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(CNN) - It was a one-day unemployment bloodbath as tens of thousands of people lost their jobs at some of America’s biggest and best-known corporations. Critics say President Barack Obama’s actions could make economic matters worse by hitting one industry particularly hard, in an effort to make the U.S. more energy independent. In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily, CNN White House correspondent Dan Lothian takes a look at the two big issues on the president’s plate – saving the economy and saving the planet.
Also: Vice President Joe Biden makes a deal with President Obama - he won’t be a “deputy president” like those before him. So how will Biden’s VP role differ from former Vice President Dick Cheney’s? CNN’s Brian Todd explains.
Meanwhile: President Obama launches his first peace mission. CNN’s foreign affairs correspondent Jill Dougherty takes a look at his new Middle East envoy.
Plus: Embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich is boycotting his impeachment and going on a media blitz. CNN’s Susan Roesgen takes a look at Blago’s recent media frenzy.
Finally: Former rivals face off, again. Former Republican presidential candidate John McCain is not on board with the president’s economic stimulus plan, and he’s letting everyone know. CNN’s Brianna Keilar reports on how the Arizona senator blasted President Obama’s trillion dollar stimulus package.
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