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6:55 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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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 …
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Report: Hillary Clinton Will Accept Obama Secretary Of State Job  —  Will New York Senator Hillary Clinton accept a reported job offer of Secretary of State from her onetime Democratic nomination rival President Elect Barack Obama?  The British newspaper The Guardian says she is going to accept it …
Discussion: The Week Magazine
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Hail Clinton  —  There appears to be little angst among conservatives at the prospect of Hillary Clinton joining the Obama administration as Secretary of State.  The idea was warmly embraced by Henry Kissinger, who our President-elect seems to hold in high-esteem, Governor Schwarzenegger …
Kos / Daily Kos:
Not acceptable … Um, what idiot would think that taking away a subcommittee from Lieberman would be seen as a “stinging rebuke”?  In whose DC-Beltway-addled mind is that even remotely punishment?  —  Let Lieberman keep that subcommittee.  No one gives a s**t about it.
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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.
Discussion: Donklephant
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
LIEBERMAN TO STAY PUT?
Catharine Richert / CQ Politics:
Senator Says Secret-Ballot in Private Meeting to Determine Whether …
Discussion: The Sleuth, Hot Air and The Corner
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo's Jerry Yang to Step Down, As a Search for New CEO Commences  —  Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang will step down from his job as CEO, as soon as the board finds a replacement for him, in what sources close to the situation call a joint decision by him and the company's directors.
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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 …
Yahoo!:
Yahoo! Conducting Search for New CEO
Discussion: BoomTown, TechCrunch and Guardian
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
Cara Degette / Colorado Independent:
More layoffs at Focus on the Family  —  Focus on the Family founder and president James Dobson.  (Photo/Focus on the Family)  —  UPDATE: Focus on the Family announced this afternoon that 202 jobs will be cut companywide — an estimated 20 percent of its workforce.
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Bill Reed / Gazette:
Focus cuts 202 jobs in its biggest layoff ever
Discussion: The Other McCain
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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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 …
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The Trail / Washington Post:
All Eyes on Bill Clinton
Discussion: Truthdig
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
Media Matters for America:
Gingrich: “[T]here is a gay and secular fascism in this country that wants to impose its will on the rest of us”  —  On the November 14 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor, in reference to actions by individual protesters of Proposition 8, the recently passed California ballot initiative amending …
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
The racist backlash to Obama's presidency  —  [From Creative Loafing.]  —  As we predicted before the election, Barack Obama's victory has loosed a flood of hatefulness from the racist right in America.  Digby yesterday had a detailed post laying out some of the cases that have erupted so far.
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
Floyd Norris:
Insider Trading, or Political Persecution?  —  The post was updated at 4:30 p.m., with S.E.C. statement and closing stock price.  It was updated at 7 p.m. to correct the percent of the Mamma.com stock Mr. Cuban owned.  —  Did Mark Cuban, the Internet entrepreneur turned owner …
James Hibberd / Hollywood Reporter:
Obama interview sets ‘60 Minutes’ 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.
Discussion: Scripting News
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 …
 
 
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Robert Pear / New York Times:
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Calvin Trillin / New Yorker:
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Discussion: Greg's Opinion
Financial Times:
China hints at aircraft carrier project
Kathryn Jean Lopez / National Review:
Time to Consider Palin  —  U.S. Virgin Islands …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Mormon War On Gay People
Discussion: Liberal Values
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION FOR CONSERVATIVES.... Last week, Deborah Howell …
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
GOP senator scolds DeMint over McCain comments