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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 …
Madeleine Morgenstern / TheBlaze.com:
AL GORE'S CURRENT TV REBUFFS ADVANCES BY THEBLAZE, AGREES TO SELL CHANNEL TO AL JAZEERA
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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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
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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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 …
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 …
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.
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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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.
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: ABCNEWS and Booman Tribune
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Fredreka Schouten / USA Today:   Fundraising begins anew for newly elected to Congress
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
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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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
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 …
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: The Daily Dish, Guardian and BBC
Barnini Chakraborty / Fox News:
Illinois Dems advance gun control bills, firearms group warns of ‘no exemptions’  —  FILE: March 7, 2012: Gun owners and supporters participate in an Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day rally at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield.AP  —  Illinois Senate Democrats advanced legislation late Wednesday …
Discussion: UrbanGrounds
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Tim Carney: How corporate tax credits got in the ‘cliff’ deal  —  CHICAGO - JANUARY 22: A General Electric Co. (GE) logo is displayed on the door of one of the company's microwave ovens being offered for sale at a Sears store January 22, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois.
Discussion: Firedoglake and OpenSecrets.org
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
Gas Drilling Is Called Safe in New York  —  ALBANY — The state's Health Department found in an analysis it prepared early last year that the much-debated drilling technology known as hydrofracking could be conducted safely in New York, according to a copy obtained by The New York Times …
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Raw Story
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
 
 
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Keith Humphreys / The Reality-Based Community:
The Strangely Underreported Decline in the Incarceration Rate
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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
Discussion: Power Line
Katie Glueck / Politico:
FBI: Record number of gun background checks
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Emily Miller / Washington Times:
Two systems of justice  —  David Gregory walks free while Iraq vet was jailed
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Dems to run against ‘chaos’ in '14
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