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10:55 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.
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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.
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: HILLARY AT STATE?
Discussion: marbury
Charles Hurt / New York Post:
CLINTON UP FOR SECRETARY OF STATE
Discussion: PoliPundit.com
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Hillary goes to Chicago
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.
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Reuters:
U.S. automakers bailout outlook in doubt-senator
Mark Mooney / ABCNEWS:
Campaign Bogeyman William Ayers Talks to ‘GMA’  —  'Good Morning America's' Chris Cuomo Grills '60s Radical Bill Ayers  —  William Ayers, the 1960s radical whose violent history became a focal point in the 2008 presidential election, said today that the Republicans unfairly “demonized” …
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Rex W. Huppke / Chicago Tribune:
Bill Ayers: Barack Obama a ‘family friend’
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 …
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Washington Post:
The YouTube Presidency  —  The White House has gone YouTube.  —  Today, President-elect Obama will record the weekly Democratic address not just on radio but also on video — a first.  The address, typically four minutes long, will be turned into a YouTube video and posted on Obama's transition site …
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The Trail / Washington Post:
Obama to Tape ‘60 Minutes’ Interview
Discussion: TIME.com
Los Angeles Times:
Vast Obama network becomes a political football  —  Some Obama advisors want to blend his campaign operation with the Democratic National Committee.  Others worry that such a move could cause the grass-roots organization to unravel.  —  Reporting from Washington — It is the biggest …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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NY Daily News:   Call him ‘Obama Claus’
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).
Washington Post:
Free the GOP  —  The Party Won't Win Back the Middle as Long As It's Hostage to Social Fundamentalists  —  Four years ago, in the week after the 2004 presidential election, we were working furiously to put the finishing touches on the book we co-authored, “It's My Party Too …
Discussion: Townhall.com, Hot Air and TBogg
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.
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:   A positive aspect of the Bush legacy
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.
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Alex Carnevale / Gawker:
Women Hate Palin Because “She Has A Great Sex Life”
Discussion: Ta-Nehisi Coates
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: Calculated Risk and The Agonist
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.
Discussion: MSNBC
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
McCain Campaign Retrospective  —  I wrote a piece for the new issue on the McCain campaign, focusing especially on the endgame and the fight over Palin.  I know a lot of people are already sick of this stuff, but I wanted to talk to people in the campaign to satisfy my curiosity as much as anything else.
Binyamin Appelbaum / Washington Post:
FDIC Details Plan To Alter Mortgages  —  Treasury Opposes Using Bailout Funds For Proposal to Ease Monthly Payments  —  Officials at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. yesterday detailed a plan to prevent 1.5 million foreclosures in the next year by offering financial incentives to companies …
Discussion: Townhall.com and Corrente
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 …
 
 
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Associated Press:
Russian leader Medvedev heading to Cuba, Venezuela
Discussion: Daily Pundit
Pat Kessler / KCCW-TV:
Reality Check: Real Story Behind Recounts
The Moderate Voice:
8 Years On, The Depressing Task Of Comparing Bush's Words To His Deeds
Discussion: The Heretik
Dennis Overbye / New York Times:
Now in Sight: Far-Off Planets
Brian C. Mooney / Boston Globe:
Voter turnout didn't set record
 Earlier Items: 
BBC:
Eurozone officially in recession
Discussion: PoliBlog (TM)
Sarah Wheaton / The Caucus:
Emanuel Apologizes for Father's ‘Arab’ Comments
CNN:
GOP governors unhappy with Palin press conference