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10:15 PM ET, December 6, 2012

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Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
Sen. Jim DeMint to Head Heritage Foundation  —  South Carolina U.S. Senator Jim DeMint will replace Ed Feulner as president of the Heritage Foundation.  Mr. DeMint will leave his post as South Carolina's junior senator in early January to take control of the Washington think tank, which has an annual budget of about $80 million.
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Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
Good riddance, Mr. DeMint  —  Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) is leaving the Senate to take over the Heritage Foundation.  He will replace Ed Feulner as the conservative think tank's president.  He expressed no qualms about leaving the Senate before his term is up, nor did he reflect on his legislative achievements, of which none come to mind.
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
11 Reasons You're Glad Jim DeMint Is Leaving The Senate  —  In an unexpected move, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), an arch-conservative and leader of the Tea Party movement, is resigning his seat in order to head up the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank in Washington DC.
Valerie Bauerlein / Washington Wire:
Mark Sanford Mulls Second Act in South Carolina  —  So could Sen. Jim DeMint be followed by...Sen. Mark Sanford?  —  Don't rule it out.  In an interview, the former South Carolina governor said he'd been by bombarded Thursday by calls and emails from former donors and allies encouraging …
Discussion: Ballot Box, Post Politics and Daily Kos
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Sources: DeMint wants Rep. Tim Scott to take his place in Senate  —  Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) has made it known in South Carolina that he wants Rep. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) to replace him in the Senate, two state Republican sources tell The Hill.  —  The sources, requesting anonymity to speak candidly …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi jabs DeMint on his way out
Discussion: Mediaite
Tarini Parti / Politico:
Think tank jobs a lucrative landing spot
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog
Katie Pavlich / Townhall.com:
Who Will Replace Jim DeMint?
Discussion: The Fix, BuzzFeed and Ballot Box
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Two Roads Diverged: Jim DeMint Leaves U.S. Senate for Heritage Foundation Presidency
Aaron Blake / The Fix:
Gov. Nikki Haley to fill DeMint's seat by appointment
Michael McAuliff / The Huffington Post:
Debt Ceiling Bluff Called By Harry Reid, Leaving Mitch McConnell To Filibuster Himself … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Debt Ceiling, Harry Reid , Mitch McConnell, U.S. Senate, Video, Barack Obama Debt Ceiling, Fiscal Cliff, Mitch Mcconnell Filibuster, Politics News
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Eric W. Dolan / The Raw Story:
Democrats watch in awe as McConnell filibusters himself  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) introduced legislation to raise the debt ceiling on Thursday, apparently with the intent of showing that even Democrats would not support such a bill.  —  However, McConnell's plan backfired …
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
McConnell Filibusters His Own Bill To Lift Debt Ceiling  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) wanted to prove on Thursday that Democrats don't have the votes to weaken Congress' authority on the debt limit.  Instead they called his bluff, and he ended up filibustering his own bill.
New York Times:
At Boehner's Request, He and Obama Negotiate Alone  —  WASHINGTON — At House Speaker John A. Boehner's request, Senate leaders and Representative Nancy Pelosi have been excluded from talks to avert a fiscal crisis, leaving it to Mr. Boehner and President Obama alone to find a deal, Congressional aides say.
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
How Democrats' Main Filibuster Reform Would Work
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Bush's White House Press Secretary Tells Female Victims Of Violence: ‘Make Better Decisions’  —  Bush White House Press Secretary-turned-Fox News host Dana Perino asserted Wednesday night that women who are victims of violence should “make better decisions” to avoid being hurt.
Discussion: Truthdig
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Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
What Jovan Belcher's Murder-Suicide Says About Our Attitudes Toward Guns, Football, And Domestic Violence
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney campaign raised $85.9M in final weeks  —  The final days of Mitt Romney's campaign were a prosperous ones for the Republican presidential candidate, even if the funds raised didn't translate to success at the polls.  —  Romney raised $85.9 million in the period from October 18 to November 26, the campaign announced Thursday.
Discussion: CNN
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Kevin Bohn / CNN:
Adelsons donate $33 million to GOP super PACs in closing days
Discussion: Politico
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Marco Rubio Says Homosexuality Is A Sin — But Not In A Judgmental Way
Associated Press:
Christie Reunites With Obama at White House  —  New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie reunited with President Barack Obama on Thursday for the first time since the pair teamed up in response to Superstorm Sandy.  —  Christie made an unannounced visit to the White House …
Discussion: CNN
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Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Boehner Gains Strong Backing of House G.O.P.
