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4:20 PM ET, November 15, 2008

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Times of London:
Barack Obama is warned to beware of a ‘huge threat’ from al-Qaeda  —  Security officials fear a ‘spectacular’ during the transition period  —  Barack Obama is being given ominous advice from leaders on both sides of the Atlantic to brace himself for an early assault from terrorists.
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Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Experts Warn of Security Risks in Financial Downturn
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Peter Hamby / CNN:
GOP senator: McCain betrayed Republican principles  —  MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina (CNN) - South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint on Friday became one of the first high-profile Republicans to publicly criticize John McCain following his electoral defeat, blaming the Arizona senator …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   DEMINT TARGETS MCCAIN.... As Republicans continue to search …
Alison Stateman / Time:
What Happens If You're on the Gay “Enemies List”  —  Ever since a slim majority outlawed gay marriage in California, opponents have waged national protests and petitions, urging the judicial system to reconsider the results of the Nov. 4 referendum.  (Proposition 8 overturned an earlier decision …
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New York Times:
Mormons Tipped Scale in Ban on Gay Marriage
David D. Kirkpatrick / MSNBC:
NYT: Transition tangled in lobbying ties  —  Dozens of former influence seekers are among those getting jobs  —  WASHINGTON - President-elect Barack Obama has imposed stricter conflict-of-interest restrictions on his White House transition team than any president before him.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
Some Former Lobbyists Have Key Roles in Obama Transition
change.gov:
Obama-Biden Transition: Agency Review Teams  —  Obama-Biden Transition: Agency Review Teams  —  The Agency Review Teams for the Obama-Biden Transition will complete a thorough review of key departments, agencies and commissions of the United States government, as well as the White House …
Andrew Martin / New York Times:
Spam Turns Serious and Hormel Turns Out More  —  AUSTIN, Minn. — The economy is in tatters and, for millions of people, the future is uncertain.  But for some employees at the Hormel Foods Corporation plant here, times have never been better.  They are working at a furious pace and piling up all the overtime they want.
Jessica Bennett / Newsweek:
Change You Can Conceive In  —  Could euphoric Obama fans be sparking a baby boom? … From the magazine issue dated Nov 24, 2008  —  The theory is almost too perfect to be true.  Barack Obama, the son of politically progressive parents, was born Aug. 4, 1961—almost nine months …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Blame to Go Around  —  I was ranting the other day about the evils of the finance sector and its denizens, and one of the people I was talking to, being a reasonable person, tried to get me to put things in perspective.  “But,” she said, “don't you also blame the people who took out loans …
Discussion: Kevin Drum
The Huffington Post:
Rahm Emanuel Roasts Stephen Colbert (VIDEO)  —  White House chief of staff-designate Rahm Emanuel took some time off from the transition Friday night to hurl barbs at his longtime pseudo-nemesis Stephen Colbert (as well as Joe Biden, Sarah Palin, Joe Lieberman, et al...)
Discussion: The Swamp
Eliot L. Spitzer / Washington Post:
How to Ground The Street  —  President-elect Barack Obama will soon face the extraordinary task of saving capitalism from its own excesses, much as Franklin D. Roosevelt had to do 76 years ago.  Up until this point in the crisis, policymakers have appropriately applied the rules of triage …
Discussion: The New Republic and Emptywheel
Associated Press:
Iraq's Cabinet to vote on security pact with US  —  BAGHDAD - Iraq's Cabinet will vote Sunday on a security pact with Washington that would keep U.S. forces in the country for another three years, a major step in efforts to balance Iraqi demands for national sovereignty with the security concerns of the two allies.
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
John O. Brennan  —  As he prepares to take office, President-elect Barack Obama is relying on a small team of advisers who will lead his transition operation and help choose the members of the Obama administration.  Following is part of a series of profiles of potential members of the administration.
Discussion: Marc Ambinder and Eunomia
Bo Kyi / New Yorker:
Interesting Times  —  George Packer writes about foreign affairs, politics, and books.  —  KILCULLEN ON AFGHANISTAN: “IT'S STILL WINNABLE, BUT ONLY JUST.”  —  I wrote about David Kilcullen two years ago, in a piece called “Knowing the Enemy.”  Few experts understand counterinsurgency …
 
 
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