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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:
* Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner reportedly plans to leave the Obama administration at the end of the month, even if a deal to raise the debt ceiling has not been reached by that point. White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew, a former Office of Management and Budget director, is believed to be a leading contender to replace Geithner at Treasury.
* The State Department says Secretary of State Hillary Clinton intends to return to work next week. Clinton was discharged from a New York hospital Wednesday after being treated for a blood clot in her head. Her office is working with Congress to find a date for her to testify about the Sept. 11 attacks in Benghazi, Libya.
* New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) raised $2.1 million in just under five weeks. Christie, who is running for a second term as governor this year, brought in the hefty sum without holding any fundraising events.
* Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) said he's "very seriously evaluating the feasibility" of running for governor as an independent this year, though in a separate interview he noted that it is "unlikely" he will do so. Bolling ended his GOP bid late last year, paving the way for state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli III (R) to cruise to his party's nomination. If Bolling — who says he plans to decide by early March — wages an independent bid, it would be a big blow to Cuccinelli's general election odds.
WHAT YOU SHOULDN'T MISS:
* Returning to Congress less than a year after suffering a stroke, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) climbed the stairs of the Senate on Thursday as colleagues watched and cheered him on.
* Former surgeon general and 2012 Senate nominee Richard Carmona (D) is considering running for governor of Arizona in 2014. Gov. Jan Brewer (R) is term-limited, but hasn't closed the door on challenging the state constitution to seek a third term.
* Former Utah governor Jon Huntsman (R) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will co-chair the anti-partisan group No Labels. Huntsman, a moderate former Republican presidential candidate, and Manchin, a conservative Democrat, seem like natural political fits for the group.
* Add former state treasurer Sarah Steelman's name to the list of Republicans vying to replace soon-to-resign Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R) in Missouri's 8th District. The 2012 Senate candidate joins state Republican Party Executive Director Lloyd Smith and Lt. Gov Peter Kinder, who has reportedly made it known that he is seeking the nomination. The 8th District party committees will choose nominees for a special election.
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