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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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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.
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.
CNN:
BREAKING: Sen. Jim DeMint will step down from Senate  —  Washington (CNN) - Republican Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina will resign from his Senate seat as of Dec. 31 to take over as head of the Heritage Foundation, his office announced Thursday.  —  “I honestly believe that I can do a lot …
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  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday linked outgoing Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) to one of the “saddest” Senate votes in years and suggested DeMint's values won't be missed on Capitol Hill.  —  Pelosi criticized the resigning South Carolina lawmaker …
Discussion: Mediaite
Tarini Parti / Politico:
Think tank jobs a lucrative landing spot
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog
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: The Fix and Post Politics
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.
Discussion: Mediaite and Wonkette
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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: Booman Tribune
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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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 …
Ned Ryun / RedState:
Fire Boehner: We Only Need 16 Votes to Depose Boehner
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  —  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.
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.
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Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Olive Garden Suffering From Bad PR After Anti-Obamacare Comments
Discussion: Business Insider
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: Mediaite and Politico
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: The Impolitic, Daily Kos and Gawker
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 …
The Nation:
Go to Your Womb, Ross Douthat  —  This article appeared in the December 24-31, 2012 edition of The Nation.  —  Recommended by 1  —  Courtesy: Josh Haner/New York Times  —     —  Ross Douthat, The New York Times's Catholic-conservative columnist, is so obsessed with women's fertility it's …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money and Althouse
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.
Alex Hern / New Statesman:
FT loses its motherloving mind with ill-advised rap-themed front page opinion piece  —  “Stay Middling And Retire Disappointed”  —  The FT has an incredible front-page opinion piece today.  The print version has the headline “G-Dawg splashes out tax cuts like P Diddy with Dom Pérignon in his blingiest giveaway”.
Detroit Free Press:
LANSING — There was chaos and high emotion at the Capitol today after Gov. Rick Snyder and GOP legislative leaders announced fast-track plans to make Michigan the nation's 24th right-to-work state.  —  At a news conference, Snyder said the Legislature will proceed with right-to-work legislation …
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.
Katherine Skiba / Chicago Tribune:
Kirk to return to Senate on Jan. 3 … WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, who suffered a stroke in January, plans to return to the Senate floor on Jan. 3, the first day of the new Congress, Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Ill., said Thursday.  —  A Senate official, who spoke on condition of anonymity …
Discussion: The Hill and 2chambers
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Eva Longoria to serve as co-chairwoman of Inaugural Committee  —  Actress Eva Longoria will serve as a co-chairwoman of the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC), according to an announcement by the committee on Thursday.  —  The announcement comes roughly a month before Obama's public inauguration on Jan. 21.
Discussion: Politico
 
 
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Bill Clinton: 'Don't get too disgusted' by ‘fiscal cliff’ negotiations
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Looking ahead to 2016  —  PPP's newest national poll finds Marco Rubio …
Discussion: Business Insider and The Hill
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Bewitched by Obama  —  Even Jonathan Swift, who said that promises …
Wesley Lowery / L.A. NOW:
Villaraigosa urges ‘fiscal cliff’ solution, defends Fix the Debt
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Gov. Bobby Jindal / Politico:
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