New York Times (New York, NY)
Illinois Comptroller Dan Hynes conceded defeat Thursday in the Democratic primary for governor, promising to help Gov. Pat Quinn win in November.
Washington Post (Washington, DC)
President Obama will appoint a commission to tackle the nation’s budget problems with or without the cooperation of Republican congressional leaders, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Thursday.
Bloomberg News (USA)
The unemployment rate in the U.S. unexpectedly declined in January to 9.7 percent, the lowest level since August, while payrolls dropped as companies boosted worker hours and overtime instead of taking on new hires.
New York Daily News (New York, NY)
Memo to Rush Limbaugh: Sarah Palin’s distaste for jerks who use “retard” as an insult goes for right-wing pals like you, too. After calling out Rahm Emanuel, Palin is taking on fellow right wingers in the already divided Tea Party sphere.