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7:20 AM ET, November 16, 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.
Christopher Booker / Telegraph:
The world has never seen such freezing heat  —  A surreal scientific blunder last week raised a huge question mark about the temperature records that underpin the worldwide alarm over global warming.  On Monday, Nasa's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), which is run …
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Across U.S., Big Rallies for Same-Sex Marriage  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In one of the nation's largest displays of support for gay rights, tens of thousands of people in cities across the country turned out in support of same-sex marriage on Saturday, lending their voices to an issue that many gay men …
Discussion: Gothamist and New York Times
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Jay Lindsay / Associated Press:   Across nation, gay advocates protest marriage ban
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: Valleywag and Stop The ACLU
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!
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.
Newsweek:
Obama's Lincoln  —  During the campaign, he pledged to be a unifying leader.  Good thing for Obama there are other presidents whose experiences he can draw on, including one, in particular, from his home state.  —  From the magazine issue dated Nov 24, 2008  —  It is the season to compare Barack Obama to Abraham Lincoln.
Discussion: BAGnewsNotes
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: Dean's World and Power Line
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: BAGnewsNotes and The Swamp
Frank Rich / New York Times:
The Moose Stops Here  —  ELECTION junkies in acute withdrawal need suffer no longer.  Though the exciting Obama-McCain race is over, the cockfight among the losers has only just begun.  The conservative crackup may be ugly, but as entertainment, it's two thumbs up!
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Alistair Barr / MarketWatch:
Insurers in last-minute bid for Treasury money  —  Hartford buying small savings and loan to qualify for government bailout  —  SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Several insurers, including Hartford Financial Services Group and Genworth Financial Inc., made last-minute bids for billions of dollars in government money Friday.
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.
Los Angeles Times:
More than 20,000 flee flames in O.C. Fire destroys or damages more than 600 homes; thousands are threatened  —  More than 600 Southland homes have been damaged or destroyed.  Governor declares an emergency in L.A. County.  High winds drive flames through canyons in the San Fernando Valley.
Discussion: American Power
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
 
 
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Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Gay-Rights Activists Use Web to Organize Global Rally
Discussion: Think Progress
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
As Leaders Wrestle With Economy, Developing Nations Get Ringside Seats
Discussion: The Caucus and TIME.com
Martin Kady II / The Crypt's Blogs:
Dems attach strings to auto bailout
Discussion: Buck Naked Politics
George W. Bush / Wall Street Journal:
The Surest Path Back to Prosperity
Discussion: Buck Naked Politics and EconLog
Bob Geiger:
The Saturday Cartoons
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Suppose Senator Clinton Got a Cabinet Post ...
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Gothamist
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Beyond Doom & Gloom
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Suzanne Roig / Honolulu Advertiser:
Hawaii friends, former co-workers remember Madelyn Dunham
Discussion: The Swamp and Political Punch
New York Times:
2 Held in Election Night Beating of Black Youth
Discussion: Prometheus 6
Eliot L. Spitzer / Washington Post:
How to Ground The Street
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Blame to Go Around
Discussion: Kevin Drum