WILX-TV:
UPDATED INFORMATION: Protesters Pepper Sprayed, Arrested At Capitol  —  At least four people were arrested inside the state Capitol, amidst noisy protests against expected Right to Work legislation.  —  Michigan State Police Inspector Gene Adamczyk said that protesters tried to rush …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Firedoglake
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ABCNEWS:   Police Arrest, Spray Protesters at Mich. Capitol
Detroit Free Press:
LANSING — There was chaos and high emotion at the Capitol today after Gov. Rick Snyder …
Rick Ungar / Forbes:
Papa John's, Applebee's And Others Pay Huge Price For Anti-Obamacare Politicking  —  (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)  —  It turns out that being a good corporate citizen is as important to selling pizzas as the thinness of the crust or the quality of the cheese.
Josh Tyrangiel / Business Week:
Tim Cook's Freshman Year: The Apple CEO Speaks  —  Prior to his death on Oct. 5, 2011, Steve Jobs made sure that the elevation of Tim Cook—his longtime head of operations and trusted deputy—to Apple chief executive officer would be drama-free.  “He goes, ‘I never want you to ask what I would have done,’” recalls Cook.
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Ronnie Polidoro / Rock Center with Brian Williams:
Apple CEO Tim Cook announces plans to manufacture Mac computers in USA
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Looking ahead to 2016  —  PPP's newest national poll finds Marco Rubio as the early choice of Republicans for 2016.  18% would like him to be their nominee to 14% for Chris Christie, 12% for Jeb Bush and Paul Ryan, 11% for Mike Huckabee, 8% for Condoleezza Rice, 7% each for Sarah Palin and Rand Paul, and 4% for Rick Santorum.
Lawrence Lessig / The Atlantic Online:
Why a Democratic Tea Party Is the Best Hope for Fixing Corrupt Government  —  The solution must come from the grassroots — it can't be imposed from above by reform-minded members of Congress.  —  Reuters  —  At a talk at UCLA last month, I said that America's growing anti-corruption movement needs to think big, not puny.
James Pethokoukis / AEIdeas:
10 charts showing America's stunning entitlements explosion  —  AEI scholar Nick Eberstadt's latest book, A Nation of Takers, provides a sobering analysis of the entitlements explosion and its effect on the American economy and culture.  —  It's a reminder that without significant …
Discussion: Hot Air and Sister Toldjah
Mariecar Mendoza / L.A. Daily News:
Seniors decry ban on Christmas tree in their complex in Newhall  —  Residents in a Newhall senior apartment complex are protesting an order from management to remove their beloved Christmas tree from the community room because, they were told, it's a religious symbol.
Patrick Gavin / Reuters:
Clint Eastwood's act was ‘bad’, Stuart Stevens says  —  “To the degree that it was a distraction, it was bad.”  —  That's the review by former Mitt Romney campaign adviser Stuart Stevens about actor Clint Eastwood's controversial performance at this summer's Republican National Convention.
Discussion: CNN and his vorpal sword
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama lights National Christmas Tree in 90-year-old holiday tradition  —  President Obama lit the National Christmas Tree on Thursday evening, commemorating the 90th anniversary of the annual holiday tradition.  —  The president was welcomed onto the stage by television star Neil Patrick Harris …
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Ryan Cooper / Washington Monthly:
Liberals, the Fiscal Thingy, and Message Discipline  —  The last several weeks of negotiations have have provided a good example of one of the left's biggest weaknesses: message discipline.  Ben Bernanke came up with the phrase “fiscal cliff,” and it stuck.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Republican Anti-Tax Maginot Line  —  circa 1939: A French officer points in the direction of Berlin, from a fort on the Maginot Line.  —  The remarkable crack-up of the Republican Party's two-decade wall of unyielding anti-tax absolutism has resulted from a combination of circumstances …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
 
 
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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
A free-trade agreement with Europe?
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Hamed Aleaziz / ThinkProgress:
Muslim-American Group To GOP: Stop Treating Us So Poorly
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MSNBC's Hayes isn't through with Cuomo
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Washington Post Plans a Paywall
CNN:
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Bill Clinton: 'Don't get too disgusted' by ‘fiscal cliff’ negotiations
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Katherine Skiba / Chicago Tribune:
Kirk to return to Senate on Jan. 3
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
Bewitched by Obama  —  Even Jonathan Swift, who said that promises …
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Becky Iannotta / Air Force Times:
Air Force-wide inspections begin today
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Alex Hern / New Statesman:
FT loses its motherloving mind with ill-advised rap-themed front page opinion piece
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
‘Voter Suppression,’ Debunked
Discussion: Mediaite and Talking Points Memo
David Bauder / Associated Press:
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