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12:30 PM 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.
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 …
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.
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?
Amanda Carpenter /
McCain Doesn't Denounce, Explain Anti-Palin Rumors
Transcript of McCain on “The Tonight Show”
Discussion: Swampland
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.
Deborah Solomon / Wall Street Journal:
Treasury Weighs Private Role in TARP
Discussion: MoJoBlog
Martin Crutsinger / Associated Press:
Paulson says troubled assets will not be purchased
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Swamp and The Moderate Voice
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:  —  Here you see that even though the elections of 1996 …
Discussion: Eschaton
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.
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 …
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).
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.
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.”
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 …
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.
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