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9:35 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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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 …
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.”
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 …
Discussion: Mother Jones and TalkLeft
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.
Janet Adamy / Wall Street Journal:
Judge Rejects Health Law  —  A federal judge ruled that Congress violated the Constitution by requiring Americans to buy insurance as part of the health overhaul passed last year, and said the entire law “must be declared void.”  —  With his ruling, U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson set …
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 …
Ilya Shapiro / Cato @ Liberty:
Florida Ruling Requires Government to Stop Implementing Obamacare  —  As I continue digesting Judge Vinson's ruling, I notice two key things beyond the facts that the “individual mandate is unconstitutional”:  —  1. In performing his severability analysis — determining which parts …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Tea Party Judge Roger Vinson ‘Borrows Heavily’ From Family Research Council To Invalidate Health Law  —  The most surprising part of Judge Roger Vinson's ruling was his argument that the individual mandate was not severable from the health care law as a whole and must therefor bring down the entire Affordable Care Act.
Discussion: Wonk Room
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:   Yes, but what will Anthony Kennedy say?
The Note:
Unconstitutional: Federal Judge Rules Against Health Reform …
Tom Brown / Reuters:
Judge strikes down healthcare reform law
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Rep. Weiner ‘still pissed’ about public option
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Ariane De Vogue / ABCNEWS:
Unconstitutional: Judge Axes Health Reform Law Over ‘Individual Mandate’
Discussion: The Politico and The Note
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
Discussion: The Hill, TPMDC and Conservatives4Palin
Politics Daily:
Jon M. Huntsman Jr. resigned as U.S. ambassador to China on Monday …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Huntsman to Step Down, Fueling Speculation About Presidential Bid
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and FrumForum
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 …
Laura Rozen / The Politico:
Inside the White House-Egypt experts meeting  —  Headed to the White House for a 9:30 AM meeting Monday to talk Egypt with the National Security Council's Dan Shapiro and Samantha Power were:  —  George Washington University Middle East expert and Foreign Policy.com Middle East channel editor Marc Lynch …
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Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
White House prepares for life after Mubarak
Douglas Hamilton / Reuters:
Israel shocked by Obama's “betrayal” of Mubarak
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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 …
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 …
BBC:
‘Shift work’  —  The BBC's Jim Muir in Cairo says the military, who cordoned off Tahrir Square with tanks, were relaxed and were letting people come and go.  —  There were no riot police, and our correspondent says the government is being quite clever in keeping the unpopular police force out of contact with the protesters.
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Dean Baker / The Huffington Post:
Debts Should be Honored, Except When the Money Is Owed to Working People  —  This seems to be the lesson that our nation's leaders are trying to pound home to us.  According to the New York Times, members of Congress are secretly running around in closets and back alleys working up a law allowing states to declare bankruptcy.
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Bush Child, in a Break, Endorses Gay Marriage  —  The Bush dynasty is no stranger to generational conflict: father and son differed over deposing Saddam Hussein, raising taxes and the role of the United Nations.  —  Now it is father and daughter who find themselves at odds over a weighty issue.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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 …
Helen Pow / NEWS.com.au:
Generation Y women losing ‘female’ skills such as cooking, ironing and sewing  —  OUT OF THE KITCHEN: Young women wielding cooking equipment is an increasingly rare sight.  — Gender roles now being forgotten  — Life too fast and busy for DIY skills  — Generation Y less able than others
 
 
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