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Taking Out the Trash

What we almost missed today…

So why did CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta turn down the Surgeon General job? Howard Kurtz and Michael Shear have a diagnosis. “One source close to him said Gupta was very disheartened by [Tom] Daschle’s fate and fearful he was not going to get a prominent role in the health-care reform process… Gupta has built a lucrative media empire that includes appearances on CBS as well as CNN and book deals. Soon after his interest in the job became public, he had expressed concern to friends about the financial impact on his wife and children.”

Today was Andy Merten‘s last day at msnbc.com in the Wash bureau. Good luck at law school, Andy!

Smart kid won’t need this… the layoff song, courtesy of FishbowlLA.

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