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8:00 PM ET, January 31, 2011

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Kevin Sack / New York Times:
Federal Judge Rules Health Law Violates Constitution  —  A second federal judge ruled on Monday that it was unconstitutional for Congress to enact a health care law that requires Americans to obtain commercial insurance, evening the score at two-to-two in the lower courts as the conflicting opinions begin …
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Ezra Klein:
GOP judge rules against Affordable Care Act  —  Roger Vinson, the second Republican judge to rule on the constitutionality of the individual mandate, has, as expected, ruled against it.  More surprising is that he's decided that the presence of the mandate means the rest of the law must be overturned …
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
The Extreme Activism Of Judge Vinson  —  For most people, an “activist judge” is one whose opinions they don't agree with.  But Judge Vinson's ruling today — that the entire health care law must be voided because he found one provision unconstitutional — really meets an indisputable definition of “activist.”
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Florida Judge Voids Entire Health Care Law  —  A federal district court judge in Florida ruled today that a key provision in the new health care law is unconstitutional, and that the entire law must be voided.  —  Roger Vinson, a Ronald Reagan appointee, agreed with the 26 state-government plaintiffs …
Stephanie Cutter / White House.gov Blog:
Judicial Activism and the Affordable Care Act  —  Today, a judge in Florida issued a decision in a case filed by 25 Republican Attorneys General and Governors striking down the Affordable Care Act.  This ruling is well out of the mainstream of judicial opinion.
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Judge uses Obama's words against him  —  **FILE** President Obama talks about his health care plan, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009, at Portsmouth High School in Portsmouth, N.H.(Associated Press)  —  In ruling against President Obama's health care law, federal Judge Roger Vinson used Mr. Obama's own position …
Discussion: The Powers That Be
Michelle Malkin:
Unconstitutional: Florida judge strikes down Obamacare mandate; full decision embedded; all 47 GOP Senators sign on to DeMint repeal bill; White House reax: ruling is “odd,” “overreaching” “activism;” DOJ readies appeal  —  Hey, remember when conservatives objected to the Obamacare federal individual mandate …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Yes, but what will Anthony Kennedy say?
Jennifer Haberkorn / The Politico:
Judge rules health law unconstitutional
Discussion: ABCNEWS, The Note and Maggie's Farm
The Note:
Unconstitutional: Federal Judge Rules Against Health Reform …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Right Pundits
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:   Tea Party Judge Roger Vinson ‘Borrows Heavily’ …
Tom Brown / Reuters:
Judge strikes down healthcare reform law
Andrew M. Harris / Bloomberg:
Obama Health-Care Reform Act Ruled Unconstitutional
CNN:
Federal judge tosses out sweeping health care reform act
Discussion: The Huffington Post
The Politico:
Barack Obama braces for Jon Huntsman 2012 bid  —  The White House expects Jon Huntsman, the U.S. Ambassador to China, to resign his post this spring to explore a bid for the Republican presidential nomination, top Democrats said.  —  GOP allies of Huntsman have already begun laying plans …
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Jon Huntsman resigns; may run  —  Jon M. Huntsman Jr., the U.S. ambassador to China, sent a resignation letter to President Barack Obama on Monday, the White House said.  Huntsman and now is likely to explore a Republican presidential bid, according to supporters.
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
White House prepares for life after Mubarak
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Huntsman to Step Down, Fueling Speculation About Presidential Bid
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and FrumForum
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Gibbs: White House has no knowledge of Huntsman's future plans
Discussion: TPMDC and ABCNEWS
New York Times:
Government Offers Talks With Protesters After Army Says It Will Not Fire  —  CAIRO — The political forces aligned against President Hosni Mubarak appeared to strengthen sharply Monday when the Army said for the first time that it would not fire on the protesters who have convulsed Egypt for a week demanding his resignation.
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Muslim Brotherhood Wants War With Israel  —  Mohamed Ghanem, one of the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, calls Egypt to stop pumping gas to Israel and prepare the Egyptian army for a war with it's eastern neighbor.  —  Speaking with Iranian television station Al-Alam …
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Income Inequality In The U.S. Is Worse Than In Egypt  —  Protests in Egypt continued for a seventh day today, and pro-democracy demonstrators are organizing a “march of millions” to take place tomorrow.  As financial markets dip across the Middle East, financial prognosticators are trying …
Barak Ravid / Haaretz:
Israel urges world to curb criticism of Egypt's Mubarak
BBC:
Key points  — Egyptians are holding a seventh day of mass demonstrations calling for President Mubarak to step down.  — Military helicopters continue to circle over Cairo's central Tahrir Square where crowds of people defied an overnight curfew.  — Police in Egypt are returning …
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Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
Liberals and the Koch Brothers.  —  I don't begrudge liberals who want to protest the Koch Foundation, or who feel that it has undue influence on the conduct of politics.  But, for my part, I don't see the big deal.  Which is to say that this seems like a little much:
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William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Big Law Firm Takes Down Big Conservative Blogger  —  I'm late to this, but the story has not received a lot of coverage in the conservative blogosphere.  Paul Mirengoff of Power Line blog no longer is of Power Line blog.  —  Mirengoff is an attorney at Akin Gump, a big law firm …
The Official Google Blog:
Some weekend work that will (hopefully) enable more Egyptians to be heard  —  Like many people we've been glued to the news unfolding in Egypt and thinking of what we could do to help people on the ground.  Over the weekend we came up with the idea of a speak-to-tweet service …
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Define Gender Gap?  Look Up Wikipedia's Contributor List  —  In 10 short years, Wikipedia has accomplished some remarkable goals.  More than 3.5 million articles in English?  Done.  More than 250 languages?  Sure.  —  But another number has proved to be an intractable obstacle …
Ezra Klein:
What happens if conservatives succeed in undermining the ACA?  —  The legal theory currently in vogue in conservative circles holds that the Constitution's vision of “a central government with limited power” — to use Judge Vinson's phrase — permits the government to establish …
 
 
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Harry Reid Takes Social Security ‘Off The Table’ (VIDEO)
Igor Volsky / Wonk Room:
Gibbs Again Dodges When Asked About Obama's 1996 Support For Same-Sex Marriage
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Sen. Bill Nelson / Foreign Policy:
Mubarak will have to go  —  Many times throughout human history …
Helen Pow / NEWS.com.au:
Generation Y women losing ‘female’ skills such as cooking, ironing and sewing
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Shocker: Evan Bayh To K Street
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Jordy Yager / The Hill:
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