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9:15 AM ET, November 18, 2008

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Ewen MacAskill / Guardian:
Hillary Clinton to accept Barack Obama's offer of secretary of state job  —  Hillary Clinton plans to accept the job of secretary of state offered by Barack Obama, who is reaching out to former rivals to build a broad coalition administration, the Guardian has learned.
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Cabinet post for Clinton roils Obamaland  —  Barack Obama's serious flirtation with his one-time rival, Hillary Clinton, over the post of secretary of State has been welcomed by everyone from Henry Kissinger to Bill Clinton as an effective, grand gesture by the president-elect.
New York Times:
Many Dealings of Bill Clinton Under Review  —  Over the weekend, former President Bill Clinton enthusiastically endorsed the prospect that his wife, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, might join the Obama administration as secretary of state.  “If he decided to ask her and they did it together …
New York Post:
‘HARDBALL’ GUY DERAILS HILLARY  —  “HARDBALL” host Chris Matthews and the other “castratos” at MSNBC shouldn't hold their breath waiting for a Hillary Clinton interview.  —  Matthews, who once opined that men who supported Clinton were “castratos in the eunuch chorus,” …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Guardian: Hillary says yes; Update: Or does she?  —  The golden age begins, my friends. … The main stumbling block, supposedly, is the risk of governments trying to buy influence by donating to Bill's charity, but (a) the public's already assumed that risk, albeit to a lesser extent …
Discussion: Commentary and www.redstate.com
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Report: Hillary Clinton Will Accept Obama Secretary Of State Job
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Al Franken's vote-tally appeal rebuffed  —  He wanted erroneously rejected absentee ballots to be counted in the state's official tally, which will be certified today.  Those disputed votes will be argued in court - later.  —  DFLer Al Franken asked Monday to have rejected absentee ballots …
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John / Power Line:   FRANKEN SUES AGAIN
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Yang to Step Down as Yahoo CEO  —  Co-Founder's Rebuff of Microsoft Haunted Tenure; Will Stay Until Successor Is Found  —  Yahoo Inc. co-founder and Chief Executive Jerry Yang will step down after the company finds a replacement, closing a tumultuous and short tenure during which Yahoo rejected …
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CNN:
Sources: Lieberman likely to keep chairmanship  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Senate Democrats appear willing to let Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Connecticut, keep his powerful Homeland Security Committee chairmanship, even though he campaigned vigorously for Sen. John McCain's White House bid, two sources told CNN Monday.
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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Justice Stevens Shows No Signs of Leaving Supreme Court  —  As Obama Term Nears, Court Watchers' Eyes Are on Oldest Member  —  For all the speculation about how President-elect Barack Obama's nominees may change the Supreme Court, there is one irrefutable fact: He can't make an appointment until there is a vacancy.
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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:   Court dismisses granted criminal case
Deborah Solomon / Wall Street Journal:
Paulson Will Keep Reserve to Stay Flexible for Future  —  WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson is unlikely to use what remains of the $700 billion Wall Street rescue fund to launch substantial new programs, preferring to keep money in reserve for unforeseen emergencies and to preserve flexibility for the Obama administration.
Discussion: NO QUARTER and European Tribune
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Washington Post:
Administration Protects Bush Appointees by Converting Positions to Career Civil Service Jobs  —  Political Positions Shifted To Career Civil Service Jobs  —  Just weeks before leaving office, the Interior Department's top lawyer has shifted half a dozen key deputies …
Discussion: TIME.com
The Smoking Gun:
Con-jugal Visits  —  Cops: Indiana inmates crawled through ceilings for sexual trysts  —  Undaunted by a concrete wall separating their respective cellblocks, male and female inmates took advantage of a design flaw in an Indiana jail to engage in late-night sexual trysts.
Discussion: Don Surber and On Deadline
Brian Rogers / Houston Chronicle:
Real-life experience  —  With the ‘four horsemen of addiction’ behind him, newly elected judge says he's ready  —  The devil tattooed on Kevin Fine's upper arm holds a razor blade, a mirror and an eight ball symbolizing cocaine.  His forearm sports a tattoo of Jesus holding up a man …
Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
‘No’ to Obama's experimental government  —  We need to slow down and resist the urge the try a bunch of economic fixes.  —  » Discuss Article On Sunday night, President-elect Barack Obama told CBS' “60 Minutes” that Franklin D. Roosevelt would be a model of sorts for him.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Richard Norton-Taylor / Guardian:
Top judge: US and UK acted as ‘vigilantes’ in Iraq invasion  —  One of Britain's most authoritative judicial figures last night delivered a blistering attack on the invasion of Iraq, describing it as a serious violation of international law, and accusing Britain and the US of acting like a “world vigilante”.
Discussion: Chris Floyd Online
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Web Sites That Dig for News Rise as Watchdogs  —  SAN DIEGO — Over the last two years, some of this city's darkest secrets have been dragged into the light — city officials with conflicts of interest and hidden pay raises, affordable housing that was not affordable, misleading crime statistics.
Discussion: BuzzMachine
Washington Post:
Can Mall Be Filled For an Inauguration?  4 Million May Try It.  —  District and federal officials are preparing for as many as 4 million people for the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama, a crowd that would be three or four times larger than previous big events on the Mall.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and TIME.com
 
 
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Alec MacGillis / Washington Post:
‘Change’ Candidate Obama Enlists Hill Veterans for West Wing
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James Hibberd / Hollywood Reporter:
Obama interview sets ‘60 Minutes’ record
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New York Times:
Premier of Iraq Is Quietly Firing Fraud Monitors
Discussion: unbossed.com
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Protests Over a Rule to Protect Health Providers
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Financial Times:
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Kathryn Jean Lopez / National Review:
Time to Consider Palin  —  U.S. Virgin Islands …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Mormon War On Gay People
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