The G.O.P. Strategy to Repeal Health Care Reform: First lawmakers will try to repeal the whole thing before the State of the Union Address, and then, when that fails, they will try nicking off portions of the law piece by piece.

None Shall See the President's Nipples! Aides keep press away from Obama in Hawaii because Obama does not want to be photographed shirtless.

It's a Slow News Day: Let's discuss the weather. It will warm up in Seattle later this week; it will get colder in Yakustk, the coldest city on earth, where temperatures will drop to -24 degrees this week.

Your Life Isn't So Bad: It's not this bad:

The mother of four young children could only watch in horror as a fire early New Year's day swept through her Redmond apartment, killing the children and a 32-year-old man, officials and neighbors said. "She couldn't speak - she was just hysterically screaming," said neighbor Jared Wilson, who lives on the building's third floor.

This, of Course, Is What the GOP Wants Before the Presidential 2012 Election: Failing to increase the maximum national debt will make the U.S. economy implode. "If we hit the debt ceiling, that's essentially defaulting on our obligations, which is totally unprecedented in American history," says Austen Goolsbee, chairman of the Council for Economic Advisers. "The impact on the economy would be catastrophic. I mean, that would be a worse financial economic crisis than anything we saw in 2008."

The Seeds He Sows: The Seattle Times profiles Mayor McGinn's first year in office, taking a "go-it-alone approach," and considers the landscape for 2011. "You can only win through losing so many times. You win the rhetorical battle, but lose the vote," says Council Member Nick Licata.

Do We Ever Write About Rachel La Corte? She's in the Olympia bureau for the Associated Press. And, man, she just cranks out great story after great story. Today she's got a piece on the inability of charity groups to replace the billions of dollars in state-funded services—such as terminating Basic Health and the Children's Health Program—that will be cut in the next budget cycle, when the state needs to slash another $4.6 billion.

We're Not Going to Be Writing About Rachel La Corte: She says on Twitter that she's taking a year-long sabbatical.

Meanwhile, in the Alabama of Australia: There's flooding in Queensland and it's getting worse. "More than 20 towns have already been cut off or flooded across an area larger than France and Germany, with more than 200,000 people affected," reports the BBC.

Maybe She Could: Nate Silver examines whether Sarah Palin could get the Republican presidential nomination.