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Updated: December 19, 2012 12:21PM

The Jackson File...

Sneed hears U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s plea discussion with the feds over alleged misuse of campaign funds, which includes allegations he used the funds to decorate his house — and buy an expensive Rolex watch — is a ways off from being finalized. (Sneed is also told the watch in question was reportedly not purchased for a woman, according to a source familiar with the probe.)

“Things like this never go quickly,” said a source. ◆The upshot: Jackson, who checked out of Mayo Clinic Tuesday as an inpatient for treatment of depression and bipolar disorder, spent that day huddling with his parents and at least one brother trying to determine the best plan for his treatment on an outpatient basis in the Rochester, Minn., area. He is in an undisclosed location so the press can’t interfere with his treatment. ◆The backshot: “He is not able to go it alone without someone living with him,” said a source. Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., the congressman’s father, may be a frequent clinic visitor, but it’s Jackson’s devoted mother Jacqueline who has spent a great deal of time with her son at the clinic, sources say.

The Daley File ...

Former White House Chief-of-Staff Bill Daley (left) may be mulling a run for governor, but Sneed is told his wife Bernie is none too excited with the idea.

Downton Blabby ...

Dateline: Power Place ... It’s no secret President Barack Obama loves the hit TV series “Homeland” and has invited its British star, Damien Lewis, to a White House State dinner. But now comes word first lady Michelle Obama and her hubby are also fans of the hit Brit series “Downton Abbey” and the first missus reportedly requested the much anticipated third season early — it’s not due out in the USA until January — and got it!

Cop shop ...

Sneed is told the Chicago cop who shot Nicholas Sauer, 27, a parolee charged with kidnapping his own daughter earlier this month, was a former bodyguard for Mayor Richard M. Daley. ◆To wit: The police officer, John Pigott, shot Sauer after he ran over Pigott in a Church’s Fried Chicken parking lot while trying to flee. Pigott is also part of a cadre of former Chicago mayoral bodyguards who filed a federal lawsuit alleging discrimination in August. ◆The stats: Eleven white and Hispanic police officers, part of Mayor Daley’s security detail, claim they were fired days after Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2011 inauguration — yet the black officers with less experience and seniority were kept.

The Color Pink...

Dress ‘em: The two women involved in the “General Mess” — aka the Gen. Petraeus sex scandal — biographer Paula Broadwell (left) and military social diva Jill Kelley, both chose to wear hot pink duds when being photographed by the hungry press Tuesday.

The Ax Man...

Sneed hears David Axelrod, President Barack Obama’s top campaign strategist/advisor/close friend — who became a TV mainstay during the contentious campaign — has his eye on becoming the liberal version of political pundit David Gergen on CNN. ◆Quoth Axelrod, who is on a much needed vacation in Michigan, “I haven’t done anything with anybody other than starting my new Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago.”

The Ax Man II...

The moustache watch: It looks like Axelrod may have to shave it off.

◆Translation: The 40-year statement under his nose may have to go to make good on a bet ... that he would remove the “mo” if it would raise $1 million for epilepsy research by the end of the month.

◆Quoth Axelrod: “In less than a week, we’ve raised close to half a million. So I am already imagining a sensation I haven’t experienced in 40 years — a cool breeze on my upper lip! But we still have to get the other half million, so I hope folks will go to!”

Sneedlings ...

Watch for retiring Water Reclamation District president Terry O’Brien to get a Skokie water plant named after him — while he is still in office ... Thursday’s birthdays: Sam Waterston, 72; Ed Asner, 83; and Kevin Eubanks, 55.

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