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One of Inouye’s final acts was to send a letter to Abercrombie urging him to appoint Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-Hawaii) as his successor, which makes her the front-runner for the position, although Abercrombie wields ultimate power over the choice.

An Abercrombie aide said the governor plans to make the decision in time for the beginning of the next Congress, on Jan. 3, so Hawaii will not lack representation in the Senate for very long.

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

TWEET OF THE DAY:

Rep. Dave Camp's (R-Mich.) colleagues tweeted their best wishes to the lawmaker after he announced that he is cancer-free, following treatments for non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I hope she goes – why wouldn’t she?” — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif), on a Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton GOP lawmakers cite new allegations of political bias in FBI Top intel Dem: Trump Jr. refused to answer questions about Trump Tower discussions with father MORE 2016 bid.

POLL POSITION:

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is the best-regarded 2016 Republican presidential candidate, according to a Fairleigh Dickinson University poll. He gets 55 percent favorability rating from voters, while Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRyan pledges 'entitlement reform' in 2018 Richard Gere welcomes lawmakers' words of support for Tibet Dem lawmaker gives McConnell's tax reform op-ed a failing grade MORE (R-Fla.) gets 46 percent and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal got 45 percent.

SENATE SHOWDOWN:

MASSACHUSETTS: A poll circulated by Rep. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyNet neutrality supporters predict tough court battle over FCC's repeal plan Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign Driverless car bill hits Senate speed bump MORE (D-Mass.) seems to indicate he's more than just "seriously considering" a bid for Senate, as he told the Boston Globe.

NEW JERSEY: Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D) is reportedly looking toward a bid for Sen. Frank Lautenberg's (D-N.J.) seat, according to The Wall Street Journal.

OREGON: Sen. Jeff MerkleyJeffrey (Jeff) Alan MerkleyAvalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign Senate nixes provision boosting conservative college after uproar Overnight Energy: Panel advances controversial Trump nominee | Ex-coal boss Blankenship to run for Senate | Dem commissioner joins energy regulator MORE (D-Ore.) is framing himself as a populist crusader fighting against "corporate SuperPACs [sic]" in one of his first fundraising pleas of the 2014 cycle.

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