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10:40 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 …
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
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.”
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.
Ilya Shapiro / Cato @ Liberty:
Florida Ruling Requires Government to Stop Implementing Obamacare
Tom Brown / Reuters:
Judge strikes down healthcare reform law
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
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:   Yes, but what will Anthony Kennedy say?
The Note:
Unconstitutional: Federal Judge Rules Against Health Reform …
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.
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
White House prepares for life after Mubarak
Politics Daily:   Jon M. Huntsman Jr. resigned as U.S. ambassador to China on Monday …
Lbentzterp / CNN:
‘A lot of room’ for Huntsman in GOP race, adviser says
Discussion: Swampland and The Fix
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.
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Mubarak's Grip on Power Is Shaken  —  CAIRO — The government of Egypt's authoritarian president, Hosni Mubarak, shook Monday night, first as the Egyptian Army declared that it would not use force against protesters demanding his ouster, and then as Mr. Mubarak's most trusted adviser offered to talk with the political opposition.
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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 …
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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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:
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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 …
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.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Breitbart updates the Pigford story; Update: Video fixed  —  On Saturday while at the Americans for Prosperity conference in San Diego, I got a few minutes to talk to Andrew Breitbart about the story and the scandal of the Pigford settlements.  It's a very complicated story …
Discussion: HillBuzz.org and RedState
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
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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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
2012 contenders invited to New Hampshire for conservative summit
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Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Will Chris Matthews and MSNBC Spend Week Bashing Schumer's Branches …
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Amanda Carey / The Daily Caller:
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Conflict of interests for ranking Democrat on House Ethics Committee
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