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"Yes We Can" Becomes "I Think I Can"

The Obamas will arrive in Washington by train before next month's inauguration. January 17 trip includes a stop in Philadelphia, a stop in Wilmington to pick up Biden and his family, and a stop in Baltimore before arriving in the capital. Trip designed to honor "the rich history and tradition of previous inaugural journeys." Read transition release.        [...]

Bush: Deal for Automakers in the Works

The president tells reporters aboard Air Force One on the way back from the Middle East Monday that they're making progress on a bailout plan. "An abrupt bankruptcy for autos could be devastating for the economy. We're now in the process of working with the stakeholders on a way forward. We're not quite ready to announce [...]

Obama to Meet With National Security Team

The president-elect will hold a pow-wow in Chicago Monday with top security officials, including Clinton, Gates, Holder, Napolitano, Susan Rice, Gen. Jones. Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mullen, National Intelligence Director McConnell, incoming chief of staff Emanuel and counsel Greg Craig will also attend. Details here.       

Illinois Lawmakers to Discuss What to Do About Blago

State legislators return to the Capitol Monday at 4 pm ET for a special session focusing on passing a law to allow Obama's Senate seat to be filled by special election. Impeachment is also likely to be a chief topic of conversation. Chicago Trib: "But with Republicans looking to turn the tables on Democrats who control the [...]

Obama to Hold Energy Presser

The president-elect will hold a presser on the country's energy and environmental future Monday at Chicago's Drake Hotel. Scheduled to start at 5 pm ET. Expected to name Carol Browner to lead policy council on environment, energy; Steven Chu as energy secretary; Lisa Jackson as EPA chief; and Nancy Sutley as head of the White House [...]

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Matt Duss has an interesting thought about the Bush visit to Iraq over at Wonk Room. I'm not sure the implication is entirely accurate: going forward, the relationship between Iraq's security forces and the U.S. military--locked in by spare parts, logistics and training regimes--could be every bit as significant as Iraq's fraternal Shi'ite ties with [...]

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