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8:45 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: The Right Sphere and Mother Jones
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?
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
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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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 " …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Newshoggers.com
BBC:
Egypt protests: Army rules out the use of force
Discussion: Aljazeera and Outside the Beltway
Mark Landler / New York Times:
U.S. Official With Egypt Ties to Meet With Mubarak
Discussion: AOL News, Telegraph and The Page
Wall Street Journal:
Mubarak Offers to Negotiate
Discussion: Hot Air and Political Punch
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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John Kerry / New York Times:
Allying Ourselves With the Next Egypt  —  EVEN if the protests shaking Egypt subside in the coming days, the chaos of the last week has forever changed the relationship between the Egyptian people and their government.  The anger and aspirations propelling a diverse range of citizens …
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
A democratic Egypt or a state of hate?
Los Angeles Times:
U.S. open to a role for Islamists in new Egypt government
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and The Agonist
Marc Champion / Wall Street Journal:
Coptic Christians Worry About Future Without Mubarak
Discussion: Jihad Watch, Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
Michael Downey / World Policy Institute:
An Interview with the Brotherhood
Forex Crunch:
Muslim Brotherhood Wants War With Israel
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.
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.
Kyle Trygstad / Roll Call:
Denny Rehberg to Announce Senate Bid Saturday  —  Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) will announce Saturday he is challenging Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.).  —  “It's happening Saturday,” said a knowledgeable Montana GOP political operative.  “He's running.  There is a lot of support and enthusiasm back home, and Denny knows he can win.”
Discussion: The Fix and Hotline On Call
Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Reid: Social Security Cuts Are ‘Off the Table’  —  Cuts to Social Security are “off the table,” Majority Leader Harry Reid said in a video being circulated by a liberal activist group, making Mr. Reid one of the most high profile Democrats to take a stand on the issue.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Harry Reid Takes Social Security ‘Off The Table’ (VIDEO)
Telegraph:
WikiLeaks: Britain secretly advised Libya how to secure release of Lockerbie bomber  —  Ministers secretly advised Muammar Gaddafi's Libyan regime how to secure the successful early release of the Lockerbie bomber, documents obtained by The Daily Telegraph have disclosed.
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 …
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.
 
 
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Will Stewart In Moscow / Daily Mail:
Terrorists threatened to kill my baby unless I became a Black Widow …
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Gautham Nagesh / The Hill:
Egypt's Web blockade raises concerns about ‘kill switch’ for Internet
Discussion: RedState
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Carla Bruni-Sarkozy confession: ‘I no longer feel left wing’
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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:
Barrasso makes first move in Senate to stop EPA
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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
Frank Newport / Gallup:
No SOTU Bump for Obama, but Approval Remains Higher
Discussion: Hot Air
Dean Baker / The Huffington Post:
Debts Should be Honored, Except When the Money Is Owed to Working People
Discussion: Sky Dancing
Helen Pow / NEWS.com.au:
Generation Y women losing ‘female’ skills such as cooking, ironing and sewing
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
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Noam Cohen / New York Times:
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