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Alaska Sen. Stevens concedes in re-election race

Updated: 11/19/2008 - ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens conceded defeat Wednesday in a re-election bid shadowed by his federal felony conviction, a bitter end to a four-decade career in which he held a commanding place in state politics and on some of the most influential congressional committees in Washington.

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Huckabee won't rule out 2012 run for president

Updated: 11/19/2008 - WASHINGTON – Mike Huckabee wouldn't rule out a 2012 run for president Wednesday, but he acknowledged it could be hard to take back the spotlight from fellow Republican Sarah Palin. "I'm not ruling anything out for the future, but I'm not making any specific plans," Huckabee told reporters at a briefing to promote his new book, "Do the Right Thing."

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Sen. Clinton weighing secretary of state post

Updated: 11/19/2008 - CHICAGO – Associates of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday the former first lady is weighing whether to leave the Senate and become secretary of state in the Obama administration, a job they say she believes is hers if she wants it.

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Dem officials: Daschle accepts HHS Cabinet post

Updated: 11/19/2008 - WASHINGTON – Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle has accepted President-elect Barack Obama's offer to be Secretary of Health and Human Services, Democratic officials said Wednesday. The appointment has not been announced, but these officials said the job is Daschle's, barring an unforeseen problem as Obama's team reviews the background of the South Dakota Democrat.

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Senate cancels vote on doomed auto bailout

Updated: 11/19/2008 - WASHINGTON – The Senate's top Democrat has called off a planned vote this week on a $25 billion auto industry bailout. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said that he wanted to figure out some way to help Detroit's struggling Big Three but that efforts to do so had stalled.

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Big 3 Making Little Headway in Push for Bailout

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Congressional backers of $25 billion in emergency loans to the domestic auto industry are urging colleagues not to punish the Detroit's Big Three automakers for past mistakes. But the heads of the companies seemed to be making little headway in building support.

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Beau Biden Will Not Accept Senate Appointment

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden says he plans to fulfill his National Guard duties and won't accept an appointment to his father's U.S. Senate seat.

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Alaska Sen. Stevens' Defeat marks End of an Era

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Sen. Ted Stevens' election defeat marks the end of an era in which he held a commanding place in Alaska politics while wielding power on some of the most influential committees in Congress.

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Democrats: Clinton to help Hillary get State job

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Clinton has agreed to release the names of several major donors to his charitable foundation and will submit future foundation activities and paid speeches to a strict ethics review, said Democrats

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Holder is Obama's Top Choice for Attorney General

Updated: 11/19/2008 - The former Number 2 official in the Justice Department under President Clinton appears to be President-elect Barack Obama's top choice for Attorney General. Washington attorney Eric Holder won't comment on the reports.

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McCain may face bumpy shift from White House run

Updated: 11/19/2008 - WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Two weeks after losing his bid for the presidency in an electoral landslide, Sen. John McCain is beginning the thorny transition back to life out of the spotlight as he weighs his future role in the Senate.

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Texas grand Jury indicts Cheney, Gonzales

Updated: 11/19/2008 - (CNN) — A grand jury in south Texas indicted Vice President Dick Cheney and former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on separate charges related to alleged prisoner abuse in federal detention centers, Willacy County District Attorney Juan Angel Guerra told CNN Tuesday.

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McCain backer Lieberman keeps committee chair

Updated: 11/19/2008 - WASHINGTON – Sen. Joe Lieberman will keep his chairmanship of the Senate Homeland Security Committee despite hard feelings over his support for GOP nominee John McCain during the presidential campaign.

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Obama promises leadership on climate change

Updated: 11/19/2008 - WASHINGTON – Calling climate change an urgent challenge, President-elect Barack Obama promised Tuesday that Washington would take a leading role in combating it in the United States and throughout the world. "My presidency will mark a new chapter in America's leadership on climate change," Obama said in a video message to governors and others attending a Los Angeles summit on the issue.

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Stevens falls further behind in Alaska Senate race

Updated: 11/18/2008 - ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens dropped further behind Democrat Mark Begich in his re-election bid Tuesday as the convicted felon's 85th birthday became a grueling wait that could determine whether his decades-long hold on power is over.

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Holder is Obama's top choice for attorney general

Updated: 11/18/2008 - WASHINGTON – Eric Holder, formerly second in charge at the Justice Department, is President-elect Barack Obama's top choice to become attorney general, an Obama official and people close to the matter said Tuesday. Holder's selection would mark Obama's first step toward filling his Cabinet, and he would become the nation's first black attorney general if confirmed by the Senate.

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Sebelius Hears From Obama

Updated: 11/18/2008 - When President-elect Barack Obama called the governor of Kansas this weekend, she at first didn't believe it.

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Obama, McCain Pledge to work Together for Reform

Updated: 11/18/2008 - The bitter general election campaign behind them, President-elect Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain are seeking common ground on a range of issues in hopes of engendering greater bipartisan cooperation in Washington.

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Bill Clinton Activities Under Review by Obama Team

Updated: 11/18/2008 - The President-Elect says no position would be offered to rival Hillary Rodham Clinton until a review of who's footing the bill for some of her husband's speech-making.

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Obama Meets with John McCain

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Former campaign rivals collaborated Monday on issues facing the United States.

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Statehouse Leadership

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Political battles are looming at the Kansas Statehouse. republican Representative Jene Vickrey of Louisburg announced today, he will challenge sitting Majority Leader Ray Merrick of Stillwell during leadership elections on December first.

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White House rebuffs criticism of its auto-aid plan

Updated: 11/18/2008 - WASHINGTON – With Congress returning Monday to deal with an auto industry in dire financial straits, the Bush White House stressed that it supports help, but not at the expense of the $700 billion Wall Street rescue program.

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