A few stories that caught our attention today: 

The quite dealmaker: A profile of Rob Nabors, the White House director of legislative affairs and President Obama’s chief congressional liaison, who will play the critical role of “wading into the weeds of any potential fiscal cliff deal.” 

In ‘Zero Dark Thirty,’ she’s a hero. In real life, it’s complicated: Washington Post reporter Greg Miller explores the career and reputation of a female CIA operative who played a key role in tracking down Osama bin Laden.  The story also provides insight into an insular CIA community that acts like “middle-schoolers with clearances,” according to one official.  

• Corcoran Gallery of Art to remain in its historic Washington home: This one is self-explanatory, but the gallery finally knows its fate after six months of angst and turmoil surrounding “one of the strangest Washington real estate deals that never happened.”

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