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1:25 PM ET, January 3, 2013

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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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Wall Street Journal:
Al-Jazeera to Buy Current TV  —  News network al-Jazeera agreed to purchase Current TV, the current affairs channel partly owned by Al Gore, seeking to boost its presence in American television.  —  Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed, but a person familiar with the matter …
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.
New York Times:
Leave It Alone; It's Irrelevant to the Deficit  —  Dean Baker, an economist and the co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, is the author of “The End of Loser Liberalism: Making Markets Progressive.”  —  Millions of people are rightly outraged to hear that Social Security …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and The Agonist
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Politico:
Obama's debt problem  —  President Barack Obama won't be able to enjoy much of a victory lap from his win over congressional Republicans on the fiscal cliff fight.  —  There are about 16.4 trillion reasons why.  —  The staggering national debt — up about 60 percent from the $10 trillion Obama inherited …
First Read:
First Thoughts: Boehner boxed in  —  As 113th Congress begins, Boehner finds himself boxed in like never before... But he will still likely win re-election as speaker... The 113th Congress, by the numbers... Assessing the aftermath of the fiscal-cliff deal: Obama emerges as a winner …
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner tells GOP he's through negotiating one-on-one with Obama  —  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.
Ezra Klein / Bloomberg:
Good Riddance to Rottenest Congress in History  —  On January 3rd, the 112th Congress of the United States of America finally ends.  Thank God.  —  To properly evaluate the 112th, consider the record of its predecessor, the 111th Congress, which ran from January 2009 to January 2011.
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House GOP's rules package calls for another reading of the Constitution  —  The House rules package for the 113th Congress that is expected to be approved on Thursday calls for another reading of the U.S. Constitution from the chamber floor.  —  The rules package for the the 112th Congress …
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Sunlen Miller / ABCNEWS:
Meet the New Class: The Senate Swears in a Historic 20 Female Senators  —  Today the Senate will make history, swearing in a record-breaking 20 female senators - 4 Republicans and 16 Democrats - in office.  —  As the 113th Congress is sworn in today on Capitol Hill, ABC “World News” …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Democrats ready gun-control legislation that would ban high-capacity magazines  —  House Democrats will waste no time in the new Congress pushing legislation to tighten the nation's gun laws.  —  Reps. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) and Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) will introduce a proposal Thursday …
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Katie Glueck / Politico:
FBI: Record number of gun background checks
Discussion: Fox News and Hot Air
John Stanton / BuzzFeed:
Republicans Open New Congress Slamming “Lapdog” Democrats With Corgis  —  “Nancy Pelosi's Obedience School.”  —  Image by Joshua Roberts / Reuters  —  WASHINGTON — House Republicans Thursday are rolling partisan welcome mat for newly elected Democrats, circulating a tongue-in-cheek guide …
Discussion: Daily Kos
David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
Moody's: Credit Rating At Risk If U.S. Doesn't Address Deficit  —  Steven Hess, a Moody's senior vice president, said in a statement: … Hess added:
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Steven A. Hess / Moody's:
Announcement: Moody's Anticipates Further US Fiscal Action Following “Fiscal Cliff” Deal
Discussion: Reuters and Guardian
Reuters:
Senate panel to examine CIA contacts with “Zero Dark Thirty” filmmakers  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After the Senate Intelligence Committee's chairwoman expressed outrage over scenes that imply “enhanced interrogations” of CIA detainees produced a breakthrough in the hunt for Osama bin Laden …
Wall Street Journal:
Crony Capitalist Blowout  —  A tax increase for everyone but the favored wealthy few.  —  In praising Congress's huge new tax increase, President Obama said Tuesday that “millionaires and billionaires” will finally “pay their fair share.”  That is, unless you are a Nascar track owner …
Discussion: Right Turn
Rob Wiliams / The Independent:
Hand back the Falkland Islands, says Argentinian president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner in blistering open letter attack on British ‘colonialism’  —  Fernandez launched a fierce attack on British “colonialism” and demanded the return of “Las Malvinas”, in a letter published as an advert
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Washington Post:
How McConnell and Biden pulled Congress away from the fiscal cliff  —  With just 35 hours left, there was a phone message for Vice President Biden.  —  About an hour later, after talking to President Obama, Biden called back.  He heard a familiar drawl: “Does anyone down there know how to make a deal?”
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid will postpone filibuster reform
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Skip Navigation / ACLU:
NDAA Prevents Closing Guantanamo, Could Protect Right to Discriminate  —  Obama Jeopardizes Ability to Close Guantanamo While Raising Discrimination Concerns in the Military  —  CONTACT: (212) 549-2666; media@aclu.org  —  WASHINGTON - President Obama has signed the National Defense Authorization Act …
Keith Humphreys / The Reality-Based Community:
The Strangely Underreported Decline in the Incarceration Rate  —  I hereby submit my nomination for the most underreported public policy story of the past year: The continuing decline in the number of Americans who are behind bars or on probation/parole.  Both the change itself and low level …
Discussion: Hit & Run and Marginal Revolution
 
 
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Hillary Clinton ‘will testify about Benghazi consulate security shambles’ despite concussion and blood clot
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
Gas Drilling Is Called Safe in New York
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Barnini Chakraborty / Fox News:
Illinois Dems advance gun control bills, firearms group warns of ‘no exemptions’
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Simon Johnson / Economix:
The Supreme Court and the Next Fiscal Cliff
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Washington Post:
Congress gives out end-of-year perks to interest groups
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Two systems of justice  —  David Gregory walks free while Iraq vet was jailed
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Dems to run against ‘chaos’ in '14
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Tim Carney: How corporate tax credits got in the ‘cliff’ deal
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What's Inside America's Banks?
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