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6:55 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.
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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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Durbin: Medicare Age Off Table at White House
Reid J. Epstein / Reuters:
Susan Rice withdraws for secretary of state
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Hillary Clinton to testify on Benghazi
Discussion: The Fix and Taylor Marsh
Mark Landler / New York Times:   Rice Drops Bid for Secretary of State, Citing Opposition
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.
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John Gramlich / Roll Call:
House GOP Boosts Funds for DOMA Legal Defense
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Washington Blade and Politico
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.”  For a select few Americans, that principle could be amended to “Don't get mad at your enemies, buy them.”  I have sometimes thought that if I were Charles Koch, instead of trying to influence American politics honestly …
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
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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
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: TheFW, Mediaite, The Daily Caller and Gawker
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 …
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.
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.
Matt Vande Bunte / MLive.com:
State Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons tried to exempt husband from right-to-work law  —  ALTO, MI - Michigan House Democrats are calling an assistant majority floor leader a hypocrite for proposing an amendment that would have exempted her husband from right-to-work bills that lawmakers passed, and Gov. Snyder then signed into law.
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.
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.
Margalit Fox / New York Times:
N. Joseph Woodland, Inventor of the Bar Code, Dies at 91  —  N. Joseph Woodland, who six decades ago drew a set of lines in the sand and in the process conceived the modern bar code, died on Sunday at his home in Edgewater, N.J. He was 91.  —  His daughter Susan Woodland confirmed the death.
Discussion: BBC, The Verge and Althouse
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
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 …
Kelly Conniff / TIME:
And the Winner of TIME's Person of the Year Reader Poll Is...  Kim Jong Un is having a good year.  After taking over the leadership of North Korea from his late father Kim Jong Il, at the end of 2011, he's solidified his control over the country, appeared on TIME's cover and he was even named …
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Sandy Aid Package Includes Millions for Smithsonian, Space Center, Forests  —  A man walks past destroyed homes on the Rockaway Peninsula in the Queens borough of New York, Nov. 27, 2012.  A proposal in Congress would provide $60 billion in relief.  (Seth Wenig/AP Photo)
 
 
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Patrick Gavin / Politico:
Arnold Schwarzenegger: ‘I love paying my taxes!’
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Greg Giroux / Bloomberg:
Voters Throw Bums In While Holding Congress in Disdain
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Politico
Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
Income Malaise of Middle Class Complicates Democrats' Stance in Talks
Discussion: Sense of Events and The Caucus
Amy Hollyfield / The Buzz Florida Politics Feed:
Charlie Crist regrets signing anti-gay marriage petition
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Price: Move on ACA alternatives
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Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
The Real Fat Cats
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The Conservative Case for Right-to-Work Laws
 

 
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