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9:30 AM ET, December 14, 2012

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Susan Rice / Washington Post:
Why I made the right call  —  View Photo Gallery — What you need to know about Susan Rice: The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations has withdrawn from consideration for secretary of state  —  On Thursday I asked that President Obama no longer consider me for the job of secretary of state.
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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.
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of state  —  View Photo Gallery — What you need to know about Susan Rice: The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations has withdrawn from consideration for secretary of state  —  U.N. Ambassador Susan E. Rice withdrew her name …
Tracy Connor / Rock Center with Brian Williams:
EXCLUSIVE: Susan Rice drops out of running for secretary of state, cites ‘very politicized’ confirmation process  —  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.
Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Hillary Clinton to testify on Benghazi
New York Times:
Rice Ends Bid for Secretary of State, and Fight With G.O.P.
Reid J. Epstein / Reuters:
Susan Rice withdraws for secretary of state
Discussion: CNN, Politico and americanthinker.com
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
Marijuana Users Not High Priority for President Obama  —  President Obama says recreational users of marijuana in states that have legalized the substance should not be a “top priority” of federal law enforcement officials prosecuting the war on drugs.  —  “We've got bigger fish to fry,” …
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.
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Megan Ruyle / The Hill:
House Republicans made scarce during ‘fiscal cliff’ talks
Discussion: Politico
Gregory Wallace / CNN:
Why your lawmaker may not be at your holiday party
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Politico
Bobby Jindal / Wall Street Journal:
The End of Birth-Control Politics  —  Over-the-counter sales of oral contraceptives will cut off a disingenuous attack line.  —  The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists announced its support last month for selling oral contraceptives over the counter without a prescription in the United States.
Carlo Muñoz / The Hill:
Report: Hagel likely top White House pick for Department of Defense chief  —  Former Nebraska Republican senator and Vietnam veteran Chuck Hagel has taken the top spot on the Obama administration's shortlist of candidates to replace Defense Secretary Leon Panetta at the Pentagon, according to news reports.
Discussion: Booman Tribune and The Agonist
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David Morgan / CNBC:
Only 15 States Opt to Run Obamacare Exchanges  —  Only 15 states have told the federal government they plan to operate health insurance exchanges under President Barack Obama's reform law, leaving Washington with the daunting task of creating online marketplaces for two-thirds of the country.
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
With Gap Wide and Time Short, Obama and Boehner Meet  —  WASHINGTON — With time running short to work out a deal to avert a year-end fiscal crisis, Speaker John A. Boehner met with President Obama at the White House on Thursday evening to try to bridge a vast gap between the parties on taxes …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Sen. Durbin: White House has taken Medicare eligibility age hike off the table
Discussion: Daily Kos
Wall Street Journal:
Debate Grows in GOP Over Tax Stance
Discussion: Eschaton and Firedoglake
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The G.O.P.'s Existential Crisis  —  We are not having a debt crisis.  —  It's important to make this point, because I keep seeing articles about the “fiscal cliff” that do, in fact, describe it — often in the headline — as a debt crisis.  But it isn't.  The U.S. government is having no trouble borrowing to cover its deficit.
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 …
BuzzFeed:
Other Media Provocateurs Pan Steven Crowder's Performance  —  “It's important not to instigate the person you're interviewing,” Fields says.  —  Video of conservative activist Steven Crowder's tussle with a union member in Michigan this week, which led to the Fox News contributor being punched …
Discussion: AMERICAblog and The Dana Show
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
Joe Romm / ThinkProgress:
Mother Nature Is Just Getting Warmed Up: Record-Smashing Early December Assures 2012 Will Be Hottest In U.S. History  —  We've had spring weather in early December — and that guarantees 2012 will be the hottest year on record for the United States.  —  I had reported on Monday that 2012 …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Is Obama Punishing the GOP Because He's Mean?  —  Even as they grudgingly have come to accept that they can't prevent the expiration of the Bush tax cuts for the rich, Republicans have increasingly started explaining this pitiable state of affairs to themselves as the product of President Obama's unique malevolence.
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.
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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!’
 
 
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Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Senate panel approves Franken's location privacy bill
Discussion: BBC and The Verge
Jennifer Martinez / The Hill:
US says it won't ratify UN telecom treaty
Mick Brown / Telegraph:
In truth, Ravi Shankar couldn't stand the hippies
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama displays menorah rescued from Sandy destruction in Hanukkah ceremony
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