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*** The Daily Rundown’s THIRD BIRTHDAY line-up: Freshman Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) on coming to Washington and the gun debate in the wake of the Newtown tragedy in her district… U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue on big business’ take on the debt and the outlook for his group’s relationship with President Obama in a second term... NBC’s David Gregory with a Meet the Press preview and the latest on the president’s Cabinet shuffle… Plus Politico’s Lois Romano, former DNC spokeswoman Karen Finney and former Reagan White House Political Director Frank Lavin.

*** Friday’s “Jansing & Co.” line-up: MSNBC’s Chris Jansing talks news of the day with Congressman Gregory Meeks, Ryan Grim and Ruth Marcus; former Ambassador Christopher Hill discuses Afghanistan; Steve Elmendorf and Rich Galen on the President’s cabinet choices; a look at Secretary Clinton’s legacy improving American business interest abroad; and emergency room doctor Alexis Halperin on the Flu outbreak. 

*** Friday’s “MSNBC Live with Thomas Roberts” line-up: MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts interviews Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) and State Rep. Greg Harris (D-IL).  Today’s Power Panel includes:  TheGrio.com’s Perry Bacon, Fmr. Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA) and Republican strategist Susan Del Percio.

*** Friday’s “NOW with Alex Wagner” line-up: Alex Wagner’s guests include former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D-PA), BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith, theGrio.com Managing Editor Joy Reid, Priorities USA Action’s Bill Burton, msnbc Host Chris Hayes, and Jeffrey Wright & Allen Hughes of the new film “Broken City.”

*** Friday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” line-up: NBC’s Andrea Mitchell interviews former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, The Atlantic’s Steven Clemons, NBC’s Atia Abawi and The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza.

*** Friday’s “News Nation with Tamron Hall” line-up: MSNBC’s Tamron Hall interviews Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH), Dr. Eduardo Azziz-Baumgartner from the CDC, The New York Times’ David Sanger, The Washington Post’s Nia-Malika Henderson and Democratic strategist Keith Boykin.

*** Saturday’s and Sunday’s “Weekends with Alex Witt”: As part of her weekly “Office Politics” series, MSNBC’s Alex Witt interviews NBC’s Peter Alexander. Next week, she interviews NBC’s Kristen Welker.