What's next for Sen. Joe Lieberman? "One alternative would be to give Lieberman the chairmanship of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, which has one of the lowest profiles on Capitol Hill. Its current chairman, Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.), is set to move into a more prestigious chairmanship," per The Washington Post's Paul Kane. "But a Lieberman aide said yesterday that the senator rejected Reid's overtures to chair the small-business committee and that he demanded to retain his current chairmanship."
Not everyone in Congress waits for presidential leadership: "The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday will release a sweeping proposal to overhaul the health-care system that largely reflects President-elect Barack Obama's vision, increasing the chances for action next year," Laura Meckler writes in The Wall Street Journal. "There is one important difference between the initiative coming from Montana Democratic Sen. Max Baucus and the plan Mr. Obama laid out during his presidential campaign: Mr. Baucus would require all Americans to have health insurance, while Mr. Obama has rejected the idea of a mandate."
An optics problem? "President-elect Obama has stressed the need for energy independence - but he'll be chauffeured around in a gas-guzzling Cadillac SUV limo that could pose a symbolism problem similar to the car controversy that dogged his friend and ally, Gov. Deval Patrick," Dave Wedge writes for the Boston Herald. "Obama's presidential ride, dubbed 'Cadillac One,' will reportedly be a mammoth, custom-made Cadillac limo built like a GMC truck that sits on 19-inch wheels. The vehicle will also have 5-inch-thick bulletproof windows, cell phone-jamming gear and blast-proof armor."
"They probably will. The invitation is there. . . . You know the 'Hannah Montana' film comes out in April. Maybe something might happen around then." -- Billy Ray Cyrus, inviting Sasha and Malia Obama to appear on "Hannah Montana."
"If I had a post office named after me today, they'd probably return to sender." -- Mark Foley.
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