UPDATED: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been admitted to New York-Presbyterian Hospital after the discovery of a blood clot stemming from the concussion she sustained earlier this month.

She is being treated with anticoagulants, according to a spokesman, and will be monitored for the next 48 hours. Doctors will then determine if any further action must be taken.

Last minute talks to avoid the fiscal cliff continue in the US Senate after Senate Republicans backed off their calls for social security cuts through a “chained CPI”. (We interviewed Neal Lane from the AARP, which vehemently opposes this idea, about this a week ago.)

President Obama used his appearance on Meet The Press to pin the blame for the fiscal cliff showdown on Republicans insistence on protecting the rich from tax cuts.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell reached out to Vice President Joe Biden for help in crafting a deal after talks with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid fell apart this morning.

What to expect in NYC, D.C. and Albany in 2013 – as seen by the NYT Metro section.

The Daily Beast’s Harry Siegel weighs in on the New Yorkers who will shape city politics and culture in the coming year.

The AP’s Mike Gormley writes: “Where once 2013, as was 2012 briefly, a question mark, Cuomo has what aggressive executives secretly crave: Crises to confront” in the form of Superstorm Sandy and the Newtown massacre.

The AR-15, a popular weapon among hunters, has attracted unwanted and negative attention since the Newtown shooting. (Subscription needed).

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and other top Albany Dems have joined the Daily News campaign for better gun control and an assault weapons ban, but Republicans are refusing to sign on. (A spokeswoman for Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos says he doesn’t sign petitions “as a general rule”).

Since 2007, when Congress limited the ability of family members to lobby their relatives in the House or Senate after the Abramoff scandal, 56 relatives of lawmakers have been paid to influence Congress, a Washington Post analysis found.

Following 54 deaths on the tracks this year, the MTA will reconsider installing sliding doors on some subway platforms to prevent riders from getting killed or injured by trains.

The State Department pushed back hard against a report that Clinton is partying in the Dominican Republican despite her concussion.

The Clintons were the two most popular politicians in the final NBC-Wall Street Journal poll of 2012.

The Retail Council of New York State says store owners are giving the holiday shopping season a “B” grade.

The looming so-called “dairy cliff” – caused by the inability of Congress to renew the Farm Bill – could be disastrous for upstate farmers and double milk prices for consumers.

The TU warns local and state officials to take seriously state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s call for enacting “real and meaningful reform of how we prioritize and fund public infrastructure projects” before the next natural disaster strikes.

The US Senate approved $60.4 billion in emergency spending on Friday to pay for recovery efforts in states ravaged by Hurricane Sandy in a 62-32 vote that broke largely along party lines. The measure’s fate in the House remains uncertain.

William Spengler, who killed two firefighters in a Christmas Eve ambush in Webster, said at a parole hearing 20 years ago that he “couldn’t explain” why he had murdered his grandmother and was unsure if he would kill again.

Police arrested Dawn Nguyen, 24, who bought a Bushmaster semiautomatic rifle and a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun more than two years ago on Spengler’s behalf because as a felon, he wasn’t permitted to buy or own guns.

In an effort to shutter the U.S. as a modern elephant graveyard, New York regulators are now demanding more proof that intricately carved artwork and fine white jewelry abide by state law.

A handful of South Nyack residents are living in limbo as they await word of the fate of their homes in the Tappan Zee Bridge reconstruction project.

NYC taxpayers will have to foot a tab of more than $1.5 billion because pension-fund investments in 2012 did not perform well, bringing in just 1.37 percent.

Some rural county leaders think they’re not getting their fair share of state economic development funds under Cuomo’s regional council approach.

As the Seneca Niagara Casino marks its tenth anniversary, the city of Niagara Falls is realizing its gamble on the facility didn’t pay off as expected.