SENATORS' SEATS ... Incoming senators have their committee assignments. Montana's Sen-elect Jon Tester has been tapped for the Energy committee, which ought to be a hotspot over the next two years. I'm a little disappointed, though, that the first organic farmer turned senator didn't also get a spot on the Agriculture committee; next year's Farm Bill promises to be an epic showdown among traditional ag interests, conservationists, and energy proponents -- Tester would have been welcome.
I'd been waiting to hear whether Virginia's Sen-elect Jim Webb would be tapped for Armed Services, Foreign Relations, or Veterans Affairs -- it turns out he was tapped for all three. All the more reason for the administration to hope to see Bob Gates confirmed before the New Year.
—Christina Larson 12:38 AM
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