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Congress: Waxing Dingell

Henry Waxman's defeat of John Dingell for the post of Energy and Commerce Committee chairman means Waxman will have an enhanced role on the Hill and may take the lead on climate change legislation. Environmental groups are ecstatic.

The Washington Post's Kane notes that Dingell's loss is a defeat for U.S. automakers, while The Hill writes that the Californian's win shows a congressional shift to the Left.

Ways and Means Chairman Charlie Rangel called Dingell's defeat "the burial of the seniority system."

Stevens bid farewell to the Senate in an at times emotional speech on the floor.