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6:55 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 …
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
The Violence Against Women Act's Long Road To Oblivion
Michael O'Brien / First Read:
Boehner re-elected as Speaker of the House after some GOP dissent
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Tax Deal Shows Possible Path for Obama Past House G.O.P.
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.
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
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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
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Dems to run against ‘chaos’ in '14
Discussion: CNN and Paul Krugman
Ariane de Vogue / ABCNEWS:
Boehner Bolsters Support of Defense of Marriage Act
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Advocate
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  —  Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm speaks to delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012.  Granholm announced today that she will be leaving Current TV.  / Lynne Sladky/Associated Press
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Wall Street Journal:
Al-Jazeera to Buy Current TV
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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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 …
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi consolidates support among House Democrats in Speaker vote
Discussion: Hot Air
First Read:
First Thoughts: Boehner boxed in
Discussion: Roll Call, The Maddow Blog and ABCNEWS
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.”
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.
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Arlette Saenz / ABCNEWS:
Classic Biden on Display at Senate Mock Swearing-In
Discussion: Post Politics
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
Hayes Brown / ThinkProgress:
Connecticut Newspaper Places Gun Show Ad Next To Sandy Hook Story  —  A local Connecticut newspaper, the Stamford Advocate, has published an advertisement for a gun show next to an article about the reopening of Sandy Hook Elementary School.  —  The article details the resumption of classes for the Newtown …
Discussion: Rumproast
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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 …
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.
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 …
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
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
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” …
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
The Saga of Hagel and Haifa  —  A popular USO port in the Israeli city of Haifa was the center of a bitter dispute over U.S. funding for overseas operations in the late 1980s.  —  Chuck Hagel, the one-time Republican Senator from Nebraska who President Barack Obama may nominate as the next secretary …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Dish Model: The Data  —  Basically, we've gotten a third of a million dollars in 24 hours, with close to 12,000 paid subscribers (at last count).  On average, readers paid almost $8 more than we asked for.  To say we're thrilled would obscure the depth of our gratitude and relief.
 
 
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Donna St. George / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Mediaite, The Daily Caller and Gawker
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House GOP's rules package calls for another reading of the Constitution
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New York Times:
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