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6) Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is set to be sworn in as Chicago's 46th mayor later this morning. Amy Morton of Steppenwolf Theater will serve as emcee. and Vice President Joe Biden is expected to attend. 5) Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is scheduled to deliver an address Monday to the Economic Club of Chicago. On Tuesday, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will be in New York City to talk about what his office calls "the economic case for the Obama administration's comprehensive and balanced approach to deficit reduction." 4) Republican Jane Corwin is taking an offensive approach today against what has quickly become her Achilles heel in the special election in New York's 26th District - Medicare. Her campaign seized on a statement Democrat Kathy Hochul made in last week's debate that in slashing the budget, "everything should be on the table," including entitlements. In a new ad, Corwin rails against the "false campaign," and at the end she directly talks to the camera with her rebuttal to the attacks: it's necessary to preserve the system's saliency somehow. "I'll fight to save Medicare from bankruptcy, and I'll never let career politicians cut social security - you can count on that," says Corwin. That argument could gain new legs with a new report that shows it could run out of money sooner than once thought. Still, it's the M-word that's on the minds of voters everywhere heading into the final sprint before the May 24 vote. Also in NY-26, Republicans have already revived their favorite line of attack from 2010 -- tying the Democratic nominee to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. They got more fodder when Pelosi showed up at a New York City fundraiser for Hochul on Friday, and now FEC reports filed Sunday show that Pelosi's PAC to the Future maxed out to Hochul, giving her $5,000 this weekend. The National Republican Congressional Committee's ad, which starts this week, also continues that theme, painting both Hochul and independent Jack Davis as puppets of Pelosi. 3) President Obama announced Saturday that he was taking steps to speed oil and gas drilling on public lands and waters. 2) Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) announced Saturday he will not run for president as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R), who is running, on Sunday called the House Republican plan for Medicare "right-wing social engineering." 1) Three days removed from Sen. Herb Kohl's (D-Wis.) surprise retirement announcement and the wheels are already turning in the race to replace him. Ryan said on CNN Sunday he could have a decision on whether he'll run as soon as this week. "I plan on making an announcement very quickly," Ryan said. Former Gov. Tommy Thompson (R), who has toyed with a return to politics in recent years, is considering a run as well. Ryan's decision is likely to impact the decision of both Thompson and former Rep. Mark Neumann (R), who is also considering a bid. -- Jessica Taylor and Sarah Mimms contributed to this post

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