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5:25 PM ET, November 15, 2008

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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 …
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
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 and BAGnewsNotes
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 …
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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
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
Dick Cavett / New York Times:
The Wild Wordsmith of Wasilla  —  Electronic devices dislike me.  There is never a day when something isn't ailing.  Three out of these five implements — answering machine, fax machine, printer, phone and electric can-opener — all dropped dead on me in the past few days.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Booman Tribune
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 …
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.
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
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
Change.gov:
Your Weekly Address from the President-elect  —  For the first time, the weekly Democratic address has been released as a web video.  It will also continue to air on the radio.  —  President-elect Obama plans to to publish these weekly updates through the Transition and then from the White House.
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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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Beyond Doom & Gloom
Discussion: www.redstate.com
Suzanne Roig / Honolulu Advertiser:
Hawaii friends, former co-workers remember Madelyn Dunham
Discussion: The Swamp and Political Punch
Christine Hauser / New York Times:
2 S.I. Men Charged With Hate Crime
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
John O. Brennan
Discussion: Marc Ambinder and Eunomia
BBC:
Summit pledge to ‘restore growth’
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
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Tim Starks / CQ Politics:
Hill Democrats Wait for Obama Stance on Interrogation Standards
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Associated Press:
Iraq's Cabinet to vote on security pact with US
Ross Douthat:
Souls On Ice  —  “Few issues,” Ronald Green writes …
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Democrats Scale Back Stimulus Goals Until Jan. 20
Haaretz:
Israel infuriated by U.K. plan to label West Bank produce
Discussion: Israel Matzav
 

 
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Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
Ben Sherwood and Joanna Coles take minority stakes in The Daily Beast; Sherwood will be CEO and publisher, and Coles will be chief creative and content officer

Laurence Peter / BBC:
Russia's Ministry of Justice labels BBC Russian correspondent Ilya Barabanov and science reporter Asya Kazantseva as “foreign agents”; both now live abroad

Sahil Patel / The Information:
Sources: Disney plans old-style TV channels within Disney+, with a continuous, scheduled stream of shows that are focused on certain genres like Star Wars

 
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