December 9th, 2008
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday Dec. 9th, 2008

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CNN: Obama meeting with Gore raises eyebrows
Former Vice President Al Gore is set to meet with President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden Tuesday, leading to speculation Obama is eyeing Gore for a slot in his administration.

CNN: First Vietnamese-American elected to House 'speechless'
The Louisiana man who Saturday became the first Vietnamese-American elected to the House says he hopes his win will push more young people to become politically active.

CNN: Palin didn't snub Oprah, spokesman says
Sarah Palin's camp is denying claims she's is snubbing talk show host Oprah Winfrey, telling CNN Monday the decision was "nothing personal" — the Alaska governor has just been flooded with so many media requests she simply hasn't had the time to sit down with the daytime talk show icon.

CNN: King named new host of CNN's public affairs show
CNN Chief National Correspondent John King is set to take the helm a new four-hour Sunday block of political programming, CNN announced Monday.

CNN: Rove vows to 'name names'
Enemies of President Bush take heed: Karl Rove is set to name names.

CNN: Obama still to fill key positions, possibly with Republicans
President-elect Barack Obama's team has pledged to appoint Republicans to his administration, but so far, just one Republican is set to hold a leading Cabinet post.

CNN: Rangel not stepping down
Under fire for allegations of ethical violations, New York Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel told reporters Monday that he has no intention of stepping down as chairman of the key tax writing committee in the House.

CNN: McIntyre: Myth of Shinseki lingers
In fairness to Gen. Eric Shinseki, he's never said "I told you so."

CNN: Fossella gets 5-day jail sentence for drunken driving
U.S. Rep. Vito Fossella of New York was sentenced to five days in jail Monday for a drunken-driving incident in Virginia that led to revelations he had fathered a child from an extramarital affair.

CNN: Mayors want funds to fix their cities
Mayors across the country are calling on President-elect Barack Obama to invest in their cities when he takes office in order to get the economy back on track.

CNN: Saltsman formally jumps into RNC race
Another Republican on Monday jumped into the race to head the Republican National Committee.

CNN: Split decision in races for House
Call it a split decision. Both Democrats and Republicans each captured a congressional seat from the other party this weekend, with two races remaining in the battle for the House of Representatives.

Washington Post: A Self-Leaking Nominee?
Funny thing happened on Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion Jr.'s way to a top Obama administration job. Seems Carrion, at a speech Friday at Yale University, told students he had landed a plum position, indicating it was to head either the Small Business Administration or a Cabinet department - Housing and Urban Development, Education, or Transportation.

NYT: In a New Tux, Obama Seeks the Proper Tone
President-elect Barack Obama has ordered his first new tuxedo in 15 years for his inaugural celebration. And he has invited the marching band from Punahou School, his high school in Hawaii, to join the parade. (Nearly 1,400 bands have applied; only a few dozen are chosen.)

NYT: If Not One Kennedy, Perhaps Another, a 3rd Kennedy Says
Last week, Kerry Kennedy, a daughter of Senator Robert F. Kennedy, made waves when she appeared on MSNBC to say she thought her brother Robert F. Kennedy Jr., an environmental lawyer, would be an excellent choice to be the next United States senator from New York.

Washington Post: Suspicious letters sent to at least 6 governors
Suspicious letters containing powdery substances addressed to governors were intercepted in at least six states on Monday, but tests indicated the powder in five of them wasn't harmful.


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