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Layoffs Watch '09: MER

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Charlie Gasparino reports that John Thain's inner circle at Merrill "is in the process of being purged." Dun-dun-dun. The circle jerk includes Noel Donohue, head of risk management, Mary Lee, JT's chief of staff, and Margaret Tutweiler, head of communications and corporate affairs. All are gone as of today. The fluffer and Mariachi band, who are said to travel with JT at all times, are rumored to be on the way out themselves. In related news, Gasparino is hearing about emails regarding who knew what and when, that Andrew Cuomo is said to be interested in.