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Another Former Rival Joins Obama's Cabinet

Updated: 12/03/2008 - Gov. Richardson says he doesn't think of himself as an Obama rival. Wednesday, President Elect Barack Obama named New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson to run the Commerce department. The two ran against each other for President.

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New Developments in Virginia's 5th District Race

Updated: 12/03/2008 - It's been about a month since hundreds of thousands cast their ballots in a race between democrat Tom Perriello and incumbent Virgil Goode. Tuesday, the case of the race that's separated by just a few hundred votes, moved forward in court.

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Some May Not Approve of Obama's Cabinet Choices

Updated: 12/01/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama named his national security team, but political pundits at the UVa Center for Politics say his choices may not sit well with everyone.

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Clinton Named Secretary of State, Gates Staying on with Defense

Updated: 12/01/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama announced Monday that Robert Gates would remain as defense secretary, making President Bush's Pentagon chief his own as he seeks to wind down the U.S. role in Iraq. Obama picked former campaign rival Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state. At a news conference, Obama also introduced retired Marine Gen. James Jones as White House national security adviser, former Justice Department official Eric Holder as attorney general and Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano as secretary of homeland security.

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Obama Names Budget Director

Updated: 11/25/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama named Peter Orszag as his budget director on Tuesday and said his job will be to conduct a thorough review of federal spending programs, "eliminating those programs we don't need and insisting that those we do need operate in a cost-effective way." With the economy in crisis, Obama said, "Budget reform is not an option. It's a necessity."

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Obama Names Economic Team

Updated: 11/24/2008 - On Monday, President-Elect Barack Obama unveiled the top members of his economic team, beginning with New York Federal Reserve President Tim Geithner to be his treasury secretary. Obama called on the new Congress to act quickly in passing a costly stimulus package to create jobs as a follow-up to the hundreds of billions of dollars the Bush administration has committed to rescue financial markets.

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Update: Goode Calls for a Recount in 5th District Race

Updated: 11/24/2008 - The State Board of Elections has certified challenger Tom Perriello as the winner over Republican Congressman Virgil Goode. The board on Monday certified Perriello as the winner by 745 votes in the 5th District congressional race. Goode has called for a recount.

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Cantor Moves Up Republican Ranks

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Congressman Eric Cantor nabs the second highest post for a congressional Republican. Also, watch a full, unedited version of our interview with Cantor in a web exclusive.

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Arlington Lawyer, Dave Foster, Enters 2009 Attorney General Race

Posted: 11/19/2008 - Arlington lawyer, Dave Foster is the third Republican to enter the Party's sweepstakes for the 2009 attorney general race. Foster, elected to the school board in heavily Democratic Arlington, is running against state Senator Ken Cuccinelli and former federal prosecutor John Brownlee for the GOP nomination.

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Rep. Cantor Becomes Minority Party Whip

Posted: 11/19/2008 - Republican leadership will shift slightly to the right with the addition of two members of the party's conservative wing. Eric Cantor of Virginia will become the Republican party whip.

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Obama Appears Close to Naming Eric Holder Attorney General

Posted: 11/18/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama's aides have been privately talking to senators about whether Washington attorney Eric Holder would be confirmed as the next attorney general. The talks suggest that Obama is deeply interested in Holder, who served as the No. 2 official in the Justice Department under President Clinton.

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Lieberman to Keep Committee Chair

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Sen. Joe Lieberman will keep his chairmanship of the Senate Homeland Security Committee despite hard feelings over his support for GOP nominee John McCain during the presidential campaign. The Connecticut independent will lose a minor panel post as punishment for criticizing Obama this fall.

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Military Absentee Ballot Hearing Held

Updated: 11/17/2008 - A federal judge has removed the McCain campaign as the plaintiff in a lawsuit that seeks to compel Virginia election officials to count late absentee ballots from U.S. troops serving outside the state. The new plaintiff is the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Obama and McCain Meet

Updated: 11/17/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama says he and Republican Sen. John McCain plan to work together to "fix up the country." The two former rivals met in Obama's transition office Monday in Chicago.

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Tom Perriello Announces Transition Team

Updated: 11/14/2008 - Election results may not be certified yet, but Democrat Tom Perriello is choosing his transition team. Perriello announced the first members of his transition advisory committee on Friday. These local leaders will advise Perriello as he transitions into his new role in representing the fifth district of Virginia.

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Hillary Clinton on Barack Obama's Short List for Secretary of State

Updated: 11/14/2008 - There's word Senator Hillary Clinton is on President-Elect Barack Obama's short list to be Secretary of State. President-Elect Obama has narrowed his list for his top cabinet position of Secretary of State and Democratic officials say Hillary Clinton is among those being strongly considered.

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Center for Politics Hosts American Democracy Conference Nov. 21

Posted: 11/12/2008 - The University of Virginia Center for Politics will host a conference next Friday November 21, analyzing the 2008 election. Party insiders, leading journalists, and political pundits will gather to examine the impact of the 2008 presidential, senatorial, and congressional election results

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Kaine Turns Down DNC Chairman Position

Updated: 11/12/2008 - If Barack Obama ally and Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine has a new role under a Democratic White House, it won't be as the party's national chairman. Speculation arose the past week that Kaine might be in line to head the Democratic National Committee after chairman Howard Dean steps down.

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