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The Midday Brief: January 22, 2010

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“Texas employers cut payrolls by 23,900 jobs in December after two months of adding jobs, and the state unemployment rate rose to 8.3 percent from 8 percent in November, according to data released Friday by the Texas Workforce Commission.”– Texas loses 23,900 jobs in December; unemployment rate rises to 8.3 percentThe Dallas Morning News

• “For six decades, big businesses and unions have been forbidden by federal law from contributing money to political campaigns. The law has prevented special interests from dominating our politics. But perhaps no more.” – A Stunner from the Supreme CourtThe Texas Observer

• “US military chief Gen David Petraeus, said the practice of scripture references was "disturbing" and "a serious concern." – U.S. firm to remove Biblical references on gunsightsBBC

• “According to new data from the Center for American Progress, a think-tank, the cost of apprehending immigrants is rising.” – Building a WallThe Economist

• “For college chancellors and presidents, the "salary" is often just the beginning of the haul, which can include free cars and houses and deferred compensation packages.” TribBlog: Paycheck UTexas Tribune

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