It's mid-morning in Washington: time to aggregate the aggregators. (There are so many news outlets aggregating political press coverage that it would seem that they themselves need an aggregator.) Rick Klein at ABC News was the early riser this morning, hitting the button
on "The Note" at 8:05 a.m. His was the best aggregation this morning, and only partially because he included the Washington Sketch. Rick also pulled this nugget from USA Today:
"Americans have soaring hopes for the incoming Obama administration and an even higher opinion of the Democrat they just elected president, a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll shows," Jill Lawrence writes for USA Today. "Nearly seven in 10 adults, or 68%, said they have a favorable opinion of President-elect Barack Obama. Almost that many -- 65% -- said they think the country will be better off four years from now."
Rick also read the Washington Times so we don't have to:
President-elect Barack Obama over the weekend scrubbed his transition Web site, deleting most of what had been a massive agenda for his first term that appears on his campaign's site," Stephen Dinan reports in the Washington Times. "Gone from Change.gov are the promises on how an Obama administration would handle 25 agenda items -- from Iraq and immigration to taxes and urban policy -- which the campaign first laid out on the Web site www.BarackObama.com. . . Grover Norquist, president of conservative activist group Americans for Tax Reform, blasted Mr. Obama for deleting the agenda. 'This is the opposite of transparency,' he said. His organization posted to its Web site, www.atr.org, a scanned copy of a printout of the 'Economy' section of Mr. Obama's agenda.
Three quarters of an hour later came NBC's First Read. Chuck Todd and his team were a bit wonkish this morning with their technical discussion of the election results, but they did have a rather thorough "Obama Cabinet Speculation List" ("State: John Kerry, Bill Richardson, Richard Lugar, Chuck Hagel, Richard Holbrooke, Chris Dodd, Hillary Clinton"). The NBC team also found this nugget while perusing the wires:
The AP writes, "Two-time presidential candidate John Edwards is returning to the public
stage for a speech, three months after he acknowledged an affair with a woman hired to produce videos of him in 2006. Edwards is scheduled speak Tuesday night about the election at Indiana University. The school said the public lecture will also include a question-and-answer session.
At Politico, our friend Mike Allen was uncharacteristically tardy this morning, hitting the button on his Playbook at 9:46 a.m. But he did have the best news for those following the Obama transition, a scooplet purloined from his colleague, Carrie Budoff: "President-elect Obama plans to travel to Hawaii around Christmastime."
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