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TOMORROW’S AGENDA TODAY: President Obama holds a Cabinet meeting.  He will also hold an event at the White House with middle-class Americans and a separate event with business leaders as part of his push to avoid the "fiscal cliff."

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First lady Michelle ObamaMichelle ObamaKim Kardashian says she and Kanye once sang karaoke with Obama Obama talked trash, won money from 3 celebs over golf game Former Michelle Obama aide enters Maryland governor's race MORE will welcome military families to the White House at 1:30 p.m. for the first viewing of the 2012 holiday decorations.


TWEET OF THE DAY: “So sad to see POTUS continue to pass John KerryJohn KerryCongress needs to assert the war power against a dangerous president Sinclair and 'Big Media': The outrage that caused the outrage Tillerson sets a lost State Department on the right course MORE over for the big jobs. I just don't get it. #Statesman” — actor Rob Lowe 


QUOTE OF THE DAY: “John BoehnerJohn BoehnerIt's time for McConnell to fight with Trump instead of against him How Republicans can bring order out of the GOP's chaos Republican donor sues GOP for fraud over ObamaCare repeal failure MORE, Boehner, don’t be a d---, budget cuts will make us sick. The budget cuts are really rude, that’s why we have to be so lewd.” — Naked protestors outside of Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerIt's time for McConnell to fight with Trump instead of against him How Republicans can bring order out of the GOP's chaos Republican donor sues GOP for fraud over ObamaCare repeal failure MOREs (R-Ohio) Longworth House Office Building office


POLL POSITION:

A CNN/ORC poll finds President Obama with a 52 percent approval rating, and 43 disapproval. The poll shows a slight uptick for the president since the last survey, taken in early November before his commanding reelection victory. That poll showed Obama with a 51-45 positive split.


RACE FOR 2016:

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) said he remains "open" to seeking the GOP presidential nomination in 2016. “I’m open to it, yeah,” Santorum told the Weekly Standard. “I think there’s a fight right now as to what the soul of the Republican party’s going to be and the conservative movement, and we have something to say about that. I think from our battle, we’re not going to leave the field.”


BATTLE FOR THE HOUSE:

Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.) will be the National Republican Congressional Committee's (NRCC) new deputy chairman.

FLORIDA: Outgoing Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) is open to running for office again in the future, but said it is “not for now” to make any plans.

ILLINOIS: Former National Football League linebacker and recently-elected Illinois state Sen. Napoleon Harris (D) will run for the seat left open by Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s (D-Ill.) resignation.

TENNESSEE: A watchdog group has filed a complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics against Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.), alleging that he lied to the public, violating House rules, when confronted about a past inappropriate sexual relationship. And state GOP Rep. Kevin Brooks said in a statement he’s exploring a run against DesJarlais.


SENATE SHOWDOWN:

WEST VIRGINIA: Sen. Jay RockefellerJay RockefellerOvernight Tech: Trump nominates Dem to FCC | Facebook pulls suspected baseball gunman's pages | Uber board member resigns after sexist comment Trump nominates former FCC Dem for another term Obama to preserve torture report in presidential papers MORE (D-W.Va.) has not yet decided whether he'll be running again in 2014. "I'll make that decision in time," he said, and offered no timeline for the decision when pressed.


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's (R) approval rating has spiked to 72 percent following his handling of Superstorm Sandy, according to a new poll from Quinnipiac University.

Sens. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) introduced an alternative bill to the DREAM Act that would allow illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children to stay in the U.S. without an expedited pathway to citizenship. The legislation is the first concrete move Republicans have made toward immigration reform since the election.


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