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Here are a few of our faves with today’s highlights:
TIME Person of the Year 2009 will be revealed by Managing Editor Richard Stengel on NBC’s “Today” at 7:17 a.m. Content will be available immediately on TIME.com. Issue hits newsstands Friday. Rick’s “short list,” unveiled on “Today” earlier this week: Steve Jobs … Ben Bernanke … The Chinese Worker … Nancy Pelosi … Stanley McChrystal … Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt … Barack Obama. (What about Marissa Hopkins? And don’t tell Lesser he’s not on.)
MN GOV. TIM PAWLENTY: The potential pres. candidate makes his next visit to an early state today, raising money for local GOP candidates. His speech will focus on spending, contrasting his record with the federal budget, an advisor tells OnCall. In an appearance in IA a month ago, Pawlenty focused on his opposition to health care legislation working its way through Congress.
Maura O’Brien’s Wake-Up Call
"A year ago I got dumped by CNN. In a few hours, I will mark the anniversary by getting my first colonoscopy" — ex-CNN anchor Miles O’Brien , not having a good day (New York Post).