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Begich Wins Senate Seat

With about 2,500 votes left to be counted, Mark Begich leads Republican incumbent Ted Stevens by about 3,700 votes, enough to secure him the Senate seat from Alaska.

Stevens, the longest serving Republican Senator, was convicted on seven counts of lying on Senate forms about receiving gifts from VECO Corporation and CEO Bill Allen.

The Democrats now have 58 seats in the Senate, with the Minnesota and Georgia race still undecided. The Minnesota race is undergoing a recount, while early voting has begun in the Georgia runoff.

Eric Holder to be Attorney General

Former Deputy Attorney General in the Clinton Administration, Eric Holder has been named by Barack Obama to be the next Attorney General of the United States.

Holder was first appointed Associate Judge for the D.C. Supreme Court by President Reagan and was later appointed Attorney for the District of Columbia by Clinton.

Sources in the Obama transition team says Obama has offered Holder the post of Attorney General and Holder has accepted. The transition team, however, is still vetting the candidate.

Holder would be the first African-American Attorney General.

More as it comes…

Kennedy Eastablishes Healthcare Working Groups

Senator Kennedy, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions established three Healthcare Working Groups within the committee.

Prevention and Public Health: Chair Senator Tom Harkin
Healthcare Quality: Chair Senator Barbara Mikulski
Insurance Coverage: Chair Senator Hillary Clinton

Clinton once asked Kennedy to create a special Subcommittee on Healthcare reform, which she could chair. That request was denied by Kennedy, but it looks like Clinton may be part of a core group of Senators to work on Healthcare reform. As Chair of the Insurance Coverage Working Group, Clinton would be working on the heart of Healthcare reform.

Only one problem, Clinton may be heading to the State Department.