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12:10 PM 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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Jeffrey Sparshott / Wall Street Journal:
Economy Adds Fewer Jobs Than Expected  —  WASHINGTON—The U.S. economy added fewer jobs than expected and more Americans dropped out of the work force in December, signs that employers are still slow to hire 19 months after the recession's end.  —  Nonfarm payrolls rose by 103,000 last month …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Annalyn Censky / CNNMoney.com:
December jobs report: Unemployment rate at 9.4%
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Key Numbers In Unemployment Report Not So Good
Christopher S. Rugaber / Associated Press:
103K new jobs in Dec. point to slow, steady growth
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.
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.
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David Brooks / New York Times:
Buckle Up for Round 2  —  The health care reform law was signed 10 months ago, and what's striking now is how vulnerable it looks.  Several threats have emerged — some of them scarcely discussed before passage — that together or alone could seriously endanger the new system.  These include:
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 …
Discussion: The Politico and Wonk Room
USA Today:
Gallup Poll: U.S. split on health care law repeal
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
CBO says health care repeal would deepen deficit
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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The Note:
The Note: Will Obama Sink Or Swim In 2012?: Jobs Report Holds Clues
Discussion: CNN and NationalJournal.com
Christopher Weaver / Kaiser Health News:
Zeke Emanuel, Adviser On Health Reform, Leaves White House
Discussion: The Politico, The Hill and Wonk Room
Elizabeth Williamson / Wall Street Journal:
President Revs Up Campaign to Make Peace With Business
Ezra Klein:
Gene Sperling to head the NEC — again
Associated Press:
Obama to Name Gene Sperling Economic Chief
Discussion: Shakesville and Hot Air
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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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 …
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Constitutionalism  —  For decades, Democrats and Republicans fought over who owns the American flag.  Now they're fighting over who owns the Constitution.  —  The flag debates began during the Vietnam era when leftist radicals made the fatal error of burning it.
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Jim Abrams / Associated Press:   Historic reading of Constitution sees House tussle
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
To House GOP, illegal immigration is a jobs issue  —  With Republicans now in control of the House Judiciary Committee, Attorney General Eric Holder and other Justice Department officials are going to be answering a lot of questions in the next two years.  “We're going to start fast,” …
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
‘Job-killing’ regulation?  ‘Job-killing’ spending?  Let's kill this GOP canard.
Duncan Gardham / Telegraph:
Terror threat to London stations and airports
Richard Vedder / Innovations:
Too Many Ph.D.'s and Professionals?
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Elizabeth A. Harris / New York Times:
Going to an Event Featuring Cuomo? Take a Coat, or Maybe a Blanket
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Jeff Carter / Points and Figures:
Cut Spending in Illinois?  Nah, We Will Just Raise Your Taxes-But You Won't Know It
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Hugh Son / Bloomberg:
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Scarecrow / Firedoglake:
MSNBC Flunks Remedial Math on Debt Ceiling
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