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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 …
Bloomberg:
Waxman Wrests Control of Energy and Commerce Panel From Dingell
Discussion: Associated Press and Reuters
Paul Volpe / Capitol Briefing:
Waxman Defeats Dingell
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Arizonan will head Homeland Security  —  Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano (D) has been chosen to serve as secretary of the vast and troubled Department of Homeland Security for President-elect Obama, Democratic officials said.  Napolitano is a border governor who will now be responsible …
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Washington Post:
Pritzker as Commerce Secretary Unlikely  —  Hotel heiress Penny Pritzker, who commanded Barack Obama's record-shattering fundraising operation, has run into business obstacles that will likely prevent her from becoming Commerce secretary, sources close to the president-elect said.
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Barack Obama and the Culture of Leaks  —  Throughout the election cycle President-elect Barack Obama and his campaign remained tight-lipped.  These days, it's tougher to keep a secret.  (EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)  —  Throughout President-elect Barack Obama's primary and general election campaigns …
CNN:
Sources: Pritzker, Napolitano vetted for Cabinet
Discussion: Democracy in America and Law Blog
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
THE BEGINNING, NOT THE END.
Discussion: Kevin Drum and The New Republic
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.
Discussion: MSNBC
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Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Senate Throws Good-Bye Party For Ted Stevens, Gives Convicted Felon A Standing Ovation  —  Today, Ted Stevens — Alaska's defeated Republican senator and a convicted felon — was granted time on the Senate floor to deliver his farewell speech.  Stevens said that he still can't believe that he's …
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 …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Auto Execs Fly Corporate Jets to D.C., Tin Cups in Hand  —  There are 24 daily nonstop flights from Detroit to the Washington area.  Richard Wagoner, Alan Mulally and Robert Nardelli probably should have taken one of them.  —  Instead, the chief executives of the Big Three automakers opted …
Bryan Bender / Boston Globe:
Kerry poised to cap long journey  —  Will lead panel that thrust him to fame in '71  —  EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/GETTY IMAGES/file Barack Obama and John Kerry embraced at a political rally in Charleston, S.C., during the presidential campaign in January.  (EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/GETTY IMAGES/file)
Discussion: TIME.com
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 …
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.
MinnPost:
Lights, camera, Senate recount: National and local media ‘brighten’ Minneapolis vote-tabulation scene  —  In a cold Northeast Minneapolis warehouse, election judges and campaign representatives gathered to start the laborious Coleman-Franken recount process.  The day's biggest distraction, it turned out, was the massive media presence.
Discussion: www.redstate.com
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Salon:
New friendly fire coverup: Army shreds files on dead soldiers  —  Editor's note: On Oct. 14, 2008, Salon published an article about the deaths of Army Pfc. Albert Nelson and Pfc. Roger Suarez.  The Army attributed their deaths in Iraq in 2006 to enemy action; Salon's investigation …
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.
Discussion: The Politico and Eschaton
CNN:
The race for 2012 kicks off?  —  (CNN) — Remember the date.  Thursday, November 20, 2008.  Mike Huckabee visits Iowa.  Just 16 days have passed since the presidential election, and 2012 is a long, long, long way away.  —  So what gives?  Is the former Republican presidential candidate heading …
Discussion: Wonkette
Andy Kessler / Wall Street Journal:
Ignore the Stock Market Until February  —  The current volatility is less about fundamentals than forced selling.  —  Down in the morning, up in the afternoon.  Or is it the other way around?  The topsy-turvy stock market is tough to read.  —  In the last year, the Dow Jones Industrial Average …
Nicholas Wade / New York Times:
Regenerating a Mammoth for $10 Million  —  Scientists are talking for the first time about the old idea of resurrecting extinct species as if this staple of science fiction is a realistic possibility, saying that a living mammoth could perhaps be regenerated for as little as $10 million.
CNN:
Moore: Automakers never listened to workers, consumers  —  (CNN) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid reversed plans Wednesday to hold a test vote on an automakers' bailout bill on Thursday.  Reid had planned to move on legislation that would have taken $25 billion from the $700 billion already approved …
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 …
Discussion: The Swamp and Boston Globe
 
 
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Matthew J. Slaughter / Wall Street Journal:
An Auto Bailout Would Be Terrible for Free Trade
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Michael Leahy / Washington Post:
For McCain, A Subdued Return to Capitol Hill
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New York Times:
Flunking the Electoral College
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Bank Got Bailout, CEO Got Golden Parachute
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Joseph Brean / National Post:
Queen's new ‘dialogue’ monitors
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Tom Curry / MSNBC:
It's North vs. South in Big Three bailout fight
Discussion: Firedoglake and AMERICAblog News
Megan McArdle:
Have we beaten the CEOs up enough?
Discussion: EconLog and Matthew Yglesias