PMMJ (cheetahmaster) wrote,

"The transfer of political appointees into permanent federal positions, called 'burrowing' by career officials, creates security for those employees, and at least initially will deprive the incoming Obama administration of the chance to install its preferred appointees in some key jobs." More coverage from Dan Froomkin here.

Rosa Brooks on Bush's other last-minute changes. You know, things he couldn't get pushed through if anyone was paying attention.

Good read: on the Republican party and changing demographics.

* Andrew Cohen on Obama's test with the future of Guantanamo. Also, a federal judge orders the release of five more detainees.
* Obama is set to reverse the current downward trend in federal service.
* Oil prices drop below $50 a barrel.
* Note this article isn't about the world dealing with a ninja problem. Thusly, the age-old question is decided.
* The California Supreme Court takes on Proposition 8.
* Another good read: on the ground with a positive story from Iraq.
* Hey, remember that talk about evangelicals shifting parties? presents the ten breakout stars of 2008.

The AV Club interviews Neal Stephenson.

Tags: 2008, news, tv

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