Eye Opener: Obama doesn't expect 2012 primary; Biden's role gets bigger; Holbrooke still critical; health-care law decision expected
• Cabinet and Staff News: President Obama doesn't expect a 2012 primary challenge, David Axelrod says. Vice President Biden is taking on a bigger role. Education Secretary Arne Duncan rethinking his goal with a Republican-dominated Congress on the way. Richard Holbrooke remains in critical condition. Jenna Bush Hager and Henry Hager move to New York City. Despite the expected absence of his colleagues, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer plans to attend the State of the Union address. New Richard Nixon reveal new anti-Semitic, racist remarks.
• Suicide bomber kills 6 troops in Afghanistan: The attack in a farming village was the latest in a string of incidents that have made the onset of winter unusually deadly.
• Marine Corps announces civilian hiring freeze: It's needed to help the Marine Corps take stock of its civilian work force and prepare for steep budget cuts expected to begin in fiscal 2012.
• Court gives impetus to EPA greenhouse gas emission rule: A U.S. appellate court Friday turned down a request from utilities, oil refiners and the state of Texas to delay the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions by the agency.
• Weighing effectiveness versus risk in obesity drugs: Experts disagree on whether the FDA is too tough or not tough enough on weight-loss medications.
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES:
• Federal judge to rule on health law's constitutionality: Supporters of the law are bracing for defeats in Virginia and in Florida.
• Declassified papers show U.S. recruited ex-Nazis: After World War II, American counterintelligence recruited former Gestapo officers, SS veterans and Nazi collaborators to an even greater extent than had been previously disclosed.
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