after the State Department said it would replace the words “mother” and “father” on U.S. passport applications with gender-neutral terms.
Discussion: PR Newswire
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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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 …
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
The 40 Most Obnoxious Quotes Of 2010  —  40) My fear is that the whole island (of Guam) will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize.  39) Imagine if somebody were to really sit down with Osama Bin Ladin and say, 'Listen man,what is it that you're so angry …
Discussion: NewsReal Blog
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
Village Voice Caught in Jayson Blair-Style Fabrication Scandal (Updated)  —  Rob Sgobbo (pictured), a young writer for the New York Daily News, has had a freelance story he wrote yanked from the Village Voice's website.  He apparently fabricated sources and lied about his reporting.
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.
Bruce Bartlett / The Fiscal Times:
Elmendorf to GOP: Don't Kill the Messenger!  —  MichaelBindner  —  The reappointment of Elmendorf is the case study the GOP needs to realize the limits of its power.  Of course, they are right to be cynical - their CBO director, Douglas Holtz-Eaken let Medicare Part D go in without telling how much it costs.
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 …
Jeff Dunetz / YID With LID:
PELOSI GOES MAD!  Blames Bush For Dems Losing House  —  Maybe all those injections into her lips, or the pressure of being Speaker of the House but allow me to suggest that it is time to call those nice men to with the special jackets.  You know the ones with the long sleeves that tie in the back?
 
 
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Slate:
How Conservatives Could Revive the Public Option
Discussion: Ezra Klein and National Review
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama will seek repeal of provisions barring Gitmo inmate transfers
Discussion: CNN
Chuck Neubauer / Washington Times:
Ex-lobbyist seeks light sentence, cites charity
Discussion: TPMMuckraker and The Daily Dish
Felix Salmon:
Political appointees and the revolving door
Discussion: Yglesias, Justin Fox, Salon and Ezra Klein
Dorian de Wind / The Huffington Post:
Bachmann's Epiphany and My Own ‘Conversion’
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Bloomberg:
Obama in Political, Economic Quandary Weighing Tax Overhaul
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Pence introduces anti-abortion bill ahead of conservative gathering
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Illegal immigration foe passed over for chairman of Judiciary subpanel
Discussion: The Politico
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Ted Rowlands / CNN:
Investigation into death of Notorious B.I.G. heats up
Discussion: Gothamist, The Informer, Gawker and L.A. NOW
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Demographics and Destiny
Discussion: Project Syndicate and Yglesias
Christine Hauser / New York Times:
Private Sector Improves Jobs Picture Only Moderately