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12:30 AM ET, January 3, 2013

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Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner tells GOP he's through with one-on-one Obama talks  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is signaling that at least one thing will change about his leadership during the 113th Congress: He's telling Republicans he is done with private, one-on-one negotiations with President Obama.
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Steve Benen / msnbc.com:
House GOP blocks Violence Against Women Act  —  Congress had a lengthy to-do list as the end of the year approached, with a series of measures that needed action before 2013 began.  Some of the items passed (a fiscal agreement, a temporary farm bill), while others didn't (relief funding for victims of Hurricane Sandy).
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 …
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 …
Manu Raju / Politico:
Reid delays call on filibuster overhaul
Matthew Boyle / BREITBART.COM:
SOURCES: ENOUGH REPUBLICANS WILLING TO UNSEAT SPEAKER BOEHNER
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Al Jazeera Seeks a U.S. Voice Where Gore Failed  —  9:16 p.m. |  Updated Al Jazeera, the pan-Arab news giant, has long tried to convince Americans that it is a legitimate news organization, not a parrot of Middle Eastern propaganda or something more sinister.  —  It just bought itself 40 million more chances to make its case.
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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Andrew Grossman / Wall Street Journal:
GOP Infighting Follows Delay in Sandy Vote
Discussion: Sun-Times Politics and Metropolis
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Chris Christie Shames Congress, Boehner For Sandy Relief Delay
Paul Krugman:
That Bad Ceiling Feeling  —  More thoughts about the fiscal deal:  —  One good thing is that the deficit scolds are furious: they had their hearts set on exploiting this crisis to push through benefit cuts, and it didn't happen — part of the larger good news that Obama didn't gut Social Security or Medicare this time around.
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Jared A. Favole / Washington Wire:
Obama to Supporters: More Work Ahead After Cliff Deal
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and First Read
David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
Simpson And Bowles: Fiscal Cliff Deal ‘Truly A Missed Opportunity’
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
Pat Brady / Daily Herald:
GOP chair urges support for same-sex marriage  —  Both sides are ramping up their gay marriage arguments in Springfield.  —  View other photograph collections  —  SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady of St. Charles is calling GOP lawmakers asking them to support …
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Richard Socarides / News Desk:
On Gay Marriage, Is Illinois Next?
Natasha Korecki / Sun-Times Politics:
Republican Party chair in Illinois throws “full support” behind same-sex marriage in Illinois
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Towleroad News #gay
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 …
Discussion: NewsMax.com, The Fix and msnbc.com
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Carl Franzen / Talking Points Memo:
Milky Way Contains At Least 100 Billion Planets, New Analysis Finds  —  The Milky Way contains at least 100 billion planets, or enough to have one for each of its stars, and many of them are likely to be capable of supporting conditions favorable to life, according to a new estimate from scientists …
Elise Foley / The Huffington Post:
Obama's Immigration Reform Push To Begin This Month … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Immigration, Video, Latino Politics, Senate Immigration, Latino Politics, Immigration Reform, Obama Deferred Action, DREAM Act, Latino Politics, Latino Politics, Politics News
Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu / Arutz Sheva:
Arabs Brutally Attack US Yeshiva Student in Italy  —  A gang of Arabs brutally attacked an American yeshiva student visiting with his family in Venice, Italy.  Jewish community: This is rare.  —  A gang of Arabs brutally attacked an American yeshiva student visiting with his family in Venice …
The Technium:
The Post-Productive Economy  —  Take a look at these farm houses which I saw under construction in remote areas of Yunnan province China.  They were not unusual; farmsteads this size were everywhere in rural China.  Note the scale of these massive buildings.  Each support post is cut from a single huge tree.
Discussion: Free exchange
Brad Plumer / Wonkblog:
U.S. now on pace for European levels of austerity in 2013  —  For years now, economists like Paul Krugman have been criticizing countries in Europe for engaging in too much austerity during the downturn — that is, enacting tax increases and spending cuts while their economies were still weak.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, Hullabaloo and Eschaton
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.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
‘Gun control’ doesn't survive Christmas  —  Number of mentions of the term “gun control” in the news, according to Nexis.  —  On the day of the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., we published a chart showing the Sisyphean nature of the national gun control discussion.
The Raw Story:
After Newtown, company makes bullet-proof kid clothes  —  Miguel Caballero has been making bullet-proof clothes for politicians and other bigwigs for 20 years, but not for kids.  The latest US school massacre has changed that.  —  This year he plans a line for children — T-shirts, vests …
Discussion: Mediaite
Yuval Levin / National Review:
It's a Spending Problem  —  When talking about the fiscal problem we face, Democrats and Republicans have to start from the same set of figures, which by Washington convention is usually a set of Congressional Budget Office figures about the spending and revenue.
Discussion: Mediaite, Power Line, Hot Air and AEIdeas
Guardian:
Cristina Fernández de Kirchner's letter to David Cameron  —  Read the letter about the Falkland Islands from the Argentinian president to the British prime minster  —  One hundred and eighty years ago on the same date, January 3rd, in a blatant exercise of 19th-century colonialism …
Discussion: BBC and FP Passport
 
 
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Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Club for Growth: Fiscal cliff vote won't be sole gauge of support or challenge
Discussion: The Daily Banter
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Court OKs secret drone opinions
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
‘Armed Teacher Training Program’ Launches In 15 States
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Bill Zars / Daily Herald:
Senator Kirk speaks for the first time about his stroke
Joe Weisenthal / Business Insider:
RIP: The Bush Tax Cuts
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David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
The Eight Senators Who Voted Against The Fiscal Cliff Deal
Dorsey Shaw / BuzzFeed:
Outraged Congressman Suggests He'll Abandon Republican Party Over Sandy Relief
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Mary Agnes Carey / capsules.kaiserhealthnews.org:
‘Doc Fix’ In ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Plan Cuts Medicare Hospital Payments
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Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
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