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3:20 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 …
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: The Hill, Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Did Daley Force Gibbs Out?  —  Toby Harnden at the Telegraph says John King says that Gibbs got the boot because Daley didn't want him around: … I think I was one of the first to report on the pending White House shake-up back on December 9 on MSNBC, and again on FDL on December 20:
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
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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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
Jeffrey Sparshott / Wall Street Journal:
Economy Adds Fewer Jobs Than Expected
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.
ABCNEWS:
Gov. Tim Pawlenty: Sarah Palin Is a ‘Force of Nature’
Discussion: Ballot Box
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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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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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 …
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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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 …
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
Discussion: ABCNEWS, NationalJournal.com and CNN
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,” …
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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Bachmann for President? 'I'm Going to Iowa - There's Your Answer'
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Ted Rowlands / CNN:
Investigation into death of Notorious B.I.G. heats up
Discussion: Gothamist and The Informer
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Demographics and Destiny
Discussion: Project Syndicate and Yglesias
Tyler Durden / zero hedge:
Labor Force Participation Rate Drops To Fresh 25 Year Low …
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Force Structure! Doctrine!
The Note:
Bernanke Warns Jobs Recovery Could Take Years, Urges Action on Deficit Problems
Discussion: The Politico and HotAirPundit
Brian / Right Wing Watch:
Heritage Foundation and Media Research Center Join CPAC Boycott
 Earlier Items: 
A. Barton / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Hinkle: Debates of 2010 Raised More Questions
Discussion: protein wisdom
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Constitutionalism  —  For decades, Democrats and Republicans fought …
Richard Vedder / Innovations:
Too Many Ph.D.'s and Professionals?
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and AOL News
Elizabeth A. Harris / New York Times:
Going to an Event Featuring Cuomo? Take a Coat, or Maybe a Blanket
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Junior Senate Dems want chairmen to face secret ballot election