The taxes taken out of your check are based on the date the check was issued, not the payroll period it covers. So that's why your check had the '13 tax rates reflected.
The larger FICA deduction reflects the end of the 2% FICA employee portion tax cut (I think officially they called it a tax "holiday"). It was only in effect for one year, and it was never on the table to be extended. It's not really a part of the "fiscal cliff", but people certainly got used to it and forgot when it expired. The rest of the changes you could probably just attribute to your raise or tax rates adjusting a little for inflation.
I work for an accounting firm, and I've got so many phone calls today from mad employees who don't understand why their check is smaller. It pays to be informed.
Also, when you change your withholding just make sure that it won't cause you to owe a large amount at the end of the year. I get a lot of angry phone calls about that too.
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