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Posted at 4:15 PM ET, 11/29/2010

Afternoon Fix: Obama bows to GOP on wage freeze; Minnesota recount underway as Emmer challenges mount; Menendez has work to do in 2012

By Aaron Blake

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* In what amounts to a concession to congressional Republicans, President Obama announced today that he would institute a two-year wage freeze for federal workers. But it's unlikely to sit well with the left, and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka came out forcefully against the proposal.

* The recount is underway in the Minnesota governor's race, and state Rep. Tom Emmer's (R) team is challenging lots of ballots while trying to make up a deficit of nearly 9,000 votes against former senator Mark Dayton (D).

* A new Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll finds that Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) has plenty of work to do in his 2012 reelection campaign. Menendez received a favorable rating from just 31 percent of New Jerseyans, compared with 25 percent who view him unfavorably and 29 percent who have no opinion or are unsure.

* A new poll from Democratic-leaning automated pollster Public Policy Polling finds that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's (I) unfavorable rating is twice as high as his favorable rating nationwide and that he registers in the low single-digits in a hypothetical three-way contest for president.

* House Republicans filled out their leadership roster with Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) being named chief deputy whip.


* Obama and GOP congressional leaders will take part in a bipartisan summit -- formerly known as the Slurpee Summit -- tomorrow. Will Obama's concession on Monday earn him any favors on Tuesday?

* Former President George W. Bush will answer questions from Facebook users in a forum moderated by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg at 5 p.m. eastern time.

* The Republican National Committee, along with all candidates and party committees, is required to file a post-election report with the Federal Election Commission by Thursday. Just how bad a financial state is the RNC in right now? Expect plenty of grist for the mill as would-be successors to RNC Chairman Michael Steele continue to step forward.

* Former Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.), who resigned from Congress in 2006 after sending lewd text messages to congressional pages, is considering a run for mayor of West Palm Beach.

* House Speaker-designate John Boehner (R-Ohio) will host a summit Wednesday with 15 new Republican governors. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will also participate.


We'll miss him, Shirley.

With Felicia Sonmez and Aaron Blake

By Aaron Blake  | November 29, 2010; 4:15 PM ET
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