The Week November 13-19

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The G.O.P. Transition

Speaker-to-be Newt Gingrich began laying plans for the Republican takeover of the House. Gingrich said at least three committees would be abolished, others reconfigured and staff reduced all around. The new leader -- who some political analysts believe could become a dominating Speaker of a sort not seen since the turn of the century -- ignored seniority, grudges and ideology in recommending choices to head key committees. Among them: Louisiana's Bob Livingston for Appropriations, New York's Gerald Solomon for Rules, Illinois's Henry Hyde for Judiciary and New York's Benjamin Gilman for Foreign Affairs. Gingrich also said a...

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