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12:35 PM ET, January 1, 2013

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Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Senate Passes Tax Increases on Wealthy Americans  —  WASHINGTON - The Senate, in a pre-dawn vote two hours after the deadline passed to avert automatic tax increases, overwhelmingly approved legislation Tuesday that would allow tax rates to rise only on affluent Americans …
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Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Tentative Deal Is Reached to Raise Taxes on the Wealthy  —  WASHINGTON — Furious last-minute negotiations between the White House and the Senate Republican leadership on Monday secured a tentative agreement to allow tax rates to rise on affluent Americans, but the measure was not going to pass …
Politico:
America awaits House action on cliff  —  House Republicans will hold a closed party meeting at 1 p.m. Tuesday, the first step in considering how to handle Senate passed legislation to avert tax increases and steep spending reductions that take hold this week.
Suzy Khimm / Wonkblog:
Your fiscal cliff deal cheat sheet  —  The White House and the Senate have finalized the details of their deal to avert the fiscal cliff.  The bill basically follows the framework that came out earlier this afternoon from the McConnell-Biden talks, with key additional details.
David Brooks / New York Times:
Another Fiscal Flop  —  Over the course of the 20th century, America built its welfare state.  It was, by and large, a great achievement, expanding opportunity and security for millions.  Unfortunately, as the population aged and health care costs surged, it became unaffordable.
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Focus now turns to the House  —  The House returns to work on the first day of the new year, and will have to sort out its reaction to a Senate-passed bill meant to avoid the fiscal cliff.  —  The Senate bill, which the upper chamber approved in a 89-8 vote at about 2 a.m. on Tuesday …
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Wonkbook: Everything you need to know about the fiscal cliff deal  —  Welcome to Wonkbook, Ezra Klein and Evan Soltas's morning policy news primer.  To subscribe by e-mail, click here.  Send comments, criticism, or ideas to Wonkbook at Gmail dot com.  To read more by Ezra and his team, go to Wonkblog.
CBS News:
Fiscal cliff deal heads to House after Senate vote  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  Legislation to negate a fiscal cliff of across-the-board tax increases and sweeping spending cuts to the Pentagon and other government agencies is headed to the GOP-dominated House after bipartisan …
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Senate passes massive tax cut which raised taxes over $600 billion in middle of night without reading the bill  —  There are too many metaphors here applicable to the Senate's 89-8 passage of a “fiscal cliff” bill in the middle of the night (around 2 a.m. this morning).
Paul Krugman:
Conceder In Chief?  —  OK, I've had my own sorta-kinda briefing on the apparent fiscal cliff deal, and I'm pretty much with Noam Scheiber.  Viewed on its own, it's a bad and upsetting deal but not as terrible as initial rumors had it.  But the strategic consequences are likely to be very bad indeed, and in very short order too.
Leigh Ann Caldwell / CBS News:
It's official: Deal reached on “fiscal cliff”
Sabrina Siddiqui / The Huffington Post:
Obama Fiscal Cliff Remarks Spark Republican Threats To Blow Up Deal
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Here's what Republicans really hated about Obama's news conference
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Senate to hold New Year's Eve vote on Biden-GOP fiscal cliff deal
Discussion: Post Politics
Mollie Reilly / The Huffington Post:
Fiscal Cliff: Live Updates On Congress, White House Negotiations
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hullabaloo
USA Today:
Washington poised to go over ‘fiscal cliff’
Discussion: Firedoglake and Associated Press
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama says fiscal-cliff deal on taxes ‘in sight’ but not done yet
Discussion: CNN, Reuters and Politico
Paul Krugman:
Perspective on the Deal  —  To make sense of what just happened, we need to ask what is really at stake, and how much difference the budget deal makes in the larger picture.  —  So, what are the two sides really fighting about?  Surely the answer is, the future of the welfare state.
Reuters:
Clinton suffers clot behind right ear, full recovery seen  —  (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suffered a blood clot in a vein between her brain and skull behind her right ear but is expected to make a full recovery, her doctors said on Monday in a statement released by the State Department.
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The European / The European Union Times:
Clinton Injured, US Navy Seal Killed In Secret US Mission To Iran
Discussion: CNN, Hot Air, KTLA 5 and NBC Politics
FRANCE 24:
Tunisians urged to spurn New Year greetings  —  AFP - A preacher from the hardline Salafist movement that has achieved growing prominence in Tunisia since the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings told Tunisians on Monday that the exchange of New Year's greetings was un-Islamic.
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