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February 1, 2013
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National Pulse 
  • U.S. economy gained 157,000 jobs in January
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    The U.S. economy added 157,000 jobs last month, but the overall unemployment rate still ticked up a tenth of a percentage point to 7.9%, according to the latest Labor Department data. Both figures were slightly worse than economists had expected, but still represent a pretty solid start to the year, writes Neil Irwin. "Add it all up, and the economy seems to be holding up handily at the start of 2013, suggesting no major lingering effects from tense fiscal cliff negotiations," he adds. The Washington Post (2/1) , The Wall Street Journal (2/1)

Reader Polls 
  • This week's poll results: Women in combat
    On Monday, we asked you for your opinion of the Pentagon's move to lift the ban on women serving in combat roles. The poll results are below. Several people wrote in to voice concern that the military would reduce physical requirements in order to allow more women to join combat units. Another writer suggested that women be required to register for the draft, as men must do now. Next week: GOP 2016
    Support  47.56%
    Oppose  39.50%
    Neutral/no opinion  10.88%
    None of the above/other  2.05%
Agenda Items 
  • FTC chairman to step down in mid-Feburary
    U.S. Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz has announced that he will step down by Feb. 15, bringing to an end his eight-year tenure. The highly active FTC chief's departure sets the stage for partisan deadlock at the Commission, at least until President Barack Obama can get a nominee confirmed by the Senate. With Leibowitz gone, the five-member FTC will be reduced to two Democrats and two Republicans, potentially limiting its ability to act. Bloomberg (2/1) , Adweek (2/1) , The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Data Points 
  • None more red than Alabama, poll shows
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    Alabama is America's reddest state, while the District of Columbia is the country's bluest corner, according to a Gallup poll. Some 50.6% of Alabama residents called themselves conservative, while 40.8% of D.C. residents called themselves liberal. Overall, 38% of Americans identified as conservative and 23% as liberal. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (2/1)

The Conversation 
Daily Chuckle 
  • Attack of the skeet truthers
    President Barack Obama says he regularly goes skeet-shooting at Camp David -- but not everyone's convinced, and some cable news pundits are demanding photographic evidence of the president blasting clay pigeons. Comedy Central's Jon Stewart says the president will never win over his critics, and he has the Dr. Seuss-like rhyme to explain why. Comedy Central (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry."
--William F. Buckley Jr., conservative pundit and author
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