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4:15 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:
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.
Discussion: Wake up America and Weasel Zippers
CNN:
Oklahoma to challenge health care law
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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: Primaries For Palin 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 …
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:   Did Daley Force Gibbs Out?
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
Mitch McConnell: William Daley pick a ‘hopeful sign’
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
At Obama White House, Back to the Future
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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Felix Salmon:
No good news for the long-term unemployed
Tyler Durden / zero hedge:
Labor Force Participation Rate Drops To Fresh 25 Year Low …
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.
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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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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.
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 …
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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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 …
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 …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Harvard Economist Estimates Health Repeal Would Destroy Up To 400,000 Jobs Per Year Over Decade  —  Just as House Republicans gear up to repeal the “job killing” Affordable Care Act, the Department of Labor is reporting that the U.S. economy added 103,000 jobs last month, pushing the jobless rate down to a 19-month low of 9.4 percent.
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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
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 …
Neil King Jr / Washington Wire:
Another CPAC Dust-Up Over Gays  —  Nearly every presumptive 2012 Republican presidential candidate will be there, along with 120 conservative groups and thousands of activists.  —  But the first big conservative forum of the 2012 election—next month's Conservative Political Action Conference …
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Brian / Right Wing Watch:
Heritage Foundation and Media Research Center Join CPAC Boycott
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House approves resolution fixing problem with missed swearing-in  —  The House has just approved H.Res. 26, which is meant to fix the problems created when two Republican members were not properly sworn in on Jan. 5.  —  The resolution was approved over Democratic objections in a 257-159 vote.
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Ashley Parker / New York Times:
For House Members Looking to Save Money, a Day at the Office Never Ends  —  WASHINGTON — Hansen Clarke, a newly elected Democrat from Michigan, is coming to Washington with a “warrior's mentality” to help stave off unemployment and foreclosures in metro Detroit.
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The Note:
The Note: Will Obama Sink Or Swim In 2012?: Jobs Report Holds Clues
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 …
 
 
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Bruce Bartlett / The Fiscal Times:
Elmendorf to GOP: Don't Kill the Messenger!
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'
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Shot in the Dark
Ted Rowlands / CNN:
Investigation into death of Notorious B.I.G. heats up
Discussion: Gothamist, The Informer and Gawker
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Demographics and Destiny
Discussion: Project Syndicate and Yglesias
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The Note:
Bernanke Warns Jobs Recovery Could Take Years, Urges Action on Deficit Problems
Discussion: The Politico and HotAirPundit
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Constitutionalism  —  For decades, Democrats and Republicans fought …
Discussion: Commentary
Elizabeth A. Harris / New York Times:
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