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10:05 PM ET, November 18, 2008

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Michael Isikoff / Powering Up:
Obama's Attorney General  —  President-elect Obama has decided to tap Eric Holder as his attorney general, putting the veteran Washington lawyer in place to become the first African-American to head the Justice Department, according to two legal sources close to the presidential transition.
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Mark Halperin / TIME.com:
Release From the American Constitution Society  —  FORMER DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL HOLDER BLASTS ADMINISTRATION'S “WAR ON TERROR”  —  In Speech To American Constitution Society Holder Outlines Steps To Make Nation More Secure  —  Washington, D.C. — Eric H. Holder Jr. …
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
HOLDER TO BE NAMED ATTORNEY GENERAL  —  From NBC's Pete Williams  —  President-elect Obama has offered Eric Holder the position of attorney general, and Holder has accepted it, according to sources involved in the process.  The formal announcement has been held up while Obama transition team members ran the idea past key senators.
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
Eric Lictblau / The Caucus:   Will Holder Be Attorney General?
The Trail / Washington Post:
Holder Top Prospect for Attorney General
Discussion: Don Surber and At-Largely
Michael R. Blood / Associated Press:
Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens loses re-election bid  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Sen. Ted Stevens, the longest serving Republican in Senate history, narrowly lost his re-election bid Tuesday, marking the downfall of a Washington political power …
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Sean Cockerham / Anchorage Daily News:
Begich lead over Stevens grows  —  Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich's lead over Sen. Ted Stevens is growing as ballot counting continues today in the race for U.S. Senate.  —  The latest numbers, issued just before 1 p.m., show Begich up by 2,374 votes.  —  The state has counted over 16,000 absentee …
Firedoglake:   Mark Begich Defeats Ted Stevens to Become Alaska's Next U.S. Senator
Michael Falcone / The Caucus:
Begich Gains Decisive Lead Over Stevens in Alaska Senate Race
Discussion: TPM Election Central
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Lieberman: Suck On That, Liberals! … I hope this puts to rest the notion that this is all some master stroke of kumbayah, of keeping your friends close and your enemies closer.  —  This is about telling you that you mean nothing.  That democracy is a nice word, but it should never threaten …
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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Stevens Loses in Senate Race, Tally Indicates  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska, convicted last month on federal ethics charges, lost his bid for a seventh term as final ballots were counted on Tuesday, giving Democrats at least 58 seats in the Senate for the first years of the Obama administration.
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Howard Dean on Lieberman: “I never looked into what he was doing …
Discussion: MyDD, Daily Kos and Liberty Street
The Huffington Post:
Dean: Keeping Lieberman As Chairman Is Shrewd Move
Discussion: MyDD and Campaign Silo
Tom Curry / MSNBC:
Lessons of the Lieberman saga
Discussion: Firedoglake
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Hillary could reject State offer  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton isn't certain she would accept the Secretary of State post even if Barack Obama offers it to her, several people close to the former first lady say.  —  Press reports that portray Clinton as willing to accept the job …
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Marc Ambinder:
Inside The Clinton (ClintonS) Vet  —  The vetting of Hillary Clinton is ongoing, delicate, sensitive and private — but not, according to people with direct knowledge of the work, acrimonious.  —  Despite press reports about former President Bill Clinton's resistance to turn over information …
Howard / Gotham Acme:
What We Know  —  Given the media attention on this issue …
Discussion: TIME.com
Associated Press:
Vice president, former AG, state senator indicted  —  McALLEN, Texas — A South Texas grand jury has indicted Vice President Dick Cheney and former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on charges related to the alleged abuse of prisoners in Willacy County's federal detention centers.
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CNN:
Hagel takes aim at Limbaugh, Senate colleagues  —  (CNN) — As his Senate career nears its end, Republican Chuck Hagel isn't holding back when it comes to criticizing members of his own party — including conservative talk radio hosts.  —  “We are educated by the great entertainers like Rush Limbaugh …
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The Huffington Post:
Hagel, Unrestrained, Lashes Into Bush, Rush And The GOP  —  Two months before he leaves office, Sen. Chuck Hagel is increasingly unrestrained by political niceties.  —  Appearing at a forum at the Johns Hopkins School of Advances International Studies, the outgoing Nebraska Republican leveled harsh criticism …
Discussion: Buck Naked Politics
Alexis Simendinger / Lost in Transition:
Obama To Name Peter Orszag As Budget Director  —  President-elect Barack Obama is preparing to tap Congressional Budget Office Director Peter Orszag, once a veteran economic adviser in the Clinton White House, to become his budget director, according to several National Journal sources.
Discussion: www.redstate.com and Marc Ambinder
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   Office of Management and Blogging
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George Packer / New Yorker:
AFTER KRISTOL … It's time for the newspaper to move on.  For Pinch Sulzberger and Andy Rosenthal to renew Kristol's one-year contract, in 2009, would be for the Times to reward failure—and look where that got Wall Street and General Motors.  It's not just that Kristol isn't another Safire …
David Frum:
A Note to Readers  —  I chose a heck of a day to go offline!  —  I had to travel yesterday and could not post, and so missed my chance to speak for myself about yesterday's story in the New York Times about the future of NR.  —  I'm hoping that the excuse “better late than never” …
Discussion: I Am TRex and The Corner
Marisa Taylor / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Taxpayers will pay for Gonzales' private attorney  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has agreed to pay for a private lawyer to defend former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales against allegations that he encouraged officials to inject partisan politics into the department's hiring and firing practices.
Discussion: Think Progress
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
GOP Senator In Georgia Race Launches New Attack Ad — Against Obama  —  GOP Senator Saxby Chambliss, who's fighting a high-stakes runoff in Georgia against Democratic candidate Jim Martin, has unveiled a tough new ad strategy — he's attacking Barack Obama in his latest spot:
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Huckabee Claims Civil Rights Of Gays Are Not Being Violated: They Aren't Getting Their ‘Skulls Cracked’  —  Today on ABC's “The View,” former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabe discussed his pride that an African-American has been elected president.  When host Joy Behar asked if he feels the same …
Discussion: Washington Times
Margaret Colgate Love / Washington Post:
In Defense of Pardons  —  As President Bush's term nears its end, rumors abound that he will grant a lot of final pardons.  Hundreds of clemency applications have been filed with the Justice Department in the past year, a reflection of the popular belief that pardoning is an end-of-term phenomenon in which all presidents indulge.
Discussion: Israpundit and Reason
Erin Aubry Kaplan / Salon:
First lady got back  —  I'm a black woman who never thought I'd see a powerful, beautiful female with a body like mine in the White House.  Then I saw Michelle Obama — and her booty!  —  Michelle Obama waves to the crowd at the Democratic convention in Denver on Aug. 25, 2008.  —  Free at last.
 
 
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