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5:20 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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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 …
David Whelan / Health Dollars:
Florida Judge Rules Against ObamaCare, Calls Individual Mandate Unconstitutional  —  Justice Roger Vinson of the U.S. District Court in Pensacola ruled today that the primary mechanism used by the health reform legislation to achieve universal insurance coverage-the individual mandate-is illegal.
Jennifer Haberkorn / The Politico:
Judge rules health law unconstitutional  —  A federal judge on Monday ruled that the entire health care overhaul is unconstitutional, but he stopped short of ordering the federal government to stop implementing it.  —  Judge Roger Vinson ruled that Congress overstepped its legal bounds …
Discussion: Maggie's Farm
Andrew M. Harris / Bloomberg:
Obama Health-Care Reform Act Ruled Unconstitutional  —  President Barack Obama's health care law, assailed as an abuse of federal power in a 26-state lawsuit, was ruled unconstitutional by a U.S. judge who said Congress overstepped its authority to regulate commerce.
The Note:
Unconstitutional: Federal Judge Rules Against Health Reform, Invalidates Law Over ‘Individual Mandate’  —  ABC News' Ariane de Vogue reports:  —  In a big loss for the Obama administration, a federal judge has thrown out the entire health care reform law.  Judge Roger Vinson in Florida found today …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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.”
Discussion: Booman Tribune and AOL News
Ezra Klein:
GOP judge rules against Affordable Care Act
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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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James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
The Latest Huntsman 2012 News  —  I feel compelled to step in and briefly say something about this.  Previously here and here.  —  Various sources — notably Jake Tapper here, and Politico here — are reporting that “White House officials” expect Jon Huntsman (right, with one of his daughters) …
Lbentzterp / CNN:
Axelrod needles Romney on health care
Discussion: Cubachi, POWIP and Weasel Zippers
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Daley Debuts as White House Spokesman, to Poor Results
Discussion: The Hill
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Gibbs: White House has no knowledge of Huntsman's future plans
Discussion: TPMDC
Barak Ravid / Haaretz:
Israel urges world to curb criticism of Egypt's Mubarak  —  Jerusalem seeks to convince its allies that it is in the West's interest to maintain the stability of the Egyptian regime.  —  Israel called on the United States and a number of European countries over the weekend to curb their criticism …
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Erika Niedowski / The Hill:
Mubarak ‘will have to leave,’ says Carter  —  Former President Jimmy Carter said Sunday that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will likely be forced to step down because “the people have decided,” according to a news report.  —  “This is the most profound situation in the Middle East since I left office …
Max Blumenthal:
Mike Huckabee speaks “very Zionistically” …
Discussion: Ynetnews, Guardian, GOP 12, Salon and Mondoweiss
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 …
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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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Aljazeera:
‘Mega protest’ planned in Egypt
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
The uncivil left  —  Showing no concern for the new civility push that followed the Arizona massacre, a group of leftist activists from groups including Code Pink, Common Cause and jewel of liberal think tanks, the Center for American Progress, turned into a loud mob complete with Nazi imagery outside …
Discussion: Hot Air and Commentary
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Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Americans Believe GOP Should Consider Tea Party Ideas  —  Half of Republicans are Tea Party supporters; 5% are “opponents”  —  PRINCETON, NJ — About 7 in 10 national adults, including 88% of Republicans, say it is important that Republican leaders in Congress take the Tea Party movement's positions …
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
DCCC picks 19 early GOP House targets  —  The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has pegged its first GOP targets of the 2012 cycle, launching radio and Web ads in the districts of 19 House Republicans this week.  —  Democrats need to pick up 25 House seats to win back the majority in 2012.
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Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Fear the Muslim Brotherhood  —  At the Daily Beast, Bruce Riedel has posted an essay called “Don't fear Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood,” the classic, conventional-wisdom response to the crisis in Egypt.  The Muslim Brotherhood is just fine, he'd have you believe, no need to worry.
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
‘Pay China First’ — Republicans' Wild Plan To Avoid U.S. Debt Default  —  New Republican legislation in the House and Senate would force the U.S. government to reroute huge amounts of money to China and other creditors in the event that Congress fails to raise its debt ceiling.
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 …
Nick Baumann / ABCNEWS:
House Republicans Plan to Redefine Rape  —  Drugged, Raped, and Pregnant?  Too bad — Republicans are Pushing to Limit Rape and Incest Cases Eligible for Government Abortion Funding  —  Rape is only really rape if it involves force, according to the new House Republican majority as it now moves to change abortion law.
Lbentzterp / CNN:
Huckabee and Voight in Israel  —  Washington (CNN) - Potential presidential candidate Mike Huckabee scored a sit down Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  —  Huckabee, whose visit to the country comes only days after potential-rival Mitt Romney made a similar foray …
 
 
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Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Napolitano says border security critics trying to ‘score political points’
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Tom Beaumont / Des Moines Register:
Pawlenty: Prospect of fundamentalist Islamic regime in Egypt “great concern.”
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