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11:30 PM ET, January 19, 2011


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The Note:
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.
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.
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.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Republican lawmaker compares China to Nazi regime
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Democratic lawmaker compares GOP health law claims to Nazi ‘lies’
Russell Berman / The Hill:
House repeals healthcare law, 245-189  —  The House voted on Wednesday to repeal the sweeping healthcare law enacted last year, as Republicans made good on a central campaign pledge and laid down the first major policy marker of their new majority.  —  The vote was 245-189.
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.
The Hill:
Boehner, McConnell skipping state dinner with Chinese leader  —  Three top congressional leaders are skipping a state dinner for Chinese President Hu Jintao in what may be perceived by China as a snub.  —  House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   McConnell ‘assures’ Senate vote on repealing health reform
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 …
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 …
Ezra Klein:
Repeal, but no replace  —  As expected, House Republicans …
Melanie / CNSNews:
200 Economists Ask Lawmakers to Repeal Obamacare
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Steele: GOP relieved I'm gone  —  (CNN) - Michael Steele, the newly ousted chairman of the Republican National Committee, said he's “disappointed” he lost the recent election but that many in his party are relieved.  —  “I think the people in the party, particularly the establishment …
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 …
Terry / CNSNews:
27 of 50 States Now Challenging Constitutionality of Obamacare in Court
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.
Discussion: The Fix, The Hill and JammieWearingFool
Glenn Beck And Sean Hannity Dropped From Philadelphia Radio Station  —  Yesterday, hate radio hosts Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity had their nationally syndicated radio shows dropped from WPHT in Philadelphia, which is the second radio station to drop both of the conservative commentators.
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.
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 …
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 …
Mary C. Curtis / Politics Daily:
Nikki Haley: Government ‘Never Intended to Be All Things to All People’ … In her first State of the State address, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley promised to make the “tough but right decisions” to overcome challenges that include budget shortfalls of $1 billion.
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” That 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: Holy Bullies …, Wonk Room and TPMDC
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.
Kevin / Daily Ructions:
Murphy To Announce Senate Candidacy Thursday.  —  United States Representative Christopher Murphy will announce Thursday that he will seek the Democratic nomination for the United States Senate from Connecticut in 2012, Daily Ructions has learned.  Murphy's declaration follows …
Discussion: Capitol Watch
Jamila Trindle / Washington Wire:
Pandas Can Stay in D.C. 5 More Years  —  On a day full of carefully choreographed events to announce incremental progress on thorny political and economic issues in the U.S.-China relationship, one big diplomatic issue has been put to rest: the pandas can stay at the National Zoo.
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
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
King witness list provokes bitter split among Islam critics  —  Rep. Peter King's decision not to include some of the harshest non-Muslim critics of American Islam in his hearings on the radicalization of American Muslims next month is drawing the Long Island Republican — long a prominent critic himself — fire from his right.
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.”
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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