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7:30 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: Politico, CNN and americanthinker.com
Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Hillary Clinton to testify on Benghazi
Mark Landler / New York Times:   Rice Drops Bid for Secretary of State, Citing Opposition
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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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
Wall Street Journal:
Durbin: Medicare Age Off Table at White House
Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
Senator Wants Answers On White House Pot Plan
Gregory Wallace / CNN:
Why your lawmaker may not be at your holiday party
Discussion: 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.”
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.
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, The Daily Caller, Mediaite and Gawker
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
Cal Fussman / Esquire:
Arnold Schwarzenegger: What I've Learned  —  Actor, former governor, 65, Los Angeles  —  The Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, Inc./Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York  —  Warhol photographed Schwarzenegger, then a bodybuilder, with a Polaroid Big Shot camera in 1977.
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Patrick Gavin / Politico:   Arnold Schwarzenegger: ‘I love paying my taxes!’
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.
BBC:
Syrian rebels may win - Russia  —  The Syrian government may be defeated by opposition forces, a Russian deputy foreign minister has said.  —  President Bashar al-Assad's forces are “losing more and more control and territory”, Mikhail Bogdanov said on Thursday, Russian news agencies report.
Discussion: Via Meadia and National Review
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Ellen Barry / New York Times:
Russian Envoy Says Syrian Leader Is Losing Control
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
John Gramlich / Roll Call:
House GOP Boosts Funds for DOMA Legal Defense  —  House Republicans quietly have raised the value of a contract with a private law firm that is handling the chamber's Supreme Court defense of a 1996 federal law that defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman.
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Washington Blade and Politico
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.
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
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.
 
 
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Greg Giroux / Bloomberg:
Voters Throw Bums In While Holding Congress in Disdain
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
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Amy Walter / ABCNEWS:
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