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January 7, 2013
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National Pulse 

Reader Polls 
  • This week's poll: The fiscal deal
    Congress and the White House reached an eleventh-hour agreement last week on spending and taxes to keep the country from falling over the "fiscal cliff." This week's question: What do you think of the deal? If you want to refresh your memory on the details, National Journal had a good breakdown. If you care to share your reasons for your vote, you can send them to us via this link. Make sure you select "Content Feedback" for the category. We'll publish the results on Friday.
A good solution
A bum deal
About the best we could hope for
I don't even want to think about it
Neutral/No opinion

Agenda Items 
  • We want $1 trillion in new revenues, Democrats say
    Democrats last week managed to pass a tax deal raising $620 billion over the next decade -- but they say the next step is a more sweeping measure to raise $2 trillion, half of which would have to come from tax increases. That looks set to trigger a big clash with GOP lawmakers, who say additional tax hikes should be taken off the table before deficit talks recommence. "We don't have this problem because we tax too little. We have it because we spend way, way too much," Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday. The Hill (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Data Points 
  • Who is buying all those Apples and xBoxes?
    Click on image to enlarge map.
    With more than 150,000 people are descending upon Las Vegas this week for the Consumer Electronics Show, 3,100 vendors will showcase their new and updated consumer electronic devices, including high-end television sets, smartphones, smart cars and printers. The most cherished consumers for consumer electronic manufacturers are those with the most disposable income. These consumers are often the first to adopt new technology because they want the latest and greatest. The rest of the population follows as the price of new technology decreases. Does consumer electronic spending and ownership vary across the country? What type of consumer buys which types of technologies? This article explores a few examples. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

The Conversation 
Daily Chuckle 
  • The Silver Fox is feeling frisky
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    Vice President Joe Biden was in good form as he met new and returning senators and their families on Capitol Hill last week. This highlights tape shows Biden caressing, hugging and kissing his way through the crowd. "Spread your legs, you're gonna be frisked," he grinned at one senator's family. Talking Points Memo (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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--Frederick Douglass, American abolitionist, orator and writer
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