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8:30 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.
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 …
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
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi jabs DeMint on his way out
Discussion: Mediaite
Katie Pavlich / Townhall.com:
Who Will Replace Jim DeMint?
Discussion: BuzzFeed, The Fix and Ballot Box
Aaron Blake / The Fix:
Gov. Nikki Haley to fill DeMint's seat by appointment
Tarini Parti / Politico:
Think tank jobs a lucrative landing spot
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog
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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
Discussion: The Plum Line and Booman Tribune
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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.
Eric W. Dolan / The Raw Story:
Democrats watch in awe as McConnell filibusters himself
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
How Democrats' Main Filibuster Reform Would Work
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.
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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
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Boehner Gains Strong Backing of House G.O.P.
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
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
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ABCNEWS:   Police Arrest, Spray Protesters at Mich. Capitol
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.
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.
Andrew J. Hawkins / mycrains.crainsnewyork.com:
MSNBC's Hayes isn't through with Cuomo  —  For the past two weeks, MSNBC host Chris Hayes has made his disdain of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's decision to abandon the state Senate Democrats a prominent feature of his widely watched weekend morning political talk show.  —  And there's more to come.
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
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
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.
Hamed Aleaziz / ThinkProgress:
Muslim-American Group To GOP: Stop Treating Us So Poorly  —  The Council On American-Islamic Relations placed an open letter yesterday in the conservative Washington Times newspaper imploring Republicans to move away from the Islamophobic stance that has taken hold of the party.
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.
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Bewitched by Obama  —  Even Jonathan Swift, who said that promises and pie crusts are made to be broken, might have marveled at the limited shelf life of Barack Obama's promise of a “balanced” deficit-reduction plan — substantial spending cuts to accompany revenue increases.
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
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.”
 
 
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama lights National Christmas Tree in 90-year-old holiday tradition
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Dan Rafter / hrc.org:
Top Anti-Marriage Donor in Maryland is Active in White Supremacist, Secessionist Causes
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Keach Hagey / Wall Street Journal:
Washington Post Plans a Paywall
CNN:
TRENDING: Eva Longoria lands inauguration role
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Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
What Jovan Belcher's Murder-Suicide Says About Our Attitudes Toward Guns, Football, And Domestic Violence
Discussion: Truthdig and The Atlantic Online
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Marco Rubio Says Homosexuality Is A Sin — But Not In A Judgmental Way
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Bill Clinton: 'Don't get too disgusted' by ‘fiscal cliff’ negotiations
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Katherine Skiba / Chicago Tribune:
Kirk to return to Senate on Jan. 3
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The Nation:
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Becky Iannotta / Air Force Times:
Air Force-wide inspections begin today
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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:
FOX'S CORRESPONDENT ON FRONT LINES WITH OBAMA
Discussion: Mediaite and Politico
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
The Political Risks of Cliff-Diving
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