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5:50 AM ET, November 19, 2008

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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 topples Stevens in Senate race  —  Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens lost his job to Mark Begich on Tuesday, putting an end to the era of “Uncle Ted” as the dominant force in Alaska politics.  —  Begich, the Democratic mayor of Anchorage, widened his lead to 3,724 votes in Tuesday's count of absentee and questioned ballots.
William Yardley / New York Times:
Stevens Loses in Senate Re-Election Bid  —  Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska was defeated in his bid for re-election on Tuesday.  —  Mr. Stevens, a Republican and a 40-year incumbent, was trailing his Democratic challenger, Mayor Mark Begich of Anchorage, by 3,724 votes out of more than 315,000 cast …
Firedoglake:   Mark Begich Defeats Ted Stevens to Become Alaska's Next U.S. Senator
Michael R. Blood / Associated Press:
Stevens loses Alaska Senate race
Discussion: TIME.com
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Sen. Ted Stevens Loses Reelection Bid
Discussion: Truthdig
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. …
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.
New York Times:
Holder Seen as Justice Choice as Obama Forms Team
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   Office of Management and Blogging
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.
Discussion: Philly.com and Macsmind
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CNN:
Texas grand jury indicts Cheney, Gonzales  —  (CNN) — Vice President Dick Cheney and former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales have been indicted on separate charges related to alleged prisoner abuse in federal detention centers, Willacy County, Texas, District Attorney Juan Angel Guerra told CNN Tuesday.
Discussion: Discourse.net
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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WJXT-TV:
Hillary Clinton Wins Most Write-In Votes; Jesus Gets 23
Discussion: Pensito Review
Howard / Gotham Acme:
What We Know  —  Given the media attention on this issue …
Discussion: TIME.com
Boston Globe:
Democrats let Lieberman keep key chairmanship  —  Senator's support for McCain bid angered many  —  Senator Joe Lieberman, a Connecticut independent who has caucused with Democrats, spoke yesterday at the Capitol.  (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)  —  Senator Joe Lieberman …
Discussion: BAGnewsNotes
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Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Won't Take Yes for an Answer
Discussion: Swampland
Tom Curry / MSNBC:
Lessons of the Lieberman saga
Discussion: Firedoglake
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
Discussion: Buck Naked Politics
Maura Dolan / Los Angeles Times:
Recall specter hangs over high court as it considers Prop. 8 challenges  —  Backers of the measure banning gay marriage have said they will target justices who vote to overturn it.  Legal scholars say the court has no clear path to tossing out Prop.  8.  —  Reporting from San Francisco …
Catherine Philp / Times of London:
Iranian grain ship seized as Somali pirates hold world to ransom  —  Alarm grows as governments and navies are rendered legally powerless to conduct security operations on the high seas  —  Somali pirates struck again yesterday, seizing an Iranian cargo ship holding 30,000 tonnes of grain …
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Los Angeles Times:
Pirates hijack another merchant ship off Africa
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
WAXMAN VERSUS DINGELL.  —  I haven't given this the attention it deserves, but Henry Waxman's decision to challenge John Dingell for chairman of the Energy and Commerce committee is a HUGE deal.  Energy and Commerce is, along with Ways and Means, the key House Committee, with jurisdiction over both energy and health care legislation.
Discussion: Political Machine
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Chair fight sparks fear on seniority
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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.
John / Power Line:
HOW OBAMA GOT ELECTED  —  Last night I embedded a video by John Ziegler that showed some Obama voters being interviewed about their knowledge of the issues in the campaign.  The video is funny, but also instructive.  It was prepared in connection with a Zogby poll and the web site How Obama Got Elected.
Jefferson / Blue Grass, Red State:
Democrats Attempt Full Precinct Disenfranchisement, ACLU Silent  —  When an entire precinct of voters are about to have their votes thrown out by state legislators, you would think that some of those bold first amendment types would step up and sue and embarrass everyone in the process …
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 …
 
 
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Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Naming National Security Team Will Be a Priority for Obama
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Ian Welsh / Firedoglake:
The Lieberman-Obama Pony Plan
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Michael J. Sniffen / Associated Press:
50 percent more US children went hungry in 2007
Dr. Helen:
Speak Up!  —  I read with interest this good advice from Ted Nugent …
Discussion: alicublog
Demetri Sevastopulo / Financial Times:
Obama in talks with Gates on Pentagon role
Discussion: The Heretik and Truthdig
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Brian Doherty / Reason:
How the Second Amendment Was Restored
Discussion: Maggie's Farm
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
GOP Senator In Georgia Race Launches New Attack Ad — Against Obama