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4:40 PM ET, November 20, 2008

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Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Waxman wrestles gavel from Dingell  —  Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) will become the next chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee after House Democrats voted to replace current Chairman John Dingell (D-Mich.).  —  Waxman won 137-122 in the secret ballot vote.
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Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Waxman dethrones Dingell as chairman  —  California Rep. Henry A. Waxman on Thursday officially dethroned longtime Energy and Commerce Chairman John Dingell, upending a seniority system that has governed Democratic politics in the House for decades.  —  In a secret ballot vote in the Cannon Caucus Room …
TPM Election Central:
In Big Win For Liberals, Waxman Ousts Dingell As Energy And Commerce Chair  —  This is big, big, big.  In a victory for the Democratic left, Rep. Henry Waxman has just successfully ousted Rep. John Dingell from his longtime perch as head of the Energy and Commerce Committee.
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Longtime Head of House Energy Panel Is Ousted
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
GOP Takes Another Image Hit Post-Election  —  Republicans favor tacking right; independents offer mixed guidance  — USA - Democrats - Favorability - Government and Politics - Political Parties - Republicans - Americas - Northern America  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The Republican Party's image …
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Most Americans Back Idea of Clinton as Secretary of State  —  Nearly 8 in 10 Democrats favor the possibility  — USA - Election 2008 - Elections - Government - Party Affiliation - The Presidency - Americas - Northern America  —  PRINCETON, NJ — A new Gallup Poll finds a majority of Americans …
Discussion: TIME.com and Taylor Marsh
William Glaberson / New York Times:
Judge Orders Five Detainees Freed From Guantánamo  —  In the first hearing on the government's evidence for holding detainees at the Guantánamo Bay detention camp for nearly seven years, a federal judge ruled on Thursday that five prisoners were being held an unlawfully and ordered their release.
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Del Quentin Wilber / Washington Post:
Federal Judge Orders Release of 5 Guantanamo Detainees  —  Ruling Comes After Landmark Supreme Court Ruling on Right to Habeas Corpus  —  For the first time, a federal judge today ordered the release of enemy combatants from the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba …
Minnesota Public Radio:
Challenged ballots: You be the judge  —  Representatives from the campaigns of Sen. Norm Coleman and Al Franken have been challenging ballots across the state.  —  It's your turn to play election judge.  Tell us how you would rule in the case of these challenged ballots.
The Politico:
Senate GOP in big funk  —  A day after losing Ted Stevens' seat, along with their best hope for getting Joe Lieberman to cross over, Senate GOP leaders preached party unity as the key to surviving the Obama years.  —  If that doesn't work, there's always psychotherapy.
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Stevens leaves to a standing ovation
Discussion: Associated Press, The Swamp and Reuters
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:   Staffers weep as Ted Stevens gives last Senate speech
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Exclusive: Pritzker turns down Commerce  —  Chicago businesswoman Penny Pritzker, national campaign finance chairwoman for the Obama campaign, has taken herself out of the running to be secretary of Commerce because of vetting issues, a Democratic official said.
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Marin Cogan / The New Republic:
Bum Rush  —  Obama's secret plan to muzzle talk radio.  Very, very secret.  —  Rush Limbaugh, Fox News, and other friends have spent the past year screaming about the horrors of Barack Obama.  And, while it's true that they talked ad nauseam about socialism and the Weathermen and Jeremiah Wright …
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The Huffington Post:
McCain Pollster Explains Loss, Calls Frank Luntz A Moron  —  The chief pollster for John McCain's presidential campaign offered a candid diagnosis of how his candidate was done in, on occasion reserving harsh words for fellow Republicans.  —  Bill McInturff, speaking at a National Journal breakfast …
New York Times:
Iran Said to Have Nuclear Fuel for One Weapon  —  Iran has now produced roughly enough nuclear material to make, with added purification, a single atom bomb, according to nuclear experts analyzing the latest report from global atomic inspectors.  —  The figures detailing Iran's progress …
New York Times:
Discussions With Clintons as Obama Creates Team  —  WASHINGTON — Former President Bill Clinton has agreed to all of the conditions sought by President-elect Barack Obama's transition team to eliminate potential conflicts of interest if Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton becomes secretary of state …
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
What's Your Type?  —  This site claims to be able to analyze a blog and determine its “type.”  I plugged the Dish in and it spat back this: … Take that, Patterico!  Out of curiosity, I tried Reynolds: … And Yglesias: … And Hewitt: … Not too shabby, is it?
Michelle Malkin:
Obama taps Janet Napolitano for DHS: Shamnesty wolf in enforcement clothing  —  The buzz has Barack Obama tapping Arizona Democrat Gov. Janet Napolitano for DHS Secretary.  —  On the surface, it may seem a promising pick.  Napolitano made a few pro-immigration enforcement moves in her state …
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Chris Orr / The New Republic:
Wooing McCain?
Discussion: Salon and Political Perceptions
Patt Morrison / Los Angeles Times:
California Rep. Linda Sanchez's baby announcement  —  It was planned, and so is a wedding in the future with the father.  —  When was the last time you read a baby announcement on the Op-Ed pages?  —  Exactly.  So this is obviously more than baby news.  It's about how far we've come, and where we may still fall short.
Discussion: The Sleuth and American Power
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Reliable Source:   Rep. Linda Sanchez: Pregnant Now, Marriage Later
Sen. Russ Feingold / Salon:
An unpardonable use of power  —  A departing president probably can't help thinking about the judgment of history.  At the end of eight years, President Bush likely isn't any different.  With the nation's attention focused on his successor, it may seem as if there is little opportunity left …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Conservative Transportation Policy  —  Politico reports on conservatives trying to think of some ideas: … I'm not sure exactly what Strassel has in mind, but to my way of thinking an enormous amount of good could be done if conservatives were more interested in applying really basic free market principles to transportation policy.
Jill Zuckman / The Swamp:
Emanuel extends hand to Republicans  —  Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.), the incoming chief of staff for President-elect Obama, met on Capitol Hill Thursday with the House and Senate GOP leaders to tell Republicans that the new president wants to hear their ideas and to work with them.
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs and TIME.com
The Trail / Washington Post:
Michelle Obama Taps Jackie Norris for Chief of Staff  —  Incoming first lady Michelle Obama has tapped Jackie Norris, President-elect Barack Obama's Iowa state director to be her chief of staff.  Norris, a high school government and history teacher and long-time Iowa Democrat …
Discussion: TIME.com
 
 
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