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9:45 PM ET, November 16, 2008

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Jonathan Allen / CQ Politics:
Obama's White House Hires Reflect Respect for Hill  —  Among the small number of White House staff announcements made so far by President-elect Barack Obama , most of the top spots have gone to recent Capitol Hill veterans.  —  The latest wave, announced early Sunday morning …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The RBC
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The Trail / Washington Post:
Greg Craig Selected as White House Counsel  —  By Michael D. Shear and Anne E. Kornblut  —  President-elect Barack Obama has chosen Washington lawyer Gregory B. Craig, who served as President Bill Clinton's lead attorney during the 1998 impeachment proceedings, to be his White House counsel …
Discussion: The Fix, Prometheus 6 and FP Passport
President-Elect Barack Obama / Chicago Sun Times:
Obama's letter to the people of Illinois
CNN:
Obama chooses more White House positions
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Swampland
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Gingrich says Palin will not be the future GOP leader  —  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) is batting down the hype that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin heads into 2012 as the frontrunner for the GOP presidential nomination.  —  Palin energized the Republican base after GOP presidential nominee …
Tod Lindberg / Washington Post:
The Center-Right Nation Exits Stage Left  —  Here's the main thought Republicans are consoling themselves with these days: Notwithstanding President-elect Barack Obama, a nearly filibuster-proof Democratic majority in the Senate and the largest Democratic majority in the House of Representatives since 1993 …
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Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:   McCain adviser admits America is ‘center-left.’
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Richard / Ballot Access News:
Alan Keyes Files Lawsuit Over Obama Eligibility  —  On November 13, Alan Keyes and his vice-presidential running mate in California, Reverend Wiley Drake, and other members of the American Independent Party, filed a new lawsuit over Barack Obama's eligibility to be president.
Discussion: Macsmind
Campbell Robertson / New York Times:
Iraqi Cabinet Approves Security Pact With U.S.  —  BAGHDAD — The Iraqi cabinet voted overwhelmingly Sunday to approve the security agreement that sets the conditions for the Americans' continued presence in Iraq from Jan. 1 until the end of 2011.  —  All but one of the 28 cabinet ministers …
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Qassim Abdul-Zahra / Associated Press:   Iraq's Cabinet approves security pact with US
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
KRUGMAN SCHOOLS WILL.... On ABC's “This Week” earlier, George Will explained his belief that FDR financial/regulatory policies discouraged investment and created an environment in which the “depression became the Great Depression.”  —  Fortunately, Will was sitting next to Paul Krugman.
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org:
Pinkerton: MSNBC Backs Obama, Gets $139 Billion Gov Guarantee  —  Is MSNBC being rewarded for having backed Obama?  That's what Jim Pinkerton suggests.  On this evening's Fox News Watch, the columnist and New America Foundation fellow cited the news that GE Capital, a subsidiary …
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Team of Frenemies  —  It's a cool idea, Hillary Clinton as secretary of state.  —  At long last, the feminist icon would represent the feminist ideal of getting a room of her own, all on her own.  —  Running for the Senate and the presidency, Hillary felt entitled to get money …
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Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Obama faces loss of treasured BlackBerry  —  Security risks make it difficult for presidents to use electronic communications.  —  WASHINGTON — Say goodbye to your BlackBerry, Mr. President.  —  Friends and advisers say those are words that President-elect Barack Obama is dreading …
Discussion: D-Day
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Unsettling Times for Jihadists  —  Let's try for a moment to read the mind of an al-Qaeda operative in the remote mountains of Waziristan as he listens to the news on the radio.  His worldview has been roiled recently by two events — one confounding his image of the West and the other confirming it.
Discussion: BLACKFIVE and The Mahablog
Deborah Howell / Washington Post:
Remedying the Bias Perception  —  Thousands of conservatives and even some moderates have complained during my more than three-year term that The Post is too liberal; many have stopped subscribing, including more than 900 in the past four weeks.  —  It pains me to see lost subscribers and revenue …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Will v. Krugman on the Depression  —  Nice work as the Nobel Prize winning economist takes on the conservative columnist.  Will argues that New Deal policies made the Depression worse.  Krugman retorts that the New Deal was working nicely until FDR's concern with balanced budgets and fiscal restraint created a new recession.
Discussion: L'Hôte
Jesse Washington / Associated Press:
After Obama victory, an outbreak of racial anger  —  Some in U.S. acting out on feeling of loss spurred by election of black president.  —  Crosses burning.  Children chanting, “Assassinate Obama.”  Racial epithets scrawled on homes and cars.  —  Reports of incidents such as those across …
 
 
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Tim Shipman / Telegraph:
George W Bush could pardon spies involved in torture
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Join the Impact Fort Lauderdale
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“'Socialism'? It's Already Here”
SmartMoney.com:
How to Tell When the Bear Market Is Over
Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
Showdown looming in Congress over automaker rescue
Scott / Power Line:
END OF THE CRUISE  —  National Review's 2008 post election …
Discussion: www.redstate.com
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Guard Shot During Robbery Attempt at Waldorf
Discussion: Gothamist
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
Defense Secretary Breaks From Past to Ensure Smooth Transition
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Discussion: The Heretik and Newshoggers.com
TBogg:
Blowback is a bitch
Discussion: American Thinker and Sadly, No!