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4:05 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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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 …
Michael O'Brien / First Read:
Boehner re-elected as Speaker of the House after some GOP dissent
Corey Boles / Wall Street Journal:
Boehner Wins Re-Election as Speaker
Ariane de Vogue / ABCNEWS:
Boehner Bolsters Support of Defense of Marriage Act
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Advocate
First Read:
First Thoughts: Boehner boxed in
Discussion: Roll Call, ABCNEWS and Politico
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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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 …
Discussion: Hot Air and First Read
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Politico:   Source: Geithner to leave by month's end
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.
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Simon Johnson / Economix:
The Supreme Court and the Next Fiscal Cliff
Steven J. Duffield / Washington Examiner:
Op-Ed: Harry Reid's filibuster plan and the Supreme Court  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has announced he will begin the new Congress today by violating Senate rules and forcing through a set of procedural changes that will undermine Senate conservatives' ability to influence legislation.
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Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Tax Deal Shows Possible Path for Obama Past House G.O.P.
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
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.
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” …
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
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.”
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
Developments in Financial Markets and the Federal Reserve's Balance Sheet  —  The Manager of the System Open Market Account (SOMA) reported on developments in domestic and foreign financial markets during the period since the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) met on October 23-24, 2012.
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
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 …
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 …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Andrew Sullivan's Ad-Free Publishing Experiment Sees Six-Figure Revenue In First Six Hours  —  When political blogger Andrew Sullivan announced this morning that he's leaving The Daily Beast and launching an independent company called Dish Publishing, the most provocative bit of news was his intended business model.
Katherine Skiba / Chicago Tribune:
Major step: Kirk returns to Senate  —  After suffering a debilitating stroke a year ago, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk returned to Congress Thursday.  —  WASHINGTON —  Keeping a pledge he made last spring, Sen. Mark Kirk climbed the Capitol steps on Thursday to mark his return almost a year after suffering a major stroke.
 
 
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Steven Sloan / Politico:
Dems done hiking tax rates?
Discussion: NewsBusters.org blogs
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Needed: A Disaster Relief Bank
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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 and Power Line
Skip Navigation / ACLU:
NDAA Prevents Closing Guantanamo, Could Protect Right to Discriminate
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Democrats ready gun-control legislation that would ban high-capacity magazines
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House GOP's rules package calls for another reading of the Constitution
 Earlier Items: 
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
Gas Drilling Is Called Safe in New York
Keith Humphreys / The Reality-Based Community:
The Strangely Underreported Decline in the Incarceration Rate
Discussion: Hit & Run and Marginal Revolution
Wall Street Journal:
Crony Capitalist Blowout
Discussion: Right Turn
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Dems to run against ‘chaos’ in '14
Discussion: Paul Krugman
The Atlantic Online:
What's Inside America's Banks?