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6:35 AM ET, February 1, 2011

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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 …
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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 …
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 The Right Sphere
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.
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.”
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:   Yes, but what will Anthony Kennedy say?
John / Power Line:
Florida Judge Rules Obamacare Unconstitutional
Discussion: National Review and Bookworm Room
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Tea Party Judge Roger Vinson ‘Borrows Heavily’ …
Discussion: Wonk Room
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Rep. Weiner ‘still pissed’ about public option
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Janet Adamy / Wall Street Journal:
Judge Rejects Health Law
Discussion: Doug Ross and Fox News
Ilya Shapiro / Cato @ Liberty:
Florida Ruling Requires Government to Stop Implementing Obamacare
Tom Brown / Reuters:
Judge strikes down healthcare reform law
Ariane De Vogue / ABCNEWS:
Unconstitutional: Judge Axes Health Reform Law Over ‘Individual Mandate’
Discussion: The Politico and The Note
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.
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Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Bush daughter Barbara supports gay marriage  —  Barbara Bush is coming out in support of gay marriage.  —  The 29-year-old daughter of President George W. Bush announces in a web video posted late Monday that she supports same-sex marriage.  “I'm Barbara Bush and I'm a New Yorker for marriage equality,” she says.
Douglas Hamilton / Reuters:
Israel shocked by Obama's “betrayal” of Mubarak  —  (Reuters) - If Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak is toppled, Israel will lose one of its very few friends in a hostile neighborhood and President Barack Obama will bear a large share of the blame, Israeli pundits said on Monday.
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Michael Downey / World Policy Institute:
An Interview with the Brotherhood
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
A democratic Egypt or a state of hate?
Forex Crunch:
Muslim Brotherhood Wants War With Israel
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 …
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BBC:
Egypt protests: Army rules out the use of force
Discussion: Aljazeera and Outside the Beltway
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 …
Andrew Martin / New York Times:
Government's Dietary Advice: Eat Less  —  The latest nutrition guidelines released Monday by the federal government reiterate much of the advice from previous years: eat less salt and saturated fats, eat more fruits and vegetables and whole grains.  —  But there is a startling difference.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and SFist
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 now is likely to explore a Republican presidential bid, according to supporters.
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.
Discussion: Sky Dancing
al-bab.com:
'Tell Mubarak we don't need his damn Internet'  —  “Please use my real name Omar from now on—we have nothing left to hide anymore”  —  That is how the man I was calling Yousry started his remarkable interview ith me a few hours ago.  At a point in our conversation he also said " …
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 …
 
 
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Henry Samuel / Telegraph:
Carla Bruni-Sarkozy confession: ‘I no longer feel left wing’
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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
2012 contenders invited to New Hampshire for conservative summit
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Will Chris Matthews and MSNBC Spend Week Bashing Schumer's Branches …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Amanda Carey / The Daily Caller:
Barrasso makes first move in Senate to stop EPA
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Conflict of interests for ranking Democrat on House Ethics Committee
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Breitbart updates the Pigford story; Update: Video fixed
Discussion: HillBuzz.org and RedState
Aaron Blake / The Fix:
RNC is $23 million in debt
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
No SOTU Bump for Obama, but Approval Remains Higher
Discussion: Hot Air
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Harry Reid Takes Social Security ‘Off The Table’ (VIDEO)
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
Discussion: Yglesias, Weigel and Paul Krugman
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
Liberals and the Koch Brothers.
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Mayoral candidate Watkins demands Moseley Braun apologize for ‘crack’ accusation
Discussion: Mediaite
Ken Dilanian / Los Angeles Times:
FBI involved in hundreds of violations in national security investigations
Discussion: Shakesville, Politics Daily and SpyTalk
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Republicans Promise Scott Brown Challenge
Discussion: FrumForum and The Caucus