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1:45 PM ET, November 17, 2008

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Mike Allen / The Politico:
64 days to Inauguration — Tonight's cable today: Ball in her court — Bill Clinton vetting issues could sink HRC as SecState, but he plans to step up shortly  —  Arianna guest-hosts for Rachel Maddow — DNC Chairman Howard Dean is 60 today — Third Way out tomorrow with a report on public trust in government
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Marc Ambinder:   Unraveling The Mystery Of Clinton's Secret Chicago Trip
Brian Knowlton / New York Times:
Obama Meeting With McCain in Chicago
Discussion: The Swamp
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 …
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   MORE BOLD  —  As we know, crisis can mean opportunity.
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
THE COSTS OF INACTION.  —  I'm still finding myself conflicted …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner:
Murdoch to media: You dug yourself a huge hole  —  With newspapers cutting back and predictions of even worse times ahead, Rupert Murdoch said the profession may still have a bright future if it can shake free of reporters and editors who he said have forfeited the trust and loyalty of their readers.
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Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:   With Obama, Murdoch Defies His Image
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.
Michael Scherer / Time:
Huckabee Finally Settles His Campaign Scores  —  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 found himself doing in the eight months following his surprising and colorful presidential campaign.
Joe / Joe. My. God.:
Chaos In San Francisco As Anti-Gay Christianists Are Chased Out Of The Castro  —  On Friday night, police in riot gear had to rush to the Castro District to protect a group of Christianists seeking to convert gays. … The Justice House of Prayer posted the above video on YouTube under their username …
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Pam Spaulding / Pam's House Blend:   This kind of activism isn't helping
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
The Obama name in Georgia  —  A new DSCC ad in Georgia, where challenger Jim Martin is trying hard to link himself with Obama, attacks Saxby Chambliss for opposing the “Obama Economic Recovery Plan.”  —  (via TPM)
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
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Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
New Dem Ad In Georgia — Which Backed McCain — Hits Chambliss For Not Backing Obama
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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 …
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 …
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Cantor says GOP is no longer ‘relevant’  —  Urges real solutions on health care, economy  —  Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, poised to ascend to House Republicans' No. 2 leader this week, said the Republican Party in Washington is no longer “relevant” to voters and must stop simply espousing principles.
The Live Feed:
Obama interview sets ‘60 Minutes’ viewership record  —  Barack Obama's first televised post-election interview gave Sunday night's “60 Minutes” its biggest audience in at least nine years.  —  The CBS News program was seen by 24.5 million viewers and earned a 6.4 preliminary adults 18-49 rating.
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Drama Club  —  How Obama handles people.  —  The morning after the presidential election, a group of top Obama staffers and consultants gathered for brunch at a restaurant a few blocks from their Chicago headquarters.  The mood was understandably emotional, and, before long, chief strategist David Axelrod rose to offer a valedictory.
Discussion: The Heretik and Commentary
Walter Shapiro / Salon:
Bill Ayers talks back  —  Sarah Palin called him a terrorist, Barack Obama called him an acquaintance.  A Salon editor who knew Ayers back when talks to the ex-Weather Underground member turned Republican talking point.  —  Video: Interview with Bill Ayers
Discussion: Guardian and Swampland
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
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 …
New York Times:
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 …
Steve Outing:
Do newspapers have 6 more months?  —  After 50 newspaper company CEOs met behind closed doors at the American Press Institute on Thursday for their “Crisis Summit,” I was tempted to comment, but wanted to wait to see what would come out of the meeting.  Would some participants write what transpired that day?
Discussion: Scripting News and Pajamas Media
Manu Raju / The Hill:
Sen. Carper: Lieberman should pay consequences  —  Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), a close ally of Sen. Joe Lieberman, said the Connecticut Independent should pay a price for his campaign attacks against President-elect Barack Obama.  —  “There need to be consequences, and they cannot be insignificant …
Discussion: Think Progress
Tim Arango / New York Times:
At National Review, a Threat to Its Reputation for Erudition  —  In a span of 252 days, the National Review lost two Buckleys — one to death, another to resignation — and an election.  —  Now, thanks to the coarsening effect of the Internet on political discourse, the magazine …
Discussion: Wonkette and The Corner
 
 
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Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Vindictive Bush Gives Australian Prime Minister A ‘Frosty Reception’ At G20 Summit
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Bill McAuliffe / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Franken to discuss recount with Senate leaders in D.C.
Discussion: TIME.com and AMERICAblog News
Dorian De Wind / The Moderate Voice:
Which Language Do You Dream In?  —  (It has been a rough-and-tumble political season.
Susan Carroll / Houston Chronicle:
A system's fatal flaws
Discussion: The Confabulum
CNN:
Obama, McCain meeting face-to-face
Discussion: Gristmill
Ross Douthat:
On The Possibility of An Abortion Compromise
Discussion: The Confabulum
M Peretz / The New Republic:
Henry Kissinger is for her! I'm not. Are you?
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
How Relevant Is The Human Rights Campaign?
Discussion: Queerty and Box Turtle Bulletin
Jason Mick / DailyTech:
First Pictures of Extrasolar Planets Taken
Nicholas Riccardi / Los Angeles Times:
Mormon Church feels the heat over Proposition 8
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
What's the matter with Missouri?