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1:30 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 …
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Waxman topples Dingell for key energy panel chair
Discussion: MyDD and Reuters
Bloomberg:   Waxman Wrests Control of Energy and Commerce Panel From Dingell
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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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 …
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 …
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.
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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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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.
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Health Insurers Offer to Accept All Applicants, on Condition  —  WASHINGTON — The health insurance industry said Wednesday that it would support a health care overhaul requiring insurers to accept all customers, regardless of illness or disability.  But in return, the industry said …
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
THE BEGINNING, NOT THE END.
Discussion: Kevin Drum and The New Republic
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 …
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
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
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE FAIRNESS DOCTRINE, PARANOIA, AND RIGHT-WING SELF-PITY.... I've been fascinated of late with the far-right hysteria about the reemergence of the “fairness doctrine,” because conservative activists are gearing up for a knock-down brawl against an enemy that doesn't exist.
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
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
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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Sen. Russ Feingold / Salon:
An unpardonable use of power
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Obama, Misha and the Bear
Washington Wire:
Senate to Vote on Jobless Benefits; Bush Signals Support
Discussion: TIME.com
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A Bit of Navel-Gazing About the Media and the Campaign Trail
New York Times:
Flunking the Electoral College
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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California Rep. Linda Sanchez's baby announcement
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