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11:30 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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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
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
CBO says health care repeal would deepen deficit  —  Rescinding the federal law to overhaul the health-care system, the first objective of House Republicans who ascended to power this week, would ratchet up the federal deficit by about $230 billion over the next decade and leave 32 million …
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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 …
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
Christopher Weaver / Kaiser Health News:
Zeke Emanuel, Adviser On Health Reform, Leaves White House
Discussion: The Hill and Wonk Room
Associated Press:
Obama to Name Gene Sperling Economic Chief
Discussion: Shakesville and Hot Air
Ezra Klein:
Gene Sperling to head the NEC — again
Paul Blumenthal / Sunlight Foundation Blog:
Two Members Appear to Break Rules on First Day of New Congress  —  Two House Republican members, Reps. Mike Fitzpatrick and Pete Sessions, missed their swearing in on Wednesday as they attended a fundraiser in Fitzpatrick's honor at the U.S. Capitol.  These two not-quite-yet Congressmen …
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The Huffington Post:
Two House Republicans Vote Without Being Sworn In, Violating …
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
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 …
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 …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
In U.S., 46% Favor, 40% Oppose Repealing Healthcare Law  —  Three-quarters of Republicans favor repeal; 64% of Democrats oppose it  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans do not strongly endorse the new Republican House majority's efforts to repeal the landmark healthcare legislation passed last year.
Discussion: National Review
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 …
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 …
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 …
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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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Ensign in bad shape, Heller much better
Discussion: The Fix and Daily Kos
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
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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
Adam Goldman / Associated Press:
Ex-CIA officer charged with leak to Times reporter
Mark Memmott / NPR:
Review Of Juan Williams' Firing Done; NPR News Exec Resigns