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This just in... Republican Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire has accepted President Barack Obama's offer to be commerce secretary. We're told the official announcement should come tomorrow morning.
Gregg wasn't Pres. Obama's first pick. You may recall, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson was nominated to head the Commerce Department, but he withdrew his name from consideration because of a federal investigation involving state government contracts.
Gregg would be the third Republican in the Obama cabinet. Two others are Defense Secretary Robert Gates, a holdover from the Bush administration and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, a former Illinois congressman.
This is an interesting pick. If Gregg is approved for the job, New Hampshire's Democratic governor would appoint a replacement.
That could give Democrats the 60-seat majority needed to overcome Republican attempts to use filibusters to block legislation.
Do you think the Dems will hit that "magic number"? Or did Gregg tell Pres. Obama he'd only take the new post if a Republican got his seat in the Senate? We'll talk it over in a Strategy Session with our political panel.
And,Bank of America is under fire for funding a massive Super Bowl event - the "NFL Experience." Yep, that's right, Bank of America, the same bank that bought Merrill Lynch and got a $45 billion dollar federal taxpayer bailout to stay in business itself, sponsored the five-day interactive sports game extravaganza.
Bank of America insists it was worth it to sponsor the event. Tom Foreman is Keeping them Honest and we'll have their side of the story. We'd love to know what you think of the deal. Share your thoughts below.
And, we have a 360° follow on the California octuplets. Today they turned one week old. We'll talk about the medical progress with CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta. But what a lot of people are talking about is the Mom's dream career. She wants to be a childcare expert on TV.
The L.A. Times reports she was once a psychiatric technician, then stopped working after she was injured on the job. She then became a student, the paper says, and started having babies. Lots of them! She already has six children at home. She'll have her hands full with 14 kids.
We'll have these stories and more tonight on AC360°.
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