Congress Passes Sandy Relief

Plus Gabrielle Giffords visits Newtown

By Adam Chandler|January 4, 2013 5:14 PM

• After it was shelved earlier this week, Congress passed a $.79 billion recovery package for Hurricane Sandy. The first round of funds will cover the insurance claims. [NYT [1]]

• Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords attended a private meeting in Newtown, Connecticut earlier today. Giffords, who was shot while in office and has since retired, did not speak at a public event. [BuzzFeed [2]]

• The race for Uptown City Council has just gotten a little bit more anti-Semitic and a little bit more reminiscent of the old New York days. [Politicker [3]]

• David Axe at Wired looks at the arsenal of Iranian weapons, which closely resemble older American, Russian, and British weaponry with upgrades. [Wired [5]]

• For your weekend: Jonathan Ames narrates a documentary about author Gary Shteyngart’s obsessive book blurbing habit. The doc features Tablet’s own Jacob Silverman:

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