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12:40 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
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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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
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
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
LOVE IT... House Votes to Repeal “Job-Killing” Health Care Law 236-181  —  It was a bi-partisan vote by the way...  4 Democrats joined with Republicans in a 236-181 vote.  —  Click to Enlarge-  —  The language:  —  “Providing for consideration of H.R. 2, to repeal the job-killing health care law …
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Philip Klein / AmSpecBlog:
BREAKING: CBO Says Repealing ObamaCare Would Reduce Net Spending by $540 Billion
CNN:
Oklahoma to challenge health care law
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
Jesse Lee / White House.gov Blog Feed:
Weekly Address: Tax Cuts Kicking In  —  The President touts the new benefits coming from the tax cut compromise for any business large or small, tens of millions of workers and families, and the economy itself.  —  Click here to see the video.
Discussion: Politics Daily and CNN
Yasmine El-Rashidi / english.ahram.org.eg:
Egypt's Muslims attend Coptic Christmas mass, serving as “human shields”  —  Muslims turned up in droves for the Coptic Christmas mass Thursday night, offering their bodies, and lives, as “shields” to Egypt's threatened Christian community  —  Egypt's majority Muslim population stuck to its word Thursday night.
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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Matt Negrin / The Politico:
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Andrea Leontiou / msnbc.com:
Egypt threatens to remove Central Park obelisk
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Pence introduces anti-abortion bill ahead of conservative gathering
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