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8:20 PM ET, January 19, 2011


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Say What?  Democrat Compares Republicans to Nazis  —  ABC News Jonathan Karl reports:  —  The newfound civility didn't last long.  Political rhetoric in Congress doesn't get much nastier than the words of one House Democrat during the debate on repealing the health care law.
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
House Repeals Obama Health Care Law in Symbolic Act  —  WASHINGTON - The House on Wednesday voted to repeal the Democrats' landmark health care overhaul, in a largely symbolic step that the new Republican majority said marked the beginning of an all-out effort to dismantle President Obama's signature domestic policy achievement.
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
House passes health law repeal  —  House Republicans passed a bill to repeal President Barack Obama's health care plan Wednesday, taking their first major step toward rolling back the massive overhaul that has dominated the American political landscape for almost two years.
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
House Democrat compares Republican ‘lies’ to Nazi propagandist  —  Washington (CNN) - A House Democrat compared Republicans to one of the most reviled Nazis during World War ll- ignoring efforts on both sides of the aisle to tone down the political rhetoric.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Democratic lawmaker compares GOP health law claims to Nazi ‘lies’  —  Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen (Tenn.) on the House floor Tuesday night compared Republican claims about the healthcare reform law to lies perpetrated by the Nazis that led to the Holocaust.  —  Cohen, who is Jewish …
Discussion: Harry's Place
Michelle Malkin:   Civility Watch: Nazis and crosshairs and killers, oh my
ZIP / Weasel Zippers:
Dem Congressman Compares GOP ObamaCare Claims to Nazi Propaganda …
Discussion: The Hill and Theo Spark
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Democratic lawmaker: Repealing health reform is ‘killing Americans’
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
McConnell ‘assures’ Senate vote on repealing health reform  —  The Senate's top Republican promised a vote in that chamber to repeal healthcare reform following a successful House vote on such legislation Wednesday evening.  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he would …
Russell Berman / The Hill:
House repeals healthcare law, 245-189
Discussion: TPMDC and Sister Toldjah
The Hill:   Boehner, McConnell skipping state dinner with Chinese leader
Bradford Plumer / The New Republic:
Republicans Learn To Hate The Senate
Discussion: Yglesias and Washington Monthly
Jerome R. Corsi / WorldNetDaily:
Hawaii governor can't find Obama birth certificate  —  Suggests controversy could hurt president's re-election chances  —  Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie suggested in an interview published today that a long-form, hospital-generated birth certificate for Barack Obama may not exist within …
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Gabrielle Giffords to be released from hospital Friday  —  Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is expected to be released from a Tucson, Ariz., hospital Friday just less than two weeks after she suffered a gunshot wound to her head, her office said today.  —  She will be moved from the University Medical Center …
Discussion: Salon, TPMDC and Outside the Beltway
Todd Ackerman / Houston Chronicle:
Giffords to transfer to Houston rehab center
Discussion: New York Times and Politics Daily
Janie Har / Oregonian:
U.S. Rep. David Wu loses staffers, political team amid complaints of public behavior  —  Since the November election, U.S. Rep. David Wu, D-Ore., has lost at least six staffers plus the leadership of a veteran campaign team that guided him to a seventh term amid complaints about his public behavior.
Lbentzterp / CNN:
McCain: Hopes Obama considers Lieberman for defense secretary  —  Washington (CNN) - Sen. John McCain, R-AZ, tells CNN he believes his good friend Joe Lieberman would make a good defense secretary for President Obama, calling him “one of the most informed members of the Senate on national security issues and homeland security issues.”
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Why Did Lieberman Off Himself?
Discussion: Eunomia
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
QUOTE OF THE DAY.... Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) has been one of the most hysterical GOP lawmakers when it comes to repealing the Affordable Care Act, insisting that every possible provision in the law has to be scrubbed from existence — with no exceptions.  Even wildly popular measures …
Melanie / CNSNews:
200 Economists Ask Lawmakers to Repeal Obamacare
Discussion: Right Wing News
John / Power Line:
Palin for President?  Forget It  —  The time has come to put any thoughts of Sarah Palin running for President to rest.  I say that not because I dislike her; on the contrary, I'm a fan.  I think she did an excellent job as a vice-presidential candidate in 2008 and has been an effective spokeswoman …
Ron Charles / Washington Post:
Ron Charles reviews ‘O: A Presidential Novel’  —  By Anonymous.  —  Simon & Schuster.  353 pp.  $25.99  —  Like the people who end up running for president, this anonymous novel about Barack Obama's reelection campaign isn't as good as you hoped or as bad as you feared.
