OVERNIGHT CAMPAIGN: Obama and Romney to do lunch

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While he’s in town, Romney will also meet with his former running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).


TOMORROW’S AGENDA TODAY: President Obama will meet with the 2012 Nobel Prize winners in the Oval Office.


TWEET OF THE DAY: “Usually on my side w/ feather pillow.” — Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), on how he sleeps at night


QUOTE OF THE DAY: "Last week, The Onion said I was going to become a male stripper. The Onion is probably more accurate than Tom Friedman." — Education Secretary Arne Duncan on a New York Times report on how he should be considered for secretary of State


BATTLE FOR THE HOUSE:

Incoming National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) tapped Liesl Hickey to serve as executive director.

ILLINOIS: Former Rep. Mel Reynolds (D-Ill.) is jumping into the special-election race for former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s seat. And the Illinois House unanimously approved to set the special election to replace Jackson for April 9.


SENATE SHOWDOWN:

GEORIGA: Influential conservative commentator Erick Erickson said on his radio show he’s considering a primary challenge to Sen. Saxby Chambliss, after the Georgia Republican made dismissive comments about his pledge never to raise taxes under any circumstances.


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

Stuart Stevens, Mitt Romney's chief political strategist, defended the beleaguered former Republican presidential candidate in an op-ed for the Washington Post published Wednesday, warning the GOP of "a shortage of loyalty and an abundance of self-loathing."

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (R) is joining the nonpartisan grassroots group No Labels.  The group, founded by Republican strategist Mark McKinnon, former U.S. Comptroller David Walker and Democratic fundraiser Nancy Jacobsen, aims to encourage bipartisanship in national politics.


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