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12:55 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.
Washington Post:
House members meet to review Senate-passed cliff deal
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Back to Vacation: Obama Takes Midnight Flight to Hawaii
Discussion: Pundit & Pundette
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Sen. Toomey: GOP should risk shutdown to force spending cuts in debt-limit fight
Discussion: Politico
Colleen McCain Nelson / Wall Street Journal:   Lack of Grand Bargain Complicates Obama's Priorities
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 …
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.
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Boehner committed to move Hurricane Sandy relief bill in January  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), under fire from Northeast lawmakers in his own party, is promising to pass an emergency spending bill to help pay for damage from Hurricane Sandy in the next Congress, which starts Thursday.
Discussion: Firedoglake
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.
Discussion: The Hill and The Raw Story
CBS News:
GOP Rep: “We got whooped” on “fiscal cliff”
Discussion: Post Politics and The Raw Story
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House members to Boehner: ‘Shame on you’ for not holding Sandy vote
Discussion: Politico and Politicker
Andrew Grossman / Wall Street Journal:
House Fails to Take Up Sandy Aid Bill
Discussion: Metropolis and Politicker
Dskriloff / The Rockland County Times:
The Journal News is Armed and Dangerous  —  ROCKLAND COUNTY TIMES EXCLUSIVE  —  Armed guards from RGA Investigations have taken up post at the Journal News' Rockland County headquarters  —  Journal News' Rockland headquarters in West Nyack, Town of Clarkstown  —  Guns are good for the goose but NOT for the gander.
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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.
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 National Review, Kevin Williamson argues that nearly everyone calling …
Discussion: Townhall.com
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.
Discussion: The Raw Story and The PJ Tatler
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
GOP State Senator: Kwanzaa Is A Leftist Plot ‘To Destroy’ America  —  While outrage about the so-called war on Christmas has died down for another year, Wisconsin state Senator Glenn Grothman (R) has launched a new war on Kwanzaa, claiming it is a fake holiday invented by racist radicals who want to “divide America.”
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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Jonathan Terbush / The Raw Story:
Wisconsin state Senator: Kwanza is a fake holiday that black people don't even like
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.
Yuval Levin / National Review:
The Left and the Cliff  —  For Republicans, the question presented by the fiscal-cliff deal was fairly straightforward: Is the bill better or worse than the plausible alternatives?  The answer was not self-evident, and it depended in part on one's trust in the Republican congressional leadership.
Discussion: Power Line and Right Turn
 
 
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USA Today:
Even as the economic outlook brightens a bit, Americans' view of the nation's future …
Discussion: Hot Air and Prairie Weather
The White House:
Fact Sheet: The Tax Agreement: A Victory for Middle-Class Families and the Economy
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Atlantic Wire
Anthony Bond / Daily Mail:
Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez in a coma ‘only kept alive by life support’ after cancer surgery
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
‘Fiscal cliff’ deal does little to tame threats from debt ceiling, high unemployment rates
Discussion: Daily Kos
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Unsure if Best Times for U.S. Are Past or to Come
Discussion: Politico
Erik Ortiz / NY Daily News:
Attorney for Newtown survivor seeking to sue Connecticut for $100 million backs off
Discussion: Althouse
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
AND THE WINNER IS...SOMEBODY
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Charles Lane / Washington Post:
An F for effort on holding down tuition
Discussion: Via Meadia
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
An Optimistic Take On the “Cliff” Deal
Discussion: Weekly Standard
 

 
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