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6:30 PM ET, January 1, 2013

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Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
CBO: ‘Fiscal cliff’ deal carries $4 trillion price tag over next decade  —  The Senate deal to avoid the “fiscal cliff” will add roughly $4 trillion to the deficit when compared to current law, according to new numbers from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).
Discussion: Politico, CNN and The Gateway Pundit
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Politico:
House GOP opposition to fiscal cliff bill grows  —  A carefully-crafted Senate compromise to avert the fiscal cliff could be in jeopardy, as House Republicans seem nearly certain to tweak the legislation and send it back to the Senate because it doesn't contain sufficient spending cuts.
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 …
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
House Takes On Fiscal Cliff  —  As the new year began on Tuesday, Congressional efforts to head off tax increases on most working Americans shifted to the House, where members began to pore over details of a plan passed by the Senate in the early morning hours as Republican leaders began …
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Say Yes to the Mess  —  The fiscal cliff deal that the Senate passed early this morning is ridiculous in too many ways to count.  There seem to be no figures from the Congressional Budget Office and only “very preliminary” figures from the Joint Tax Committee about the real spending and revenue implications.
Discussion: CNNMoney.com and The Daily Caller
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Boehner's 100 loyal soldiers might give him political cover on ‘fiscal cliff’  —  Speaker John Boehner (Ohio) has about 100 Republican members he can count on if and when the Senate-passed “fiscal-cliff” bill hits the House floor, according to an analysis by The Hill.
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.
Matthew Boyle / BREITBART.COM:
FISCAL CLIFF DEAL: $1 IN SPENDING CUTS FOR EVERY $41 IN TAX INCREASES  —  According to the Congressional Budget Office, the last-minute fiscal cliff deal reached by congressional leaders and President Barack Obama cuts only $15 billion in spending while increasing tax revenues by $620 billion …
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
White House Claims Victory In Fiscal Deal
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Caller
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
Fox News:
Fiscal crisis measure now heads to the House for approval
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Tentative Deal Is Reached to Raise Taxes on the Wealthy
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Democrats will reject House changes to tax bill, aides say  —  Senate Democratic leaders say they will reject any House effort to amend a fiscal cliff deal that passed the upper chamber with overwhelming support on New Year's Day.  —  “The House Republicans have two choices …
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John Stanton / BuzzFeed:
House Conservatives Theaten To Kill Fiscal Cliff Deal
Discussion: The Raw Story and Washington Post
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
U.S. Fiscal Cliff Deal Leaves House Republicans Angry, Deal In Jeopardy
Discussion: CNN and Balloon Juice
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Focus now turns to the House
Discussion: Booman Tribune and The Impolitic
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.
Donovan Slack / Politico:
White House declares victory  —  The White House issued a “fact sheet” statement Tuesday declaring the fiscal cliff agreement a victory, though the House has yet to vote on the measure.  —  “At this make or break moment for the middle class, the President achieved a bipartisan solution …
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Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Kathy Griffin Kisses Anderson Cooper's Crotch On National Television  —  No matter what vulgar things Kathy Griffin does on CNN's live New Year's Eve broadcasts, the folks at the supposedly most trusted name in news continue to invite her back.  —  On Monday night's program …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
View From the Left: Obama ‘Kept Giving Stuff Away’  —  President Obama's fiscal deal with Republicans has touched off a fresh wave of grievance among disappointed liberals who complained that he caved in on taxes and sent a signal that he would ultimately surrender on other priorities as he prepared to open his second term.
Discussion: The Agonist and Hullabaloo
David A. Graham / The Atlantic Online:
Joe Biden: The Most Influential Vice President in History?  —  From the fiscal cliff to gun control to Afghanistan, Scranton's favorite son has transformed himself from affable gaffer to West Wing powerhouse.  —  Kevin Lamarque/Reuters  —  Barack Obama just can't get enough out of Joe Biden these days.
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Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Wonkbook: Everything you need to know about the fiscal cliff deal
 
 
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