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2:40 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.
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.
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 …
Manu Raju / Politico:
Jim DeMint to resign to head Heritage Foundation  —  Sen. Jim DeMint abruptly announced plans to resign his South Carolina Senate seat to run the conservative Heritage Foundation, a stunning move that could have repercussions in the chamber and in Senate GOP primaries across the country.
Jim DeMint / CNN:
BREAKING: Sen. Jim DeMint will step down from Senate
Aaron Blake / The Fix:
Gov. Nikki Haley to fill DeMint's seat by appointment
Discussion: Post Politics and Sister Toldjah
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
South Carolina's GOP chairman: DeMint resignation ‘a shocker’
Discussion: Post Politics
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Jim DeMint leaving Senate for Heritage Foundation
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Jim DeMint resigns from Senate
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.
Ronnie Polidoro / Rock Center with Brian Williams:
Apple CEO Tim Cook announces plans to manufacture Mac computers in USA  —  In an exclusive interview with Brian Williams airing tonight at 10pm/9c on NBC's “Rock Center,” Apple CEO Tim Cook announced one of the existing Mac lines will be manufactured exclusively in the United States next year.
Apple to Invest in Manufacturing Macs in U.S., Cook Says
Discussion: CNN, The Week and Fortune
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Republicans wave the white flag  —  Speaker John Boehner emerged from his weekly huddle with House Republicans on Wednesday morning to take his place behind a mahogany lectern in front of a brown backdrop.  The dark tones provided ideal camouflage for the deeply tanned speaker — as though he were trying to vanish into the background.
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Boehner Gains Strong Backing of House G.O.P.  —  WASHINGTON — With a daunting fiscal crisis looming and conservatives outside the House torching him at every turn, Speaker John A. Boehner might be assumed to have a shaky hold on his gavel.  Instead, it appears he is enjoying the broadest support …
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
The Political Risks of Cliff-Diving  —  Republicans will get the blame, but it is the president who will be weakened most.  —  President Barack Obama has clear advantages in the public-opinion contest over the fiscal cliff.  He recently won re-election, Democrats increased their Senate majority and the GOP controls only the House.
Connie Cass / Associated Press:
Discussion: Federal Eye
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Trio of polls: Support for raising taxes on wealthy
David Bauder / Associated Press:
FOX'S CORRESPONDENT ON FRONT LINES WITH OBAMA  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Ed Henry's assignment covering the White House would be a challenge for any journalist, no matter his employer.  —  Yet Henry works at Fox News Channel, home base for viewers who longed for President Barack Obama's defeat.
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
How Democrats' Main Filibuster Reform Would Work  —  Senate Democrats who support reforming the filibuster when the new Congress convenes next month insist their ideas are fairly modest.  Their farthest-reaching proposal, they say, would be to end the era of silent obstruction …
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Lawmaker chews out staffer for riding on members-only elevator  —  Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) chewed out a House staffer after catching her riding on a “members only” elevator, according to an ITK tipster who was on the scene.  —  But Foxx's office is calling our lookout's description of events in the elevator an “exaggeration.”
Discussion: Daily Kos and Gawker
Jenny Marlar / Gallup:
U.S. Unadjusted Unemployment Shoots Back Up  —  Unemployment situation best for college grads, whites, men, and older workers  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. unemployment, as measured by Gallup without seasonal adjustment, was 7.8% for the month of November, up significantly from 7.0% for October.
New York Times:
U.S.-Approved Weapons Transfer Ended Up With Libyan Jihadis  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration secretly gave its blessing to arms shipments to Libyan rebels from Qatar last year, but American officials later grew alarmed as evidence grew that Qatar was turning some of the weapons …
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Olive Garden Suffering From Bad PR After Anti-Obamacare Comments  —  Darden Restaurants, Inc. — owner of Red Lobster and Olive Garden — is battling back negative press attention in light of its October announcement that the company will use Obamacare as a reason to shift to part-time employees.
Discussion: Business Insider and Daily Kos
Ethan Roeder / New York Times:
I Am Not Big Brother  —  I'VE grown accustomed to reading inaccurate accounts of my day job.  I'm in political data.  —  If I'm not spying on private citizens through the security cam in the parking garage, I'm probably sifting through their garbage for discarded pages from their diaries …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
‘Voter Suppression,’ Debunked  —  A black activist's surprising admission.  —  A month after Barack Obama's re-election, notes an interesting bit of Democratic triumphalism: … Let's stipulate that what Hardy says is true.  Now, in light of this information, let's consider the argument against voter ID laws.
Elhanan Miller / The Times of Israel:
New Gaza perfume named for missile  —  Cosmetics firm calls scent M-75 in honor of ‘victory’ against Israel during Pillar of Defense  —  A new perfume created in Gaza will bear the name of a missile designed by Hamas and fired in the direction of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv during Operation Pillar …
Harry J Enten / Guardian:
Clinton 2016: what makes Hillary a Democratic primary winner  —  If she chooses to run for president in 2016, Hillary Clinton has record polling, a solid coalition and top organisation on her side  —  I have no clue whether or not Hillary Clinton will run for the presidency in 2016 …
Rick Daysog / Hawaii News Now:
Lawsuit threat cancels Christmas concert  —  A threatened lawsuit had put a halt to what's become a Christmas tradition for members of the Moanalua High School orchestra.  —  For the past six years, the award-winning group and volunteers from the New Hope Church have raised more than $200,000 …
Discussion: Sense of Events and protein wisdom
Gov. Bobby Jindal / Politico:
Cliff diving  —  As the nation eagerly awaits Washington's solution to the so-called fiscal cliff, and as the negotiations continue back and forth in both the media and in reality, here are a few thoughts for consideration.  —  Today it's the fiscal cliff, but that surely will not be the end of it …
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Alex Hern / New Statesman:
FT loses its motherloving mind with ill-advised rap-themed front page opinion piece
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
GOP sides with Mickey Mouse on copyright reform
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy and EconLog
Jerusalem Post:
Poll: Majority of Israelis supported Gaza operation
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Mediaite
AP Member Choice Limited / Chicago Tribune:
Cheers, New Year's Eve-style countdown as pot use becomes legal in Washington state
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Lindsay Abrams / The Atlantic Online:
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 Earlier Items: 
Michael Levenson / The Boston Globe:
After her record haul, Warren slips into red
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Obama-friendly business group given great access to the White House
Erika Johnsen / Hot Air:
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