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1:25 PM ET, January 7, 2011

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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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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 Times:
Republicans Are Given a Price Tag for Health Law Repeal, but Reject It  —  WASHINGTON — The nonpartisan budget scorekeepers in Congress said on Thursday that the Republican plan to repeal President Obama's health care law would add $230 billion to federal budget deficits over the next decade …
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
CBO says health care repeal would deepen deficit
USA Today:
Gallup Poll: U.S. split on health care law repeal
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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Amelia Chasse / New Hampshire Journal:
Romney flexes muscle in first NH Primary poll while Palin and others lag behind
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Report: Rudy Giuliani may run again
Discussion: Indecision Forever and GOP 12
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:   Did Daley Force Gibbs Out?
The Note:
The Note: Will Obama Sink Or Swim In 2012?: Jobs Report Holds Clues
Discussion: ABCNEWS, CNN and New York Times
Elizabeth Williamson / Wall Street Journal:
President Revs Up Campaign to Make Peace With Business
Christine Hauser / New York Times:
Private Sector Improves Jobs Picture Only Moderately  —  The United States economy ended the year by adding 103,000 jobs in December, the Labor Department said Friday, a number that missed expectations.  In addition, the unemployment rate fell to 9.4 percent last month from 9.8 percent.
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Jeffrey Sparshott / Wall Street Journal:
Economy Adds Fewer Jobs Than Expected
Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Parts of the Constitution inadvertently skipped in ‘historic reading’ on floor  —  The U.S. Constitution has still never been read in its entirety and in order on the House floor.  —  During Thursday morning's “historic reading,” one member apparently skipped Article 4 Section 4 and part …
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The Note:
Boehner v. Pelosi: House Leaders Spar Over Significance of Jobs Report
Discussion: The Politico
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.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Emptywheel
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ABCNEWS:
Pawlenty: Sarah Palin Is a ‘Force of Nature’  —  Although former Gov. Tim Pawlenty no longer holds the executive seat in Minnesota, that doesn't mean he is hanging up his political hat for good.
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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.
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 …
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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Paul Blumenthal / Sunlight Foundation Blog:
Two Members Appear to Break Rules on First Day of New Congress  —  Two House Republican members, Reps. Mike Fitzpatrick and Pete Sessions, missed their swearing in on Wednesday as they attended a fundraiser in Fitzpatrick's honor at the U.S. Capitol.  These two not-quite-yet Congressmen …
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House approves resolution fixing problem with missed swearing-in
The Note:
Bernanke Warns Jobs Recovery Could Take Years, Urges Action on Deficit Problems  —  ABC News' Matthew Jaffe reports:  —  Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke today told Congress that if the pace of job creation continues at December's levels - when 103,000 jobs were added to payrolls …
Discussion: The Politico and HotAirPundit
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Bob Willis / Bloomberg:
U.S. Adds 103,000 Jobs in December, Unemployment at 9.4%
Sumathi Reddy / Metropolis:
Church Leaders Blast NYC Abortion Numbers … Archbishop Timothy Dolan joined other religious leaders Thursday vowing to work to reduce the number of abortions in New York City.  —  Leaders of various faiths denounced figures that showed that 41% of pregnancies in the city were terminated in 2009.
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
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Mzielinska / CBS New York:
39 Percent Of NYC Pregnancies Result In Abortion
Brian / Right Wing Watch:
Heritage Foundation and Media Research Center Join CPAC Boycott  —  Last February the Media Research Center's director of media analysis Tim Graham defended the American Conservative Union's annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) from a charge that the event was “once a venue for the radical fringe.”
Discussion: Indecision Forever
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Neil King Jr / Washington Wire:
Another CPAC Dust-Up Over Gays
Discussion: Weigel, TPMDC and Politics Daily
New York Times:
U.S. Sends Warning to People Named in Cable Leaks  —  WASHINGTON — The State Department is warning hundreds of human rights activists, foreign government officials and businesspeople identified in leaked diplomatic cables of potential threats to their safety and has moved a handful …
A. Barton / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Hinkle: Debates of 2010 Raised More Questions  —  Time's passage winnows the chaff from the country's big debates.  So look back at two of the chief disputes from 2010.  You will find something curious in the kernels.  —  The first debate concerned health-care reform.
Discussion: protein wisdom
 
 
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Ronald Brownstein / NationalJournal.com:
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Erika Gudmundson / U.S. Department of the Treasury:
Secretary Geithner Sends Debt Limit Letter to Congress
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Constitutionalism  —  For decades, Democrats and Republicans fought …
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Too Many Ph.D.'s and Professionals?
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Ensign in bad shape, Heller much better
Discussion: The Fix and Daily Kos
Christopher Weaver / Kaiser Health News:
Zeke Emanuel, Adviser On Health Reform, Leaves White House
Discussion: The Politico, The Hill and Wonk Room
Jeff Carter / Points and Figures:
Cut Spending in Illinois?  Nah, We Will Just Raise Your Taxes-But You Won't Know It
Discussion: Moe Lane and Da Techguy's Blog
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Junior Senate Dems want chairmen to face election by secret ballot
Paul / Power Line:
Read it again, John