Top Links: Worst Congress Ever, don’t let the door hit you on the way out

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House Speaker Boehner has a very good reason to not be happy.
House Speaker Boehner has a very good reason to not be happy.
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Welcome, members of the 113th Congress. Try to not screw things up like your predecessors.

  • What makes the 112th Congress, which retires today at noon, the Worst. Congress. Ever? Oh, so many things. (Bloomberg View)
  • There is some promise for the 113th, though. “The next session will boast a record number of women—20 in the Senate and 81 in the House—and will be more racially diverse, with more black, Latino, and Asian lawmakers. For the first time, a Hindu Congresswoman, Tulsi Gabbard, will take office in the House. And Hawaii’s Mazie Hirono (D) will become the first Buddhist senator. The first openly gay senator, Tammy Baldwin, will be seated, as well as the first openly bisexual member of either chamber, Kyrsten Sinema.” (The Washington Post)
  • Still, we’ll likely have the same Speaker Boehner, who’s looking increasingly boxed in by his own party. (First Read)
  • Boehner and Cantor aides insist: It’s not a breakup, just a spat. (Politico)
  • Boehner says he’s done negotiating one-on-one with the President. But that was pretty much obvious after Biden and McConnell took the fiscal cliff reigns from him. (The Hill)
  • Moody’s: That fiscal cliff deal wasn’t enough to prevent a future downgrade. (Marketbeat)
  • Batten down the hatches, because the upcoming debt ceiling fight could make the fiscal cliff deal look like water pistols at dawn. (Business Insider)
  • Oh, and remember: The President doesn’t sign his statements with a pen. Rather, with an autopen. (NPR)
  • The embarrassingly-handled Sandy relief bill could cost the GOP House seats in one of their remaining bastions in the Northeast: New Jersey. (National Journal)
  • Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Illinois, returns to the Senate today—almost a year after suffering a major stroke. (Chicago Tribune)
  • And he says that stroke has changed his perspective on the value of Medicaid: “Unlike before suffering the stroke, I’m much more focused on Medicaid and what my fellow citizens face.” (The Hill)
  • Rather quietly, Virginia’s Gov. Transvaginal Ultrasound has approved new, stringent abortion clinic regulations. (Think Progress)
  • A new report states that at least 60,000 people have been killed in Syria’s 22-month-long conflict. (The New York Times)
  • In the oddest link of the day, GlennBeck.com links to a Wall Street Journal story that reports Glenn Beck tried to buy Current TV before Al Jazeera did. The story is headlined: “Did Glenn try to buy Current TV?” Um…Wouldn’t GlennBeck.com be the first to know? (Glenn Beck)

Top Links: Worst Congress Ever, don’t let the door hit you on the way out

Updated