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11:30 PM ET, November 15, 2008

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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Exclusive: Gregory Craig to be White House counsel  —  Gregory B. Craig, a well-known Washington lawyer who quarterbacked President Bill Clinton's impeachment defense, has been chosen White House counsel by President-elect Barack Obama, according to Democratic officials.
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
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 …
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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
5 Myths About an Election of Mythic Proportions  —  The 2008 presidential election ended less than two weeks ago, but the mythmaking machine has already begun to churn.  President-elect Barack Obama transformed the face of the electorate!  The Republican Party will be a miserable minority in Congress for the next century!
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Say Goodbye to BlackBerry?  Yes He Can, Maybe  —  WASHINGTON — Sorry, Mr. President.  Please surrender your BlackBerry.  —  Those are seven words President-elect Barack Obama is dreading but expecting to hear, friends and advisers say, when he takes office in 65 days.
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
Chris Steller / Minnesota Independent:
‘Ordinary voter’ in New York Times recount story has strong GOP ties  —  A man presented as an “ordinary voter” in a New York Times article today about the impending recount in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race has strong ties to the Republican Party and conservative causes that the article does not reveal.
Dick Cavett:
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.
Martin Kady II / The Crypt's Blogs:
Dems attach strings to auto bailout  —  Stymied by one last stalemate with the Bush administration, the Democratic Congress has released a scaled-back auto industry bailout that would force Detroit to embrace more fuel-efficient cars and new auto technologies.
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Patrick O'Connor / The Crypt's Blogs:
Pelosi, Reid name members of TARP oversight
Discussion: Open Left
Bloomberg:
Rangel Plans Push to Cut Top Corporate Tax Rate to 28 Percent  —  Nov. 15 (Bloomberg) — New York Representative Charles Rangel said he's revising his tax overhaul proposal to reduce U.S. corporate tax rates to 28 percent, down from the current rate of 35 percent.
Discussion: Power Line
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.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
San Francisco Chronicle:
Prop. 8 protests in SF, many other cities  —  (11-15) 16:42 PST SAN FRANCISCO — The crackling outrage against California's vote to ban same-sex marriage spilled out across the nation today as tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered throughout the country to protest the Nov. 4 victory of Proposition 8.
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 …
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.
Jay Lindsay / Associated Press:
Across nation, gay advocates protest marriage ban  —  BOSTON - Gay rights supporters waving rainbow colors marched, chanted and danced in cities coast to coast Saturday to protest the vote that banned gay marriage in California and to urge supporters not to quit the fight for the right to wed.
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.
Suzanne Roig / Honolulu Advertiser:
Hawaii friends, former co-workers remember Madelyn Dunham  —  Former co-workers, friends honor Obama's grandmother at tribute  —  From bank retirees to curious visitors to former bridge partners, hundreds turned out yesterday to share their memories of and pay their respects to Madelyn Payne Dunham …
Discussion: The Swamp and Political Punch
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
Charles Hutzler / Associated Press:
Deaths uncounted in China's tainted milk scandal  —  LITI VILLAGE, China — Li Xiaokai died of kidney failure on the old wooden bed in the family farmhouse, just before dawn on a drizzly Sept. 10.  —  Her grandmother wrapped the 9-month-old in a wool blanket.  Her father handed the body to village men for burial by a muddy creek.
New York Times:
2 Held in Election Night Beating of Black Youth  —  Alie Kamara, a black Staten Island teenager, watched the results of the Nov. 4 election at a friend's house.  Soon after Barack Obama was declared the winner, he walked home alone to his house in the Stapleton neighborhood.
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
 
 
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
As Leaders Wrestle With Economy, Developing Nations Get Ringside Seats
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George W. Bush / Wall Street Journal:
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
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Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
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BBC:
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