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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Jazz Shaw / The Moderate Voice: Ah, Dollar Bill, We Hardly Knew Ye'
Patrick Ruffini / The Next Right: Joseph Cao and the 435 District Strategy
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: protein wisdom and Ed Driscoll.com
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Bill Jefferson Loses — Scandal-tarred Louisiana Democratic Rep. Bill Jefferson was defeated in his bid for a tenth term tonight by a little known Republican named Joseph Cao. — With 80 percent of precincts reporting, Cao led Jefferson 53 percent to 43 percent and the Associated Press had called the race for the Republican.
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
Scott / Power Line: WHEN COLD CASH IS TRASH
KTBS 3 News Shreveport, Louisiana: Fleming narrowly leads 4th Congressional District race; Carmouche won't concede
Cain Burdeau / Associated Press: Louisiana Voters Oust Rep. William Jefferson After 9 Terms, Indictment
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket: GOP rookie Cao upsets 9-term Rep. William Jefferson in New Orleans
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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Spencer Ackerman / ATTACKERMAN: We Need A Hero — A source close to the presidential transition …
Shinseki Slated to Head VA, Obama Confirms
Shinseki Slated to Head VA, Obama Confirms
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Jason Vest / The Atlantic Online: Fourth-generation Warfare
Hilzoy / Washington Monthly: Shinseki
Carrie Dann / MSNBC: SHINSEKI TO HEAD VETS AFFAIRS
Mark Adams / American Street: Shinseki To Head VA
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
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
Jonathan Singer / MyDD: Sebelius Says No to Obama Cabinet Appointment
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
Monica Davey / New York Times: North Dakota Asks, What Recession?
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.
Shaun Mullen / KIKO'S HOUSE: ‘And Therein Lies Cause For Real Regret’
Mark Kleiman / The RBC: Hilzoy on Ayers
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain: Bill Ayers and ‘tactical idiocy’
Justin Gardner / Donklephant: William Ayers Talks About His “Pal” Barack Obama
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.
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: The Other McCain, Right Wing News, Don Surber and CNN
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain: Rush and Baba Wawa
John Stephenson / Right Wing News: Rush Limbaugh Loves Sarah Palin
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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Damozel / The Moderate Voice: Blackwater Contractors Indicted for Sept. 2007 Nisoor Square Massacre …
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 …
Discussion: The Other McCain, Gateway Pundit, American Power and RADAMISTO
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain: ‘Love, Deepak’ — Deepak Chopra sends a love note to Sean Hannity:
Donald Douglas / American Power: Deepak Chopra's Response to Sean Hannity
Steve J. / RADAMISTO: ON IRAQ, ALL HANNITY HAS IS A LIE