The Georgia Mae Morning News

President-elect Barack Obama is expected to nominate New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson today to be secretary of commerce. CNN

After a bitter month-long runoff Georgia Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss has won his political battle against Democrat Jim Martin. Chambliss’ win crushes Democrats’ hopes of winning a 60-seat filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. CBS News

Odetta, the singer who wove together the strongest songs of American folk music and the civil rights movement, died on Tuesday at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan. She was 77. Her manager, Doug Yeager, said Odetta had been hoping to sing at Barack Obama’s inauguration. NY Times

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