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Starting Lineup: Reading Mike Pence

Potential One Termer Alert: In an attempt to sidestep a criminal investigation, freshman Florida Rep. David Rivera (R) sold a condo to a company owned by his mother and appears to have used the money to rapidly pay off his debts. Rivera sold the condo on Nov. 10, about a week after he won an open seat in Congress, and repaid $132,000 in loans to Millennium Marketing, a company run by his mother and god mother, according to the Miami Herald. Rivera is currently facing a criminal probe into his personal and campaign finances because of his financial relationship with the company. That's not exactly the news you want to break the day you're being sworn in to Congress. Hotline On Call readers will recall that Rivera's 2010 campaign was far from smooth sailing. Among the bumps along the way were allegations that he ran a truck carrying political fliers targeting him off the road. Coming To C-SPAN: Get ready for your daily civics lesson, courtesy of the House Republican caucus. A day after officially taking control of the House, he Republicans are reading the Constitution aloud on the floor. Reading along? Check out this annotated guide to the Constitution from the New York Times. The Starting Five 1. Be sure to check out Nevada politics guru Jon Ralston's predictions for 2011. Among them: Rep. Shelley Berkley (D) will run for the Senate and Sen. John Ensign (R) won't seek re-election. 2. Warning sign for Reid and Pelosi: The percentage of Americans who identified as Democrats in 2010 dropped to 31 percent, tying a 22-year low -- according to Gallup. 3. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) suggested he will take a pro-business approach to governing in his first State of the State address on Wednesday. 4. Into the lion's den: Obama will address the U.S. Chamber of Commerce -- yes, the group that spent millions against Democrats in 2010 -- on Feb. 7. 5. Former NFL quarterback and Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) thinks Rex Grossman is a good fit at quarterback for the Washington Redskins. Seriously.

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