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11:35 AM ET, January 21, 2011

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Abby Phillip / The Politico:
White House reboots on economic advice  —  Signaling a shift to a new phase of the administration's response to the nation's economic woes, President Barack Obama will sign an executive order Friday establishing a new Council on Jobs and Competitiveness that will be lead by General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt.
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Bloomberg:
Obama Taps GE's Immelt to Head Economic Advisor Panel  —  President Barack Obama will name Jeffrey Immelt, General Electric Co.'s chief executive officer, to head his outside panel of economic advisers, replacing former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker.
Discussion: Wonk Room and The Page
Jeffrey R. Immelt / Washington Post:
A blueprint for keeping America competitive  —  President Obama has asked me to chair his new President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.  I have served for the past two years on the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board, and I look forward to leading the next phase of this effort …
Jim Kuhnhenn / The Huffington Post:   Jeffrey Immelt To Head President's Council On Jobs And Competitiveness
Russell Berman / The Hill:
After tension of tax rift, Obama to meet House Democrats at retreat
Discussion: TPMDC
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
GE's Immelt to Head New White House Jobs Panel
Discussion: The Foundry
Patterico's Pontifications:
No, Charles Johnson, Glenn Beck Did Not Tell His Viewers to Shoot Anyone in the Head  —  On Twitter, Charles Johnson excitedly says:  —  He links to a post, evidently written by an LGF user, which provides no context for the clip, but simply embeds it.  Here is a screenshot of the entire post:
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Jason Mattera / Human Events:
Are We In Bill Clinton's Third Term?  —  Jacob Lew was tapped by Barack Obama last July to lead the Office of Management & Budget.  Most recently, William Daley accepted a request to serve as BHO's chief of staff.  —  Both Lew and Daley also had prominent positions within the Clinton administration …
Discussion: CNN and GOP 12
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David Brooks / New York Times:
A Most Valuable Democrat  —  In the spring of 2008, John McCain asked Joe Lieberman to speak on his behalf at the Republican National Convention.  “If I look back, I wonder about it,” Lieberman now says.  But it seemed the natural way to help the man he deemed most qualified to be president.
Discussion: TalkLeft, The New Republic and Salon
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
President serving ‘third term’ of Clinton White House, says Gingrich  —  President Obama is acting out a kind of “third term” of the Clinton administration, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) said.  —  Gingrich, the former Republican Speaker who sparred with President Clinton between 1995 and 1999 …
Discussion: The Politico and TalkLeft
Mary Williams Walsh / New York Times:
A Path Is Sought for States to Escape Their Debt Burdens  —  Policy makers are working behind the scenes to come up with a way to let states declare bankruptcy and get out from under crushing debts, including the pensions they have promised to retired public workers.
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Everything starts with repeal  —  Suppose someone - say, the president of United States - proposed the following: We are drowning in debt.  More than $14 trillion right now.  I've got a great idea for deficit reduction.  It will yield a savings of $230 billion over the next 10 years …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Giuliani ‘absolutely’ open to 2012 presidential run  —  Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) said he is “absolutely” open to a run for president in 2012.  —  Giuliani, the mayor of New York during the 9/11 terrorist attacks who ran for president in 2008, hinted more strongly …
Discussion: CNN
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Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Rudy Giuliani ‘absolutely’ thinking about 2012
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jason Brudereck / Reading Eagle:
Woman who fell into fountain faces theft charges, has criminal record  —  The Reading woman who became an Internet sensation by falling into a fountain while sending a text on her cell phone was in Berks County Court on Thursday for a status hearing on theft-by-deception and related charges.
David Weigel / Slate:
House Conservatives Introduce Spending Cuts: $2.5 Trillion Over Ten Years  —  You can stop needling Republicans about what programs they want to cut now.  Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio)'s Republican Study Committee is introducing the Spending Reduction Act of 2011, to cut back …
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The Fix:
Mike Huckabee's mixed messages  —  Mike Huckabee would start the 2012 GOP president in a small group of early frontrunners — a far better position than four years ago.  That much we know.  —  What we don't know is whether he'll actually run.  —  More than any other top potential presidential candidate …
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Hal Dardick / Chicago Tribune:
Poll: Emanuel closing in on majority vote  —  Front-runner has 44%; Braun next with 21%  —  Rahm Emanuel is closing in on the majority he needs to end the mayor's race next month and avoid a one-on-one runoff, a new Tribune/WGN poll shows.  —  The former White House chief of staff had the support of 44 percent of those surveyed.
Discussion: Ballot Box, The Hill and The Awl
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Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Rahm Emanuel has huge lead in Chicago mayor race
Discussion: CNN
Justin McCurry / Guardian:
Eight Somali pirates killed as South Korea rescues freighter crew  —  Navy commandos storm ship hijacked in Arabian Sea, and officials say all 21 crewmembers safe after operation  —  South Korean navy commandos today rescued the crew of a freighter hijacked in the Arabian Sea last week …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and AOL News
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Kerry Eleveld / Washington Post:
Next up for Obama: Marriage equality for gay Americans  —  Less than a month after President Obama repealed “don't ask, don't tell,” his Justice Department filed its latest brief defending the so-called Defense of Marriage Act - the law that makes gay Americans second-class citizens …
New York Times:
Poll Finds Wariness About Cutting Entitlements  —  As President Obama and Congress brace to battle over how to reduce chronic annual budget deficits, Americans overwhelmingly say that in general they prefer cutting government spending to paying higher taxes, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Just as things were looking up, Obama's annual job approval average puts him near the postwar bottom  —  As if the poll showing improved approval of Congress under partial Republican leadership wasn't discouraging enough, now comes a new survey showing President Obama's second-year job approval near …
Discussion: Gallup and Hot Air
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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
FOX Poll: Only 42% Would Reelect Obama... 51% Would Vote For Someone Else
The Huffington Post:
Dems Growing Convinced That GOP Will Try To Force Shutdown Over Health Care Funds … WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats expressed a rare touch of nonchalance Wednesday as House Republicans voted to repeal last year's health care overhaul, since the repeal has little chance of passing the Senate.
Sara Jerome / The Hill:
Verizon appeals FCC's net-neutrality order  —  Verizon issued a challenge on Thursday to the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) net-neutrality order.  —  The company filed the challenge in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, which rejected the FCC's net-neutrality arguments a year ago.
Discussion: Hot Air and RedState
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Eliza Krigman / The Politico:
Verizon sues FCC over Net neutrality
Discussion: Donklephant
David Parker / The Awl:
The Most Emailed ‘New York Times’ Article Ever  —  It's a week before the biggest day of her life, and Anna Williams is multitasking.  While waiting to hear back from the Ivy League colleges she's hoping to attend, the seventeen-year-old senior at one of Manhattan's most exclusive private schools …
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
It Sounds So Much Better Read Out Loud  —  A reading of We Just Witnessed The Media's Test Run To Re-Elect Barack Obama, by Rush Limbaugh today.  —  It sounds so much better when read out loud (video via The Right Scoop)(transcript here):  —  And thanks also to Mark Levin for the kind words about the post:
Discussion: Althouse
 
 
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