President-Elect Barack Obama

In his first press conference as President-Elect, Barack Obama famously referred to himself as a mutt comparing himself to dog of impure breed. Many people thought he was disrespecting his own mixed race heritage, but I thought it was brilliant. Check out the gallery of other famous biracial people here.

From In an editorial appearing in today’s New York Times, Michigan native and former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney writes Congress should not give the Big 3 a bailout.

From JANELLE JOLLEY at My erstwhile African-American-studies-minored self would love nothing more than to publish a dissertation on why <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><a href="" target="_blank">this</a></span> piece in Salon, written by Erin Aubry Kaplan of the <em>Los Angeles Times</em>, is destructive, superficial and historically unsound. But what would be the point? I would say how dare you continue the objectification of a black woman, but mostly what I want to do is scream in outrage. Click here for the full story.

From The New York Observer: Bill Clinton said he'd do "whatever they want" with respect to the vetting process and information he'd have to disclose to the Obama administration to help Hillary Clinton become Obama's secretary of state. Click here for story.

Democratic officials say that Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano is a leading contender for the job of secretary of homeland security in President-elect Barack Obama‘s administration.

From Having already gone through my—now regretted—Obama tantrums in July (and on this Web site), I do not want to hear about anyone else's. Please try to get over yours as soon as possible. Click here for the full rant.

From "Former Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) has been offered the job of Health and Human Services secretary by President-elect Barack Obama and has accepted the job, according to a Democratic source close to Daschle," <em>Roll Call</em> <a href="">reports</a>.

From Glenn Greenwald on Even before there has been a single Cabinet selection announced, I'm already weary from all the gossip and chatter about potential appointees, but, at least for me, the position of Attorney General is different.

From In rural Georgia, a group of high-schoolers gets a visit from the Secret Service after posting “inappropriate” comments about President-elect Barack Obama on the Web. In Raleigh, N.C., four college students admit to spraying race-tinged graffiti in a pedestrian tunnel after the election.

Former President Bill Clinton‘s globe-trotting business deals and fundraising for his foundation sometimes put his activities abroad at odds with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and could cause complications if President-elect Barack Obama picks her to be secretary of state.

From Kevin Drum at MotherJones: A STRIPED PANTS-SUIT FOR HILLARY?….Al Kamen reports today on “increasing chatter” that maybe Barack Obama will offer the position of Secretary of State to Hillary Clinton. In fairness, chatter is what Kamen’s column is all about, but still, you have to wonder: what the hell is that supposed to mean? […]

As many rational political observers noted, the Age of Obama would not mean the abolition of racism in this country. The acts of blatant racism that have otherwise gone unnoticed, have become glaring examples of how far we, as a nation, have yet to travel. Take the following, for example: A young man goes into […]