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2:20 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 …
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.
Paul Bedard / US News:
Al Gore, Colin Powell, Caroline Kennedy in Obama's Administration?
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 …
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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 …
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.
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 …
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?
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 …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Myth of Poor Democratic Electoral Performance
Discussion: The Anonymous Liberal and Eschaton
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama absent in GOP ad  —  This is an image from the end of a new NRSC attack spot in the Georgia senate run-off, and while Obama did feature as a bogeyman in Southern races the fall, he's certainly not the dreaded liberal of choice in a race that Republicans are working to de-link from the Obama surge.
Discussion: Hotline On Call, MSNBC and MyDD
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).
Huma Khan / Political Punch:
Obama to Create White House Office of Urban Policy  —  On National Public Radio's “All Things Considered” yesterday, longtime Obama family friend and Obama-Biden Transition Team co-chair Valerie Jarrett said that the President-elect would, as pledged during the campaign, create an Office of Urban Policy.
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Bill Mears / CNN:
Monument fight heads to Supreme Court
Discussion: First Draft
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg:
U.S. Supreme Court Lifts Restrictions on Navy Sonar
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Kelli Arena / CNN:
Obama to ratchet up hunt for bin Laden
Discussion: VetVoice
David Corn / MoJoBlog:
Was Obama Economic Envoy Part of the Problem?
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Baker named WSJ's deputy editor-in-chief
Discussion: Guardian
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Car Puzzle
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Scripting News
Peter S. Canellos / Boston Globe:
Obama victory took root in Kennedy-inspired Immigration Act
Discussion: Vox Popoli and The Corner
Ron Paul / CNN:
Commentary: GOP should ask why U.S. is on the wrong track
Discussion: The Reaction and Boston Globe
Deanna Martin / Associated Press:
Edwards speaks about Obama, Clinton but not affair
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
A Spokesman So Close, He's the ‘Barack Whisperer’