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  Dec. 27: Nightly News Tuesday broadcast

Sen. Ben Nelson won’t seek re-election

  Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson, a Democrat, announced he would not seek re-election in 2012, making it even harder for Democrats to hang onto that Senate seat, in a heavily Republican state. NBC’s Lester Holt reports.

Sen. Ben Nelson to retire at end of term

  facing a touch re-election next year, Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson has announced that he will retire at the end of his current term. NBC's Mark Murray dicsusses how this could affect the balance of power in the Senate.

'Conserva-Dems' work against party, public opinion

  Jared Bernstein, a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, talks with Rachel Maddow about Democrats like Ben Nelson and Jon Tester who work against their own party and the views of both Democratic and Republican voters in pursuit of their own political calculus.

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