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9:40 PM ET, January 7, 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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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.
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
LOVE IT... House Votes to Repeal “Job-Killing” Health Care Law 236-181
Discussion: Weigel, Wonk Room and TPMDC
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
House takes first step toward health care repeal
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:
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
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Weiner Mocks House GOP Oath Blunder: ‘We Violated The Constitution On Our Very First Day’  —  Yesterday, Reps. Pete Sessions (R-TX) and Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA) failed to take the oath of office on the House floor along with the other 433 members of Congress which caused the GOP caucus to scurry …
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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
Discussion: CNN and Washington Monthly
Paul Blumenthal / Sunlight Foundation Blog:
Two Members Appear to Break Rules on First Day of New Congress
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’
Discussion: PR Newswire
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 …
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 Wall Street Journal
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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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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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 …
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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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.
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.
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: Seeing the Forest
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Christine Hauser / New York Times:
Private Sector Improves Jobs Picture Only Moderately
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.
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Slate:
How Conservatives Could Revive the Public Option
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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’
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Bloomberg:
Obama in Political, Economic Quandary Weighing Tax Overhaul
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Pence introduces anti-abortion bill ahead of conservative gathering
 Earlier Items: 
Guardian:
Algerian riots resume over food prices
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Truthdig
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Illegal immigration foe passed over for chairman of Judiciary subpanel
Discussion: The Politico
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
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Demographics and Destiny
Discussion: Project Syndicate and Yglesias