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2:05 PM ET, November 20, 2008

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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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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.
Discussion: Commentary
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.
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 …
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
A Job for Henry Waxman
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Waxman topples Dingell for key energy panel chair
Discussion: Bloomberg, MyDD and Reuters
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 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 …
Paul Richter / Los Angeles Times:
Antiwar groups fear Barack Obama may create hawkish Cabinet  —  Activists note that most of the candidates for top security posts voted for the 2002 resolution authorizing President Bush to invade Iraq or otherwise supported launching the war.  —  Reporting from Washington …
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Robert Pear / New York Times:
Health Insurers Offer to Accept All Applicants, on Condition  —  The health insurance industry said it would support a plan requiring insurers to accept all customers, but asked that Congress require all Americans to have coverage in return.
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
THE BEGINNING, NOT THE END.
Discussion: The New Republic and Kevin Drum
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
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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 …
Ross Douthat:
Things That Could Have Been Brought To My Attention Yesterday  —  In today's Journal, Newt Gingrich and Peter Ferrara argue that instead of Barack Obama's hodgepodge of tax credits, we should have a straightforward middle-class tax cut that lowers the 25 percent bracket to 15 percent.
Discussion: Eunomia
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Wall Street Journal:   Let's Have a Real Middle-Class Tax Cut
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.
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
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, Kevin Drum and Eschaton
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
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
What's Your Type?  —  This site claims to be able to analyze …
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Manu Raju / The Hill:
Reid: December session ‘may be necessary’
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Owen Bowcott / Guardian:
China's hackers stealing US defence secrets, says congressional panel
Discussion: The Lede
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Obama, Misha and the Bear
CNN:
The race for 2012 kicks off?
Discussion: Wonkette
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