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10:25 AM ET, December 7, 2008

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CNN:
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 …
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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 …
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 …
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blogs:
Holy Cao: Republican defeats Jefferson  —  Indicted Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) has lost his New Orleans-based Congressional seat to a little-known Republican attorney, Anh “Joseph” Cao.  —  With all precincts reporting, Cao has defeated Jefferson 50 to 47 percent.  The AP has called the race for Cao.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Bill Jefferson Loses
Discussion: PoliPundit.com
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 …
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Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
General Critical of Iraq War Is V.A. Chief Pick
Discussion: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Mark Silva / The Swamp:   Obama's veterans pick: Pearl Harbor Day
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.
Ken Herman / Austin American-Statesman:
Bush insiders reflect on president's legacy  —  WASHINGTON — On a sofa on the second floor of the comfortable Washington home that George W. Bush's career helped put him in, Karl Rove reflects on an administration that didn't turn out as anticipated.  —  “No. It all turns out different,” he said.
Discussion: Think Progress and TRAIL BLAZERS
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Republicans Divided on Aid to Automakers  —  WASHINGTON — As Senate staff members worked through the weekend to draft legislation for a taxpayer rescue of the imperiled American automobile industry, Republicans who have the power to scuttle the plan offered mixed reactions to the preliminary details on Saturday.
Randy Barnett / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Remembering Pearl Harbor 2008 I write this as I look out my 29th floor hotel room in the direction of Pearl Harbor.  My wife and I came to Oahu, Hawaii to celebrate our 29th anniversary on December 2nd.  Although it is a coincidence that we are still here on December 7th, it still feels eerie.
Steve Kraske / KansasCity.com 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
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.
Gretchen Morgenson / New York Times:
Debt Watchdogs: Tamed or Caught Napping?  —  “These errors make us look either incompetent at credit analysis or like we sold our soul to the devil for revenue, or a little bit of both.”  — A Moody's managing director responding anonymously to an internal management survey, September 2007.
 
 
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