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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 ClintonLewandowski says 'womp womp' at story of young girl being separated from mother at border Giuliani: FBI asked me about tease of a 'surprise' before election Republicans tear into IG finding on Clinton probe 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 RubioDem scores upset over Republican in Florida county commissioner race GOP senators introduce bill to prevent family separations at border McCain, Coons: Trump should withdraw controversial refugee nominee 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 MarkeyLawmakers prep for coming wave of self-driving cars Trump taps Hill veteran for White House environment job Dems unveil push to secure state voting systems 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 MerkleyThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — Defiant Trump meets with House GOP amid border blowback Senate passes 6B defense bill Amnesty International rips family separation policy: 'This is nothing short of torture' 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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