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8:45 PM ET, January 3, 2013

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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Boehner reelected as Speaker; nine Republicans defect in vote  —  Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) was reelected Speaker of the House on Thursday after a week of rumors of a possible GOP revolt.  —  Boehner won a bare majority in a vote that saw nine Republicans vote for other GOP members …
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
New Crazy GOP Plan: No Negotiations With Obama!  —  One common takeaway from the tax deal is that the Republican party rejected the “ideology” of its extreme right wing.  But there's little evidence of any real ideological split within the Republican Party — certainly not between figures …
Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:
With Millions Still Waiting For Sandy Relief, Republicans Reintroduce Obamacare Repeal  —  The 112th Congress gaveled to a close on Thursday afternoon without passing a relief package for victims of Hurricane Sandy or reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, but Rep. Michele Bachmann …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Walter Shapiro / Associated Press:
The courage of Boehner and McConnell: No, they're not Lincolns.  But they did something good.  —  If John Kennedy had not written “Profiles in Courage,” today we might have a more realistic understanding of political valor.  But JFK's 1957 Pulitzer Prize-winning book so raised the bar …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Fred Barnes / Wall Street Journal:
The President Who Wants It All  —  The essence of bipartisan deals …
Michael O'Brien / First Read:
Boehner re-elected as Speaker of the House after some GOP dissent
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Dems to run against ‘chaos’ in '14
Discussion: Hot Air and Paul Krugman
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi consolidates support among House Democrats in Speaker vote
Discussion: Hot Air
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
America's Real Criminal Element: Lead  —  New research finds Pb is the hidden villain behind violent crime, lower IQs, and even the ADHD epidemic.  And fixing the problem is a lot cheaper than doing nothing.  —  WHEN RUDY GIULIANI RAN FOR MAYOR of New York City in 1993 …
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Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Crime Is at its Lowest Level in 50 Years.  A Simple Molecule May Be the Reason Why.  —  I've written several posts recently about the idea that America's great crime epidemic, which started in the 60s and peaked in the early 90s, was caused in large part by lead emissions from automobiles.
Bob Connors / nbcconnecticut.com:
Gabby Giffords to Visit Newtown Friday  —  The former U.S. Rep. from Arizona will hold a private meeting at a home in Newtown.  —  Former U.S. Representative Gabby Giffords will visit Newtown on Friday.  —  Former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords, who survived after being shot at a campaign event …
Discussion: Politico and Yahoo! News
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Giffords to visit victims in Newtown
Discussion: CNN
Hayes Brown / ThinkProgress:
Connecticut Newspaper Places Gun Show Ad Next To Sandy Hook Story
Discussion: Rumproast
Susan Jones / CNSNews:
Armed Guards for Returning Sandy Hook Students
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and protein wisdom
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Time Warner Cable Drops Current TV Upon Sale To Al Jazeera … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Al Jazeera, Current TV, Al Jazeera Buys Current, Al Jazeera Current, Al Jazeera Current Tv, Calderone: The Backstory, Time Warner Al Jazeera, Time Warner Cable Current TV, Time Warner Cable Drops Al Jazeera …
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Detroit Free Press:
Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm leaving Current TV
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Wall Street Journal:
Al-Jazeera to Buy Current TV
Michael Lester / Talking Points Memo:
Joe Biden's Friskiest Moments From The Senate Swearing-In (VIDEO)  —  As Vice President Joe Biden greeted new and returning senators on Thursday on Capitol Hill, he was all smiles.  “There's a lot to smile about today,” he said as he caressed the face of one of the attendees.
Discussion: Gawker
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Arlette Saenz / ABCNEWS:
Classic Biden on Display at Senate Mock Swearing-In
Discussion: Post Politics
Katherine Skiba / Chicago Tribune:
Major step: Kirk returns to Senate
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
The Week:
The culture war is over, and conservatives lost  —  It's time we conservatives accepted an alarming truth: Americans no longer agree with us  —  L  —  ate last year, I criticized the notion that Barack Obama won re-election by buying off voters with “gifts.”
