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6) Investor Harry Wilson, who ran for state comptroller last year, told the New York Post he's giving "serious consideration" to challenging Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., in 2012. Wilson said he had decided against a run until Inside Albany reported that GOP activists were discussing his possible candidacy. Wilson spokesperson Bill O'Reilly: "Since the Inside Albany report two weeks ago, Harry has been inundated by Republicans and Democrats encouraging him to run. ... he is giving it serious consideration." O'Reilly said that Wilson wouldn't make a decision until the start of next year. 5) Check out the first installment of Hotline's monthly Senate race rankings, which ranks the seats most likely to change partisan control in next year's elections. 4) One-time Democratic pollsters Patrick Caddell and Douglas Schoen pen a Wall Street Journal op-ed: "The Hillary Moment," arguing that rather than run for a second term, President Obama should step aside to clear the way for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to run. From the piece: "When Harry Truman and Lyndon Johnson accepted the reality that they could not effectively govern the nation if they sought re-election to the White House, both men took the moral high ground and decided against running for a new term as president. President Obama is facing a similar reality -- and he must reach the same conclusion." 3) Key Granite State endorsements: Rep. Charlie Bass, R-N.H., threw his support to Romney today. Romney also announced the endorsement of Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., at a Nashua rally Sunday. 2) Meanwhile, in Iowa, the New York Times reports that Romney is now "playing to win" the caucuses. Romney is ramping up his effort in the state, with television ads coming and volunteers arriving. 1) All but acknowledging the end of talks, Republicans and Democrats on the deficit super committee used Sunday television appearances to blame each other for their looming failure to bridge political differences over taxes and spending. Unless there's a surprise last-minute breakthrough, the committee will miss its Wednesday deadline to propose $1.5 trillion in cuts, triggering automatic cuts of $1.2 trillion, half of which target the Pentagon. Final discussions focused mostly on how the committee should publicly admit to the failure.

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