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8:10 AM ET, January 3, 2013

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Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner tells GOP he's through negotiating one-on-one with Obama  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is signaling that at least one thing will change about his leadership during the 113th Congress: he's telling Republicans he is done with private, one-on-one negotiations with President Obama.
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Steve Benen / msnbc.com:
House GOP blocks Violence Against Women Act  —  Congress had a lengthy to-do list as the end of the year approached, with a series of measures that needed action before 2013 began.  Some of the items passed (a fiscal agreement, a temporary farm bill), while others didn't (relief funding for victims of Hurricane Sandy).
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
House GOP Lets Violence Against Women Act Passed By Senate Die Without A Vote … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Eric Cantor, Patty Murray, GOP, Video, Women's Rights, Eric Cantor Vawa, Patty Murray Vawa, The Violence Against Women Act, Vawa, Vawa 2012, Vawa Reauthorization, Vawa Reauthorization 2012 …
Blake Zeff / BuzzFeed:
The Democrats' Coming Civil War  —  The party is poised for a showdown over Social Security and Medicare.  Obama vs. the liberals.  —  Obama and Elizabeth Warren.  —  Image by Mark Wilson / Getty Images  —  For Democrats, there may be few things more entertaining than watching …
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Dean Baker / CNN:
Look beyond the fiscal cliff
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Andrew Grossman / Wall Street Journal:
GOP Infighting Follows Delay in Sandy Vote
Discussion: Sun-Times Politics
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Chris Christie Shames Congress, Boehner For Sandy Relief Delay
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Al Jazeera Seeks a U.S. Voice Where Gore Failed  —  9:16 p.m. |  Updated Al Jazeera, the pan-Arab news giant, has long tried to convince Americans that it is a legitimate news organization, not a parrot of Middle Eastern propaganda or something more sinister.  —  It just bought itself 40 million more chances to make its case.
Paul Krugman:
That Bad Ceiling Feeling  —  More thoughts about the fiscal deal:  —  One good thing is that the deficit scolds are furious: they had their hearts set on exploiting this crisis to push through benefit cuts, and it didn't happen — part of the larger good news that Obama didn't gut Social Security or Medicare this time around.
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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
For Obama, a Victory That Also Holds Risks  —  WASHINGTON — The deal significantly raises taxes on the rich, with no expiration date.  It extends tax credits for the poor and the middle class.  It provides more jobless benefits.  Largely overlooked, it extends an alternative-energy tax credit …
Jared A. Favole / Washington Wire:
Obama to Supporters: More Work Ahead After Cliff Deal
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and First Read
David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
Simpson And Bowles: Fiscal Cliff Deal ‘Truly A Missed Opportunity’
Discussion: Daily Kos
Pat Brady / Daily Herald:
GOP chair urges support for same-sex marriage  —  Both sides are ramping up their gay marriage arguments in Springfield.  —  View other photograph collections  —  SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady of St. Charles is calling GOP lawmakers asking them to support …
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Richard Socarides / News Desk:
On Gay Marriage, Is Illinois Next?
Natasha Korecki / Sun-Times Politics:
Republican Party chair in Illinois throws “full support” behind same-sex marriage in Illinois
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay and BuzzFeed
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid will postpone filibuster reform  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will postpone filibuster reform until later this month, giving him time to negotiate a deal with Republicans, say Democratic lawmakers and aides.  —  A group of liberal Democrats had been pushing Reid …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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Manu Raju / Politico:
Reid delays call on filibuster overhaul
Carl Franzen / TPM IdeaLab:
Milky Way Contains At Least 100 Billion Planets, New Analysis Finds  —  The Milky Way contains at least 100 billion planets, or enough to have one for each of its stars, and many of them are likely to be capable of supporting conditions favorable to life, according to a new estimate from scientists …
The Atlantic Online:
What's Inside America's Banks?  —  Some four years after the 2008 financial crisis, public trust in banks is as low as ever.  Sophisticated investors describe big banks as “black boxes” that may still be concealing enormous risks—the sort that could again take down the economy.
Discussion: The Big Picture
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
New Year, New Dish, New Media  —  When I first stumbled into blogging over 12 years ago, it was for two reasons: curiosity and freedom.  I was curious about the potential for writing in this new medium; and for the first time, I felt total freedom as a writer.  On my little blog, I was beholden to no one but my readers.
Elise Foley / The Huffington Post:
Obama's Immigration Reform Push To Begin This Month … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Immigration, Video, Latino Politics, Senate Immigration, Latino Politics, Immigration Reform, Obama Deferred Action, DREAM Act, Latino Politics, Latino Politics, Politics News
Guardian:
Cristina Fernández de Kirchner's letter to David Cameron  —  Read the letter about the Falkland Islands from the Argentinian president to the British prime minster  —  One hundred and eighty years ago on the same date, January 3rd, in a blatant exercise of 19th-century colonialism …
Discussion: The Independent, normblog, Hot Air and BBC
Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu / Arutz Sheva:
Arabs Brutally Attack US Yeshiva Student in Italy  —  A gang of Arabs brutally attacked an American yeshiva student visiting with his family in Venice, Italy.  Jewish community: This is rare.  —  A gang of Arabs brutally attacked an American yeshiva student visiting with his family in Venice …
The Raw Story:
After Newtown, company makes bullet-proof kid clothes  —  Miguel Caballero has been making bullet-proof clothes for politicians and other bigwigs for 20 years, but not for kids.  The latest US school massacre has changed that.  —  This year he plans a line for children — T-shirts, vests …
Discussion: Mediaite
Dylan Byers / Politico:
‘Gun control’ doesn't survive Christmas  —  Number of mentions of the term “gun control” in the news, according to Nexis.  —  On the day of the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., we published a chart showing the Sisyphean nature of the national gun control discussion.
 
 
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Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Club for Growth: Fiscal cliff vote won't be sole gauge of support or challenge
Discussion: The Daily Banter
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Rep. Davis: ‘...an unemployment check is in the mail’
Discussion: Hot Air and The PJ Tatler
Brad Plumer / Wonkblog:
U.S. now on pace for European levels of austerity in 2013
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, Hullabaloo and Eschaton
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Court OKs secret drone opinions
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
‘Armed Teacher Training Program’ Launches In 15 States
Discussion: WXIX-TV and Hullabaloo
The Technium:
The Post-Productive Economy  —  Take a look at these farm houses …
Discussion: Free exchange
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Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Google exec chairman to visit NKorea
Discussion: Quartz, The Verge and Firedoglake
Bill Zars / Daily Herald:
Senator Kirk speaks for the first time about his stroke
Joe Weisenthal / Business Insider:
RIP: The Bush Tax Cuts
Discussion: Brad DeLong
David Ingram / Reuters:
Gun purchasers set new record in December: FBI
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Tumblr: David Karp's $800 Million Art Project
Discussion: Mashable!, TechCrunch and The Verge
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Renditions continue under Obama, despite due-process concerns
Discussion: Politico and Lawfare