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5:00 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
First Read:
First Thoughts: Boehner boxed in
Ariane de Vogue / ABCNEWS:
Boehner Bolsters Support of Defense of Marriage Act
Discussion: Advocate and ABCNEWS
Corey Boles / Wall Street Journal:
Boehner Re-Elected as House Speaker
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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Al-Jazeera to Buy Current TV
Detroit Free Press:
Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm leaving Current TV
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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.
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 …
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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
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Forbes
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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Fred Barnes / Wall Street Journal:
The President Who Wants It All  —  The essence of bipartisan deals …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and msnbc.com
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
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.
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Dish Model: The Data
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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Josh Lederman / Associated Press:
Kerry Prepping for Secretary of State Confirmation
Discussion: Politico
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.”
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” …
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
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
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.
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 …
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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Manuel Roig-Franzia / Washington Post:
Kyrsten Sinema: A success story like nobody else's
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Katherine Skiba / Chicago Tribune:
Major step: Kirk returns to Senate
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Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Hillary Clinton script has Hollywood buzzing
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House GOP's rules package calls for another reading of the Constitution
Keith Humphreys / The Reality-Based Community:
The Strangely Underreported Decline in the Incarceration Rate
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