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It's All Politics, Dec. 13, 2012

Labor pains in Michigan, President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner head to the cliff, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice is steamed, and we're still waiting for a Senate replacement for Jim DeMint in South Carolina. It looks like the only folks smiling in this week's podcast are Ken Rudin and Ron Elving.

'Manufactured Charges' Maligned Her Character, Rice Says

The U.N. ambassador, who withdrew herself from consideration to be the next secretary of state, gives her side of the story in today's Washington Post.
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Congress Fails To Fill Positions In Ethics Office

Government watchdog groups fear that members of Congress are trying to subtly phase out an office that investigates possible ethics violations by members of Congress. 

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U.S. Attorney Closes Investigation Into Brown Brothers

Federal officials have closed an investigation into former D.C. Council Chair Kwame Brown after his brother, Che Brown, pleaded guilty to bank fraud Thursday. Both brothers may have to pay civil penalties on unrelated campaign finance violation charges.

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Probes Into Lottery Contract, CFO's Office Continue

Questions remain over the award of a contract for the D.C. lottery and one D.C. Council member plans to ask the U.S. Attorney's office to look into the matter. 


Rice Drops Out Of Race For Secretary Of State

Under fire from Republicans, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice took herself out of the running to become the next secretary of State. Rice told President Obama that if she were to be nominated, the confirmation process would be "lengthy, disruptive and costly."

Inflation Index Fix Could Cut Federal Deficit

The Consumer Price Index is one of the most familiar measures in economics and politics. Some in Washington want to change the way the index is calculated to better reflect consumers' shopping habits. While the proposed change is described as a technical fix, it could cut the federal deficit by hundreds of billions of dollars over the next decade.