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Lieberman in talks with Senate GOP

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is talking to Connecticut independent Sen. Joe Lieberman about the possibility of Mr. Lieberman caucusing with the Republicans.

A Lieberman aide, who requested anonymity because the talks are confidential, said Friday that Mr. Lieberman and Mr. McConnell, Kentucky Republican, have spoken in recent days about the possibility of Mr. Lieberman joining the Republican conference. McConnell spokesman Don Stewart would only confirm that the two men have had recent discussions.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, angered by Mr. Lieberman’s support of Republican John McCain for president, is considering yanking Mr. Lieberman’s chairmanship of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee as punishment.

Mr. Lieberman was Democrat Al Gore’s vice-presidential running mate eight years ago. He became an independent after he failed to win the Democratic Senate primary in Connecticut in 2006. He won the general election as an independent, but he is still registered as a Democrat and joins that party in the organizing resolutions.


Obama aunt to fight to stay in U.S.

BOSTON | President-elect Barack Obama’s aunt intends to fight a deportation order and remain in the United States, her immigration lawyer said Friday.

The Associated Press found that Zeituni Onyango, 56, is staying with relatives in Cleveland after fleeing her public housing apartment in Boston. She had been living there five years.

Mrs. Onyango, who is the half-sister of Barack Obama Sr., was ordered to leave the country in 2004 by an immigration judge who rejected her request for asylum from her native Kenya.

Cleveland attorney Margaret Wong told the AP on Friday she is exploring legal options and may file a motion to reopen Mrs. Onyango’s case or file an appeal for her to stay on humanitarian grounds. She would not discuss her client’s reasons for seeking asylum.


Son: Graham’s work with presidents over

CHARLOTTE, N.C. | Billy Graham’s work as a pastor to presidents is coming to an end, but he is praying for Barack Obama as the nation’s next leader begins his work, Mr. Graham’s son said Friday on the aging evangelist’s 90th birthday.

Franklin Graham said in an interview that his father’s mind remains sharp even as his body continues to fail. But the preacher who has counseled every president beginning with Dwight D. Eisenhower is not in line to mentor Mr. Obama.

“My father feels like his time and day for that is over,” Franklin Graham said. “But he would certainly like to meet (Obama) and pray with him.”

Mr. Graham’s views of the world are still respected in White House circles. Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain visited Mr. Graham at his mountainside home during the campaign, and Mr. Obama tried to meet Mr. Graham but wasn’t able to do so because of the preacher’s poor health.


Cheney to get scan for knee arthritis

Doctors will scan Vice President Dick Cheney’s legs Saturday to evaluate arthritis in his knees.

Military doctors will X-ray his knees at the Malcolm Grow Medical Center at Andrews Air Force Base after he returns from Lexington, Va., where he is speaking at the Virginia Military Institute.

“He has had long-standing arthritis in his knees and the doctors have been trying to schedule a time to have his knees X-rayed,” Megan Mitchell, the vice president’s spokeswoman, said Friday. “Tomorrow provides a good time and place to have the X-rays and evaluate the condition of his knees.”

After that, Mr. Cheney is to resume his normal schedule and leave for his home in St. Michael’s, Md. The last time Mr. Cheney had his knees X-rayed for the arthritis was in June 2005. That same year, he had surgery to repair an arterial aneurysm on the back of each knee.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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