/// Sen. Jim DeMint to Exit Senate
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), one of the most conservative voices in Congress, said this morning that he is leaving in January to take a position as president of Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. DeMint's exit leaves a vacancy on the powerful Senate Commerce Committee, where he was set to succeed Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tex.) as ranking member. He was conspicuously absent on Tuesday when the committee held a nominations hearing for four appointees. “I've decided to join the The Heritage Foundation at a time when the conservative movement needs strtong leadership in the battle of ideas,” DeMint said in a statement. The change doesn't bode well for The Next Generation TV Act, a bill DeMint co-sponsored with Rep.