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2:30 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 …
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Longtime Head of House Energy Panel Is Ousted
Discussion: Wonkette and Climate Progress
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 and The Campaign Spot
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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 …
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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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 …
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
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
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Kenneth R. Bazinet / NY Daily News:
Team Obama thinks Hil's people to blame for State speculation
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 …
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
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Reliable Source:
Rep. Linda Sanchez: Pregnant Now, Marriage Later
Discussion: Wonkette
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 …
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
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 …
Mort Kondracke / Real Clear Politics:
First Steps to GOP Recovery  —  How can the Republican Party rebound?  The first step would be to quit letting Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham set its agenda.  —  A second step would be for Congressional Republicans to actually try to help President-elect Barack Obama succeed …
Discussion: The Swamp, Examiner, Hot Air and Flypaper
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.
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 …
Sharon Theimer / Associated Press:
Napolitano is no stranger to Washington scandals  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - President-elect Barack Obama's likely pick for Homeland Security secretary, Janet Napolitano, is no stranger to headline-making Washington scandals and controversies.
Discussion: CNN, Law Blog and The Politico
 
 
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Amitai Etzioni / The Huffington Post:
Retire Admiral Mullen
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
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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
Ross Douthat:
Things That Could Have Been Brought To My Attention Yesterday
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Eunomia
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Obama, Misha and the Bear
CNN:
The race for 2012 kicks off?
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New York Times:
Flunking the Electoral College
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Bryan Bender / Boston Globe:
Kerry poised to cap long journey
Discussion: TIME.com