FROM THE BLOGS:
New Congress, same Republicans
The new House in the 113th Congress will be as useless as the last one was, argues The American Prospect's Jamelle Bouie.
The public won't force Congress to pass gun control
Even though the public is "more amenable" to new gun laws since the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary, public opinion on gun rights has remained fairly constant according to recent polling, writes The New Republic's Nate Cohn.
President Obama, immigration czar
President Obama should probably explain what is within his power and what isn't in terms of making new immigration laws, Charles C. W. Cooke writes at National Review's The Corner blog.
Give up on the Constitution?
At Cato-at Liberty, Roger Pilon argues that, contrary to what Mike Seidman argues in a New York Times op-ed, James Madison would not have wanted the fiscal-cliff debate.
OTHER NEWS SOURCES:
Boehner reelected as Speaker; nine Republicans defect in vote
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) was reelected as House Speaker on Thursday with nine Republicans not voting for his reelection, reports The Hill's Pete Kasperowicz.
Democrats ready gun-control legislation that would ban high-capacity magazines
House Democrats are set to introduce new gun legislation in response to the Sandy Hook shooting. The Hill's Mike Lillis has more.