Leftovers - December 16, 2011

December 16, 2011 6:02 pm ET — Media Matters Action Network

Gov. Rick Perry "retires" while still collecting a salary — and his pension pay.

The House approves a $1 trillion spending bill to stave off a government shutdown...

...and Rep. Michele Bachmann misses the vote although the bill protects funding for health care reform.

The Newsmax debate originally hosted by Donald Trump will be rescheduled.

The EPA plans to finalize a rule on mercury pollution from coal plants after 20 years of delay.

Christopher Hitchens passes away.

Herman Cain releases a Christmas special.

Steve Benen has a handy chart on jobless claims since 2007:

Steve Benen's jobless claims chart