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8:15 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
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Sen. Ted Stevens Loses Reelection Bid
Discussion: Truthdig
Michael R. Blood / Associated Press:
Stevens loses Alaska Senate race
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.
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
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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New York Times:
Holder Seen as Justice Choice as Obama Forms Team
Alexis Simendinger / Lost in Transition:
Obama To Name Peter Orszag As Budget Director
Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
Ted Kennedy asks Hillary Clinton to head Senate healthcare team  —  She has not indicated whether she will take the job if she does not become Obama's secretary of State, but expanding coverage has been one of her goals for years.  —  Reporting from Washington — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton …
Discussion: TIME.com and Truthdig
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WJXT-TV:
Hillary Clinton Wins Most Write-In Votes; Jesus Gets 23
Discussion: Pensito Review
Manu Raju / The Hill:
Obama exerts his power  —  President-elect Barack Obama, in the latest of several moves to heal election wounds, persuaded Democrats to reject stiff punishment for Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) despite his campaign efforts for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).  —  Lieberman is the beneficiary …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Boston Globe:
Democrats let Lieberman keep key chairmanship
Discussion: BAGnewsNotes
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Won't Take Yes for an Answer
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 …
Discussion: Townhall.com and Booman Tribune
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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
Mitt Romney / New York Times:
Let Detroit Go Bankrupt  —  IF General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get the bailout that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye.  It won't go overnight, but its demise will be virtually guaranteed.  —  Without that bailout, Detroit will need to drastically restructure itself.
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.
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
A Sea of Unwanted Imports  —  LONG BEACH, Calif. — Gleaming new Mercedes cars roll one by one out of a huge container ship here and onto a pier.  Ordinarily the cars would be loaded on trucks within hours, destined for dealerships around the country.  But these are not ordinary times.
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 …
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.
 
 
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Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
Giving Up on God  —  As Republicans sort out the reasons …
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
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