Matt Sledge / The Huffington Post:
NDAA Signed Into Law By Obama Despite Guantanamo Veto Threat, Indefinite Detention Provisions … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Video, National Defense Authorization Act, National Defense Authorization Act 2013, Guantanamo Obama, Indefinite Detention Obama, Ndaa, Ndaa 2013, Ndaa Indefinite Detention …
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
The Violence Against Women Act's Long Road To Oblivion  —  The Violence Against Women Act first became law in 1994 and has since been routinely reauthorized without controversy.  By providing resources for law enforcement to combat spousal abuse, it has protected countless women from domestic violence.
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Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Tax Deal Shows Possible Path for Obama Past House G.O.P.
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Defense Of Marriage Act: House Republicans Tie Federal Gay Marriage Ban To House Rules … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Gay Marriage, Republican Party, Video, 113th Congress, DOMA 113th Congress, Defense Of Marriage Act, Doma, Gay Marriage Ban, House Republicans DOMA, House Republicans Gay Marriage, Republicans Doma, Politics News
ThinkProgress:
Ten People We Are Grateful Are No Longer Members Of Congress  —  Under the Twentieth Amendment, “[t]he terms of the President and Vice President shall end at noon on the 20th day of January, and the terms of Senators and Representatives at noon on the 3d day of January.”
Discussion: The Impolitic
Jelani Cobb / Culture Desk:
Tarantino Unchained  —  In early 2010, not long after the release of Quentin Tarantino's Second World War revenge epic, “Inglourious Basterds,” I began teaching a course on American history at Moscow State University.  When a Russian friend asked me what I thought of the film I told him I loved …
Discussion: The Raw Story
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
The Atlantic Will Experiment With Online Pay Models In 2013  —  The Atlantic is two things every legacy publishing company would like to be: profitable and more reliant on digital advertising revenues than on print.  But while that may have been good enough in 2012, for 2013 the magazine has a new goal …
Hans Nichols / Bloomberg:
Geithner Said to Plan Departure Before Debt Ceiling Deal  —  Geithner Said to Plan Exit Before Debt Talks  —  Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner plans to leave the administration at the end of January, even if President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans haven't reached an agreement …
Peter Kaplan / Federal Trade Commission:
Google Agrees to Change Its Business Practices to Resolve FTC Competition Concerns In the Markets for Devices Like Smart Phones, Games and Tablets, and in Online Search  —  Landmark Agreements Will Give Competitors Access to Standard-Essential Patents; Advertisers Will Get More Flexibility to Use Rival Search Engines
Andrew Cohen / The Atlantic Online:
Finally, Justice at Supermax?  If Anyone Can Make the Right Call, It's This Judge  —  He's tough.  He's courageous.  He tried Timothy McVeigh.  Now Richard Matsch takes on another critical case: a civil rights lawsuit alleging prisoner abuse and neglect.  —  Judge Matsch in 1997, during the Oklahoma City Bombing trial.
Awr Hawkins / BREITBART.COM:
FBI: MORE PEOPLE KILLED WITH HAMMERS, CLUBS EACH YEAR THAN RIFLES  —  According to the FBI annual crime statistics, the number of murders committed annually with hammers and clubs far outnumbers the number of murders committed with a rifle.  —  This is an interesting fact …
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
 
 
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Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Former NYC Mayoral Candidate Equates Gun Owners With Child Molesters, Wants Gun Owner Registry
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and lohud.com
David Freedlander / The Daily Beast:
Anger Over Fiscal-Cliff Deal Fires Up Tea Party
The Associated / Associated Press:
Oregon officials propose per-mile tax for gas sippers
Discussion: The Daily Caller
The Atlantic Online:
How Obama Decides Your Fate If He Thinks You're a Terrorist
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Kyrsten Sinema: A success story like nobody else's
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Steven J. Duffield / Washington Examiner:
Op-Ed: Harry Reid's filibuster plan and the Supreme Court
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Hillary Clinton script has Hollywood buzzing
Discussion: Hot Air
Donna St. George / Washington Post:
Boy, 6, suspended from Silver Spring school for pointing finger like a gun
Discussion: Mediaite, Gawker and The Daily Caller