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Morning Maddow: December 9

Morning headlines: Senate Dems to push for a vote on DC Circuit nominees, military-sex-assault amendment vote slips away, Maya Angelou on Nelson Mandela.

Senate Democrats to push for vote on Pres. Obama's nominees to the DC Circuit today. (Washington Post) Though despite filibuster reform GOP Senators may find ways to slow it down. (AP)

Sen. Gillibrand sees her military-sex-assault amendment vote slip away. (The Hill)

Congress ready to extend ban on plastic firearms. (AP)

Obama aide who helped push health reform through Congress returns to help implement it. (Washington Post)

Tearful Ken Cuccinelli says he won't run for Senate next year. (Politico)

About 90 world leaders will come to South Africa for Nelson Mandela's memorial. (NBC News)