Dispatch from the Front: The Week of January 2

Another quiet week in Washington, but all eyes will be on Iowa as the first of the 2012 primaries and caucuses takes place Tuesday.

President Obama concludes his Hawaiian vacation and returns to Washington today.

The House returns on January 17 and the Senate is off until January 23.

Economic Reports: From the New York Times: “Data will include I.S.M. manufacturing index for December and construction spending for November (Tuesday); Factory orders for November (Wednesday); ADP employment for December, weekly jobless claims and I.S.M. service index for December (Thursday) and unemployment for December (Friday).”  More from the Washington Post.

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