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10:55 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 …
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Michael Cooper / New York Times:
Among Republicans, a Debate Over the Party's Road Map Back to Power
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Gingrich says Palin will not be the future GOP leader
John / Power Line:
NO UAW BAILOUT  —  Jim Manzi has done some of the best analysis of the proposed bailout of GM, Ford and Chrysler—or, one should more properly say, bailout of the United Auto Workers, otherwise slated for extinction.  Here, he addresses the theory that the Big Three are in the midst of a turnaround …
Discussion: The Corner
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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 …
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.
Michelle Malkin:
Road to GOP redemption: Roll back the bailouts, draw a line in the sand  —  While Republican strategists and Beltway blowhards convene VIP retreats and meetings and save-the-party parties, the road to GOP redemption starts right now.  There is opportunity to be seized right now.
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Jim Myers / Tulsa World:
Inhofe: Cancel the ‘blank check’
Discussion: Don Surber
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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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 …
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and TIME.com
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 …
Discussion: TIME.com and Jules Crittenden
Michael Scherer / Time:
Huckabee Finally Settles His Campaign Scores  —  The former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee  —  Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is not the sort of politician who likes to bite his tongue.  But that's just what he has found himself doing over eight months since he ended his surprising and colorful presidential campaign.
Jason Mick / DailyTech:
First Pictures of Extrasolar Planets Taken  —  Beautiful new images reveal our first visual glimpse that other solar systems share planets just like ours does  —  One of the central themes both to science fiction and to real-life space progress was the drive to find and eventually travel to extrasolar plants.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Bailing Out in the Real World  —  I feel like some of the commentary on the prospect of an auto industry bailout is starting to remind me of some of the stuff I fell for before we invaded Iraq.  The kind of thing where someone yes, “yes this sounds like a bad idea, but if we do it like this …
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 …
Courtney Hazlett / MSNBC:
Scoop: Palin book deal could rake in $7 million  —  Plus: Kanye West defends himself, stars don't help ‘30 Rock’ ratings  —  One McCain-Palin ad tried to paint Barack Obama as a celebrity, but it's Palin who's on the verge of a celeb-sized book deal.  —  The Scoop  —  msnbc.com
Bernard Finel / Defense News:
Don't Believe Spending Cut Rumors  —  Before the presidential election, reports began to circulate that the Pentagon was planning to propose a defense spending increase of roughly $450 billion over five years.  That's in addition to the increases in the base budget already laid out in the 2009 Future Years Defense Plan.
Newsweek:
Pardon Me?  Don't Bet On It.  —  From the magazine issue dated Nov 24, 2008  —  The Justice department is getting flooded with a new wave of requests for pardons and commutations from convicted felons hoping for clemency from President Bush before he leaves office.
Discussion: Think Progress and The Raw Story
New York Times:
A Deregulator Looks Back, Unswayed  —  WASHINGTON — Back in 1950 in Columbus, Ga., a young nurse working double shifts to support her three children and disabled husband managed to buy a modest bungalow on a street called Dogwood Avenue.  —  Phil Gramm, the former United States senator …
Discussion: Incertus
Nicholas Riccardi / Los Angeles Times:
Mormon Church feels the heat over Proposition 8  —  SALT LAKE CITY: A Proposition 8 protest outside Mormon headquarters.  The church said demonstrators were trying to intimidate not just Mormons but all religious people who voted their conscience by backing the California initiative.
Discussion: Democracy in America
CNN:
California fires could burn for days, official says  —  LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) — Firefighters will need at least until midweek to get control of wildfires that have destroyed more than 700 homes in Southern California, a Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesman says.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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CNN:
Authorities: One of California wildfires ‘human caused’
Discussion: L.A. Now
 
 
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Tim Arango / New York Times:
At National Review, a Threat to Its Reputation for Erudition
Discussion: Kausfiles and The Corner
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Cantor says GOP is no longer ‘relevant’
Discussion: Think Progress
Shannon McCaffrey / Associated Press:
Bill Clinton to campaign for Martin
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Democrats Attach Provisions to Auto Bill
Discussion: Hot Air, TIME.com and Economy Watch
John F. Burns / New York Times:
Karzai Offers Passage to Taliban Leader for Talks
Michael E. Levine / Wall Street Journal:
Why Bankruptcy Is the Best Option for GM
Discussion: Betsy's Page
 Earlier Items: 
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
What's the matter with Missouri?
Discussion: Prairie Weather
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
Pig Ignorant Religious Nuts
Discussion: Feministe
Christopher Clarey / New York Times:
For Obama, a Scouting Report on Athletic Heads of State
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
David Shamma / Arutz Sheva:
Arab Students at UC Berkeley Disrupt Israel Event, Attack Jews
Edmund Blair / Reuters:
Iran vice-president under fire over Koran “dance”
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
To hell with Karl Rove
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Face Of The Day  —  An Iraqi man weeps next to the body …