The AP's lead on yesterday's meeting: "No longer foes but not yet allies, President-elect Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain buried their bitter campaign in public smiles and searched for common ground in private on Monday, discussing possible collaboration on climate change, immigration, Guantanamo Bay and more."
The New York Times notes that Obama's promises on domestic spying issue will be put to an early test. "The Justice Department will be asked to respond to motions in legal challenges to the National Security Agency's wiretapping program, and must decide whether to continue the tactics used by the Bush administration — which has used broad claims of national security and 'state secrets' to try to derail the challenges — or instead agree to disclose publicly more information about how the program was run.
When he takes office, Mr. Obama will inherit greater power in domestic spying power than any other new president in more than 30 years, but he may find himself in an awkward position as he weighs how to wield it. As a presidential candidate, he condemned the N.S.A. operation as illegal, and threatened to filibuster a bill that would grant the government expanded surveillance powers and provide immunity to phone companies that helped in the Bush administration's program of wiretapping without warrants. But Mr. Obama switched positions and ultimately supported the measure in the Senate, angering liberal supporters who accused him of bowing to pressure from the right."
Health Care for America Now, the advocacy group pushing for universal health care, will today begin airing this brand-new TV ad in the DC area.