LAST TICKET: Illinois court says Rahm can run; Sanford is still hiking the Appalachian Trail

Holly Bailey

Here are the stories we took note of today but didn't give the full blog treatment:

• Illinois Supreme Court rules that Rahm Emanuel can run for Chicago mayor. (Chicago Tribune)

• President Obama picked Jay Carney to succeed Robert Gibbs as White House press secretary. (The Atlantic)

• It looks like former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford is really enjoying South America. (New York Post)

• Yale students launch a TV ad urging Mitch Daniels to run for president. (Hotline on Call)

• John Thune says he'll decide next month on a White House run. (Political Wire)

• Who is in Jon Huntman's inner circle? (The Fix)

• Newt Gingrich wasn't impressed with Obama's State of the Union. (Yahoo! News)

• Mitt Romney will meet with GOP activists next week in New Hampshire. (Union Leader)

• Tea partiers will back George Allen's rival in the Virginia Senate GOP primary. (The Hill)

• Marco Rubio landed a seat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. (St. Petersburg Times)