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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Daily Political Wire

George Wenschhof

113th Congress To Be Sworn In Today - the big question is; will it be as ineffective as the 112th?  The odds are it will.  The Washington Post has a list of the new members of Congress, here.


House Election for Speaker 12:45 PM ET - in a short time, it is likely John Boehner (R-Ohio) will be reelected as Speaker of the House. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calf.) will remain as Minority Leader of the House. has more here.


Peter King: "I Really Don't Know Why People Need Assault Weapons" -  New York Representative King became the latest prominent Republican to say he will support a ban on such firearms. has a video of King appearing on NBC "Morning Joe", here.

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calf.) has stated she will be introducing a bill to ban the sale of assault weapons as soon as the new Congress convenes.


Obama To Begin Push For Immigration Reform This Month - In spite of the battles on looming spending cuts, the debt ceiling and a ban on assault weapons, the President intends to push forward with legislation on comprehensive immigration reform.  The Huffington Post has more here.


Al Jazeera Buys Current TV - It is being reported that Al Gore's Current TV has been sold.

Rather than simply use Current to distribute its existing English-language channel, called Al Jazeera English and based in Doha, Qatar, Al Jazeera will create a new channel based in New York, according to people with knowledge of the deal negotiations. Potentially called Al Jazeera America, roughly 60 percent of the programming will be produced in the United States while the remaining 40 percent will come from Al Jazeera English.

Al Jazeera may absorb some Current TV staff members, according to the people, who insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. But Current’s schedule of shows will most likely be dissolved in the spring.

The plan will bring Al Jazeera, which is financed by the government of Qatar, into closer competition with CNN and other news channels in the United States.  The NY Times has more here.


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