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ILLINOIS

Emanuel unfazed by challenges

CHICAGO | Rahm Emanuel appears unfazed by continuing court challenges to his right to run for Chicago mayor.

The Illinois Appellate Court is pondering the issue after hearing arguments Wednesday about whether Mr. Emanuel meets the residency requirements.

At a press conference, a relaxed-looking Mr. Emanuel wouldn’t say whether he thought he would prevail. He would only say he is leaving any worrying about the ruling to others.

Two voters contend that Mr. Emanuel shouldn’t be allowed on the Feb. 22 ballot because he hasn’t lived in Chicago for the past year. Until October, Mr. Emanuel lived in Washington as the White House chief of staff.

The voters’ lawyer has promised to take the case to the Illinois Supreme Court, if necessary.

WHITE HOUSE

Obama makes light of ‘12 run

President Obama is making light of speculation that his ambassador to China could run against him as a Republican in the 2012 presidential election.

Mr. Obama joked Wednesday that the fact that Ambassador Jon Huntsman has worked so well with him would be a great asset in any GOP primary.

Mr. Huntsman is a moderate Republican who had been considered a possible presidential contender in 2012 before Mr. Obama selected him as ambassador. Mr. Huntsman fueled presidential speculation recently by declining comment when asked whether he would run in 2012.

VIRGINIA

House panel eyes abortion

RICHMOND | A House of Delegates committee on Thursday endorsed legislation to toughen state regulation of abortion clinics.

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