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10:15 AM ET, December 31, 2012


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Matthew Lee /
HILLARY CLINTON HOSPITALIZED WITH BLOOD CLOT  —  You are here  —  Home » United States government » Hillary Clinton hospitalized with blood clot  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has been admitted to a New York hospital after the discovery …
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton hospitalized with blood clot  —  Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was hospitalized in New York on Sunday after doctors monitoring her recovery from a concussion discovered a blood clot, according to a statement from her office.  —  The statement said that …
Discussion: New York Times and Truthdig
8 People Who Thought Hillary Clinton Was Faking Her Concussion  —  The Secretary of State was hospitalized Sunday night with a blood clot.  —  Former U.S. U.N. spokesman Richard Grenell  —  Via: @RichardGrenell  —  The New York Post  —  Via:
Elise Labott / CNN:
Hillary Clinton hospitalized after doctors discover blood clot  —  From her early days as a lawyer to one of the most powerful people in Washington, here's a look at Clinton at through the years:  —  HIDE CAPTION  —  Hillary Clinton through the years  —  (CNN) — Secretary …
Associated Press:
Hillary Clinton Goes to Hospital After Exam Finds a Blood Clot  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was admitted to a New York hospital Sunday after the discovery of a blood clot stemming from the concussion she sustained earlier this month.
NBC Politics:
Hillary Clinton hospitalized after doctors discover blood clot
Fiscal cliff: Biden, McConnell make major progress  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Vice President Joe Biden engaged in furious overnight negotiations to avert the fiscal cliff and made major progress toward a year-end tax deal, giving sudden hope to high-stakes talks …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Business Insider
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Fiscal Cliff Talks Resume After GOP Caves On Social Security Cut  —  If Senate leaders reach an agreement to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff, they won't announce it today.  —  On the Senate floor Sunday evening, Majority Leader Harry Reid announced that, after a brief run off the rails …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Grover Norquist: Tax rates won't increase  —  Grover Norquist on Monday expressed confidence that any last-minute fiscal cliff deal would not hike tax rates.  —  “I'm working with all the folks who are trying to defend taxpayers here in Congress,” he said on CNN's “Starting Point.”
Discussion: The Raw Story
Michael McAuliff / The Huffington Post:
Fiscal Cliff: GOP Gives In On Social Security Cuts In Stalled Talks (UPDATE)
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Roll Call and The Raw Story
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Lawmakers have no bill, no deal and New Year's Eve on the cliff
Discussion: Hot Air
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
GOP senators backing away from Social Security demand
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Wall Street Journal:
Congress Meets Cliff's Edge
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Roll Call
No cliff deal as final hour approaches
Louis Michael Seidman / New York Times:
Let's Give Up on the Constitution  —  AS the nation teeters at the edge of fiscal chaos, observers are reaching the conclusion that the American system of government is broken.  But almost no one blames the culprit: our insistence on obedience to the Constitution, with all its archaic, idiosyncratic and downright evil provisions.
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
The Republican Party in one tweet  —  This is pretty much the Republican Party in one tweet:  —  Today's Republican Party thinks the key problem America faces is out-of-control entitlement spending.  But cutting entitlement spending is unpopular and the GOP's coalition relies heavily on seniors.
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Sen. Reid To GOP: “At This Stage We're Not Able To Make A Counteroffer”  —  SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL (R-KENTUCKY): My office submitted our latest offer to the Majority Leader last night at 7:10 p.m. and offered to work through the night to find common ground.  The Majority Leader's staff informed us …
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama Most Admired in 2012  —  Clinton has been Most Admired more than any other woman in Gallup's history  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans again this year name Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama as the Most Admired Woman and Most Admired Man living in any part of the world.
Discussion: Politico and Washington Examiner
Frank Bass / Bloomberg:
U.S. on Pace for Slowest Decade of Population Growth Since 1930s  —  The U.S. population is on track for its slowest decade of growth since the Great Depression.  —  The Census Bureau estimates there will be 315.1 million people living in the country on New Year's Day …
Discussion: 24/7 Wall St.
New York Post:
Greenwich Village couple busted with cache of weapons, bombmaking explosives: sources  —  The privileged daughter of a prominent city doctor, and her boyfriend — a Harvard grad and Occupy Wall Street activist — have been busted for allegedly having a cache of weapons and a bombmaking explosive in their Greenwich Village apartment.
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Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
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Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Wall Street Journal:
Unthinkable Cuts Almost a Reality
Discussion: Hot Air
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