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Dingell ousted as chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce

Upsetting the seniority system and suprising some senior Democrats, Rep. Henry Waxman of California ousted Rep. John Dingell of Michigan from his post as chairman of the influential Committee on Energy and Commerce on Thursday. The 137-122 secret vote by House Democrats gives President-elect Barack Obama an advantage in his plans to promote efforts to combat global warning. Read more here.

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