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4:55 AM ET, December 7, 2008


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Indicted Louisiana congressman loses re-election bid  —  (CNN) — Nine-term Democratic Rep. William Jefferson, who has been battling scandals and a federal indictment for the past three years, appears to have lost his bid for re-election.  —  Republican challenger Anh “Joseph” Cao …
Discussion: The Next Right and Wizbang
Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
Voters Oust Indicted Congressman in Louisiana  —  NEW ORLEANS — Representative William J. Jefferson was defeated by a little-known Republican lawyer here Saturday in a late-running Congressional election, underscoring the sharp demographic shifts in this city since Hurricane Katrina …
Discussion: Ed
The Times-Picayune / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Latest Metro New Orleans News  —  Updated 24 hours, every day  —  Anh ‘Joseph’ Cao beats Rep. William Jefferson in 2nd Congressional District  —  Political newcomer Anh “Joseph” Cao, a Republican, has beaten nine-term incumbent William Jefferson, a Democrat, in the 2nd Congressional District …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:   Bill Jefferson Loses
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Obama Picks Shinseki to Lead Veterans Affairs  —  President-elect Barack Obama today will introduce retired Army Gen. Eric K. Shinseki as his nominee to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, bringing to his Cabinet a career military officer best known for running afoul of the Bush administration …
Washington Post:
Shinseki Slated to Head VA, Obama Confirms  —  Retired Army Gen. Eric K. Shinseki will be introduced tomorrow as President-elect Barack Obama's nominee to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, a Democratic official familiar with the announcement said today.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:   Obama's veterans pick: Pearl Harbor Day
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:   General Critical of Iraq War Is V.A. Chief Pick
Washington Post:
Choice to Head VA Coming Sunday in Chicago
Steve Kraske / Prime Buzz:
SHOCKER: Sebelius removes name from Cabinet consideration  —  Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who was a finalist for vice president last summer and under consideration for several Cabinet posts in a Barack Obama administration, today withdrew her name from the selection process.
Discussion: MyDD and Ben Smith's Blogs
Hilzoy / Obsidian Wings:
Bill Ayers: Please Go Away  —  For reasons best known to themselves, the NYT has published an op-ed by William Ayers: … Oh, for heavens' sake.  The Weather Underground might have gotten its new name in 1970, but Weatherman, from which it morphed, was founded in 1969.
New York Times Baffled How a Conservative, Oil-Drilling State Isn't in Recession  —  A real head-scratcher.  Let's see: They drill for oil, are a relatively conservative farming state and actually have jobs they can't fill.  —  So the Times considers this odd. … They obviously have good leadership.
Discussion: New York Times
Deepak Chopra / The Huffington Post:
Letter to Sean Hannity of Fox News  —  I sent the following letter to Sean Hannity recently in response to his misrepresentation of what I said on his show regarding the Mumbai terrorist attacks.  I have not received any response back from him.  Today I read it aloud on my Sirius-XM radio program …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Limbaugh: “I love Sarah Palin”  —  From Baba Wawa's “10 Most Fascinating People of 2008″ special.  I assume it's his new contract and the lure of big ratings from righties that led ABC to put him on the list.  Otherwise, the logic of saluting the power of conservative talk radio …
Discussion: Right Wing News and CNN
Ian Welsh / Firedoglake:
Washington Post Changes Already Written Article on Obama Helping Paulson Get Bailout Money  —  The Washington Post appears to have changed an already published article without noting the change.  The original article started out: … This can be confirmed via Huffington Post …
Discussion: Washington Post and Fox News
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Legal Organization May Become Influential Beyond Its Dreams  —  The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy was founded seven years ago to counter a growing right-leaning legal philosophy that has reshaped the American legal landscape on issues from the reach of federal regulation to the separation of church and state.
Washington Post:
Attorneys for Indicted Blackwater Guards Lash Out at Justice Dept.  —  Attorneys for five Blackwater Worldwide security guards charged in a 2007 shooting that left 17 Iraqi civilians dead accused the government yesterday of engaging in unfair second-guessing of the contractors' actions in a combat zone.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The GOP's “Yes We Can”  —  NYU prof. Clay Shirky discusses the underappreciated impact of “Dear Mr. Obama,” which he calls “the single most affecting video of the election”:
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Biden to limit role of vice president  —  Dialing back his predecessor's expansive view of the office, Vice President-elect Joe Biden plans on “restoring the Office of the Vice President to its historical role” as adviser to the president and tie-breaker in the Senate, an aide to Biden said Saturday.
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Deal reached on auto bailout  —  Democratic leaders in Congress struck a last-minute deal with the White House late Friday on a rescue plan for the U.S. auto industry, according to Congressional sources, bringing a breakthrough to two days of frustration among auto executives, congressmen and the public.
Discussion: RedState
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