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3:30 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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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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.
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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Howard Schneider / Washington Post:
Federal Bailout May Include Credit Card, Loan Companies  —  U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. said he wants to expand the government's $700 billion bailout program to include credit card, student loan and car loan companies, part of an effort to ensure that households and businesses …
David Stout / New York Times:
Paulson Says Treasury Is Shifting Focus of Bailout
Discussion: Wonkette and Connecting.the.Dots
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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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.
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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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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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 …
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
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.”
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Amanda Carpenter / Townhall.com:
McCain Doesn't Denounce, Explain Anti-Palin Rumors
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
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 …
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 …
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Myth of Poor Democratic Electoral Performance
Discussion: The Anonymous Liberal and 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.
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: www.redstate.com
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.
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.
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Dear Mr. President-elect, please take me off your spam list.  —  Dear Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Joe Biden, David Plouffe, John Kerry, Al Gore, et al.:  —  First, I want to congratulate you on last week's astounding victory.  I also want to take a moment to thank each of you for the many …
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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Jared Allen / The Hill:
New Pelosi team shifts to the left
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Boston Globe:
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Edwards speaks about Obama, Clinton but not affair
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
A Spokesman So Close, He's the ‘Barack Whisperer’