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- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid "is prepared to change Senate rules that currently require 60 votes to break a filibuster by invoking cloture ... as soon as Thursday morning, according to Democratic Senate sources close to the decision. ... Under Reid's new rules, only a simple majority would be required for all executive and judicial nominees other than those to the Supreme Court." (Huffington Post)
- The NRCC raised $4.6 million in October, significantly less than the $7 million collected by the DCCC, and has $18.2 million cash on hand. (Hotline reporting)
- A new Quinnipiac University poll of CO SEN RVs, conducted Nov. 15-18, shows Sen. Mark Udall (D) leading 2010 nominee Ken Buck (R), 45-42%. (release)
- In AZ-02, Rep. Ron Barber (D). "who has been saying for months he would decide whether to run" for reelection "by year's end, made it official Wednesday, announcing in a brief statement that he will seek another term." (Arizona Republic)
- In MN-07, several "high-profile House Democrats" were expected to "host a top-dollar fundraiser" Thursday morning for Rep. Collin Peterson (D), "the most recent sign that the 12-term Democrat is gearing up for 2014." (Roll Call)
- A new Quinnipiac University poll of FL GOV RVs, conducted Nov. 12-17, shows former GOP Gov. Charlie Crist (D) leading Gov. Rick Scott (R), 47-40%. In the previous poll, conducted June 11-16, Crist led Scott, 47-37%. (release)
HAIR OF THE DOG
FRESH BREWED BUZZ
- Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL) said Wednesday night that he "will not resign from office, but ... he planned to take a leave of absence as he seeks treatment following a guilty plea on cocaine possession charges." (Naples Daily News)
- Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY) "was attacked and robbed" Tuesday night on Capitol Hill. She "was walking home from dinner Tuesday night when she was struck in the back of the head." (WJLA-TV)
- Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) "said he has directed his top health official to conduct a review of state and local mental-health services" after the son of state Sen. Creigh Deeds (D) "was released from psychiatric care the day before he apparently stabbed his father and then fatally shot himself." (Washington Post)
- "Mr. McAllister Goes to Washington, and He Is Wowed" (New York Times)
- "I'm not supporting Liz's candidacy. By supporting, I mean not working, not contributing, and not voting for (I'm registered in Virginia not Wyoming). ... I am not saying I hope she loses to Enzi." -- Mary Cheney, on sister Liz Cheney's WY SEN candidacy (Politico Magazine)
- "How Chris Christie took over the Republican Governors Association" (CNN)
- "Hopefully Eric will lose, and I am doing everything I can to see that Ellen Corbett wins that primary election. ... I remember Eric, during the campaign against me, suggested that I was too old and inept to be of any value in the political process, so I am going to see if I can prove that to be wrong." -- Former Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA), who is vowing "to spend some of his vast personal wealth to boost" state Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett's (D) campaign against the man who beat Stark in 2012, now-Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) (Roll Call)
- "Obama '12 vets to share some, not all, data" (Politico)
- "I'm just an actress." -- Maryland-based actress Connie Bowman, who portrayed an ostensibly Alaskan woman in a recent Americans for Prosperity campaign ad criticizing Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) (New York Times)
- "When I look at 2016, and I don't have a candidate that I'm backing, I'm going to be looking not for somebody that says I want to go to Washington, D.C., and run it like I ran where I came from. I want somebody that says I'm going to go to Washington, D.C., and make it more possible for the next person running where I came from to do it with more freedom and flexibility." -- Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R), who "said he wanted to see a broader vision for the Republican agenda among candidates in 2016" and didn't seem "willing to publicly snuff out his 2016 chances quite yet" (Washington Post)
- "You've got four people associated with a mayoral campaign who have pled guilty to felonies. It's not like we've been looking at this for three years and there's no there there. I mean, there's there there, and we're trying to gather information, we're trying to get documents, and we're trying to talk to people." -- U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen, asked why his office's investigation of D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (D) has lasted nearly three years (Washington Post)
Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day
• Governors' races aren't usually decided by federal issues, but two highly-vulnerable Republican governors will try to use the health care law to their advantage. Maine Gov. Paul LePage, deeply unpopular, is hoping Democratic Rep. Michael Michaud's vote for Obamacare could bleed support to independent Eliot Cutler, and help him in a three-way race. And Scott is hoping newly-minted Democrat Crist's belated embrace of the law could become a nagging vulnerability.
• Radel may not be resigning, but hawks are circling over his safely Republican district. At least two of Radel's 2012 primary opponents are openly talking about running again, former Rep. Connie Mack is being being unusually responsive, and a rising state senator may be waiting in the wings.
PLAY OF THE DAY!
- Today's weather, from the National Weather Service: Cloudy. Highs in the lower 50s. East winds around 5 mph, becoming southeast this afternoon.
- The House is back at 9 a.m., and the Senate returns at 10:30.
- The Senate Banking Committee is expected to vote on the nomination of Federal Reserve Chairwoman-designate Janet Yellen. (538 DSOB, 10 a.m.)
- The Georgetown Hoyas take on Northeastern in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. (ESPNU, 12:30 p.m.)
- Have an event for us to highlight? Email us!
- Then-New Jersey Attorney General John Farmer served as governor for 90 minutes in 2002.
- The winner is Jay O'Callaghan, and here's his Swizzle Challenge: "Florida GOP officials faced the same problem the Va. GOP does now: How to deal with a third-party candidate who may cost them future victories by drawing away votes on the right. They solved it by nominating the third-party candidate who had cost them a U.S. Senate seat. This left the third party without a leader. As a result, the third party disappeared. Who was that Florida third-party candidate, and what happened after Republicans nominated him?" The 1st correct answer gets to submit the next question.
NJ'S EARLY BIRD SPECIALS
- Obamacare Delays May Create Election Bomb for Democrats
- Poll: Most Americans Want Obamacare Changed So People Can Keep Current Plans
- Big Business Puts Mike Simpson in Awkward Spot
- Love It or Hate It, Obamacare Redistributes Americans' Wealth
- James Lankford Emerges As Potential Heir to the Speakership
"The defendant told this acquaintance and the undercover police officer that he had some cocaine at his apartment, and invited them to his apartment to use the cocaine." -- The statement of offense against Radel
"I'm just so proud to have my wife. She is my rock through all of this." -- Radel, at a press conference Wednesday night in Cape Coral, Fla. (Naples Daily News)
Steven Shepard, Editor-in-Chief