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6:40 PM ET, November 15, 2008

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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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Sarah Lai Stirland / Threat Level:
Net Neutrality Advocates In Charge Of Obama Team Review of FCC  —  The Obama-Biden transition team on Friday named two long-time net neutrality advocates to head up its Federal Communications Commission Review team.  —  Susan Crawford, a professor at the University of Michigan Law School …
Discussion: I Am TRex and Broadband Politics
Urban Policy / change.gov:
Change.gov - The Official Web Site of the The U.S. Presidential Transition
Discussion: Discourse.net and techPresident
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
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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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.
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.
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
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
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Beyond Doom & Gloom  —  On the governors, Sarah Palin, and challenges ahead.  —  The Washington Post's front page story on the Republican Governors Association meeting last week carried the headline “Republican Governors Meet, Glumly.”  After the jump, the Post bannered its account, “Doom and Gloom at GOP Governors' Meeting.”
Discussion: www.redstate.com
Bob Geiger:
The Saturday Cartoons  —  In “State-Run Sacrament,” Right-Wing Ralphie shows how anti-gay bigotry really does support heterosexual marriage...  Click on the screenshot above or go here to see it.  —  And our friends at Headzup give us their take on the get-together between Vice President-elect Joe Biden and Dick Cheney this week.
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Greta Gushes That Palin ‘Stole The Show This Week’ At The RGA Conference  —  For months, Fox News host Greta Van Susteren has been one of Gov. Sarah Palin's (R-AK) biggest fans, conducting more intimate interviews with her than any other member of the media.
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 …
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Suppose Senator Clinton Got a Cabinet Post ...  Word that Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton was a contender to become President-elect Barack Obama's secretary of state set off frenzied speculation in New York political circles on Friday about who could replace her.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Gothamist
 
 
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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
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Haaretz:
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