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10:10 AM ET, January 7, 2011

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Christine Hauser / New York Times:
Private Sector Improves Jobs Picture Only Moderately  —  The United States economy ended the year by adding 103,000 jobs in December, the Labor Department said Friday, a number that missed expectations.  In addition, the unemployment rate fell to 9.4 percent last month from 9.8 percent.
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CNBC:
Job Creation Less Than Hoped, But Rate Drops to 9.4%  —  The U.S. economy created far fewer jobs that expected in December, suggesting the Federal Reserve will complete its asset buying program, but the unemployment rate dropped to its lowest in more than 1-1/2 years.
Christopher S. Rugaber / Associated Press:
103K new jobs in Dec. point to slow, steady growth  —  Economy adds 103K jobs in December, unemployment rate falls to 9.4 pct. as fewer seek work  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's economy added 103,000 jobs in December and the unemployment rate dropped to 9.4 percent last month, its lowest level in 19 months.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Scared Monkeys
Matt Bai / New York Times:
A Shift in Tactics, Not in Ideology  —  WASHINGTON — Most of the talk in Democratic circles on Thursday, after it became known that President Obama had chosen William M. Daley as his chief of staff, was of going back to the 1990s.  The consensus was that Mr. Obama, who once held himself …
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Associated Press:
Obama to Name Gene Sperling Economic Chief
Discussion: Hot Air
Elizabeth Williamson / Wall Street Journal:
President Revs Up Campaign to Make Peace With Business
Discussion: CNN and The Page
Ezra Klein:
Gene Sperling to head the NEC — again
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
The problem with William Daley as new chief of staff
Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Parts of the Constitution inadvertently skipped in ‘historic reading’ on floor  —  The U.S. Constitution has still never been read in its entirety and in order on the House floor.  —  During Thursday morning's “historic reading,” one member apparently skipped Article 4 Section 4 and part …
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Jim Abrams / Associated Press:   Historic reading of Constitution sees House tussle
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
‘Birther’ arrested during Constitution reading
New York Post:
Rudy gearing up for DC run  —  Confident that he'd have a chance to win, Rudy Giuliani is rounding up his top political advisers for a possible 2012 presidential run, sources tell Page Six.  —  Sources say the tough-talking former mayor “thinks the Republican race will be populated …
The Huffington Post:
Two House Republicans Vote Without Being Sworn In, Violating Constitution On Day It Was Read  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION? … WASHINGTON — Two House Republicans have cast votes as members of the 112th Congress, but were not sworn in on Wednesday, a violation of the Constitution on the same …
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The Note:
Congressmen Who Skipped Swearing-In Stall GOP Health Reform Repeal
Discussion: New York Magazine
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Texas Omen  —  These are tough times for state governments.  Huge deficits loom almost everywhere, from California to New York, from New Jersey to Texas.  —  Wait — Texas?  Wasn't Texas supposed to be thriving even as the rest of America suffered?  Didn't its governor declare …
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama threatens to veto healthcare repeal  —  President Obama officially drew a line in the sand Thursday evening, threatening to veto House Republicans' attempt to repeal Obama's landmark healthcare law.  —  In a statement of administration policy released by the Office of Management and Budget …
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New York Times:
Republicans Are Given a Price Tag for Health Law Repeal, but Reject It  —  WASHINGTON — The nonpartisan budget scorekeepers in Congress said on Thursday that the Republican plan to repeal President Obama's health care law would add $230 billion to federal budget deficits over the next decade …
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The Note:
Reid & McConnell Square Off On Health Care, Filibusters & Debt Ceiling
Discussion: The Reaction, The Politico and CNN
New York Times:
U.S. Sends Warning to People Named in Cable Leaks  —  WASHINGTON — The State Department is warning hundreds of human rights activists, foreign government officials and businesspeople identified in leaked diplomatic cables of potential threats to their safety and has moved a handful …
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Reports: John Edwards engaged to Rielle Hunter  —  Former presidential candidate John Edwards is engaged to longtime mistress Rielle Hunter, according to a report.  —  The Jan. 17 issue of the National Enquirers says that the ex-North Carolina senator asked the mother of his lovechild …
The Right Scoop:
Paul Ryan: I'll eat my tie if ObamaCare reduces the deficit  —  Chairman of the Budget Committee Paul Ryan called in to Mark Levin's radio show to clarify that there is no way that repealing ObamaCare will add to the deficit.  And it's because of all the gimmicks within the legislation …
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Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
EXCLUSIVE: Rep. Lamar Smith issues first DOJ oversight letter  —  Right Turn has obtained the first oversight letter from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) issued to the Justice Department.  While he was in the minority, Smith labored, largely unsuccessfully …
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Tim Pawlenty: Sarah Palin is a ‘force of nature’  —  Republican presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty says he has “a long way to go” to match the recognition of potential rival Sarah Palin - whom he dubbed a “force of nature.”  —  “I've got a long way to go to get people to even know my name …
Mark Memmott / NPR:
Review Of Juan Williams' Firing Done; NPR News Exec Resigns  —  NPR just released two statements — one on the completion of an independent review of the dismissal of news analyst Juan Williams and another on the resignation of Senior Vice President for News Ellen Weiss:
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Junior Senate Dems want chairmen to face election by secret ballot  —  Senate Democrats elected in 2006 and 2008 are challenging the internal caucus procedures that have allowed veteran lawmakers to lock up committee chairmanships for years on end.  —  A group of junior Democratic senators …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Adam Goldman / Associated Press:
Ex-CIA officer charged with leak to Times reporter  —  WASHINGTON - A former CIA officer has been indicted on charges of disclosing national security secrets after being accused of leaking classified information about Iran to a New York Times reporter.  —  Federal prosecutors charged Jeffrey Sterling …
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Terry / CNSNews:
Final Tab for Pelosi's Speakership: $5.34 Trillion in New Debt …
Jeff Carter / Points and Figures:
Cut Spending in Illinois?  Nah, We Will Just Raise Your Taxes-But You Won't Know It
Discussion: Moe Lane
Amelia Chasse / New Hampshire Journal:
Romney flexes muscle in first NH Primary poll while Palin and others lag behind
Discussion: Ballot Box and Weasel Zippers
Chicago Tribune:
Tribune analysis: Drug-sniffing dogs in traffic stops often wrong
Discussion: TalkLeft and JSOnline
Hugh Son / Bloomberg:
Bank of America Unveils Fee-Based Accounts as New U.S. Rules Hit Revenue
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Nicholas Jackson / The Atlantic Online:
Mysterious Bird Deaths Mapped on Google
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
Write a Letter for Noor
Paul / Power Line:
Read it again, John
Discussion: The Hill, Pajamas Media and Commentary
 Earlier Items: 
Scarecrow / Firedoglake:
MSNBC Flunks Remedial Math on Debt Ceiling
Discussion: Clusterstock and TPM LiveWire
Veronique de Rugy / National Review:
Businesses Don't Like Competition  —  Last week, I wrote a piece …
Discussion: Hit & Run
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Nearly 50 House Republicans offer bill to block EPA climate rules
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
December Retail Sales Are Weaker Than Expected
Discussion: Thomson IR and Clusterstock
Rachel Slajda / TPMMuckraker:
King: Babies In Garbage Cans Prove Health Reform Is Unconstitutional (VIDEO)
Discussion: Firedoglake, Hullabaloo and Wonkette
Simon Johnson / Economix:
Why Are Taxpayers Subsidizing Facebook, and the Next Bubble?