ADVERTISEMENT
It’s a double blow to Hawaii, which lost all of its seniority in one year. In addition to Inouye’s death, longtime Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii) retired this cycle.

Inouye was third in line for the presidency as president pro tem of the Senate. Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick LeahyLawmakers talk climate for Earth Day, Science March Poll: Sanders most popular senator in the US Senate Dems offer bill to restore internet privacy rules MORE (D-Vt.), the next most senior senator, now takes that slot.

Leahy said he was too distraught to discuss the loss of his friend of four decades and would discuss it later on the floor.

"It's torn me apart," he told reporters.

TOMORROW’S AGENDA TODAY
: President Obama will attend meetings at the White House.

TWEET OF THE DAY: “Thank you all for the very kind words today. I look forward to serving the great state of South Carolina in the U.S. Senate.” — Rep. Tim ScottTim ScottLobbying World Juan Williams: The complicated story of black conservatism We need to pass the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act to fight hate and bigotry MORE (R-S.C.)

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We'll all miss him, and I wish I were capable of saying more, but that's all I can say." — Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidWeek ahead: House to revive Yucca Mountain fight Warren builds her brand with 2020 down the road 'Tuesday Group' turncoats must use recess to regroup on ObamaCare MORE (D-Nev.), on the death of Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii).

POLL POSITION:

A poll for The Hill, conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, found nearly six in 10 people (59 percent) feel the country is on the wrong track. It also showed people are deeply pessimistic about their chances for future prosperity, with 54 percent saying they believe their children will be worse off as adults than their parents.

BATTLE FOR THE HOUSE:

CALIFORNIA: Rep. Gary Miller (R-Calif.) could find himself in a rematch in 2014, because his former Democratic primary opponent, Pete Aguilar, is keeping in touch with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).

SOUTH CAROLINA: Rep. Tim Scott's (R-S.C.) move to the Senate opens up his House seat for a special election early next year. South Carolina Republicans are already considering contenders for the seat, and although it's a reliably Republican district, the special election will be the first open election held in the new boundaries. Potential GOP contenders include state Sens. Tom Davis, Paul Campbell, Chip Campsen, Larry Grooms and Chip Limehouse, as well as state Rep. Peter McCoy. Former South Carolina first lady Jenny Sanford, too, could run for the seat.

SENATE SHOWDOWN:

KENTUCKY: Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulWe can put America first by preventing public health disasters Conservative activists want action from Trump McConnell: 'Big challenge' to pass ObamaCare repeal in Senate MORE (R-Ky.) is insisting he will run for Senate in 2016, despite  speculation that he would be a top Republican pick for president that year.


MASSACHUSETTS: Former Gov. Michael Dukakis said he isn’t a potential candidate to replace Sen. John KerryJohn KerryEgypt’s death squads and America's deafening silence With help from US, transformative change in Iran is within reach Ellison comments on Obama criticized as 'a stupid thing to say' MORE (D-Mass.) in the Senate if President Obama taps Kerry for the secretary of State job.

SOUTH CAROLINA: Rep. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) will be appointed the first African-American senator from South Carolina next year, Gov. Nikki Haley (R) announced Monday. Haley’s selection of Scott, a Tea Party favorite, delighted conservative groups that had sought a strong conservative replacement for Sen. Jim DeMint (R), who is resigning in January to lead the Heritage Foundation. Scott’s appointment could prove beneficial for Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamOvernight Defense: US moving missile defense system to South Korea | Dems want justification for Syria strike | Army pick pushes back against critics of LGBT record Graham: There are 'no good choices left' with North Korea Graham: North Korea shouldn't underestimate Trump MORE (R-S.C.), who is expected to receive a primary challenge from the right in 2014. Scott had been seen as a top contender, but other Republicans in the state — most notably Rep. Mick Mulvaney (S.C.) — are also said to be mulling a run.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

HBO is producing a documentary about former President Clinton by Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese.

Many of the major media organizations that regularly traveled with Mitt Romney's presidential campaign are challenging expenses their reporters were billed, saying in a letter they believe the Republican presidential candidate overcharged them.

Please send tips and comments to Emily Goodin, egoodin@thehill.com; Cameron Joseph, cjoseph@thehill.com; Alexandra Jaffe, ajaffe@thehill.com; and Justin Sink, jsink@thehill.com

Follow us on Twitter: @hillballotbox, @emilylgoodin, @cam_joseph, ‏@ajjaffe, @JTSTheHill

You can sign up to receive this overnight update via email on The Hill’s homepage.