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The Day Ahead: Friday, December 2

By on 12.2.11 | 7:38AM

Another month of underwhelming job growth, as the economy adds 120,000 jobs and the unemployment rate falls to 8.6 percent (New York Times)

Obama pledged $50 million to AIDS prevention funding yesterday (CNN)

The Senate rejected Republican and Democratic versions of the payroll tax extension yesterday (Politico)

House sergeant-at-arms to retire (Politico)

Herman Cain acknowledges campaign may be coming to an end (Bloomberg)

Death toll of government crackdowns on dissenters in Syria reaches 4,000 (CNN)

Rick Perry pokes fun at his own gaffe in new campaign ad:

On the main site:

Stern Idiocy, by Ross Kaminsky: A leading Obamaite union man would impose the Chinese model on his own country -- and he's hardly alone.

Donald Berwick's Replacement, by David Catron: Marilyn Tavenner is a woman with a past.

Flickers of Progress, by George H. Wittman: Obama wants all credit for Hillary's mission to Burma -- whose president has his own anti-Beijing reasons for playing nicer.

Her Man Cain't, by Jay D. Homnick: It's over except for the music.

Social Muddle, by Jonathan Witt: Business, justice, and the Gospel are already social.

Taking Over Lousy Schools, by RiShawn Biddle: A step-by-step guide for parents from the straight-shooting Dr. Steve Perry.

House Broken, by Ben Stein: Amid the gloom, German short-haired pointer rescuers come to the rescue. From our last issue.

We're All Leninists Now, by James Bowman.

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