New York Post:
Guessing at who's behind ‘O’
Discussion: Swampland and JammieWearingFool
Craig / CNSNews:
Rep. John Lewis Says Declaration's ‘Pursuit of Happiness’ Language and 14th Amendment Authorize Congress to Force People to Buy Health Insurance  —  ( -Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) said on Tuesday that the government should require individuals to buy health insurance and cited the Preamble …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Our Second Annual TV News Trust Poll  —  PPP's annual look at the public's trust in various TV news outlets finds that Fox News' credibility is on the decline, that the traditional networks are seeing an up tick in their numbers, and that PBS is at the top of the heap.
Associated Press:
DA: Pa. abortion doc killed 7 babies with scissors  —  PHILADELPHIA — A doctor who provided abortions for minorities, immigrants and poor women in a “house of horrors” clinic has been charged with eight counts of murder in the deaths of a patient and seven babies who were born alive …
National Enquirer:
WHY OBAMA IS SCARY SKINNY  —  The real reason behind PRESIDENT OBAMA's shocking weight loss - he's secretly battling stomach parasites, say sources.  —  The pencil-thin president caught the parasites on a trip last year to Hawaii, where he and his family also vacationed over Christmas, according to top political insiders.
Discussion: Moonbattery, Althouse, Wonkette and Gawker
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  Before banning ‘crosshairs,’ CNN used it to refer to Palin, Bachmann  —  CNN's John King is attracting a lot of notice — and some ridicule — in the blogosphere for his on-air apology after a guest used the word “crosshairs” during a report on Chicago politics Tuesday.
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
In Wreckage of Lost Jobs, Lost Power  —  Alone among the world's economic powers, the United States is suffering through a deep jobs slump that can't be explained by the rest of the economy's performance.  —  The gross domestic product here — the total value of all goods and services …
Wall Street Journal:
President's Ratings Climb  —  President Barack Obama is riding a surge of public support into next week's State of the Union address, with more Americans approving of his performance and more seeing him as a political moderate, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.
Gov. Bentley apologizes for ‘Christian Brother’ comments  —  MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Before a crowd of reporters and Jewish leaders Wednesday afternoon, Governor Robert Bentley apologized for comments that many considered offensive towards non-Christians.  —  Bentley, just hours after taking office …
Kyle / Right Wing Watch:
Santorum: It's “Common Sense” The We Should Not “Defy Nature” By Letting Gays Get Married or Adopt  —  Today, CNS News posted a nearly two hour long interview with Rick Santorum conducted by CNS News editor-in-chief Terry Jeffrey which covered a wide range of issues, including Santorum's opposition …
Discussion: Wonk Room, Holy Bullies … and TPMDC
Tim Mak / FrumForum:
Steele: “I Know How Caesar Felt”  —  This past weekend, RNC Chairman Michael Steele lost his bid for reelection.  Sitting down with FrumForum as he ponders his next move, perhaps the thing that gets the garrulous Steele most quiet is a mention of his successor, Wisconsin State Republican Chair Reince Priebus.
Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
Pickering, Hills, Sullivan, Beinart, Dobbins, More Ask Obama Administration to Support UN Resolution Condemning Illegal Israeli Settlements  —  A letter from an array of concerned policy commentators and practitioners, academics, and former government officials about the resolution pending …
Study Points to Windfall for Goldman Partners  —  Goldman Sachs executives have long been among the most richly paid on Wall Street in the best of times.  They are now poised to reap a windfall that was sown in the dark days of the financial crisis in 2008.
Jonathon M. Seidl / The Blaze:
D.C. ANTI-WALMART PROTESTERS PLAN MARCH ON DEVELOPER'S HOME WITH ‘TARGET’ FLYER  —  A group of Washington, D.C. protesters upset about the possibility of a Walmart store coming to their area is hoping to send the potential developer of the proposed store a message.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Bad polling exaggerates support for repeal  —  Okay, I noted here yesterday that a clear pattern has emerged when it comes to polling on whether Americans support repealing the health reform law.  When pollsters offer respondents a straight choice between full repeal and leaving the law as is, more end up supporting repeal.
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