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10:55 AM ET, January 2, 2013


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The fiscal cliff deal that almost wasn't  —  House Speaker John Boehner couldn't hold back when he spotted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the White House lobby last Friday.  —  It was only a few days before the nation would go over the fiscal cliff, no bipartisan agreement was in sight …
David Rogers / Reuters:
House pulls plug on Sandy aid bill  —  House Republicans abruptly pulled the plug Tuesday night on their promise to take up this week an emergency supplemental disaster aid bill for Northeast states damaged by Hurricane Sandy.  —  The decision is a stunning reversal since just hours …
Matthew Boyle / BREITBART.COM:
SOURCES: ENOUGH REPUBLICANS WILLING TO UNSEAT SPEAKER BOEHNER  —  American Majority Action spokesman Ron Meyer told Breitbart News late Tuesday that enough House Republicans have banded together in an effort to unseat House Speaker John Boehner from his position—they just need a leader to take up the mantle.
Los Angeles Times:
House approves ‘fiscal cliff’ deal, rescinding broad tax hike  —  This post has been updated.  See below for details.  —  WASHINGTON — The House gave final approval Tuesday night to a bill to rescind tax increases for the vast majority of Americans, but only after a day of closed-door …
CBS News:
GOP Rep: “We got whooped” on “fiscal cliff” … PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  (CBS News) Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-Ohio) said today on “CBS This Morning” that the GOP “got whooped” in the “fiscal cliff” compromise that passed the House last night, but explained that he voted for the deal regardless because …
Discussion: Post Politics and The Raw Story
Washington Post:
House members meet to review Senate-passed cliff deal  —  Republicans and Democrats were gathering in closed-door meetings in the House on Tuesday to evaluate the bipartisan agreement struck in the Senate to let income taxes rise sharply on the rich and avoid the worst effects of the “fiscal cliff.”
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Sen. Toomey: GOP should risk shutdown to force spending cuts in debt-limit fight  —  Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) on Wednesday called for Republicans to be ready to shut down the government to gain spending cuts in exchange for raising the nation's debt-limit.  —  “We Republicans need to be willing …
Discussion: Politico
Michael O'Brien / NBC Politics:
Fiscal cliff deal: House OKs proposal despite GOP objections  —  Updated at 6:58 a.m. ET: An agreement to stave off the harshest and most immediate consequences of the fiscal cliff won approval in the House late Tuesday.  President Barack Obama said he would sign the law …
Ginger Gibson / Politico:
Boehner, Cantor take different sides
Discussion:, Wonkette and The Hill
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
CBO: ‘Fiscal cliff’ deal carries $4 trillion price tag over next decade
Kyle Balluck / The Hill:
House Republicans gauging support for two budget options
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Divided House Passes Tax Deal in End to Latest Fiscal Standoff
Niels Lesniewski / Roll Call:
Senate Votes to Kill Its Own Pay Raise
Discussion: Truthdig and The New Republic
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Part 1 of the Fiscal Cliff is Over. Now Gird Yourself for Part 2.
Dskriloff / The Rockland County Times:
The Journal News is Armed and Dangerous  —  ROCKLAND COUNTY TIMES EXCLUSIVE  —  Armed guards from RGA Investigations have taken up post at the Journal News' Rockland County headquarters  —  Journal News' Rockland headquarters in West Nyack, Town of Clarkstown  —  Guns are good for the goose but NOT for the gander.
Joe Weisenthal / Business Insider:
6 Things You Won't Believe That Are In The Fiscal Cliff Bill That The Senate Passed At 2 AM While Most Americans Were Drunk  —  On January 1, just before 2 AM, the Senate overwhelmingly agreed to pass a bill that will avert the Fiscal Cliff.  The House approved it late that night.
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
AND THE WINNER IS...SOMEBODY  —  I kept drifting in and out of football games all afternoon, checking back in every now and then to see if somebody had managed to get the bats in the House Of Representatives to fly in formation.  Come the Orange Bowl, and it looked like the Senate bill …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Democratic Congressman Laughs At Fox News' Fiscal Cliff Misinformation  —  Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) schooled the hosts of Fox & Friends on the details of the deal to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff” during an appearance to explain his opposition to the Senate-passed compromise on Wednesday morning.
Discussion: The Raw Story and Business Insider
Erik Ortiz / NY Daily News:
Attorney for Newtown survivor seeking to sue Connecticut for $100 million backs off  —  Irving Pinsky said he's received new information about security at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where his 6-year-old client almost died in a Dec. 14 massacre.  He initially said he would sue Connecticut in order to improve school safety.
Discussion: Althouse
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Back to Vacation: Obama Takes Midnight Flight to Hawaii  —  After Congress agreed temporarily to avert the “fiscal cliff” last night, President Barack Obama hailed the deal in brief remarks delivered from the White House, and then headed to Air Force One to take a midnight flight to Hawaii.
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