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11:50 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 …
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: Don Surber and PoliPundit.com
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.
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Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Rove planning to ‘name names’ of Bush haters in his new book.»  —  Karl Rove is reportedly one of the key architects overseeing the “Bush legacy project,” predicting that the President will be remembered as a “far-sighted leader.”  In a new interview with Cox News …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and News Hounds
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 and The Swamp
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.
New York Post:
TED WANTS CAROLINE  —  KENNEDYS LOBBY FOR HILL SEAT  —  Powerful senator and family patriarch Ted Kennedy has been working back channels to promote niece Caroline as the replacement for Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Senate, family sources told The Post.  —  The elder Kennedy (D-Mass.) …
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CNN:   Caroline Kennedy in Senate would extend legacy
Lisa Mascaro / Las Vegas Sun:
Biden unwelcome in Senate huddles, where Cheney wielded power  —  WASHINGTON — In a move to reassert Congressional independence at the start of the new presidential administration, the vice president will be barred from joining weekly internal Senate deliberations, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid …
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Abortion Politics Didn't Doom the G.O.P.  —  AN iron law of recent American politics dictates that any Republican setback at the polls will be quickly pinned on the pro-life movement.  You might think that the Republican Party's 2008 debacle would be an exception to this rule.
Discussion: TalkLeft
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.
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.
 
 
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