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8:50 AM ET, November 17, 2008


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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
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 …
Washington Post:
Bill Clinton's Global Reach Would Have Pluses and Minuses for a Secretary of State Hillary Clinton  —  In Ex-President's Global Reach, Pluses, Minuses for a Wife at State  —  If Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is named the next secretary of state, she and her husband could be positioned to lead …
Discussion: The Caucus and
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
What's the matter with Missouri?  —  Nearly two weeks after Election Day, Americans know who their next president will be.  But voters in Missouri still aren't quite sure which candidate their state preferred.  —  With John McCain leading Barack Obama there by fewer than 5,000 votes …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Republicans ask: Just how bad is it?  —  Party leaders agree that the GOP has had a rough go of it at the polls in recent years.  —  How could they not?  —  Since 2004, they've gone from 55 Senate seats to no more than 43 once this year's last winners are determined …
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.
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Louis Uchitelle / New York Times:
If Detroit Falls, Foreign Makers Could Be Buffer  —  The failure of one or more of Detroit's Big Three automakers would put a huge initial dent in American manufacturing, but in time foreign car companies would pick up the slack by stepping up production in their plants here, many industry experts and economists say.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
A Giddy Sense of Boosterism  —  Perhaps it was the announcement that NBC News is coming out with a DVD titled “Yes We Can: The Barack Obama Story.”  Or that ABC and USA Today are rushing out a book on the election.  Or that HBO has snapped up a documentary on Obama's campaign.
Discussion: and
Michael E. Levine / Wall Street Journal:
Why Bankruptcy Is the Best Option for GM  —  Chapter 11 would better preserve the valuable parts of the company than an ad hoc bailout.  —  General Motors is a once-great company caught in a web of relationships designed for another era.  It should not be fed while still caught …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Obama Courted Federal Employees With Letters Before Election  —  Workers at Seven Agencies Got Detailed Letters Before Election  —  In wooing federal employee votes on the eve of the election, Barack Obama wrote a series of letters to workers that offer detailed descriptions of how he intends …
David Shamma / Arutz Sheva:
Arab Students at UC Berkeley Disrupt Israel Event, Attack Jews  —  ( 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.
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To hell with Karl Rove
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
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