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8:50 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: 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.
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.
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 …
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
Ilya Shapiro / Cato @ Liberty:
Florida Ruling Requires Government to Stop Implementing Obamacare
Tom Brown / Reuters:
Judge strikes down healthcare reform law
Jennifer Haberkorn / The Politico:
Judge rules health law unconstitutional
Discussion: ABCNEWS, The Note and Maggie's Farm
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Rep. Weiner ‘still pissed’ about public option
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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  —  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 and now is likely to explore a Republican presidential bid, according to supporters.
Politics Daily:
Jon M. Huntsman Jr. resigned as U.S. ambassador to China on Monday …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
White House prepares for life after Mubarak
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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Forex Crunch:
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 …
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 …
Craigjohnsoncnn / This Just In:
Egypt says it's shutting down mobile phone networks  —  Read full coverage of the unrest in Egypt updated continually by CNN reporters worldwide.  Send your photos and video to iReport and see CNN in Arabic here.  —  [Update 3:11 a.m. Tuesday in Cairo, 8:11 p.m. ET Monday] CNN's Fareed Zakaria …
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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 …
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 …
Max Blumenthal:
Mike Huckabee speaks “very Zionistically” in Israeli Knesset, condemns Egyptian uprising  —  Avowed Christian Zionist Mike Huckabee is a natural ally of the Bibi-Barak-Lieberman government  —  Mike Huckabee was in Jerusalem today on an important junket related to his likely presidential campaign.
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Lbentzterp / CNN:
Huckabee and Voight in Israel
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 …
Frank Newport / Gallup:
No SOTU Bump for Obama, but Approval Remains Higher  —  Obama averaged 50% for five days before and five days after State of the Union address  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup Daily tracking finds no change in President Obama's job approval rating after his State of the Union address.
Discussion: Hot Air and Taegan Goddard's …
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
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.
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
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Republicans Promise Scott Brown Challenge  —  A Republican organization that backed Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) with independent expenditures and fundraising assistance says it will work to defeat Brown in a Republican primary next year in order to protect the party's brand.
Discussion: The Caucus
 
 
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Dean Baker / The Huffington Post:
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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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Shocker: Evan Bayh To K Street
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Tom Beaumont / Des Moines Register:
Pawlenty: Prospect of fundamentalist Islamic regime in Egypt “great concern.”
Discussion: CNN, Fox Nation, GOP 12 and Ben Smith's Blog
Ken Dilanian / Los Angeles Times:
FBI involved in hundreds of violations in national security investigations
Discussion: Politics Daily, Shakesville and SpyTalk
Vanity Fair:
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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