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10:40 AM 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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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.
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 …
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 …
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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
For Obama, a Victory That Also Holds Risks
Steven A. Hess / Moody's:
Announcement: Moody's Anticipates Further US Fiscal Action Following “Fiscal Cliff” Deal
Discussion: Reuters, New York Times and Guardian
Jared A. Favole / Washington Wire:
Obama to Supporters: More Work Ahead After Cliff Deal
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and First Read
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.
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Alexander Burns / Politico:   Dems to run against ‘chaos’ in '14
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: The Agonist
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Dean Baker / CNN:
Look beyond the fiscal cliff
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
House GOP Lets Violence Against Women Act Passed By Senate Die Without A Vote … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Eric Cantor, Patty Murray, GOP, Video, Women's Rights, Eric Cantor Vawa, Patty Murray Vawa, The Violence Against Women Act, Vawa, Vawa 2012, Vawa Reauthorization, Vawa Reauthorization 2012 …
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NY Daily News:
In an about face, House Speaker Boehner promises quick action on $60 billion in Hurricane Sandy aid  —  Speaker had faced withering criticism for abruptly tabling the emergency funding hours before it was supposed to pass.  Some of the harshest attacks came from fellow Republicans Gov. Chris Christie and Rep. Pete King
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” …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and ABCNEWS
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Fredreka Schouten / USA Today:   Fundraising begins anew for newly elected to Congress
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.
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama signs ‘fiscal cliff’ bill using autopen  —  President Obama on Wednesday signed legislation that raises taxes on the wealthiest Americans and avoids the so-called “fiscal cliff,” which threatened to send the economy into decline.  —  The White House said late Wednesday that Obama reviewed …
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
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
Sen. Mitch McConnell / Reuters:
Fiscal cliff deal not great, but it shields Americans from tax hike  —  Editor's note: This op/ed is by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.  —  The first day of a new Congress always represents a fresh start.  This year, it also presents a perfect opportunity to tackle …
Discussion: The Hill, Reuters and CNN
The Atlantic Online:
What's Inside America's Banks?  —  Some four years after the 2008 financial crisis, public trust in banks is as low as ever.  Sophisticated investors describe big banks as “black boxes” that may still be concealing enormous risks—the sort that could again take down the economy.
Discussion: The Big Picture
Carl Franzen / TPM IdeaLab:
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 …
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
Senate panel to examine CIA contacts with “Zero Dark Thirty” filmmakers  —  (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 …
Discussion: Guardian and BBC
 
 
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Emily Miller / Washington Times:
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Discussion: Cold Fury and The Huffington Post
Abram Brown / Forbes:
Reading Twitter's Tea Leaves: IPO Prep May Start This Year, Offering In 2014
Denise Grady / New York Times:
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Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Tim Carney: How corporate tax credits got in the ‘cliff’ deal
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid will postpone filibuster reform
Discussion: Booman Tribune
 Earlier Items: 
Dylan Byers / Politico:
‘Gun control’ doesn't survive Christmas
Brad Plumer / Wonkblog:
U.S. now on pace for European levels of austerity in 2013
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Taylor Marsh and Eschaton
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Court OKs secret drone opinions
The Technium:
The Post-Productive Economy  —  Take a look at these farm houses …
Discussion: Free exchange
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
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