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11:35 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.
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Peter King: Halt donations to House GOP  —  New York Republican Rep. Peter King went to war with his Republican colleagues on Wednesday after leaders spiked a Hurricane Sandy relief bill, calling on New Yorkers to stop all donations to GOP House members.  —  “These Republicans have no problem finding …
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
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 …
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
NBC Politics:
Bipartisan outrage after House skips vote on $60 billion Sandy aid bill  —  House Republicans have abandoned plans to vote on an aid package for victims of Superstorm Sandy in the current term of Congress after the Senate approved more $60 billion to help affected residents recover.
Washington Post:
House members meet to review Senate-passed cliff deal
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House members to Boehner: ‘Shame on you’ for not holding Sandy vote
Discussion: Politicker
Michael O'Brien / NBC Politics:
Fiscal cliff deal: House OKs proposal despite GOP objections
Ginger Gibson / Politico:
Boehner, Cantor take different sides
Discussion:, Wonkette and The Hill
Kyle Balluck / The Hill:
House Republicans gauging support for two budget options
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.
Richard Rubin / Bloomberg:
Senate-Passed Deal Means Higher Tax on 77% of Households
Sudeep Reddy / Real Time Economics:
Payroll Tax Cut Expires; How Much More Will You Pay?
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
CBO: ‘Fiscal cliff’ deal carries $4 trillion price tag over next decade
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.
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
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
GOP State Senator: Kwanzaa Is A Leftist Plot ‘To Destroy’ America  —  While outrage about the so-called war on Christmas has died down for another year, Wisconsin state Senator Glenn Grothman (R) has launched a new war on Kwanzaa, claiming it is a fake holiday invented by racist radicals who want to “divide America.”
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Jonathan Terbush / The Raw Story:
Wisconsin state Senator: Kwanza is a fake holiday that black people don't even like
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
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
The Strangest Conservative Priority: Prepping a ‘2nd Amendment Solution’  —  The Bill of Rights offers much smarter, more effective ways to safeguard liberty than preparing for armed insurrection.  —  Reuters  —  In National Review, Kevin Williamson argues that nearly everyone calling …
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 …
Times of India:
Delhi women gun for licences; rape triggers big rush to acquire arms  —  “We have received over 1,200 calls since that day.  These include not only the average working woman, but even students who travel long distances to colleges and even their concerned parents.
Discussion: Infowars
Jason Burke / Guardian:
Indian bus rape: Delhi sees rush for guns
Discussion: The Price of Liberty
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Erick Erickson / RedState:
Tom Coburn, Ron Johnson, and Pat Toomey Should be Ashamed
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Talking Points Memo:
Obama Praises Passage Of House Tax Deal
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Washington Post:
Congress approves ‘fiscal cliff’ measure
Andrew Malcolm / Investor's Business Daily:
New Year's Thoughts from Our House to Yours
Michael Patrick Leahy / BREITBART.COM:
 Earlier Items: 
Charles Lane / Washington Post:
An F for effort on holding down tuition
Discussion: Via Meadia
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Back to Vacation: Obama Takes Midnight Flight to Hawaii
Discussion: Pundit & Pundette
Niels Lesniewski / Roll Call:
Senate Votes to Kill Its Own Pay Raise
Discussion: Truthdig and The New Republic
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
An Optimistic Take On the “Cliff” Deal
Discussion: Weekly Standard