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11:00 AM ET, January 7, 2011

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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 …
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Amelia Chasse / New Hampshire Journal:
Romney flexes muscle in first NH Primary poll while Palin and others lag behind  —  Former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney holds a commanding lead in New Hampshire in the early stages of the race for the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination, according to a new survey commissioned by NH Journal and conducted by Magellan Strategies.
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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.
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.
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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Elizabeth Williamson / Wall Street Journal:
President Revs Up Campaign to Make Peace With Business
Discussion: The Note, The Caucus, CNN and The Page
Associated Press:
Obama to Name Gene Sperling Economic Chief
Discussion: Shakesville and Hot Air
Ezra Klein:
Gene Sperling to head the NEC — again
USA Today:
Gallup Poll: U.S. split on health care law repeal  —  WASHINGTON — Americans are closely divided over whether the new Republican-controlled House should vote to repeal the health care law that was enacted just last year, a Gallup Poll finds.  —  But partisans on both sides are united …
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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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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
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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ABCNEWS:
Pawlenty: Sarah Palin Is a ‘Force of Nature’  —  Although former Gov. Tim Pawlenty no longer holds the executive seat in Minnesota, that doesn't mean he is hanging up his political hat for good.
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Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:   Tim Pawlenty: Sarah Palin is a ‘force of nature’
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 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 …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Sets Stage for IPO Next Year  —  Facebook Inc., one of the world's hottest technology companies, gave the clearest sign yet that it is preparing to take itself public sometime next year, as it revealed new details in a 100-page document sent to a select group of potential investors.
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Simon Johnson / Economix:
Why Are Taxpayers Subsidizing Facebook, and the Next Bubble?
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 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 …
 
 
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
In U.S., 46% Favor, 40% Oppose Repealing Healthcare Law
Discussion: National Review
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: Da Techguy's Blog and Moe Lane
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
Adam Goldman / Associated Press:
Ex-CIA officer charged with leak to Times reporter
Rachel Slajda / TPMMuckraker:
King: Babies In Garbage Cans Prove Health Reform Is Unconstitutional (VIDEO)
Discussion: Firedoglake, Hullabaloo and Wonkette
Mark Memmott / NPR:
Review Of Juan Williams' Firing Done; NPR News Exec Resigns