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* U.S. employers added 157,000 jobs in January, while revised estimates showed higher job creation at the end of 2012 than was previously reported. The nation's unemployment rate ticked up from 7.8 percent to 7.9 percent, as both the number of people looking for a job and the number of people who reported having a job increased.

* The Obama administration proposed more latitude for religious nonprofits that oppose mandated coverage of contraceptives, aiming to find a middle ground between groups opposing contraception on religious grounds and women's health advocates who support required coverage of birth control without co-payments.

* White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said that the suicide attack carried out at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara was “clearly an act of terror."

* John Kerry was sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan as the nation's 68th Secretary of State on Friday.

* Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton gave her final speech as secretary of state, thanking State Department employees in an emotional farewell and promising to be "an advocate from outside” for the work they do.


* Energy Secretary Steven Chu will resign from his post once a successor is confirmed.

* Secret Service head Mark Sullivan will retire after 30 years with the agency.

* Carney said defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel "answered the questions appropriately and did a fine job" before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday. Hagel's performance was widely panned.

* President George W. Bush’s dog Barney has died.

* Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), one of the most vulnerable Democrats up for reelection in 2014, has more than $2.5 million in her campaign account.


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Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.



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