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3:10 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 defeats Stevens in Senate race  —  Mark Begich has defeated Sen. Ted Stevens in the election for U.S. Senate.  —  The Democratic Anchorage mayor widened his lead to 3,724 votes in today's counting of absentee and questioned ballots.  The only votes left to count …
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
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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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.
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. …
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.
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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
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:   Vice President Cheney and former Attorney General Gonzales indicted in Texas.»
Christopher Sherman / Associated Press:
Dick Cheney, Alberto Gonzales indicted in S. Texas
Discussion: The BLT and 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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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
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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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  —  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
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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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 …
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.
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.
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Chair fight sparks fear on seniority
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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 …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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 …
Discussion: Telegraph and www.redstate.com
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Los Angeles Times:
Pirates hijack another merchant ship off Africa
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
 
 
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Michael J. Sniffen / Associated Press:
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Dr. Helen:
Speak Up!  —  I read with interest this good advice from Ted Nugent …
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Demetri Sevastopulo / Financial Times:
Obama in talks with Gates on Pentagon role
Discussion: Truthdig and The Heretik
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Won't Take Yes for an Answer
Discussion: Swampland
David Frum:
A Note to Readers  —  I chose a heck of a day to go offline!
Discussion: Likelihood of Success
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Huckabee Claims Civil Rights Of Gays Are Not Being Violated …
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Obama Girls Get a White House Tour
Discussion: Reliable Source and TIME.com
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
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Discussion: Political Radar and Don Surber