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* Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) told a local radio station she plans to run for reelection in 2014, when she is expected to be a top target of Republicans. In 2012, North Carolina voted for Mitt Romney, elected a Republican governor and netted the GOP at least three House seats. 

* Sen Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) said Tuesday that he hasn't decided whether he will run for reelection in 2014. "I'll make that decision in time," Rockefeller said, without offering specifics. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R) announced Monday that she will run for Rockefeller's seat. 

* Sources say Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley (D) is more interested in running for governor in 2014 than potentially succeeding Sen. John Kerry (D), should he leave to join the Obama Administration next year. Coakley lost to Sen. Scott Brown (R) in a 2010 special election after running a flawed campaign, but she is nonetheless popular in the Bay State. 

* Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) said he would not violate Grover Norquist's anti-tax pledge to strike a deal to avert the fiscal cliff. "I don’t intend to violate any pledge. My pledge is not to support higher taxes,” Toomey said. “What we’re faced with in just a few weeks is a massive tax increase. If I can help ensure that we don’t have that tax increase, then I believe I’ve fulfilled my pledge to fight for the lowest possible taxes.” Toomey is the former head of the anti-tax Club For Growth. 

* Incoming National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) has tapped Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.) to be his deputy. Westmoreland led the GOP's redistricting efforts following the 2010 census. 


* Police are investigating how shredded documents that contained information about Mitt Romney's motorcade to and from the Oct. 16 presidential debate at Hofstra University ended up as confetti during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. 

* Two more Democrats have entered the race to replace former Illinois Democratic congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. State Sen.-elect Napoleon Harris and Alderman Anthony Beale will run for the seat. Harris is a former NFL linebacker who played high school and college football in Illinois. 

* Retiring GOP Sens. Jon Kyl (Ariz.) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (Tex.) introduced an alternative to the DREAM Act Tuesday, dubbed the ACHIEVE ACT. The measure sets up a three-step visa system to allow many people brought to the United States when they were young to stay in the country. 

* Three AIDS activists were arrested Tuesday after they stripped in the outer office of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), authorities said. The activists were protesting budget cuts threatened by the fiscal cliff. 


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