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Republicans ‘Giddy’ About One Proposed Filibuster Reform

“In a bid to attract Republican support for filibuster reform, Democrats led by Sens. Tom Udall (D-NM) and Jeff Merkley have proposed a new rule that would guarantee the minority party the chance to offer three amendments to any legislation.

It may have worked too well. A senior Senate Republican leadership aide says GOP members would be “giddy” if they were given that right.”

Read More: Franken, Klobuchar offer filibuster fixes

Rep. Steve King Boasts Of GOP Leaders’ ‘Mendacity’

“Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) literally accused the Republican leadership of the House of being a bunch of big old liars on the floor of the House last night. But that isn’t exactly what he meant.

During a rant on the floor of the House about health care, King used the word “mendacity” — meaning untruthfulness — where he likely meant the opposite.”

Birthright Citizenship Foes Want Two-Tiered Birth Certificates

“We told you yesterday about the State Legislators for Legal Immigration, a group of conservative state lawmakers who want to force a Supreme Court fight over the 14th Amendment, by passing state citizenship laws that are sure to be challenged.

But there’s another prong to their attack. They also want Congress to allow states to mark the birth certificates of children born on U.S. soil — that is, U.S. citizens — who are born to illegal immigrants. This would create two categories of certificates: One for those whose parents are citizens or legal immigrants, and one for those whose parents are here illegally.”

Cantor Wouldn’t Touch Ethics Questions On New Rep. Rivera

“Rep. David Rivera (R-FL) tried this week to clear up questions about his finances amidst a reported investigation into $500,000 in payments by a dog track (whose cause Rivera supported) to a company owned by his mother and godmother.”

House GOP Bails Out Sessions & Fitzpatrick With Oops! Bill

“The Republican-controlled House voted this morning to wash away the massive fail caused by Reps. Pete Sessions’ (R-TX) and Mike Fitzpatrick’s (R-PA) decision to skip Wednesday’s swearing-in ceremony in favor of taking the oath to a television set at a Capitol complex event for Fitzpatrick.

By a vote of 257 to 159, the House voted in a special rule written for Sessions and Fitzpatrick to essentially rewrite Congressional history so the votes they cast as unsworn members-elect Wednesday and Thursday never happened. ”

Read More: Weiner Mocks House GOP Oath Blunder: ‘We Violated The Constitution On Our Very First Day’

Obama Created More Jobs In One Year Than Bush Created In Eight

“This morning, the Labor Department released its employment data for December, showing that the U.S. economy ended the year by adding 113,000 private sector jobs, knocking the unemployment rate down sharply from 9.8 percent to 9.4 percent — its lowest rate since July 2009. The “surprising drop — which was far better than the modest step-down economists had forecast — was the steepest one-month fall since 1998.” October and November’s jobs numbers were also revised upward by almost 80,000 each. Still, 14.5 million Americans remain unemployed, and jobs will have to be created much faster in coming months for the country to pull itself out of the economic doldrums.”

Kentucky Law Would Force Women To See Ultrasound Images Before Abortion Procedures

“The Kentucky state Senate passed a law yesterday mandating that women seeking an abortion must wait 24 hours before the procedure is performed, and also must be shown an ultrasound of the fetus. The measure, which passed 32-5, requires that women receive an ultrasound and see the results, and if she chooses to avert her eyes, the “doctor still would have to describe to her the image.” Cases of rape or incest are not exempted from this requirement, and doctors face fines as high as $250,000 for disobeying the law. “

Harvard Economist Estimates Health Repeal Would Destroy Up To 400,000 Jobs Per Year Over Decade

Just as House Republicans gear up to repeal the “job killing” Affordable Care Act, the Department of Labor is reporting that the U.S. economy added 103,000 jobs last month, pushing the jobless rate down to a 19-month low of 9.4 percent.

In fact, since President Obama signed health reform into law on March 23, 2010, the economy has created approximately a total of 1.1 million new jobs in the private sector. One-fifth of the new jobs — over 200,000 — have been in the health care industry. Nevertheless, Republicans have spent the week decrying health reform as “job killing” legislation. Watch a compilation:
Aside from the fact that increasing access to health services will create thousands of jobs in the health care sector, Harvard economist David Cutler argues in new paper released this morning that repealing the health law would reverse these gains and could destroy 250,000 to 400,000 jobs annually over the next decade.

Obama To Tap Gene Sperling For Top Economic Post

“President Obama will name Gene Sperling as director of the National Economic Council on Friday, a move that will place a veteran policy and political player in the White House to work with a divided Congress.

The role gives Sperling broad oversight of the administration’s economic policies as the White House contends with near-double digit unemployment and looming legislative battles on the budget and deficit. His appointment comes amid a broader shake-up of Obama’s senior staff as the White House ramps up the president’s re-election campaign.”

Another Patient Dies From Arizona’s Medicaid Cuts As Gov. Brewer Ignores Possible Solutions

“As ThinkProgress previously reported, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) advocated for and passed budget cuts last year that cut off urgent transplant funding that was previously promised to 98 Arizonans. In late November, Mark Price, an Arizona father who had been battling leukemia for a year, died due to complications related to chemotherapy treatment he was receiving. Price was awaiting an organ transplant that could’ve saved his life, but he was unable to receive one in time due to Brewer’s budget cuts.

Now, the University of Arizona Medical Center has told the press that another patient passed away in late December because they were unable to get their organ transplant funded.”

Postal Parcel Addressed To Napolitano Ignites In D.C.

“A package caught fire at a Washington, D.C., postal facility Friday, and a federal official said the package was addressed to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. Washington’s police chief said the parcel was similar to two other fiery packages sent to Maryland’s governor and transportation secretary that burned the fingers of workers who opened them on Thursday.”

WikiLeaks Cables Make Appearance in a Tale of Sunken Treasure and Nazi Theft

“A Florida deep-sea treasure hunting company is using classified cables in its legal battle over who owns $500 million of gold and silver retrieved in 2007 from the wreckage of a Spanish galleon.”

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