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10:00 AM ET, January 7, 2011

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The Huffington Post:
Two House Republicans Vote Without Being Sworn In, Violating Constitution On Day It Was Read  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION? … WASHINGTON — Two House Republicans have cast votes as members of the 112th Congress, but were not sworn in on Wednesday, a violation of the Constitution on the same …
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Rachel Slajda / TPMMuckraker:
King: Babies In Garbage Cans Prove Health Reform Is Unconstitutional (VIDEO)
Discussion: Firedoglake, Hullabaloo and Wonkette
The Note:   Congressmen Who Skipped Swearing-In Stall GOP Health Reform 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 …
Matt Bai / New York Times:
A Shift in Tactics, Not in Ideology  —  WASHINGTON — Most of the talk in Democratic circles on Thursday, after it became known that President Obama had chosen William M. Daley as his chief of staff, was of going back to the 1990s.  The consensus was that Mr. Obama, who once held himself …
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Associated Press:
Obama to Name Gene Sperling Economic Chief
Discussion: Hot Air
Elizabeth Williamson / Wall Street Journal:
President Revs Up Campaign to Make Peace With Business
Discussion: CNN and The Page
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
The problem with William Daley as new chief of staff
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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CNBC:
Job Creation Less Than Hoped, But Rate Drops to 9.4%  —  The U.S. economy created far fewer jobs that expected in December, suggesting the Federal Reserve will complete its asset buying program, but the unemployment rate dropped to its lowest in more than 1-1/2 years.
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama threatens to veto healthcare repeal  —  President Obama officially drew a line in the sand Thursday evening, threatening to veto House Republicans' attempt to repeal Obama's landmark healthcare law.  —  In a statement of administration policy released by the Office of Management and Budget …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Republicans introduce bill to eliminate presidential ‘czars’  —  A group of House Republicans introduced a bill on Wednesday to rein in the various “czars” in the Obama administration.  —  Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) and 28 other House Republicans introduced legislation to do away with the informal …
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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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 …
Mark Memmott / NPR:
Review Of Juan Williams' Firing Done; NPR News Exec Resigns  —  NPR just released two statements — one on the completion of an independent review of the dismissal of news analyst Juan Williams and another on the resignation of Senior Vice President for News Ellen Weiss:
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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 …
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The Right Scoop:
Paul Ryan: I'll eat my tie if ObamaCare reduces the deficit  —  Chairman of the Budget Committee Paul Ryan called in to Mark Levin's radio show to clarify that there is no way that repealing ObamaCare will add to the deficit.  And it's because of all the gimmicks within the legislation …
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Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
EXCLUSIVE: Rep. Lamar Smith issues first DOJ oversight letter  —  Right Turn has obtained the first oversight letter from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) issued to the Justice Department.  While he was in the minority, Smith labored, largely unsuccessfully …
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 …
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Reports: John Edwards engaged to Rielle Hunter  —  Former presidential candidate John Edwards is engaged to longtime mistress Rielle Hunter, according to a report.  —  The Jan. 17 issue of the National Enquirers says that the ex-North Carolina senator asked the mother of his lovechild …
Scarecrow / Firedoglake:
MSNBC Flunks Remedial Math on Debt Ceiling  —  Earth to MSNBC executives: your anchor, your reporter, and your editors do not know what they're talking about.  They just badly misinformed your viewers.  —  The “debt ceiling” is a limit on debt, not spending.
Discussion: Clusterstock and TPM LiveWire
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Tim Pawlenty: Sarah Palin is a ‘force of nature’  —  Republican presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty says he has “a long way to go” to match the recognition of potential rival Sarah Palin - whom he dubbed a “force of nature.”  —  “I've got a long way to go to get people to even know my name …
Nicholas Jackson / The Atlantic Online:
Mysterious Bird Deaths Mapped on Google  —  The story out of Arkansas late last week that 5,000 blackbirds had fallen out of the sky over Beebe, a small town in the northwest part of the state, had people scratching their heads.  What caused the mysterious deaths?
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Junior Senate Dems want chairmen to face election by secret ballot  —  Senate Democrats elected in 2006 and 2008 are challenging the internal caucus procedures that have allowed veteran lawmakers to lock up committee chairmanships for years on end.  —  A group of junior Democratic senators …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
 
 
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Terry / CNSNews:
Final Tab for Pelosi's Speakership: $5.34 Trillion in New Debt …
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
Amelia Chasse / New Hampshire Journal:
Romney flexes muscle in first NH Primary poll while Palin and others lag behind
Discussion: Ballot Box and Weasel Zippers
Chicago Tribune:
Tribune analysis: Drug-sniffing dogs in traffic stops often wrong
Discussion: TalkLeft and JSOnline
Hugh Son / Bloomberg:
Bank of America Unveils Fee-Based Accounts as New U.S. Rules Hit Revenue
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
Write a Letter for Noor
Paul / Power Line:
Read it again, John
Discussion: The Hill, Pajamas Media and Commentary
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Rating the New Governors
Discussion: Plunderbund
 Earlier Items: 
Veronique de Rugy / National Review:
Businesses Don't Like Competition  —  Last week, I wrote a piece …
Discussion: Hit & Run
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
The Mystery of Tom Miller's Shifting Comments on Criminal Sanctions …
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Nearly 50 House Republicans offer bill to block EPA climate rules
Adam Goldman / Associated Press:
Ex-CIA officer charged with leak to Times reporter
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Strange bedfellows: U.S. Chamber and AFL-CIO may team up against …
Discussion: National Review
Simon Johnson / Economix:
Why Are Taxpayers Subsidizing Facebook, and the Next Bubble?