The Note: Help Wanted

The Washington Post's Dan Balz and Zachary Goldfarb report that Obama advisers are "reportedly debating whether to move quickly to set up a presidential campaign operation and begin organizing in states such as Iowa and New Hampshire, or to wait until sometime next year and plot out a more unconventional campaign." LINK

ABC News' Tahman Bradley on Obama's "fortuitous" call. LINK

Pelosi nixes Hastings and Harman:

House Speaker-elect Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has decided against naming either Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA), the senior Democrat on the House intelligence committee, or Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL), the panel's No. 2 Democrat, to chair the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. The Washington Post's Jonathan Weisman and Peter Slevin write that the fight over the top spot on the intelligence committee "has exposed the kind of factional politics that bedeviled House Democrats before they were swept from control in 1994." LINK

The possible compromise candidates mentioned in the Washington Post are: Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-TX), Rep. Norman Dicks (D-WA), and Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-GA). The New York Times' Mazzetti and Zernike on the intel "soap opera." LINK

Reps. Reyes and Bishop get mentioned by the New York Times as possible picks and Rep. Dicks' spokesmen seems to try to take him out of the running.

ABC News' Jake Tapper weighs in on the Hastings/Harman/Pelosi saga on "Political Punch." LINK

The New York Daily News also includes Reyes, Bishop, and Dicks in its coverage. LINK

The New York Observer's Steve Kornacki includes Rep. Reyes and Rep. Holt as possible chairs. LINK

Lesley Clark and Margaret Taley of the Miami Herald believe that Pelosi's decision to pass over Hastings could "ruffle her relations with black lawyers." LINK

Rep. Hastings adds his comments in an interview with Larry Lipmann of the Palm Beach Post, "you win some, you lose some, and some you get rained out." He added that although he would "not be in the starting lineup, I will still be in the game." Rep. Hastings also believes that the decision was because of the "negative climate and pressures" and his impeachment in 1988. LINK

The San Francisco Chronicle's Marc Sandalow writes that while Pelosi avoids facing heat for her commitment to ethics by dismissing Alcee Hastings for House Intelligence Chair, she "faces two more potentially difficult bombs," where critics may wonder whether Jane Harman is being overlooked due to Pelosi's past grudges and where African American leaders may question Hasting's dismissal. Sandalow Notes that the front runner to head the Intelligence Committee is now Rep. Silvestre Reyes of Texas, a former border patrol agent and the No. 3 ranked Democrat on the committee. LINK

Boston Globe: LINK

Los Angeles Times: LINK

Bush Administration agenda:

In an editorial board meeting with the New York Daily News, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) paints the debate over Iraq policy within the Bush Administration as Cheney vs. Rove, with Cheney usually emerging the victor. LINK

ABC News' Jan Crawford Greenburg and Ariane DeVogue report that the White House has hired someone to help handle anticipated congressional investigations.

Politics of Iraq:

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