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11:25 AM ET, November 12, 2008


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Paul Bedard / US News:
Al Gore, Colin Powell, Caroline Kennedy in Obama's Administration?  —  Obama transition team boss John Podesta threw open the curtains of his operation today to reporters, signaling that the president-elect wants to move quickly, but not hastily, to set up his government.
Los Angeles Times:
Barack Obama is looking more like a realist  —  The president-elect who promised to overthrow Washington's partisanship and cronyism is turning to seasoned veterans — even lobbyists — in an apparent effort to avoid rookie mistakes.  —  Reporting from Washington — Now that the confetti has fallen …
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.
Marc Ambinder:   The Biggest Lesson Obama Learned From The Clinton Transition
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.”
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Boxers, Briefs or Silks?
Transcript of McCain on “The Tonight Show”
Discussion: Swampland
Sarah Wheaton / New York Times:
On ‘Tonight,’ McCain Declines to Lay Blame
Discussion: MSNBC and Guardian
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.
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Baucus to Push Health-Care Overhaul  —  WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday will release a sweeping proposal to overhaul the health-care system that largely reflects President-elect Barack Obama's vision, increasing the chances for action next year.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Myth of Poor Democratic Electoral Performance  —  At the end of a somewhat rambling post, Ezra Klein observes: … I would actually grow stronger than that.  Check out the two-party share of the vote in House of Representatives elections:  —  center>
Discussion: Eschaton
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
ASSIGNMENT DESK: RAMBLING ABOUT KANSAS.  —  Rick writes: … This is a complicated question, and I have nothing definitive to say on it, but the outcome of the 2008 election makes it interesting to dig into.  —  First, you have to somehow handle the methodological dispute between Thomas Frank …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
How to Fix a Flat  —  Last September, I was in a hotel room watching CNBC early one morning.  They were interviewing Bob Nardelli, the C.E.O. of Chrysler, and he was explaining why the auto industry, at that time, needed $25 billion in loan guarantees.  It wasn't a bailout, he said.
Deanna Martin / Associated Press:
Edwards speaks about Obama, Clinton but not affair  —  BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — John Edwards didn't have to dodge tough questions from an Indiana University audience Tuesday, when the former presidential candidate returned to the stage three months after admitting to an extramarital affair.
Discussion: Hot Air and Political Machine
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
John Edwards — yes, that John — starts his PR rehab tonight
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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WHEN BARONE GOES OVER THE EDGE.... Well, I certainly have my nomination for Wanker of the Day. … I knew Barone was pretty far gone, but I had no idea he was this far gone.  —  Two months ago, Barone argued, in print, that Palin had “foreign policy experience” because Alaska “is the only state with a border with Russia.”
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
A Spokesman So Close, He's the ‘Barack Whisperer’  —  When a CBS correspondent reported last month that Barack Obama's campaign had a malodorous airplane and a dismissive attitude toward the media, Robert Gibbs, the candidate's top spokesman, was not pleased.  —  “Robert wrote a rather tendentious note to me,” Dean Reynolds says.
Discussion: The E&P Pub
Washington Post:
Top Two Officials In U.S. Intelligence Expect to Lose Jobs  —  The nation's top two intelligence officers expect to be replaced by President-elect Barack Obama early in his administration, according to senior intelligence officials.  —  A number of influential congressional Democrats oppose keeping Director …
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Chris Matthews for Senate?  —  Pennsylvania was at the epicenter of the fight for the presidency in 2008 and, just one week after the Barack Obama's victory, the Keystone State is once again caught up in the political buzz with a new poll that tests “Hardball” host Chris Matthews' chances against Sen. Arlen Specter (R).
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
Fake New York Times Declares Iraq War Over!  Here's Who Did It  —  The Iraq War is over, according to the fake New York Times!  This morning a cadre of volunteers has fanned out across New York City to pass out a remarkably good, faux-copy of the Times dated July 4, 2009.
Discussion: City Room and The E&P Pub
Ron Paul / CNN:
Commentary: GOP should ask why U.S. is on the wrong track  —  Editor's note: Ron Paul is a Republican congressman from Texas who ran for his party's nomination for president this year.  He served in Congress in the late 1970s and early 1980s and was elected again to Congress in 1996, serving continuously since then.
Discussion: The Reaction and Boston Globe
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 …
Discussion: The Corner and
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Buying Binge Slams to Halt  —  Just as one crisis of confidence may be ending, another may be coming.  —  The panic on Wall Street has eased in the last few weeks, and banks have become somewhat more willing to make loans.  But in those same few weeks, American households appear to have fallen into their own defensive crouch.
Discussion: John Robb's Weblog and Economix
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Associated Press:
Police: Woman slain as she tried to leave KKK rite
Discussion: Daily Kos
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
ONE-PARTY RULE.... In the campaign's closing weeks …
Discussion:, CNN and Kevin Drum
Michelle Malkin:
Obama's illegal alien auntie: The rest of the story; Update …
Terry Wade / Reuters:
Peru offers bald dog of Incas to Obamas
Discussion: The Swamp
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Arnold Kling / EconLog:
Lectures on Macroeconomics, No. 4  —  This lecture covers …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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