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10:05 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  —  I want to be clear that I do not expect, or even want, Barack Obama to govern as I would govern.  However, if I were president-elect, I would be planning quite an operation on inauguration day.  As soon as I was sworn in, I would demand that Robert Mueller submit his resignation.
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 …
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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
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
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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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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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 …
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
Monte Whaley / Denver Post:
Race in 4th is over, but not ill will  —  After a bitter campaign, the GOP's Marilyn Musgrave has yet to congratulate Democrat Betsy Markey or concede.  —  Bitterness generated by the bruising battle between Betsy Markey and Marilyn Musgrave apparently lingers days after voters decided the winner of the 4th Congressional District.
Andrew / Red State, Blue State, Rich State, Poor State:
The myth of poor Democratic performance in House races in the 2008 election  —  There's an idea going around that the Democrats turned in a disappointing performance in Congressional races this year.  For example, a politically-minded friend of mine of the liberal persuasion wrote …
 
 
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Ben Feller / Associated Press:
Obama to Get His First Look at the Oval Office
Discussion: Reuters and Associated Press
McQ / QandO:
MORE SHARE THE WEALTH ...  From the usual suspects.
Discussion: 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
Shankar Vedantam / Washington Post:
Big Political Donors Just Looking for Favors? Apparently Not.
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