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3:30 PM ET, November 18, 2008

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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Lieberman: Suck On That, Liberals!  —  digg it  —  Cillizza: … I hope this puts to rest the notion that this is all some master stroke of kumbayah, of keeping your friends close and your enemies closer.  —  This is about telling you that you mean nothing.
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New York Times:
Democrats Let Lieberman Keep Senate Chairmanship  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, the Democrat-turned-independent from Connecticut, was allowed to keep his chairmanship of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Tuesday despite his support for Senator John McCain in the presidential campaign.
Washington Post:
Democrats Let Lieberman Keep Committee Chair  —  Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) easily won a vote to remain chairman of a key committee today and will stay in the Democratic caucus despite his high-profile criticism of President-elect Barack Obama and his support of Sen. John McCain during the presidential campaign.
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
It's Official: Lieberman Keeps Homeland Security Chairmanship  —  Senator Harry Reid just spoke to reporters after the private caucus meeting with Dems over Joe Lieberman's fate, and he confirmed it: Lieberman will not be stripped of his Homeland Security chairmanship, because the “vast majority” …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The Lieberman Vote: What It Means and Why  —  This morning the Senate Democratic caucus will gather to decide the fate of renegade Sen. Joe Lieberman — a decision freighted with symbolism for the party as it prepares to assume full control of the levers of power in Washington.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Has there been too much bipartisanship or too little?
Discussion: CNN and Pharyngula
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Democratic leader says party won't turn left
Discussion: TPM Election Central
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.
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
CLINTON AND 2016.  —  The Guardian is reporting that Hlllary Clinton …
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 …
Michael Isikoff / Powering Up:
Obama's Attorney General  —  President-elect Obama has decided to tap Eric Holder as his attorney general, putting the veteran Washington lawyer in place to become the first African-American to head the Justice Department, according to two legal sources close to the presidential transition.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
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.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   The Future of the News  —  Very interesting New York Times article …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Zogby Engages in Apparent Push Polling for Right-Wing Website  —  The conservative website HowObamaGotElected.com reports that it has commissioned Zogby International to conduct a poll of 512 Barack Obama voters as part of what can best be described as a viral marketing effort to discredit the intelligence of Obama supporters.
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zombietime:
Victory in Iraq Day  —  We won.  The Iraq War is over.  —  I declare November 22, 2008 to be “Victory in Iraq Day.”  (Hereafter known as “VI Day.")  —  By every measure, The United States and coalition forces have conclusively defeated all enemies in Iraq, pacified the country …
Discussion: RIGHTWINGSPARKLE
George Packer / New Yorker:
AFTER KRISTOL … It's time for the newspaper to move on.  For Pinch Sulzberger and Andy Rosenthal to renew Kristol's one-year contract, in 2009, would be for the Times to reward failure—and look where that got Wall Street and General Motors.  It's not just that Kristol isn't another Safire …
Discussion: Kevin Drum
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Beau Biden Will Not Accept Senate Appointment  —  Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden will not accept an appointment to the Senate to replace his father, according to knowledgeable state sources, a decision that scrambles the race to to replace the vice president-elect in the Senate next year.
Discussion: TIME.com
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,” …
Anne Schroeder Mullins / Anne Schroeder's Blogs:
Bad blood for Musgrave  —  It's no surprise Rep. Marilyn Musgrave is taking her recent loss to Betsy Markey really, really hard.  —  Musgrave, a Republican who's been representing Colorado's 4th District since 2002, became part of the Republican Casualty List when she lost in a landslide …
Discussion: The New Republic
Don Feder / GrasstopsUSA.com:
THE TRAGIC PREDICTABILITY OF THE JEWISH VOTE  —  Back in the 1980s, during the euphoria of the Reagan-era, Neo-cons like Norman Podhoretz and Irving Kristol predicted a seismic shift in Jewish voting patterns.  —  Once American Jews discovered that voting Republican was crucial for the survival …
Marc Ambinder:
“If You Leak, You're Gone.”  —  Several Obama transition staffers have put a version of that quotation in transition co-chief John Podesta's mouth.  —  Many of the major staff appointments so far - Rahm Emanuel as chief of staff, Greg Craig as White House counsel, the fact of the Clinton meeting …
Discussion: Don Surber
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Rob Portman on What Should Republicans Do  —  Rob Portman, former US Trade Representative and OMB Director under George W. Bush, shares his thoughts here. … Portman, who has played the Democrats' vice presidential nominee in mock debates for the last three election cycles …
Warner Todd Huston / NewsBusters.org:
LA Times Only Just Notices Obama Has Thin Resume?  —  Interestingly, Dan Morain of the L.A. Times has just discovered that Barack Obama has a pretty thin resume prior to being elevated to the presidency.  Between 1993 and '96, Obama, the much-ballyhooed “Constitutional scholar,” …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Peter J. Parisi / Washington Times:
McCain owes GOP a second concession speech  —  ANALYSIS/OPINION:  —  As is customary on election night, Republican presidential nominee John McCain called his rival, Barack Obama, to concede defeat and graciously wish the Illinois Democrat well as he prepares to move into the White House in January.
Discussion: protein wisdom
Chris / TVNewser:
E.D. Hill To Leave Fox News Channel  —  Exclusive: TVNewser has learned veteran Fox News Channel anchor E.D. Hill will not be renewed when her current contract expires.  Hill, who has been with Fox News for more than 10 years, will continue with the network for the next few months until her current deal expires.
Discussion: Incertus and Think Progress
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Romanette: Tony Mauro at Legal Times alerted people last week to this exchange at oral argument:MS. SAHARSKY [of the Solicitor General's office]: What I'm suggesting, Your Honor, is that the “that” refers to everything that is in Romanette (i) and (ii) up to the break with “committed by.”
Wall Street Journal:
Mr. Obama, Give That Man a Medal  —  Stephen Hadley offered the option of victory in Iraq.  —  I suppose it's possible that George W. Bush would award Stephen J. Hadley the Medal of Freedom.  Certainly the president's national security adviser has earned it, for work that made possible the success we are now seeing in Iraq.
Val Willingham / CNN:
Half of primary-care doctors in survey would leave medicine  —  (CNN) — Nearly half the respondents in a survey of U.S. primary care physicians said that they would seriously consider getting out of the medical business within the next three years if they had an alternative.
Discussion: www.redstate.com
 
 
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Chris Frates / The Politico:
Health care advocates promote reform
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Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
A Bridge Loan? U.S. Should Guide G.M. in a Chapter 11
Discussion: Dealbreaker, DealBook and Portfolio
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
It's Official: Lieberman Won
Patrick O'Connor / The Crypt's Blogs:
Rahm is back on the the Hill  —  Incoming White House Chief …
Discussion: TIME.com
The Hill:
THE BIG QUESTION — Nov. 18
Discussion: Townhall.com
 Earlier Items: 
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
California Asks Court to Weigh Ban on Gay Marriage
Discussion: ACSBlog
Paul Richter / Los Angeles Times:
Holbrooke lobbying to be secretary of State
Discussion: TIME.com
Matthew Pinsker / Los Angeles Times:
Lincoln and the myth of ‘Team of Rivals’
Discussion: unbossed.com and The Opinionator
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
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Discussion: Shakesville and Philly.com
Washington Post:
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