We discuss the agenda of the 112th Congress and the new House Speaker John Boehner, as well as the symbolism attached to House members reading the US Constitution on Thursday. Also, military spending cuts in the midst of war, and dissecting House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan's plan to rein in spending. Plus, the move to repeal Obamacare. Are there any viable Republican plans which could deliver health insurance to millions of Americans? Finally, the role of two new members of President Obama's senior team.
Jennifer Rubin sits in for Arianna Huffington, who is away. And a hearty welcome to new LRC producer Jeff Rogers!
Banner image: Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) shows off the Speaker's gavel after receiving it from outgoing Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi following his election January 5, 2011 in Washington, DC. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images