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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.
Washington Post:
Susan Rice withdraws as candidate for secretary of state  —  View Photo Gallery — What you need to know about Susan Rice: The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations has withdrawn from consideration for secretary of state  —  U.N. Ambassador Susan E. Rice withdrew her name …
Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Hillary Clinton to testify on Benghazi
Mark Landler / New York Times:   Rice Drops Bid for Secretary of State, Citing Opposition
Reid J. Epstein / Reuters:
Susan Rice withdraws for secretary of state
Discussion: CNN, Politico and americanthinker.com
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
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TheFW:
Petition to Build Death Star Gaining Steam  —  On the White House's website there is a “We The People” section, which allows citizens to “petition the Obama Administration to take action on a range of important issues facing our country.”  If any submitted petition gets 25,000 E-signatures …
Wall Street Journal:
Debate Grows in GOP Over Tax Stance
Discussion: Eschaton and Firedoglake
Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
Senator Wants Answers On White House Pot Plan
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.”
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
The Strange Republican Shift on Taxes
Discussion: Eschaton
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
What Obama Is Really Bargaining For  —  If the GOP caves on taxes …
Discussion: New York Magazine
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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CNN:
GOP budget concerns could stall Sandy emergency aid
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.
Hamed Aleaziz / ThinkProgress:
Steve King: I Don't Know What Happened In Benghazi But It's Worse Than Watergate  —  Rep. Steve King (R-IA) has no idea what happened in Benghazi but he does know that it's worse than Watergate and the Iran-Contra scandal times 10.  Here's King from a Washington Times article published on Wednesday:
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David Sherfinski / Washington Times:
King: Benghazi 10 times bigger than Watergate, Iran-Contra combined
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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!’
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Neil Cavuto cuts off Rep. E.B. Johnson  —  Fox News' Neil Cavuto cut to commercial during a heated interview with Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson where the congresswoman told him to “shut up for just a second” and he later called their discussion “a total waste of time.”
Discussion: Hot Air and Unfair Park
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: The Daily Caller, TheFW, Mediaite and Gawker
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
More staffers recount confrontational elevator rides with Rep. Foxx  —  More House staffers are coming forward with cautionary tales of their members-only elevator rides with Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.).  —  ITK last week brought you one tipster's claims of Foxx laying the verbal smackdown …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Lee Stranahan / BREITBART.COM:
LANSING UNION ATTACK VICTIM: ASSAILANT WORE GUY FAWKES-LIKE ‘DEVIL MASK’  —  Local Lansing Michigan hot dog vendor Clint Tarver was catering for Americans For Prosperity during the right-to-work demonstrations at the State Capitol on Tuesday, when two men rushed into the tent.
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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.
 
 
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Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Resisting the ‘no surrender’ temptation
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Greg Giroux / Bloomberg:
Voters Throw Bums In While Holding Congress in Disdain
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Politico
Amy Hollyfield / The Buzz Florida Politics Feed:
Charlie Crist regrets signing anti-gay marriage petition
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The Note: Chris Christie, Born to Run
Discussion: The Fix, Taylor Marsh, ABCNEWS and msnbc.com
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Capital Flows / Forbes:
Harvard, Legendary Home Of Harvard Lampoon, Strangles Campus Satire
Discussion: Althouse
Michael Kinsley / Bloomberg:
The Conservative Case for Right-to-Work Laws