The Note: What if Hillary Clinton Said "Jose"

In her "Heard on the Hill" column, Roll Call's Mary Ann Akers has a "well-placed GOP source" saying that Nancy Pelosi, "in a random act of bipartisan kindness that will surely irk Members on both sides of the aisle, has decided to reward Hastert with the plush and coveted Capitol office suite now held by retiring Ways and Means Chairman Bill Thomas (R-Calif.)."

DGA:

Zachary Goldfarb of the Washington Post picks up on the AP's reporting that Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D-KS) will become the first female chair of the DGA tomorrow. LINK

The announcement is expected to be made by Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM), the current chair of the DGA, during a 2:30 pm ET press conference at the Capital Hilton on Wednesday.

NRCC:

The Hill's Aaron Blake reports that Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) announced that the team which will help him transition into the role of NRCC chair will include former NRCC Chair Tom Davis (R-VA) but it will not include Rep. Tom Reynolds (R-NY), the current chairman who saw the GOP lose control of the House under his watch. LINK

Bolton:

Zalmay Khalilzad, Richard Williamson, Sen. Mike DeWine, and Nicholas Burns all get mentioned as possible John Bolton successors in the New York Times story on Bolton's departure. LINK

The Washington Post's Peter Baker and Glenn Kessler report on Ambassador Bolton's resignation, Noting that while the White House attention focused on Khalilzad, Administration officials say the pick will be a political nominee. LINK

The Boston Globe writes that with Bolton out as U.S. ambassador to the UN, the Bush administration has lost one of its leading "hawks." Note the liberal analyst who jumps all over the Bolton exit as well as Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's resignation as a sign of the collapse of the neo conservative hold on Bush administration policy since 9-11. LINK

On his "Political Punch" blog, ABC News' Jake Tapper reports that one Republican official said of Bolton that, "on the confirmation level, the reality is Democrats were opposing him, but very nervous about prospect of filibustering him. John is enormously popular with certain constituencies" big in Democratic political circles. LINK

The Schwarzenegger Era:

The San Francisco Chronicle on Schwarzenegger becoming the first governor in more than thirty years to attend the swearing-in ceremony of the state's newly elected state lawmakers. LINK

OH-15:

Robert Vitale of the Columbus Dispatch reports that the mandatory recount in the Ohio 15 race between Rep. Deborah Pryce (R-OH) and Mary Jo Kilroy (D-OH) starts today. The last total had Republican Pryce up by 1,055 votes. LINK

Political potpourri:

The Utah legislature took one step closer to increasing its representation in the US House -- which was received as very good news by city officials in the District of Columbia. Kirk Johnson of the New York Times explains. LINK

Casting and counting:

The Associated Press reports the US Election Assistance Commission rejected a requirement for all voting machines to have an independently verifiable record of the votes cast. LINK

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