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2:55 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 …
Madeleine Morgenstern / TheBlaze.com:
AL GORE'S CURRENT TV REBUFFS ADVANCES BY THEBLAZE, AGREES TO SELL CHANNEL TO AL JAZEERA
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
Leftist Jihadist Media Nexus: Terror TV, Al Jazeera Acquires Gore's Current TV “Al Jazeera America”
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 …
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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 …
First Read:
First Thoughts: Boehner boxed in
Discussion: Roll Call and Politico
Dana Bash / CNN:
Boehner confident in re-election to speaker
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Tax Deal Shows Possible Path for Obama Past House G.O.P.
Washington Post:
How McConnell and Biden pulled Congress away from the fiscal cliff
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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Simon Johnson / Economix:
The Supreme Court and the Next Fiscal Cliff
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.”
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.
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
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” …
Erik Wemple:
Fox News producer was scolded by State Department  —  Justin Fishel is a Fox News producer/correspondent who covers the Pentagon and the State Department.  In that capacity, he's known for his tough and often prickly questions.  That reputation mounted on Monday, Dec. 17, when Fishel sat in on a State Department daily press briefing.
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Daily Mail:
Hillary Clinton ‘will testify about Benghazi consulate security shambles’ despite concussion and blood clot
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.
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
CNN:
Kirk makes emotional return to Capitol after stroke  —  Washington (CNN) - Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Illinois) made a triumphant return to the Senate Thursday, following a year's recuperation from a stroke.  —  Kirk, 53, emerged from a Capitol doorway to cheers and applause from fellow senators lined …
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Natasha Korecki / Chicago Sun Times:
Sen. Mark Kirk's message to stroke victims: Don't give up
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 …
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 …
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.”
Ariane de Vogue / ABCNEWS:
Boehner Bolsters Support of Defense of Marriage Act  —  Despite poll numbers showing the majority of Americans now support gay marriage, House Speaker John Boehner sent a strong message today authorizing the continued use of taxpayer funds to defend a federal law that defines marriage as between one man and one woman.
Discussion: Advocate
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
 
 
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Steven J. Duffield / Washington Examiner:
Op-Ed: Harry Reid's filibuster plan and the Supreme Court
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
John Stanton / BuzzFeed:
Republicans Open New Congress Slamming “Lapdog” Democrats With Corgis
Discussion: Daily Kos
Keith Humphreys / The Reality-Based Community:
The Strangely Underreported Decline in the Incarceration Rate
Discussion: Hit & Run and Marginal Revolution
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Congress gives out end-of-year perks to interest groups
Discussion: Power Line
Rob Wiliams / The Independent:
Hand back the Falkland Islands, says Argentinian president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner …
Discussion: Hot Air, BBC, Guardian and The Week
David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
Moody's: Credit Rating At Risk If U.S. Doesn't Address Deficit
Discussion: Moody's and CRFB.org
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
Discussion: Firedoglake and OpenSecrets.org
The Atlantic Online:
What's Inside America's Banks?
Discussion: The Big Picture