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5:30 PM ET, December 13, 2012

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Tracy Connor / Rock Center with Brian Williams:
EXCLUSIVE: Susan Rice drops out of running for secretary of state; saddened by partisan politics  —  Embattled U.N. envoy Susan Rice is dropping out of the running to be the next secretary of state after months of criticism over her Benghazi comments, she told NBC News on Thursday.
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Hans Nichols / Bloomberg:
Hagel Said to Top Obama's List to Take Over at Pentagon  —  Former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel has emerged as the leading candidate to become Obama's next Secretary of Defense and may be nominated as soon as this month, according to two people familiar with the matter.
Reid J. Epstein / Reuters:
Susan Rice withdraws for secretary of state  —  United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice on Thursday withdrew her name from consideration to be appointed secretary of state by President Barack Obama.  —  “If nominated, I am now convinced that the confirmation process would be lengthy …
Discussion: CNN
Mark Landler / New York Times:   Rice Drops Bid for Secretary of State, Citing Opposition
Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Hillary Clinton to testify on Benghazi
Discussion: The Fix and Taylor Marsh
First Read:
First Thoughts: GOP goes off the image cliff  —  NBC/WSJ poll: GOP already goes off one cliff — the image cliff... American public: We want compromise... But this also presents dilemma for White House: Does it bend over backwards to achieve compromise, or does it try to make the GOP cry …
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Wall Street Journal:
Durbin: Medicare Age Off Table at White House
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Price: Move on ACA alternatives
Discussion: ABCNEWS and AEIdeas
Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
Senator Wants Answers On White House Pot Plan
Politico:
Joe Biden waits on sidelines
Gregory Wallace / CNN:
Why your lawmaker may not be at your holiday party
Discussion: Politico
Jonathan Allen / Politico:
‘The a—hole factor’  —  Back-bench freshmen Justin Amash, Tim Huelskamp and David Schweikert are gaining martyr status among conservative activists after they were “purged” from House committees for what they say is a matter of sticking to their principles on tough votes.
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / New York Post:
Where big GOP bucks could matter  —  Mitt Romney and the GOP lost, but it wasn't for lack of money.  They spent a lot; they just didn't get enough bang for the buck.  —  Billionaire Sheldon Adelson alone donated $150 million.  But Romney lost anyway, especially among unmarried women.
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:   A Modest Proposal  —  The old adage goes, “Don't get mad, get even.”
David Sherfinski / Washington Times:
King: Benghazi 10 times bigger than Watergate, Iran-Contra combined  —  Rep. Steve King, Iowa Republican, said Wednesday that the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, is 10 times bigger than the Watergate and Iran-Contra scandals put together.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Hamed Aleaziz / ThinkProgress:
Steve King: I Don't Know What Happened In Benghazi But It's Worse Than Watergate
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Corker introduces bill trading nearly $1T in entitlement cuts for debt-ceiling hike  —  Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) introduced a bill Wednesday to trade nearly $1 trillion in entitlement savings for an equal hike in the debt ceiling.  —  Corker said the Dollar For Dollar Act would include $937 billion …
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
Fixing the tax code at the cliff's edge
Discussion: Power Line and JustOneMinute
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Joe Lieberman's sad send-off  —  It was a lonely farewell for Joe Lieberman.  —  When the senior senator from Connecticut stood to give his parting address Wednesday afternoon, just one of his colleagues, Delaware Democrat Tom Carper, was with him on the Senate floor.
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Obama ‘May Decide To Go Blow Up Small Countries’ For Fun, Norquist Predicts … Although a growing number Republicans are distancing themselves from the Americans for Tax Reform anti-tax pledge, Grover Norquist is confident that Congressional Republicans will force massive cuts to government programs …
Discussion: The Raw Story and Mediaite
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Katie Glueck / Politico:
Grover Norquist's war plan for the GOP
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Julia Angwin / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Terrorism Agency to Tap a Vast Database of Citizens  —  Top U.S. intelligence officials gathered in the White House Situation Room in March to debate a controversial proposal.  Counterterrorism officials wanted to create a government dragnet, sweeping up millions of records about U.S. citizens—even people suspected of no crime.
Richard Hall / The Independent:
‘Gangnam Style’ death prompts warning to middle-aged men not to attempt the vigorous dance  —  NOTE: WE DO NOT STORE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS(ES) BUT YOUR IP ADDRESS WILL BE LOGGED TO PREVENT ABUSE OF THIS FEATURE.  PLEASE READ OUR LEGAL TERMS & POLICIES  —  The death of a father-of-three …
Discussion: Mediaite, The Daily Caller and Gawker
BuzzFeed:
Death Star Petition Requires White House Response  —  The petition has passed the 25,000 threshold needed for a response from the White House.  The White House petition is now quite operational.  —  Andrew Kaczynski  —  a half hour ago  —  3 responses
Discussion: Truthdig and The Greenroom
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
The Strange Republican Shift on Taxes  —  There's been an odd change in Republican rhetoric in the last few weeks about taxes.  As we all know, for a couple of decades now, particularly since George H.W. Bush went back on his “Read my lips” promise and agreed to a tax increase to bring down the deficit …
Discussion: Eschaton
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Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
What Obama Is Really Bargaining For  —  If the GOP caves on taxes …
Discussion: New York Magazine
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
The racial slurs the MSM doesn't want to cover  —  I have posted numerous times about the union violence in Lansing, including punches thrown at Steven Crowder and the tearing down of the Americans for Prosperity tent even as bystanders screamed that there were people inside.
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Alex Nussbaum / Bloomberg:
Aetna CEO Sees Obama Health Law Doubling Some Premiums  —  Health insurance premiums may as much as double for some small businesses and individual buyers in the U.S. when the Affordable Care Act's major provisions start in 2014, Aetna Inc. (AET)'s chief executive officer said.
Reuters:
Insight: How Republicans engineered a blow to Michigan's powerful unions  —  (Reuters) - As a trained aerospace engineer, Patrick Colbeck applied his penchant for data analysis and “systematic approach” to his new job in early 2011: a Michigan state senator, recently elected and keen to create jobs in the faded industrial powerhouse.
Amy Walter / ABCNEWS:
The Note: Chris Christie, Born to Run  —  THE NOTE If there's one takeaway from Barbara Walters' Chris Christie interview last night it was this: the man is setting up to run for president in 2016.  —  The buzziest example, of course, was his pushback against Walters' question as to whether he was “too heavy” to be president.
Discussion: The Fix, msnbc.com, Taylor Marsh and ABCNEWS
 
 
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