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8:30 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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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.
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).
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.
Manu Raju / Politico:
Reid delays call on filibuster overhaul
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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Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
Christie: Boehner's Sandy Snub ‘Disgusting’
Andrew Grossman / Wall Street Journal:
Infighting in GOP Follows Delay in Sandy Aid Vote
Discussion: Sun-Times Politics and Metropolis
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:   Chris Christie Rips House GOP For Blocking Sandy Relief: ‘Shame On You’
Dorsey Shaw / BuzzFeed:
Outraged Congressman Suggests He'll Abandon Republican Party Over Sandy Relief
Discussion: UrbanGrounds
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Chris Christie Shames Congress, Boehner For Sandy Relief Delay
David Rogers / Politico:   Christie, Cuomo bash Sandy failure
Marc Santora / New York Times:
New York Area Officials Attack House for Ignoring Storm Aid Bill
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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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
Materville Studios / Windy City Media Group:
Ill. marriage to be considered as early as tomorrow
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Al Jazeera Acquires Current TV  —  Updated Al Jazeera on Wednesday completed a deal to take over Current TV, the low-rated cable channel that was founded by Al Gore and his business partners seven years ago.  —  Current will provide the pan-Arab news giant with something it has sought for years: a pathway into American living rooms.
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: The Fix, NewsMax.com and msnbc.com
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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
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.
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.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Court OKs secret drone opinions  —  The U.S. Government has no legal duty to disclose legal opinions justifying the use of drones to kill suspected terrorist operatives abroad, although doing so would contribute to “intelligent” public debate over the legality of that practice, a federal judge wrote in a ruling issued Wednesday.
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: Shakesville, Mediaite and The Raw Story
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
Keith Koffler / White House Dossier:
Obama Returns to Hawaii at an Added Cost of Over $3 Million  —  In a move that is rich in irony, President Obama agreed Tuesday night to sign an emergency deficit reduction bill that does almost nothing to rein in spending and then jetted out to Hawaii to resume his vacation at an extra cost of more than $3 million to taxpayers.
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Renditions continue under Obama, despite due-process concerns  —  The three European men with Somali roots were arrested on a murky pretext in August as they passed through the small African country of Djibouti.  But the reason soon became clear when they were visited in their jail cells by a succession of American interrogators.
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.
 
 
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Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Club for Growth: Fiscal cliff vote won't be sole gauge of support or challenge
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Rep. Davis: ‘...an unemployment check is in the mail’
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Brad Plumer / Wonkblog:
U.S. now on pace for European levels of austerity in 2013
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‘Armed Teacher Training Program’ Launches In 15 States
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Joe Weisenthal / Business Insider:
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