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1:20 PM ET, January 8, 2011

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Dominic Rushe / Guardian:
US tells Twitter to pass on messages  —  Icelandic MP to fight attempts by the US department of justice to access her private information  —  A member of parliament in Iceland who is also a former WikiLeaks volunteer says the US justice department has ordered Twitter to hand over her private messages.
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
DOJ subpoenas Twitter records of several WikiLeaks volunteers  —  (updated below - Update II - Update III)  —  Last night, Birgitta Jónsdóttir — a former WikiLeaks volunteer and current member of the Icelandic Parliament — announced (on Twitter) that she had been notified …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
DOJ sends order to Twitter for Wikileaks-related account info
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Feds Subpoena Twitter Seeking Information on Ex-WikiLeaks Volunteer
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
O'REILLY TRIES TO SETTLE A THEOLOGICAL DEBATE.... Debates between atheists and monotheists over the supernatural can be lively and spirited, but generally don't serve much purpose.  No matter how well meaning, participants almost certainly aren't going to change the minds of their rivals.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Wall Street Journal:
ObamaCare's Reality Deficit  —  If you believe that a new entitlement saves money, you'll believe anything.  —  Of all the claims deployed in favor of ObamaCare, and there are many, the most preposterous is that a new open-ended entitlement will somehow reduce the budget deficit.
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Philip Klein / AmSpecBlog:
BREAKING: CBO Says Repealing ObamaCare Would Reduce Net Spending by $540 Billion
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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Michael Powell / New York Times:
Obama the Centrist Irks a Liberal Lion  —  BERKELEY, Calif. — So how would he grade President Obama's economic policies, and the new team put in place this week?  —  Though Robert B. Reich, the former labor secretary, endorsed Mr. Obama and has traveled to the White House to provide economic counsel …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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
USA Today:
Ad playing Doritos for Eucharist yanked from Super Bowl contest  —  Step aside Tim Tebow.  The evangelical quarterback's pro-family ad was last year's Super Bowl ad dust up.  In 2011, the hot spot is an entry in the annual Pepsi-owned Doritos Crash the Super Bowl ad contest that will never air …
Matthew Belloni / Hollywood Reporter:
EXCLUSIVE: History Channel Pulls ‘The Kennedys’; Says Controversial Miniseries ‘Not a Fit’ … In a surprise move, A&E Television Networks has canceled plans to broadcast The Kennedys, the ambitious and much-anticipated miniseries about the American political family that was set to air this spring on the History channel.
Sean J. Miller / The Hill:
Obama touts tax deal as vehicle for economic growth in new year  —  President Obama predicted the tax package passed recently by Congress would help drive down unemployment and grow the economy faster than previously expected.  —  “I fought for that package because, while we are recovering …
Ralph Reed / National Review:
Targeting Tom DeLay  —  The ascension of a new Republican majority in the House of Representatives this week contrasts sharply with an event that will unfold next Monday 1,300 miles away in a courtroom in Austin, Texas: the sentencing of former House majority leader Tom DeLay.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and TBogg
Lynette Rice / Inside TV:
'Sarah Palin's Alaska': No second season.  (Dang?)  —  It's easily one of the most-buzzed about (or should we say slammed?) shows in the history of TLC, so it's natural to assume that Sarah Palin's Alaska could have a future on the cable network, right?  Unfortunately for you caribou-hunting fans …
Discussion: TMZ.com and Joe. My. God.
Jana Winter / Fox News:
China's New Fighter Jet Could Pose ‘Terrifying’ Challenge to U.S. Fleet  —  While the Pentagon downplays China's rollout this week of what appears to be a jet fighter designed using sophisticated stealth technology, military experts are warning that the aircraft - reportedly capable …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
The Village: like Real Americans, but worth a lot more.  —  Out of Touch?  Nah, They're Just Better Than Everyone Else  —  Begala and Matalin on Biltzer this afternoon: … I'll just let that sit there for a minute.  Read it again, keeping in mind that Robert Gibbs is the presidential press secretary.
Jill Lawrence / Politics Daily:
Robert Gibbs' Successor: How About a Woman as White House Press Secretary?  —  The White House is looking for a successor to departing press secretary Robert Gibbs, and the top prospects — as usual — are men.  But Politico's Mike Allen says new chief of staff Bill Daley would like a woman in the job.
Discussion: PBS and Fox News
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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Top GOPer praises Obama picks
Discussion: The Politico
 
 
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Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
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Jesse Lee / White House.gov Blog Feed:
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Matt Negrin / The Politico:
On economy, Obama turns to pros
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Fox Nation
Dean Baker / CEPR:
Unemployment Falls to 9.4 Percent, but 260,000 Leave Labor Force
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 Earlier Items: 
Slate:
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John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
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Discussion: NewsReal Blog
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
GOP representatives regret skipped oath
Discussion: CNN and The Daily Caller
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
Crony capitalism  —  Big Labor and Big Business are teaming up to protect Big Government.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Jeff Dunetz / YID With LID:
PELOSI GOES MAD! Blames Bush For Dems Losing House