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5:10 PM ET, November 12, 2008

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Marc Ambinder:
The Biggest Lesson Obama Learned From The Clinton Transition  —  Democrats who survived the transition from George H.W. Bush to William Jefferson Clinton are a bit in awe these days of what Barack Obama is doing and how he is doing it.  —  Of the Clinton transition, one very senior …
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The Politico:
Dems eye midnight regulations reversal  —  Today's edition kicks off a new focus by Politico's Lobbying team on four issues: the economy; defense and security; energy and the environment; and health care.  Each Tuesday until the Inauguration, we'll have the latest news on policy and personnel …
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
We're A Cult, And You're A...  Moron: … GET OFF ON YOUR BAD SELF, YOU PARAGON OF PRINCIPLE, YOU!  —  With Democrats like this, who needs Red State?  If there was anyone who was more tedious during this last election cycle than Armando, aka Big Tent Democrat, let me know.
The Huffington Post:
Podesta Sketches Out Vision For Assertive Presidency
Discussion: The New Republic
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Why Palin Still Matters  —  Some readers think my continuing attempt to expose all the lies and flim-flam and bizarre behavior of Sarah Palin is now moot.  She's history - they argue.  Move on.  I think she probably is history.  Even Bill Kristol and his minions in the McCain-Palin campaign …
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Senator Takes Initiative on Health Care  —  WASHINGTON — Without waiting for President-elect Barack Obama, Senator Max Baucus, the chairman of the Finance Committee, will unveil a detailed blueprint on Wednesday to guarantee health insurance for all Americans by facilitating sales of private insurance …
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Paul Krugman:
Hopeful signs on health care  —  This is very big news.  One of the key questions about the new Democratic majority was whether Congress would try to play it safe, backing down on big ideas about reform, especially on health care.  You can view the whole chorus about how we're still a …
Discussion: Left in the West
Wall Street Journal:
Mischief in Minnesota?  —  Al Franken's recount isn't funny.  —  You'd think Democrats would be content with last week's electoral rout.  But judging from the odd doings in Minnesota, some in their party wouldn't mind adding to their jackpot by stealing a Senate seat for left-wing joker Al Franken.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE NEXT PHASE BEGINS IN MINNESOTA.... With the razor-thin margin in the Senate race in Minnesota, the first phase in the Republican strategy was to argue that a statewide recount was a waste of time.  It was unpersuasive.  So, the second phase is getting underway.
New York Times:
Lobbyists Swarm the Treasury for Piece of Bailout Pie  —  WASHINGTON — When the government said it would spend $700 billion to rescue the nation's financial industry, it seemed to be an ocean of money.  But after one of the biggest lobbying free-for-alls in memory, it suddenly looks like a dwindling pool.
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The Politico:
Dem senators try to save Lieberman  —  Several top Democratic senators have launched a behind-the-scenes effort to save Sen. Joe Lieberman's chairmanship, despite calls from a Democratic base seeking retribution for Lieberman's vocal support of John McCain's presidential campaign.
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Fineman: Obama And Durbin Want Lieberman To Stay As Homeland Security Chair
Discussion: Firedoglake
Sewell Chan / City Room:
Liberal Pranksters Hand Out Times Spoof  —  Sorry, folks, the paper isn't free.  And the Iraq war isn't over, at least not yet.  —  In what appears to be an elaborate hoax, pranksters distributed hundreds or possibly thousands of free copies of a spoof edition of The New York Times …
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www.dcexaminer.com:
No Bailout Without Big Changes in Detroit  —  There is little doubt but that the political fix is in, thanks to those meetings late last week among Big Three auto executives, United Auto Workers union officials and leading Democrats.  The outgoing Bush administration has already set …
Discussion: Riehl World View
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Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Car Puzzle
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Scripting News
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
MAKING GM GREEN.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Jennifer Brooks / Daily News Journal:
Fred Thompson may try for RNC post  —  Fred Thompson seems to be seriously considering a run for the leadership of the national Republican Party, as the GOP prepares to rebuild from the rubble of the 2008 election.  —  Supporters of Thompson, a onetime presidential candidate and former Tennessee senator …
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Carrie Dann / MSNBC:
ANUZIS JUMPS INTO RNC CHAIR RACE
Camille Paglia / Salon:
Obama surfs through  —  The Obamas are a warm vision for the White House — but he should strive toward full transparency.  Plus: Yes, I still like Sarah Palin!  —  Dazed and confused.  A week after the election of Barack Obama, millions of American news junkies are in serious cold turkey …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Rule for Navy in Sonar Case  —  WASHINGTON — Courts have no business second-guessing the military, the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday in lifting restrictions on submarine training exercises off the coast of Southern California that may harm marine mammals.
National Enquirer:
WORLD EXCLUSIVE: CINDY MCCAIN CAUGHT CHEATING ON J-MAC!  —  The ENQUIRER's exclusive bombshell expose as Sen. John McCain's wife, Cindy, is caught with another man!  —  Not only that but multiple witnesses have caught the pair lip locking on several other occasions.
Discussion: Wonkette and WTF Is It Now?!?
Michelle Malkin:
Heckuva job, McLame  —  From the man whose best-sellers include “Why Courage Matters” and “Character Is Destiny” comes this underwhelming reaction to the cowardly smearing of Sarah Palin by his own unnamed staffers:  —  “These things happen.”  —  Not: “Shame on the leakers.  I denounce and renounce them.”
David Corn / MoJoBlog:
Was Obama Economic Envoy Part of the Problem?  —  The Obama transition office announced on Wednesday that the president-elect will send two representatives to meet with delegates attending the G-20 economic summit being held this weekend: former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, a Democrat …
Discussion: Pajamas Media and www.redstate.com
Brian Skoloff / Associated Press:
AP Interview: Foley breaks silence on sex scandal  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Even today, two years after Mark Foley's very public fall from grace, the former congressman can't explain why he sent lurid, sexually explicit computer messages to male teens who had worked as Capitol Hill pages.
Associated Press:
‘Why Believe in a God?’  Ad Campaign Launches on D.C. Buses  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — You better watch out.  There is a new combatant in the Christmas wars.  —  Ads proclaiming, “Why believe in a god?  Just be good for goodness' sake,” will appear on Washington, D.C., buses starting next week and running through December.
Jared Allen / The Hill:
New Pelosi team shifts to the left  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has promised to govern from the middle next year, but her new House leadership team is shaping up to be more liberal than her old one.  —  The departure of Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.), coupled with left-leaning additions …
Discussion: Open Left
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
ABOUT GATES AT DOD  —  As you know, there was a lot of chatter yesterday about Obama keeping Bob Gates on at Defense for some indeterminate period of time.  And we can talk a lot about whether or not that's a good thing.  But what I'm not hearing a lot about in this discussion is the role of Brent Scowcroft.
 
 
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Neil Sears / Daily Mail:
Council ranks term ‘British’ …
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Bill Mears / CNN:
Monument fight heads to Supreme Court
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