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7:35 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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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.
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 …
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
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Yes, but what will Anthony Kennedy say?
The Note:
Unconstitutional: Federal Judge Rules Against Health Reform …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Right Pundits
Jennifer Haberkorn / The Politico:
Judge rules health law unconstitutional
Discussion: ABCNEWS, The Note and Maggie's Farm
Andrew M. Harris / Bloomberg:
Obama Health-Care Reform Act Ruled Unconstitutional
Tom Brown / Reuters:
Judge strikes down healthcare reform law
CNN:
Federal judge tosses out sweeping health care reform act
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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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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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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 …
Barak Ravid / Haaretz:
Israel urges world to curb criticism of Egypt's Mubarak
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
White House prepares for life after Mubarak
Discussion: News Desk, POMED and American Power
Max Blumenthal:
Mike Huckabee speaks “very Zionistically” …
Discussion: Ynetnews, Guardian, Salon 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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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Jon Huntsman resigns; may run
Discussion: Conservatives4Palin and TPMDC
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
Lbentzterp / CNN:
Axelrod needles Romney on health care
Discussion: Cubachi, POWIP and Weasel Zippers
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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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 …
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 …
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 …
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:
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
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.
 
 
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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 …
Ezra Klein:
What happens if conservatives succeed in undermining the ACA?
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Shocker: Evan Bayh To K Street
Discussion: Yglesias, Weigel and Paul Krugman
Clout St:
Mayoral candidate Watkins demands Moseley Braun apologize for ‘crack’ accusation
Discussion: Mediaite and Marathon Pundit
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Napolitano says border security critics trying to ‘score political points’
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Ken Dilanian / Los Angeles Times:
FBI involved in hundreds of violations in national security investigations
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Was Spying On Us In The Pledge?
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
The uncivil left  —  Showing no concern for the new civility push …
Discussion: Hot Air and Commentary
Lbentzterp / CNN:
Huckabee and Voight in Israel