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Conservative icon DeMint to resign from Senate, head Heritage Foundation

In an unexpected move, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) announced today that he will leave the Senate in January to become the president of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. DeMint, perhaps the leading voice for the Senate's tea party contingent, said that while he is retiring from the upper chamber, he isn't "leaving the fight."

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