The Georgia Mae Morning News

Auto bailout update:
Congressional Democrats has sent the White House an emergency $15 billion plan to help bailout America’s auto industry. The plan includes a provision of a “car czar” to oversee the industry’s reinvention of itself. The Bush administration said there had been progress toward agreement but negotiations continue. AP

More bad news:
The Japanese electronics maker Sony is slashing 8,000 jobs to cut costs by $1.1 billion a year as a global downturn continues to strain profits.

News from Gitmo:
The five Guantánamo detainees charged with coordinating the Sept. 11 attacks told a military judge on Monday that they wanted to confess in full. These confessions could challenge the government to put the detainees to death and could undercut any hopes of a high-profile trial. NY Times

Obama’s agenda for today:
President-elect Barack Obama has plans to meet with former Vice President Al Gore today, a meeting that has led to speculation that Obama is eyeing Gore for a slot in his administration. The Obama transition office, however, has said the meeting will focus on climate change and enery issues and on how the new administration’s environmental policies can spur job creation. Democratic officials say Obama is not looking to tap Gore for a Cabinet-level post or any other position in the administration. CNN


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