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10:20 AM ET, November 10, 2008

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Bloomberg:
Fed Defies Transparency Aim in Refusal to Identify Bank Loans  —  Nov. 10 (Bloomberg) — The Federal Reserve is refusing to identify the recipients of almost $2 trillion of emergency loans from American taxpayers or the troubled assets the central bank is accepting as collateral.
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Washington Post:
Sometimes Continuity Trumps Change  —  Three Bush Appointees in Crucial Positions Likely to Remain Under Obama  —  As President-elect Barack Obama prepares to fill top positions for his incoming government, he faces a stubborn reality: Some of the key individuals he will rely upon to tackle …
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Throws New Lifeline to AIG, Scrapping Original Rescue Deal  —  The U.S. government reached a deal Sunday night to scrap its original $123 billion bailout of American International Group Inc. and replace it with a new $150 billion package, according to people familiar with the matter.
Booman Tribune:
I'd Treat DC as a Crime Scene
Discussion: The Sideshow
William Kristol / New York Times:
G.O.P. Dog Days?  —  Just before midnight on Nov. 4, I wasn't that worried.  —  Sure, the election results had been bad — but they weren't devastating.  Obama wasn't winning the popular vote by double-digit margins, as some polls had suggested he might.  Republican losses in the Senate …
Amit R. Paley / Washington Post:
A Quiet Windfall For U.S. Banks  —  With Attention on Bailout Debate, Treasury Made Change to Tax Policy  —  The financial world was fixated on Capitol Hill as Congress battled over the Bush administration's request for a $700 billion bailout of the banking industry.
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Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Jamie Gorelick  —  As he prepares to take office, President-elect Barack Obama is relying on a small team of advisers who will lead his transition operation and help choose the members of a new Obama administration.  Following is part of a series of profiles of potential members of the administration.
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Chris Frates / The Politico:
Who would serve as attorney general?  —  The big money on who becomes the next attorney general is split between two distinct camps: consummate Washington insiders with serious policy credentials and prominent political backers of President-elect Barack Obama, according to leading insiders from both parties.
Discussion: Jules Crittenden, TIME.com and MyDD
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Obama Weighs Quick Undoing of Bush Policy  —  CHICAGO — President-elect Barack Obama is poised to move swiftly to reverse actions that President Bush took using executive authority, and his transition team is reviewing limits on stem cell research and the expansion of oil and gas drilling …
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Franklin Delano Obama?  —  Suddenly, everything old is New Deal again.  Reagan is out; F.D.R. is in.  Still, how much guidance does the Roosevelt era really offer for today's world?  —  The answer is, a lot.  But Barack Obama should learn from F.D.R.'s failures as well as from his achievements …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Daily Kos
Scott Rasmussen / Wall Street Journal:
The Polls Show That Reaganism Is Not Dead  —  Barack Obama won the White House by campaigning against an unpopular incumbent in a time of economic anxiety and lingering foreign policy concerns.  He offered voters an upbeat message, praised the nation as a land of opportunity …
Discussion: Commentary and Betsy's Page
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Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Biden's new role: Good cop  —  A few days before the election, a Democratic strategist privately worried that a Vice-President Joe Biden was destined for a White House career of dissatisfaction and idle-hands mischief.  —  “You can't just have a guy like him at loose ends, he'd go crazy,” …
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Edward Luce / Financial Times:
Obama set to push ‘big bang’ reform package  —  US President-elect Barack Obama intends to push a comprehensive programme of social and economic reform beyond an immediate emergency stimulus package, Rahm Emanuel, the next White House chief of staff, indicated on Sunday.
Discussion: Vox Popoli
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Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Aide: Middle-Class Tax Cut a Priority
Discussion: Political Radar
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
Right-wing media feeds its post-election anger  —  Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity dive shamelessly in, talking about the ‘Obama recession’ and other partisan lines.  —  You have to give Rush Limbaugh a perverse kind of credit.  At least when he is demonizing Barack Obama, fabricating Obama policies …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Obama and Bush: A Contrast in Popularity  —  Transition marked by sharp divergence in leaders' ratings  — USA - Election 2008 - Favorability - Government and Politics - Presidential Job Approval - Americas - Northern America  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Monday's White House meeting between …
Rich Schapiro / NY Daily News:
N.J. pol No. 1 threat at club  —  A drunken Jersey City councilman was arrested for urinating on a crowd of concertgoers from the balcony of a Washington nightclub, police and club sources said Saturday.  —  Councilman Steven Lipski was caught relieving himself onto several revelers …
Washington Post:
Under Obama, Web Would Be the Way  —  CHICAGO — Armed with millions of e-mail addresses and a political operation that harnessed the Internet like no campaign before it, Barack Obama will enter the White House with the opportunity to create the first truly “wired” presidency.
Discussion: MSNBC, The Nation and PoliGazette
Paola Totaro / The Age:
Warning of new bin Laden attack  —  OSAMA bin Laden is planning an attack against the United States that will “outdo by far” September 11, an Arab newspaper in London has reported.  —  And according to a former senior Yemeni al-Qaeda operative, the terrorist organisation has entered a …
Discussion: Hot Air, Wizbang and Jihad Watch
 
 
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Ben Feller / Associated Press:
Obama to Get His First Look at the Oval Office
Discussion: Reuters and Associated Press
Monte Whaley / Denver Post:
Race in 4th is over, but not ill will
McQ / QandO:
MORE SHARE THE WEALTH ...  From the usual suspects.
Discussion: Wake up America and Hot Air
Chicago Tribune:
Obama's new best friend
Discussion: www.redstate.com and Kausfiles
Kim Sengupta / The Independent:
MPs seek to censor the media
Discussion: Guardian
 Earlier Items: 
Shankar Vedantam / Washington Post:
Big Political Donors Just Looking for Favors? Apparently Not.
Avi Zenilman / Yahoo! News:
Dem groups claim Obama win
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Now: We Get Our Lives Back  —  As I find myself barely able …