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6:55 AM ET, January 8, 2011

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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.
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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
LOVE IT... House Votes to Repeal “Job-Killing” Health Care Law 236-181  —  It was a bi-partisan vote by the way...  4 Democrats joined with Republicans in a 236-181 vote.  —  Click to Enlarge-  —  The language:  —  “Providing for consideration of H.R. 2, to repeal the job-killing health care law …
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 …
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.
The Huffington Post:
Obama Objects To Gitmo Limits, But Doesn't Claim Right To Defy Them  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION? … President Obama on Friday afternoon signed a major military spending bill, even as he bitterly objected to provisions within it intended to limit his ability to close the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay.
Discussion: TalkLeft, Lawfare and FrumForum
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:   House takes first step toward health care repeal
Dominic Rushe / Guardian:
US tells Twitter to pass on messages  —  Icelandic MP to fight attempts by the US department of justice to access her private information  —  A member of parliament in Iceland who is also a former WikiLeaks volunteer says the US justice department has ordered Twitter to hand over her private messages.
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
DOJ subpoenas Twitter records of several WikiLeaks volunteers  —  (updated below)  —  Last night, Birgitta Jónsdóttir — a former WikiLeaks volunteer and current member of the Icelandic Parliament — announced (on Twitter) that she had been notified by Twitter that the DOJ …
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Feds Subpoena Twitter Seeking Information on Ex-WikiLeaks Volunteer  —  The U.S. Justice Department has served Twitter with a subpoena seeking information on an Icelandic lawmaker who has worked with WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange, the lawmaker told Threat Level on Friday.
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
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.
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.
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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Top GOPer praises Obama picks  —  (CNN) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is hopeful the staff shake ups at the White House this week that included a new chief of staff and director of the National Economic Council are a sign President Barack Obama is moving toward the political center.
Discussion: The Politico
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Jill Lawrence / Politics Daily:
Robert Gibbs' Successor: How About a Woman as White House Press Secretary?
Discussion: PBS and Fox News
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 …
Matt Negrin / The Politico:
On economy, Obama turns to pros  —  'You know, you've got to talk to Austan Goolsbee.  That's his job,' President Obama said.  —  AP Photo  —  After reading his prepared remarks on the economy at a window manufacturer on Friday, President Obama sought to take some photos with workers …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Fox Nation
Jana Winter / Fox News:
China's New Fighter Jet Could Pose ‘Terrifying’ Challenge to U.S. Fleet  —  While the Pentagon downplays China's rollout this week of what appears to be a jet fighter designed using sophisticated stealth technology, military experts are warning that the aircraft - reportedly capable …
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 …
Slate:
How Conservatives Could Revive the Public Option … Like This Story … - Can Conservatives Outlaw “Anchor Babies” Without Amending the Constitution?  - Dwight Garner, the NYT's New Book Critic, Is Extraordinary and Delightful- Almost No One Carries Cash Anymore.  Is That Why Crime Is Going Down?
Discussion: Ezra Klein and National Review
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
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Dean Baker / CEPR:
Unemployment Falls to 9.4 Percent, but 260,000 Leave Labor Force  —  The EPOP for Hispanics hit a new low in December.  —  The Labor Department reported that the unemployment rate fell to 9.4 percent in December, however much of the reason for the decline was a drop of 260,000 in the size of the labor force.
Discussion: epi.org and Seeing the Forest
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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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama will seek repeal of provisions barring Gitmo inmate transfers
Felix Salmon:
Political appointees and the revolving door
Discussion: Yglesias, Salon and Justin Fox
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
Discussion: Wonk Room
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
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
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The Note:
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Ted Rowlands / CNN:
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Discussion: Gothamist, Gawker, The Informer and L.A. NOW
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Demographics and Destiny
Discussion: Yglesias and Project Syndicate
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Levi's Vindication: The Self-Exposure Of Sarah Palin
Discussion: The Reaction, Cubachi and TPMDC
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Constitutionalism  —  For decades, Democrats and Republicans fought …