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December 27, 2012
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National Pulse 
 
  • U.S. government will reach debt ceiling Monday, Geithner says
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    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said in a letter to Congress that the U.S. government's borrowing will reach the $16.4 trillion debt limit Monday. The Treasury plans to resort to "extraordinary measures" to allow it to legally keep borrowing. That will buy the government two months before it is unable to meet its financial obligations, Geithner said. The Washington Post (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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Agenda Items 
  • Carper: Cybersecurity will be top priority for Senate committee
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    Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., says he will make cybersecurity a top priority in 2013 when he takes over as chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. "I mean, it's going on 24/7," Carper said. "Making sure we're addressing this and especially protecting our critical infrastructure, which could hamper our economic recovery and endanger a lot of lives, that's got to be a top priority." The News Journal (Wilmington, Del.) (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Data Points 
  • Rise of the data aggregators
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    Polling aggregators such as FiveThirtyEight and RealClearPolitics got a big boost from the 2012 election cycle, but there are still plenty of doubters. Some accurate polls were dismissed as outliers because of the aggregators' numbers, critics say. "The polls, on balance, understated President Obama's support," admits RCP co-founder John McIntryre. "Our product is only as good as the quality and the quantity of the polls that we use." National Journal (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

The Conversation 
Daily Chuckle 
  • Best of 2012: 19 of Biden's craziest facial expressions
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    Vice President Joe Biden seemed at times to be doing "interpretive kabuki pantomime" while debating Rep. Paul Ryan, writes Gavon Laessig. Among the veep's most memorable facial expressions: the "Chuckle Bucket," the "Angry Gibbon" and the "Nyuck Nyuck." BuzzFeed (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

SmartQuote 
I have a job to do. … If you think right now I give a damn about presidential politics, then you don't know me."
--Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey
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