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  Mayor Mitch Landrieu got a nice laurel to start his year: he was named one of "20 Political Rising Stars of 2012" by the website The Daily Beast.

  "When Landrieu announced he was running for the office his father, Moon, held in the 1970s, some people wondered what he was thinking," the piece began, before breaking down the mayor's political family connections. "While New Orleans still faces challenges, he's impressed [observers] with efforts to rebuild the city and break corruption," it concluded. "If the Big Easy recovers, Landrieu will receive the lion's share of the credit."

  It was a breezy, news-lite look at the Landrieu administration and its challenges, but still a feather in the mayor's cap to be listed among national political rising stars such as U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and New York's Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The only other mayors on the list were Detroit's Dave Bing, Chicago's Rahm Emanuel and Atlanta's Kasim Reed. — KEVIN ALLMAN

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