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6:40 AM ET, November 14, 2008


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The Trail / Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State?  —  Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) looks up during a Veterans Day event at the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum in New York City.  (Chris Hondros/Getty Images)  —  By Al Kamen and Philip Rucker  —  There's increasing chatter in political circles …
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.
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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Hillary goes to Chicago
Discussion: 365 Gay News
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 …
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 …
Chicago Sun Times:
Ayers: Obama was ‘family friend’  —  New afterword to 2001 book, Ayers describes Barack Obama as ‘family friend’  —  In a new afterword to his 2001 book, Bill Ayers, former leader of the 1960s radical group Weather Underground, describes President-elect Barack Obama as a “family friend” …
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 …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Minnesota Recount: The myth of the “undervote”
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.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Vindication  —  At one moment, in one speech, I tried to explain to a frustrated audience member why the institution of marriage matters to us gay people, and why nothing else will ever do.  —  I think a huge amount of the future of the GOP is less up to the Republican leadership and …
Discussion: L'Hôte and Alas, a blog
Nikita Stewart / Washington Post:
EBay Sites Will Ban Sales of Tickets to Obama's Swearing-In  —  If you are one of the few to land a ticket to the swearing-in of President-elect Barack Obama, don't think about hawking it on eBay.  —  The online auction site is banning such postings after a U.S. senator said she was crafting a bill to make the sales a federal crime.
Brett Zongker / Associated Press:
Crowd of 1 million could attend Obama inauguration
Discussion: and Sister Toldjah
The Huffington Post:
Stevens Pollster: Race Is Over, Begich Will Win  —  Alaska-based GOP pollster David Dittman, who worked for Sen. Ted Stevens during this year's primary race, believes Democratic challenger Mark Begich is all but certain to expand his current razor-thin lead and snatch the seat.
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
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 …
Discussion: Buck Naked Politics
Lisa Derrick / Campaign Silo:
El Coyote Boycott?  Mormon Manager's Faith Overrides “Love” For Customers  —  About 70 people gathered at the legendary El Coyote Cafe in Los Angeles' Fairfax District Wednesday morning for a community sit down/brunch to hear Marjorie Christoffersen speak about why she gave $100 to Yes on 8 via the Mormon Church.
Jessica Garrison / Los Angeles Times:
Angrier response to Prop. 8 steps up
Discussion: American Power and
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: The Agonist and Althouse
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).
Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
Democrats Benefiting From Post-Election Lobby Boom  —  Barack Obama spent much of his presidential campaign decrying the influence of Washington lobbyists.  In the 10 days since he was elected, he already has had an impact: He has touched off a mini-boom on K Street.
Discussion: and Talking Points Memo
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 …
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 …
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.
Electa Draper / Denver Post:
Haggard: Scandal grew from childhood sex abuse  —  New Life Church founder and former evangelical leader Ted Haggard returned to the pulpit to give two sermons in a small Illinois church on the second anniversary of his scandal-forced exit from a high-profile ministry at his megachurch in Colorado Springs.
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and Firedoglake
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Economic Advisers Represent Wide Range  —  Some Supporters Worry Differences Might Divide Group  —  As President-elect Barack Obama works to set his governing priorities, some of his supporters are watching warily as he weighs advice from a team of economic advisers who span the policy spectrum.
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
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