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2:40 PM ET, November 17, 2008

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Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
More Clinton Derangement Syndrome  —  Josh Marshall just can not shake it.  Now, I am not in favor of Hillary Clinton for Secretary of State, not because she won't do a fine job, but because I think she would be more valuable to President-Elect Obama and the nation in the Senate.
Marc Ambinder:
Unraveling The Mystery Of Clinton's Secret Chicago Trip
Discussion: New York Times
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.
Discussion: Time
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
THE COSTS OF INACTION.  —  I'm still finding myself conflicted …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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.
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
Discussion: 365 Gay News and American Power
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
New Dem Ad In Georgia — Which Backed McCain — Hits Chambliss For Not Backing Obama  —  Jim Martin, the Georgia Democrat who has an outside shot at picking off GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss in the upcoming runoff election, has a new ad with a very interesting strategy for a red-state Dem …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and TIME.com
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Jim Tharpe / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Fair tax grows as an issue in runoff
Discussion: MyDD
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
The Obama name in Georgia
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
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.
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.
Brian Knowlton / New York Times:
Obama Meeting With McCain in Chicago  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama was meeting on Monday with another former adversary, sitting down in Chicago with Senator John McCain to explore areas where the two might make common legislative cause.  —  The private meeting …
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CNN:
Obama, McCain talk about problems facing country
Discussion: Hot Air and Gristmill
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.
Hollywoodreporter / 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.
Martin Kady II / The Crypt's Blogs:
Will Stevens expulsion vote still happen?  —  As Ted Stevens' vote deficit widens in Alaska, the chances diminish that Senate Republicans will bother to expel him from the GOP conference in a secret ballot on Tuesday.  —  Some GOP aides say Republican senators might not be in a mood …
Discussion: The Swamp
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Sean Cockerham / Anchorage Daily News:
Alaska voter turnout may set a record
Discussion: Washington Wire
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
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
Kenneth Anderson / Opinio Juris:
Here There Bee (More) Pirates ... and Might the Obama Administration Take Them Out?  —  US Navy vessel confronts Somali pirates, 2006.  Photo credit Chief Petty Officer Kenneth Anderson, USN, open access DOD (no, not me, but we Ken Andersons really get around).
Discussion: FP Passport and UN Dispatch
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 …
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
David W. Rohde / The New Republic:
The Thrill of Defeat  —  Let's call John Kerry's loss in 2004 what it is: the luckiest thing to happen to Democrats in 40 years.  —  After the 2004 presidential election Democrats were crushed.  Four more years of George W. Bush seemed unthinkable, disastrous.
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
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 …
 
 
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The Bridge and Tunnel Crowd
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Kennedy returns to the Senate
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MIDNIGHT HOUR  —  When President Jimmy Carter lost his bid …
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