TOMORROW’S AGENDA TODAY: President Obama will meet with several of the nation's governors at the White House to discuss the debt negotiations.
TWEET OF THE DAY: “Welcome to Twitter Pope Benedict. U will find it useful and interesting.” — Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyMcConnell blames dysfunction on Dems Four states sue to stop internet transition Senate passes bill to preserve sexual assault kits MORE (R-Iowa)
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Those who sign here petition the United States government to secure funding and resources, and begin construction on a Death Star by 2016.” — A petition on the White House’s “We the People” website
BATTLE FOR THE HOUSE:
CALIFORNIA: Rep. Bob Filner (D-Calif.) has officially resigned from the House, leaving his seat open until the new Congress is sworn in next year. Filner was elected mayor of San Diego this fall, and resigned from Congress on Monday, soon after he was sworn in. He'll be replaced by Rep. Juan Vargas (D-Calif.) next year, and his seat will remain vacant until then.
TENNESSEE: Beleaguered Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R) says he plans to run again in 2014, but could find it difficult to raise funds after damaging details surrounding his past affairs became public. DesJarlais collected $71,000 from health industry political action committees during his last bid for Congress, 20 percent of the overall $400,000 he collected from PACs this cycle, but according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, at least six of those won't donate to the congressman again in 2014.
ALASKA: Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell (R) is considering a run against Sen. Mark BegichMark BegichRyan's victory trumps justice reform opponents There is great responsibility being in the minority Senate GOP deeply concerned over Trump effect MORE (D-Alaska), who is thought to be one of the more vulnerable Senate incumbents up for reelection.
WEST VIRGINIA: Rep. Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Moore CapitoOvernight Tech: TV box plan faces crucial vote | Trump transition team to meet tech groups | Growing scrutiny of Yahoo security Senate committee to consider miner pension bill GOP pressures Kerry on Russia's use of Iranian airbase MORE (R-W.Va.) acknowledged that part of the appeal of her candidacy for Senate is that she's a woman running in a party that has had trouble with female voters in the past.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:
President Obama will ask members of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to reelect Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.) to serve another term as chairwoman. The election will take place when the DNC meets in Washington on Jan. 22, one day after Obama is sworn in for his second term, according to a DNC official.
Obama held a Twitter Q&A on Monday, using social media to lobby hard for public opinion to rally to his argument that the tax rates on the "top 2 percent" of income-earners should expire at the end of the year.
Sen. John McCainJohn McCainGOP lawmakers slam secret agreement to help lift Iran bank sanctions Kerry: US 'on the verge' of suspending talks with Russia on Syria Trump, Clinton to headline Al Smith dinner MORE (R-Ariz.) gently mocked Sen. John KerryJohn KerryRussian planes bomb Aleppo as US calls for diplomacy Long-running US efforts on the ballot with Colombian peace vote White House strikes 'Israel' from transcript of Jerusalem speech MORE (D-Mass.) about speculation the former Democratic presidential nominee could be named the next secretary of State — and earned a playful rebuke from the Massachusetts lawmaker. "Thank you very much, Mr. Secretary," McCain said after Kerry finished addressing reporters about a pending vote on a disabilities treaty. "Thank you very much, Mr. President," Kerry quipped, in reference to McCain's failed presidential bids in 2000 and 2008.
Mitt Romney joined the board of Marriott International.
Rick Santorum has taken a job as a columnist for World Net Daily, a conservative website best known for articles advancing "birther" conspiracy theories about Obama.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich could pop up in an episode of NBC's sitcom "Parks and Recreation" this season, according to a tweet from actor Rob Lowe.
Obama has congratulated Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge Katherine over the news that they are having a baby.
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