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11:45 AM ET, November 17, 2008

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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.
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 …
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 …
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
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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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.
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
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Michael Cooper / New York Times:
Among Republicans, a Debate Over the Party's Road Map Back to Power
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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United States Senator James Inhofe:
Inhofe: Roll Back the Bailout
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs and Hot Air
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 …
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
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Gingrich says Palin will not be the future GOP leader
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 …
Jeffrey D. Sachs / Washington Post:
A Bridge for the Carmakers  —  The Future Is in Sight.  They Just Need Help Getting There.  —  A government-supported restructuring of the auto industry is urgently needed for our economic and energy security.  If the Bush administration allows the auto industry to collapse …
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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
Haaretz:
Top Obama aide denies report president-elect will back Arab peace plan  —  A senior adviser to Barack Obama on Sunday denied reports that the U.S. president-elect plans to throw his weight behind the 2002 Arab peace plan, which calls for Israel to withdraw from all territories captured during …
Discussion: Soccer Dad
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 …
Discussion: Think Progress, Hullabaloo and Incertus
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.
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.
Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
U.S. Ban on Masks Upsets Iraqi Interpreters  —  BAGHDAD — The U.S. military has barred Iraqi interpreters working with American troops in Baghdad from wearing ski masks to disguise themselves, prompting some to resign and others to bare their faces even though they fear it could get them killed.
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
 
 
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Washington Wire:
White House Repeats Stance on Detroit, TARP
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Who would Obama pick for the Supreme Court?
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
How Relevant Is The Human Rights Campaign?
Discussion: Queerty
Steve Outing:
Do newspapers have 6 more months?
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Robert Farley / American Prospect:
IRANIAN SUPPLIED ARMS? NOT SO MUCH.
Wall Street Journal:
Stimulate Car Buyers, Not Car Makers
Discussion: THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
Tim Arango / New York Times:
At National Review, a Threat to Its Reputation for Erudition
Discussion: The Corner and Kausfiles
 Earlier Items: 
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Democrats Attach Provisions to Auto Bill
Discussion: Hot Air, TIME.com and Economy Watch
Nicholas Riccardi / Los Angeles Times:
Mormon Church feels the heat over Proposition 8
Michael E. Levine / Wall Street Journal:
Why Bankruptcy Is the Best Option for GM
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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: Media Blog and Outside The Beltway
David Shamma / Arutz Sheva:
Arab Students at UC Berkeley Disrupt Israel Event, Attack Jews
CBS News:
Obama On Economic Crisis, Transition