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6:15 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 / 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
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 …
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 …
Tom Brown / Reuters:
Judge strikes down healthcare reform law  —  (Reuters) - A federal judge in Florida struck down President Barack Obama's landmark healthcare overhaul as unconstitutional on Monday, in the biggest legal challenge yet to federal authority to enact the law.  —  U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson …
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 and Right Pundits
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.
Andrew M. Harris / Bloomberg:
Obama Health-Care Reform Act Ruled Unconstitutional
Jennifer Haberkorn / The Politico:
Judge rules health law unconstitutional
Discussion: The Note and Maggie's Farm
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:   Yes, but what will Anthony Kennedy say?
N.C. Aizenman / Washington Post:
Judge strikes down entire new health-care law
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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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 …
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 …
New York Times:
Government Offers Talks With Protesters After Army Says It Will Not Fire
Max Blumenthal:
Mike Huckabee speaks “very Zionistically” …
Discussion: Ynetnews, Guardian, Salon, GOP 12 and Mondoweiss
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) …
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Huntsman to Step Down, Fueling Speculation About Presidential Bid  —  Jon Huntsman, the United States ambassador to China, has informed the White House that he plans to step down in the next few months, further stoking speculation about his presidential ambitions.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and FrumForum
Lbentzterp / CNN:
Axelrod needles Romney on health care
Discussion: Cubachi, POWIP and Weasel Zippers
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Gibbs: White House has no knowledge of Huntsman's future plans
Discussion: ABCNEWS and TPMDC
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Daley Debuts as White House Spokesman, to Poor Results
Discussion: The Hill
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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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: Commentary and Hot Air
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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 …
George Altman / Breaking News from the Press-Register:
House Ethics Committee Chairman Jo Bonner says political realities keep OCE operating  —  WASHINGTON — The vast majority of U.S. House members privately wish to end the Office of Congressional Ethics, or OCE, a controversial independent watchdog agency put in place by House Democrats in 2008 …
Discussion: TPMMuckraker and The Hill
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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 …
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.
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 …
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:
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.
 
 
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