A possible perk for Bennet — it’s been reported he wants a spot on the powerful Senate Finance Committee. Committee assignments aren’t out yet, so there’s still hope for him.


TOMORROW’S AGENDA TODAY: President Obama will speak to members of the Business Roundtable and then will deliver remarks at the 2012 Tribal Nations Conference.


TWEET OF THE DAY: “At @whitehouse congressional holiday reception. Hope the good cheer rubs off on a few scrooges in the House. Decorations are beautiful.” — Rep. Gerry ConnollyGerry ConnollyHow the New South became a swing region Three dead after violent clashes at white nationalist rally House Democrats call for transparency in Trump's deregulatory panels MORE (D-Va.) 


QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It was especially great chatting with Rob Lowe. We have a mutual interest in General Grant and the Civil War.” — Newt Gingrich, on his “Parks and Recs” cameo


POLL POSITION:

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A majority would blame congressional Republicans if Washington fails to reach a deal in deficit talks to avoid the “fiscal cliff,” according to a Washington Post-Pew Research survey. It found that 53 percent said they would blame Republicans, while 27 percent said President Obama would be at fault.


RACE FOR 2016:

Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonAssange meets U.S. congressman, vows to prove Russia did not leak him documents High-ranking FBI official leaves Russia probe OPINION | Steve Bannon is Trump's indispensable man — don't sacrifice him to the critics MORE is sending consolation letters to a number of losing Democratic candidates in congressional races in New York. The revelation that Clinton is cultivating her New York base comes as speculation over a possible 2016 presidential bid for the secretary of State mounts.

And New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) responded testily to a report that he had encouraged Clinton to run for mayor of New York. "Why do you think I encouraged Hillary Clinton to run for mayor?" Bloomberg said according to Capital New York. "I mean, did you hear me say that?"


BATTLE FOR THE HOUSE:

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has entered the tax fight with its first targeted attacks of the 2014 cycle, blasting out a press release in the districts of 40 House Republicans the committee feels are vulnerable.

OHIO: Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio.) was arrested in August for public intoxication. 


SENATE SHOWDOWN:

GEORGIA: Sen. Saxby ChamblissSaxby ChamblissFormer GOP senator: Let Dems engage on healthcare bill OPINION: Left-wing politics will be the demise of the Democratic Party GOP hopefuls crowd Georgia special race MORE (R-Ga.) leads most potential primary challengers for his Senate seat, according to a new poll, but his biggest challenge would be against former presidential candidate Herman Cain. According to a survey from the Democratic-leaning Public Policing Polling, Cain leads Chambliss 50 to 36 percent in a head-to-head match-up. And Newt Gingrich said he would not mount a primary challenge to Chambliss.


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

Rick Santorum immediately jumped on Tuesday's defeat of the U.N. disabilities treaty to promote his advocacy group in favor of conservative Republicans.

Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas) resigned late last month from FreedomWorks, a prominent Tea Party organization, in a dispute over the direction of the group.

Arizona Sens. John McCainJohn McCainBush biographer: Trump has moved the goalpost for civilized society White House to pressure McConnell on ObamaCare McCain: Trump needs to state difference between bigots and those fighting hate MORE (R) and Jon Kyl (R) said they have no idea where Gov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.) is. “No, everybody keeps asking me that,” Kyl told The Hill. “I didn’t know she was missing.”

The actor Samuel L. Jackson thinks 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 is a “superwoman” and would make a good first female president.


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