January 12th, 2009
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday Jan. 12th, 2009

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CNN: Obama: 'Much more determined' to break Mideast deadlock
President-elect Barack Obama said Sunday the suffering on both sides of Gaza's borders has led him to ramp up his commitment to working for a peace deal in the Middle East.

CNN: Obama administration job-seekers face tough odds
When George W. Bush became president eight years ago, about 90,000 people applied for jobs in his administration. That's about a quarter, however, of the people who are looking for a way into President-elect Barack Obama's administration.

CNN: Senate hopeful Kennedy meets with NY governor
New York Gov. David Paterson met with Senate hopeful Caroline Kennedy Saturday afternoon, but the governor's spokesman said details of the meeting will be kept private.

CNN: Burris' fate could be decided Monday
The fate of Senate-appointee Roland Burris could be decided as soon as Monday, Democratic sources said, as the Senate's Parliamentarian and legal counsel worked over the weekend deciphering Senate rules to determine if Burris has met the requirements for admittance.

CNN: Sources: Voinovich to retire from Senate
Sources close to Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, tell CNN he will announce Monday he is retiring from the Senate.

CNN: Record number of job seekers flock to Obama
Over 350-thousand and counting. That's how many people the Obama transition team says have submitted resumes online hoping to land a job with the incoming administration. The problem is there are only an estimated three- to four-thousand jobs available at this time.

CNN: First woman to lead inaugural national prayer service
Rev. Sharon Watkins will deliver the sermon at the traditional National Prayer Service on January 21 — a day after Barack Obama is sworn in as president, the Presidential Inaugural Committee announced Sunday.

CNN: Cheney: Too soon to declare worst economy
Appearing Sunday on the last broadcast of CNN's Late Edition, Vice President Dick Cheney defended the administration's handling of the recession and argued that its premature to call it the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

CNN: Obama: Dog search harder than finding a Cabinet member
Picking the first dog is harder than it seems — but the race could be narrowing down.

CNN: Obama spends his Saturday 'half-smoking'
Obama popped in for lunch Saturday at Ben’s Chili Bowl, the 50-year-old Washington fast food institution famous for its “half-smokes” –- sausages smothered in spicy homemade chili sauce, mustard, and onions.

LA Times: GOP chooses Rep. Kevin McCarthy as chief deputy whip
House Republicans have looked to an unlikely place for a fresh face to help lead them out of the political wilderness, tapping Rep. Kevin McCarthy from solidly Democratic California as their chief deputy whip.

San Francisco Chronicle: Early jockeying under way in governor's race
When a billionaire businesswoman quits corporate boards and the attorney general does a political flip to get in front of a hot Democratic issue, it can only mean an election is coming.

NYT: For Inauguration, Google Plans a Party to Cross Party Lines
Google, whose chief executive endorsed Barack Obama during the campaign, is having a party when Mr. Obama takes office.

Washington Times: EXCLUSIVE: Faith office declares success
The White House, in a report to be released Monday morning, will make a final argument that its office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives has been redeemed from its politics-tainted past.

Washington Times: Dixon 'damaged' by 12-charge indictment
It's difficult enough to lead a city plagued by rampant violent crime, failing schools, widespread poverty and drug addiction. For Mayor Sheila Dixon, the job figures to get tougher this year – and not just because of the sagging economy.

Washington Post: McAuliffe's Bid Challenges Assumptions in Va. Politics
As Terry McAuliffe tours the state days after launching his campaign for governor, one question looms large for the man with the big personality, the big dollars and the big-name political team at his side: Is Virginia ready for this guy?

Washington Post: Skipping School for Live Civics Lesson
As he researched charter bus tickets one day in late December, Ethan Plato said nothing could stop him from attending the inauguration. Not the classes he would miss. Not the hit his college budget would take. Not even the 570 miles between Washington and his school in Canada.


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