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9:25 AM ET, November 14, 2008


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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Hillary Clinton could be Sec. of State  —  Several Obama transition advisers are strongly advocating Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) for secretary of State, a move that would create the ultimate “Team of Rivals” cabinet, according to officials involved in the discussions.
Firstread / MSNBC:
HILLARY FOR STATE?  —  From NBC's Andrea Mitchell  —  Two Obama advisers have told NBC News that Hillary Clinton is under consideration to be secretary of state.  Would she be interested?  Those who know Clinton say possibly.  But her office says that any decisions about the transition are up to the president-elect and his team.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Hillary goes to Chicago  —  Andrea Mitchell reported this evening that Obama is considering Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, something that's been buzzed about as a possibility for a few days.  —  I haven't been able to confirm it, and neither Obama nor Clinton camps would comment …
Wall Street Journal:
Nancy Pelosi's Motown Juggling Act  —  What do bleeding Detroit auto makers, Colombia and green groups have in common?  Not a lot, unless you are Nancy Pelosi.  —  If there was a moment that highlights to what extent the Democratic Party has become captive to its special interests, this might be it.
U.S. automakers bailout outlook in doubt-senator  —  A senior Democratic senator raised doubts on Thursday that an attempt to bail out U.S. automakers had enough support to clear Congress this year.  —  As Republicans amplified their concerns about a bailout, Senate Banking Committee Chairman …
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Chances Dwindle on Bailout Plan for Automakers  —  WASHINGTON — The prospects of a government rescue for the foundering American automakers dwindled Thursday as Democratic Congressional leaders conceded that they would face potentially insurmountable Republican opposition during a lame-duck session next week.
Discussion: Spin Cycle, The Agonist and Althouse
Rex W. Huppke / Chicago Tribune:
Bill Ayers: Barack Obama a ‘family friend’  —  Bill Ayers, former 1960s radical activist turned college professor, listens to Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr. speak at Northwestern University during an event hosted by Northwestern's Black Student Alliance.  Ayers' name gained prominence during …
GOP governors unhappy with Palin press conference  —  Some GOP governors weren't happy with how Palin's press conference unfolded.  (Getty Images)  —  MIAMI (CNN) — Some Republican governors tell CNN they were not particularly happy with the way the Republican Governors Association press conference …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Depression Economics Returns  —  The economic news, in case you haven't noticed, keeps getting worse.  Bad as it is, however, I don't expect another Great Depression.  In fact, we probably won't see the unemployment rate match its post-Depression peak of 10.7 percent, reached in 1982 (although I wish I was sure about that).
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Associated Press:
White powder sent to Mormon temples in Utah, LA  —  LOS ANGELES - Letters containing a suspicious white powder were sent Thursday to Mormon temples in Los Angeles and Salt Lake City that were the sites of protests against the church's support of California's gay marriage ban.
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Schumer: GOP trying to stop Minn. recount  —  Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Thursday accused Republicans of trying to halt the Minnesota Senate recount through intimidation and vowed the process “won't be another Florida.”  —  Schumer, the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
For Obama and Family, a Personal Transition  —  CHICAGO — A couple of weeks ago, Barack Obama headed to the Hyde Park Hair Salon for a trim.  He greeted the staff and other customers and plopped down in the same chair in front of the same barber who has cut his hair for the last 14 years.
Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
CIA Chief: Iraq Not Main Front  —  CIA Director Michael V. Hayden said yesterday that al-Qaeda remains the single greatest threat to the United States but that Iraq is no longer the central front in the broader war on terrorism.  —  “Today, the flow of money, weapons and foreign fighters …
Discussion: Think Progress and New York Times
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Dennis Miller: Liberal women hate Sarah Palin because ‘she has a great sex life.’  —  On the O'Reilly factor last night, Dennis Miller declared that liberal women hate Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) because “she has a great sex life”: … Watch it:  —  Male pundits seem obsessed with Palin's sex life.
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
AIG to Pay Millions To Top Workers  —  American International Group plans to pay out $503 million in deferred compensation to some of its top employees, saying it must tap the funds to keep valuable workers from exiting the troubled insurance giant.  —  News of the payments to top AIG talent comes …
Edward Wong / New York Times:
Factories Shut, China Workers Are Suffering  —  CHANG'AN, China — Wang Denggui, father of three, arrived more than a year ago in the palm-lined streets of this southern town with a single goal: toil in a factory to save for his children's school tuition.  —  But the plans of Mr. Wang …
Discussion: The Agonist
Meg Kinnard / Associated Press:
SC priest: No communion for Obama supporters  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. - A South Carolina Roman Catholic priest has told his parishioners that they should refrain from receiving Holy Communion if they voted for Barack Obama because the Democratic president-elect supports abortion, and supporting him …
Charles Bremner / Times of London:
Vladimir Putin ‘wanted to hang Georgian President Saakashvili by the balls’  —  Nicolas Sarkozy saved the President of Georgia from being hanged “by the balls” — a threat made last summer by Vladimir Putin, according to an account that emerged yesterday from the Élysée Palace.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and FP Passport
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
Role of Federal Tech Czar to Be Defined by Obama  —  The most talked-about tech job in government is one that never before existed.  —  On the campaign trail, Barack Obama said he would appoint the nation's first chief technology officer who would, according to his Web site …
Brad / Wonk Room:
Breaking: EPA Appeals Board Strikes Down Construction Of New Coal-Fired Power Plant  —  The Wonk Room  —  Breaking: EPA Appeals Board Strikes Down Construction Of New Coal-Fired Power Plant»  —  In a landmark action, the Environmental Protection Agency's final decision-making board …
Ruling: Coal Plants Must Limit C02
Discussion: Associated Press and Gristmill
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Binyamin Appelbaum / Washington Post:
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Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Economic Advisers Represent Wide Range
Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
Democrats Benefiting From Post-Election Lobby Boom
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Nikita Stewart / Washington Post:
EBay Sites Will Ban Sales of Tickets to Obama's Swearing-In
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Vindication  —  At one moment, in one speech, I tried to explain …
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 Earlier Items: 
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Senate Staffers Begin Mulling Health Care Reform As Part Of Stimulus Package
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Electa Draper / Denver Post:
Haggard: Scandal grew from childhood sex abuse
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Al Franken Lawyers Up (Has 12 attorney per polling counting location)