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12:55 PM ET, November 15, 2008

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Mormons Tipped Scale in Ban on Gay Marriage  —  SACRAMENTO — Less than two weeks before Election Day, the chief strategist behind a ballot measure outlawing same-sex marriage in California called an emergency meeting here.  —  “We're going to lose this campaign if we don't get more money …
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Alison Stateman / Time:
What Happens If You're on the Gay “Enemies List”  —  Ever since a slim majority outlawed gay marriage in California, opponents have waged national protests and petitions, urging the judicial system to reconsider the results of the Nov. 4 referendum.  (Proposition 8 overturned an earlier decision …
Peter Hamby / CNN:
GOP senator: McCain betrayed Republican principles  —  MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina (CNN) - South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint on Friday became one of the first high-profile Republicans to publicly criticize John McCain following his electoral defeat, blaming the Arizona senator …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
DEMINT TARGETS MCCAIN.... As Republicans continue to search for answers to explain what happened in this year's elections, South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint (R) stepped up to become the first high-profile Republican official to blame John McCain for his defeat.  —  That, in and of itself …
Times of London:
Barack Obama is warned to beware of a ‘huge threat’ from al-Qaeda  —  Security officials fear a ‘spectacular’ during the transition period  —  Barack Obama is being given ominous advice from leaders on both sides of the Atlantic to brace himself for an early assault from terrorists.
Discussion: PoliGazette and www.redstate.com
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Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Experts Warn of Security Risks in Financial Downturn  —  Global Financial Crisis May Fuel Instability and Weaken U.S. Defenses  —  Intelligence officials are warning that the deepening global financial crisis could weaken fragile governments in the world's most dangerous areas and undermine …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Andrew Martin / New York Times:
Spam Turns Serious and Hormel Turns Out More  —  AUSTIN, Minn. — The economy is in tatters and, for millions of people, the future is uncertain.  But for some employees at the Hormel Foods Corporation plant here, times have never been better.  They are working at a furious pace and piling up all the overtime they want.
Bo Kyi / New Yorker:
Interesting Times  —  George Packer writes about foreign affairs, politics, and books.  —  KILCULLEN ON AFGHANISTAN: “IT'S STILL WINNABLE, BUT ONLY JUST.”  —  I wrote about David Kilcullen two years ago, in a piece called “Knowing the Enemy.”  Few experts understand counterinsurgency …
Discussion: Commentary and Macleans.ca
New York Times:
Obama's Talk With Clinton Starts Buzz  —  WASHINGTON — The end of the presidential campaign seemed to signal the completion of the Obama-Clinton drama.  But now it turns out there could be a surprise ending.  —  Advisers to the onetime rivals for the Democratic nomination confirmed Friday …
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William Glaberson / New York Times:
Post-Guantánamo: A New Detention Law?  —  As a presidential candidate, Senator Barack Obama sketched the broad outlines of a plan to close the detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba: try detainees in American courts and reject the Bush administration's military commission system.
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Democrats Scale Back Stimulus Goals Until Jan. 20  —  Congressional Democrats yesterday abandoned plans to offer a wide-ranging economic stimulus plan next week, putting off any chance that the federal government would provide a major jolt to the economy until after President-elect Barack Obama is sworn in Jan. 20.
Discussion: TIME.com and Prometheus 6
Jessica Bennett / Newsweek:
Change You Can Conceive In  —  Could euphoric Obama fans be sparking a baby boom? … From the magazine issue dated Nov 24, 2008  —  The theory is almost too perfect to be true.  Barack Obama, the son of politically progressive parents, was born Aug. 4, 1961—almost nine months …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Sean Cockerham / Anchorage Daily News:
Begich lead increases in race for Senate  —  Mark Begich has extended his lead over Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens to 1,022 votes with the latest count of absentee and questioned ballots.  The Elections Division counted 14,508 ballots today.  The count of absentee and questioned ballots will pick up Tuesday.
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:   Alaska Senate: Begich Widens Lead Slightly
 
 
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