The Wall Street Journal's David Rogers reports the lame-duck post election session -- which has [by his account] two key tasks: "first, raising the limits on government borrowing; and second, enforcing caps on domestic spending for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1."
And/but/also "Democrats appear so dispirited by their election losses they are hardly resisting the pressure to hold the line on spending, but the talks also are a test of how far Republican moderates will bend, given the promise of a more conservative Congress next year." LINK
Time's Michael Duffy takes a closer look at Alberto Gonzales -- and wonders what the Democrats may have in store for him if his AG appointment is in fact a dry run for a SCOTUS nomination process down the line. LINK
The Wall Street Journal's David S. Cloud reports the honeymoon is over for Porter Goss as senior CIA officials clash with their new boss two months after his confirmation. "By several accounts, Mr. Goss's early tenure at the CIA has been rocky, in part because many agency officials fear that he is under orders from the White House to clean house." LINK
The Sunday Boston Globe -- with bylines galore -- did its Kerry campaign deconstruct; it tracks closely with Newsweek, but it makes it seem like history will record that all that stood between Joe Biden and Foggy Bottom was Mary Beth Cahill's failure to call Paul Begala back. LINK
The Nashua Telegraph reports on Jeanne Shaheen's serious potential as a replacement for Democratic National Committee chair Terry McAuliffe, though "Shaheen hasn't decided whether she can give the time and commitment to the DNC post." LINK
We're also watching political animals of a different sort -- the CEO sort -- who have their eyes on the DNC chairmanship. Namely, Leo Hindery, chairman of HL Capital, Inc., and former CEO of Global Crossing and AT&T Broadband & Internet Services, who is expected to decide in the next week or two whether to officially throw his hat into the ring.
The Boston Globe's Susan Milligan gives voice to Republican moderates who dismiss the idea cultural conservatism running amok in the Senate. LINK
The New York Times' Robin Toner looks at the shrinking ranks of Southern Democrats on the Hill -- and with them the shrinking center. LINK
Roll Call's Chris Cillizza looks at how 527s may shape-shift for 2006.
David Schribman took a weekend look at who can be expected to set up shop in New Hampshire soon. LINK
The Washington Post's Bob Kaiser offers up an update-your-scorecard-for-2008 profile of Sen. Chuck Hagel in the Style section. LINK
Can you believe New Mexico is still counting provisional ballots? LINK
Glenda Hood got a little closure Sunday as Florida's election results were confirmed -- fanfare free. LINK
New Jersey State Senate President Richard Codey was sworn in as acting governor yesterday, the New York Times reports. Gov. James McGreevey's resignation is effective tomorrow. LINK