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8:30 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: 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:
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.
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 …
NBC Politics:
Hillary Clinton hospitalized after doctors discover blood clot  —  Clinton, photographed here on Dec. 6 at Dublin City University, canceled a trip to Morocco earlier this month after a bout of flu.  She was hospitalized Sunday after doctors discovered a blood clot stemming from a concussion she sustained earlier in the month.
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
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
Michael McAuliff / The Huffington Post:
Fiscal Cliff: GOP Gives In On Social Security Cuts In Stalled Talks (UPDATE) … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  John Cornyn, John McCain, Social Security, Video, John McCain Fiscal Cliff, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Social Security Benefits, Susan Collins, Congress Fiscal Cliff, Fiscal Cliff …
Discussion: Roll Call, Hullabaloo and The Raw Story
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
GOP senators backing away from Social Security demand
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Wall Street Journal:
Congress Meets Cliff's Edge
Discussion: Roll Call
Washington Post:
Senate negotiators yet to reach ‘fiscal cliff’ deal as clock winds down
No cliff deal as final hour approaches
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Outside the Beltway
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 …
John Avlon / The Daily Beast:
Our Pathetic Congress  —  Surprised that our lame-duck representatives can't reach a fiscal-cliff deal?  You shouldn't be.  John Avlon on how our government turned to self-sabotage.  —  Welcome back to Washington, House of Representatives.  Hope you all had a great vacation.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Obama Pledges To Push For Gun Control Measures If 'American People Decide It's Important'  —  President Obama called the Dec. 14th shooting in Newtown, Connecticut “the worst day of my presidency,” and said during a rare interview on Meet The Press, that he will propose a package of reforms …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Obama hopes to enact new gun-control measures in 2013
Howard Kurtz / Daily Download:
Meet the President: David Gregory's Low-Intensity Interview  —  Well, this time David Gregory didn't brandish any weapons or show much firepower.  —  He pressed Barack Obama on a few points in the president's appearance this morning, designed to seize control of the media narrative one day before the fiscal cliff deadline.
Discussion: and Mediaite
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