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5:05 PM ET, January 2, 2013

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Politico:
The fiscal cliff deal that almost wasn't  —  House Speaker John Boehner couldn't hold back when he spotted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the White House lobby last Friday.  —  It was only a few days before the nation would go over the fiscal cliff, no bipartisan agreement was in sight …
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John Boehner / CNN:
TRENDING: Boehner's White House F-bomb  —  (CNN) - For all the stalemate in the fiscal cliff negotiations, there were some heated moments, too.  —  A Democratic source familiar with one particular exchange told CNN that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell …
Matthew Boyle / BREITBART.COM:
SOURCES: ENOUGH REPUBLICANS WILLING TO UNSEAT SPEAKER BOEHNER  —  American Majority Action spokesman Ron Meyer told Breitbart News late Tuesday that enough House Republicans have banded together in an effort to unseat House Speaker John Boehner from his position—they just need a leader to take up the mantle.
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Sen. Toomey: GOP should risk shutdown to force spending cuts in debt-limit fight  —  Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) on Wednesday called for Republicans to be ready to shut down the government to gain spending cuts in exchange for raising the nation's debt-limit.  —  “We Republicans need to be willing …
Manu Raju / Politico:
Reid delays call on filibuster overhaul
Discussion: CNN and Daily Kos
David Weigel / Slate:
The House Republicans' Primal Scream
Washington Post:
House members meet to review Senate-passed cliff deal
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Peter King: Halt donations to House GOP  —  New York Republican Rep. Peter King went to war with his Republican colleagues on Wednesday after leaders spiked a Hurricane Sandy relief bill, calling on New Yorkers to stop all donations to GOP House members.  —  “These Republicans have no problem finding …
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David Rogers / Reuters:
House pulls plug on Sandy aid bill  —  House Republicans abruptly pulled the plug Tuesday night on their promise to take up this week an emergency supplemental disaster aid bill for Northeast states damaged by Hurricane Sandy.  —  The decision is a stunning reversal since just hours …
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Boehner under growing pressure to allow vote on Sandy relief bill  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) came under intense pressure Wednesday from Republicans in New York and New Jersey to allow a vote on legislation providing relief to the states hit by Hurricane Sandy in October.
NBC Politics:
Bipartisan outrage after House skips vote on $60 billion Sandy aid bill  —  House Republicans have abandoned plans to vote on an aid package for victims of Superstorm Sandy in the current term of Congress after the Senate approved more $60 billion to help affected residents recover.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Chris Christie Rips House GOP For Blocking Sandy Relief: ‘Shame On You’  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) — a rising star within the GOP — tore into the Republican-controlled House of Representatives for failing to vote on a Hurricane Sandy aid package before the end of the 113th Congress on Tuesday night.
Dorsey Shaw / BuzzFeed:   Outraged Congressman Suggests He'll Abandon Republican Party Over Sandy Relief
David Rogers / Politico:
Christie, Cuomo bash Sandy failure
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Chris Christie Shames Congress, Boehner For Sandy Relief Delay
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Boehner committed to move Hurricane Sandy relief bill in January
Discussion: Firedoglake
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
9 Politicians Pissed Off About Sandy Relief Delay
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House members to Boehner: ‘Shame on you’ for not holding Sandy vote
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
New Year, New Dish, New Media  —  When I first stumbled into blogging over 12 years ago, it was for two reasons: curiosity and freedom.  I was curious about the potential for writing in this new medium; and for the first time, I felt total freedom as a writer.  On my little blog, I was beholden to no one but my readers.
Blake Zeff / BuzzFeed:
The Democrats' Coming Civil War  —  The party is poised for a showdown over Social Security and Medicare.  Obama vs. the liberals.  —  Obama and Elizabeth Warren.  —  Image by Mark Wilson / Getty Images  —  For Democrats, there may be few things more entertaining than watching …
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Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Thanks To Gerrymandering, Democrats Would Need To Win The Popular Vote By Over 7 Percent To Take Back The House
James Pethokoukis / AEIdeas:
Why the Obama tax hikes have only just begun
Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Tax Bill Comes Due
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Leading Conservative Religious Organization Warns That Christians Will Soon Be Treated Like Blacks In Jim Crow Era  —  The American Family Association, a top conservative Christian organization, emailed members today with a dire warning that, within 50 years, Christians will be treated like African Americans during the Jim Crow era.
Discussion: Mediaite, Shakesville and The Raw Story
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Democratic Congressman Laughs At Fox News' Fiscal Cliff Misinformation  —  Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) schooled the hosts of Fox & Friends on the details of the deal to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff” during an appearance to explain his opposition to the Senate-passed compromise on Wednesday morning.
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
The Strangest Conservative Priority: Prepping a ‘2nd Amendment Solution’  —  The Bill of Rights offers much smarter, more effective ways to safeguard liberty than preparing for armed insurrection.  —  Reuters  —  In the National Review, Kevin Williamson argues that nearly everyone calling …
Glen Johnson / Boston Globe:
Scott Brown questions Edward Markey's state residency in jab at possible opponent  —  Senator Scott Brown today took on a possible opponent in a special election to succeed his colleague John F. Kerry, questioning whether US Representative Edward J. Markey is actually a resident of Massachusetts.
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
‘Armed Teacher Training Program’ Launches In 15 States  —  An Ohio gun owners' group is launching an “Armed Teacher Training Program” to instruct teachers and school staff on how to shoot off firearms in the classroom.  —  Perhaps at the outlandish suggestion of the National Rifle Association …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Anthony Bond / Daily Mail:
Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez in a coma ‘only kept alive by life support’ after cancer surgery  —  Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez is in an induced coma being kept alive by life support following complications during cancer surgery, it was claimed today.  —  Sources at the hospital in Cuba …
 
 
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The Technium:
The Post-Productive Economy  —  Take a look at these farm houses …
Discussion: Free exchange
Tennessean.com:
Sen. Jim Tracy plans to challenge U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais in 4th District
Discussion: Ballot Box and Post Politics
Bill Zars / Daily Herald:
Senator Kirk speaks for the first time about his stroke
Joe Weisenthal / Business Insider:
RIP: The Bush Tax Cuts
Discussion: Brad DeLong
David Ingram / Reuters:
Gun purchasers set new record in December: FBI
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Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
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 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Higgins / New York Times:
Used to Hardship, Latvia Accepts Austerity, and Its Pain Eases
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
The Eight Senators Who Voted Against The Fiscal Cliff Deal
Mary Agnes Carey / capsules.kaiserhealthnews.org:
‘Doc Fix’ In ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Plan Cuts Medicare Hospital Payments
Discussion: Weekly Standard, Hit & Run and Wonkblog
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Renditions continue under Obama, despite due-process concerns
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
GOP State Senator: Kwanzaa Is A Leftist Plot ‘To Destroy’ America
CBS News:
GOP Rep: “We got whooped” on “fiscal cliff”
Discussion: Post Politics and The Raw Story
Matt Stoller / naked capitalism:
Eight Corporate Subsidies in the Fiscal Cliff Bill, From Goldman Sachs to Disney to NASCAR
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
AND THE WINNER IS...SOMEBODY
 

 
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