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For January 19, 2011, longtime Senators leaving, Giffords update, Palin unfavorables.
• Senators Joe Lieberman and Kent Conrad announced they are leaving when their terms are up. Reports Ed Henry: "Sen. Joe Lieberman, the independent from Connecticut, is planning to announce Wednesday that he will not seek re-election, according to two knowledgeable Democratic sources. The move by the former Democratic vice presidential candidate could add even more murkiness to the party's hopes of hanging on to its slim majority in the Senate in the 2012 election, especially coming on the heels of Sen. Kent Conrad's, D-North Dakota, that he will not seek re-election at the end of this term."
• Rep. Gabrielle Giffords continues her recovery, and is likely to move to a rehab center at the end of the week. Her husband says she feared being shot. From CNN: "We've discussed it a number of times," Mark Kelly told CNN affiliate KVOA in an interview Tuesday. "She felt that, that was a possibility, pretty much exactly what had happened ... there have been threats against her and other members of Congress."
• Sarah Palin – never far out of the news cycle – has found her unfavorables at an all-time high. Reports Paul Steinhauser: "A new national poll indicates that 56 percent of all Americans have an unfavorable view of Sarah Palin, an all-time high for the former Alaska governor. That 56 percent unfavorable figure is up seven points from just before the midterm elections, according to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Wednesday morning."
• Chinese President Hu Jintao is meeting with President Barack Obama today. From CNN: "Chinese President Hu Jintao is on a three-day trip to the United States for talks on trade, currency and North Korea. It will be the eighth face-to-face meeting between the two leaders."
• R. Sargent Shriver has died at the age of 95. From CNN: "He had suffered for years from Alzheimer's disease. After overseeing the Peace Corps launch in the early 1960s, Shriver went on to serve subsequent presidential administrations and kept up his activism throughout his life, becoming a chief architect of President Lyndon B. Johnson's war on poverty and later heading the Special Olympics, which was founded by his wife, Eunice Kennedy Shriver."