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6:55 AM ET, November 17, 2008

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Jacques Steinberg / New York Times:
Rather's Lawsuit Shows Role of G.O.P. in Inquiry  —  When Dan Rather filed suit against CBS 14 months ago — claiming, among other things, that his former employer had commissioned a politically biased investigation into his work on a “60 Minutes” segment about President Bush's National Guard service …
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 …
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William Kristol / New York Times:
George W. Hoover?  —  Last week, assembled at Miami's InterContinental Hotel for a meeting of the Republican Governors Association, the governors seemed cheerful.  The G.O.P. had lost only one statehouse on Election Day.  The prospects for a Republican pickup in Virginia in 2009 were decent …
Discussion: Bark Bark Woof Woof
CBS News:
Obama On Economic Crisis, Transition  —  Also Discusses National Security, Iraq, And His Cabinet In 60 Minutes Interview  —  (CBS) The full video version of tonight's broadcast will be made available online at 11 p.m. EST.  —  Since Barack Obama was elected the 44th president …
New York Times:
Clinton Vetting Includes Look at Mr. Clinton  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama's advisers have begun reviewing former President Bill Clinton's finances and activities to see whether they would preclude the appointment of his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, as secretary of state, Democrats close to the situation said Sunday.
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Kathleen Pender / San Francisco Chronicle:
Are you an idiot to keep paying your mortgage?  —  Should you keep paying your mortgage?  —  If you have significant equity in your home, absolutely.  —  If you don't, it's getting harder to answer that question, especially when our government keeps giving people who owe more than their homes are worth so many reasons not to pay.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Face Of The Day  —  An Iraqi man weeps next to the body of a dead child killed in an explosion at the morgue of the general hospital in the northeastern town of Baquba some 60 kms from Baghdad on November 16, 2008.  A suicide car bomb exploded at a police checkpoint in Iraq's volatile Diyala province today …
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
To hell with Karl Rove  —  If you've met Karl Rove — as I did earlier this year at George Washington University — you know what an impressive person he is.  The guy has an authoritative manner, and can talk politics very fluently, citing all sorts of historical and demographic facts to bolster his case.
David Shamma / Arutz Sheva:
Arab Students at UC Berkeley Disrupt Israel Event, Attack Jews  —  (IsraelNN.com) Arab students disrupted a pro-Israel event at the campus of the University of California at Berkeley Thursday night, unfurling a large Palestinian flag in front of a crowd of hundreds of supporters of Israel who were enjoying a pro-Israel hip-hop concert.
Christopher Clarey / New York Times:
For Obama, a Scouting Report on Athletic Heads of State  —  Barack Obama still moves with the ease of an athlete and has the left-handed jump shot to prove it, along with a state high school basketball championship to his credit, as a senior at Punahou School in Hawaii in 1979.
Edmund Blair / Reuters:
Iran vice-president under fire over Koran “dance”  —  TEHRAN (Reuters) - An aide to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has come under fire for attending a ceremony that involved actions deemed insulting to the Koran, a row that has given fuel to the Iranian president's opponents before next year's election.
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
Pig Ignorant Religious Nuts  —  The American Family Association has really topped themselves: … Yes, thanks to the AFA, Christians everywhere can have their very own burning cross in their front yard for a mere $81.85, plus shipping and handling.  Oddly enough, this does not seem to be a big seller in African American communities.
Discussion: Feministe and AMERICAblog News
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 …
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The Trail / Washington Post:
Greg Craig Selected as White House Counsel
Discussion: The Fix and FP Passport
 
 
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CNN:
Authorities: One of California wildfires ‘human caused’
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Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Obama faces loss of treasured BlackBerry
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