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1:30 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 …
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.
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.
Howard Schneider / Washington Post:
Federal Bailout May Include Credit Card, Loan Companies
Deborah Solomon / Wall Street Journal:
Treasury Not Planning to Buy Bad Loans, Assets
Discussion: MarketBeat and EconLog
Martin Crutsinger / Associated Press:
Paulson: Government won't buy troubled bank assets
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.”
Amanda Carpenter /
McCain Doesn't Denounce, Explain Anti-Palin Rumors
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Boxers, Briefs or Silks?
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 …
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 …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Myth of Poor Democratic Electoral Performance
Discussion: The Anonymous Liberal and Eschaton
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Kelli Arena / CNN:
Obama to ratchet up hunt for bin Laden  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — President-elect Barack Obama wants to renew the U.S. commitment to finding al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, according to his national security advisers.  —  The Obama team believes the Bush administration has downplayed …
Discussion: VetVoice
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.
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 …
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.”
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 …
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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court rules for Navy in sonar use
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Baker named WSJ's deputy editor-in-chief
Discussion: Guardian
Peter S. Canellos / Boston Globe:
Obama victory took root in Kennedy-inspired Immigration Act
Discussion: Vox Popoli and The Corner
 Earlier Items: 
Ron Paul / CNN:
Commentary: GOP should ask why U.S. is on the wrong track
Discussion: The Reaction and Boston Globe
Michelle Malkin:
Obama's illegal alien auntie: The rest of the story; Update …
Deanna Martin / Associated Press:
Edwards speaks about Obama, Clinton but not affair
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Buying Binge Slams to Halt
Discussion: John Robb's Weblog and Economix
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
A Spokesman So Close, He's the ‘Barack Whisperer’
Discussion: Weekly Standard and The E&P Pub