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10:40 AM ET, November 18, 2008

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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,” …
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 …
Ewen MacAskill / Guardian:
Hillary Clinton to accept Barack Obama's offer of secretary of state job
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
2 Democrats to Submit Compromise on Lieberman  —  Connecticut Senator Would Be Sanctioned for Backing GOP Ticket but Could Keep Key Committee  —  A pair of Senate Democrats will offer a compromise plan today to sanction Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) for his support of the Republican presidential ticket …
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The Lieberman Vote: What It Means and Why
Discussion: Firedoglake, The Sleuth and Open Left
CNN:
Lieberman likely to keep top Democratic post, sources say
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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 …
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.
David Cho / Washington Post:
A Conversion in ‘This Storm’  —  Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. had a stern message for more than two dozen of the nation's most powerful hedge fund managers gathered in the third-floor conference room near his office.  —  Paulson told them it was time to begin regulating …
Discussion: The Swamp, The Foundry, TIME.com and TPMCafe
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Henry M. Paulson Jr / New York Times:
Fighting the Financial Crisis, One Challenge at a Time
New York Times:
Early Test for Obama on Domestic Spying Views  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama will face a series of early decisions on domestic spying that will test his administration's views on presidential power and civil liberties.  —  The Justice Department will be asked to respond …
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: Think Progress and Incertus
CNN:
104 retired officers against 'don't ask-don't tell'  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — More than 100 retired U.S. military leaders — including the former head of the Naval Academy — have signed a statement calling for an end to the military's “don't ask-don't tell” policy, according to a California-based think tank that supports the movement.
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.
Quinnipiac University:
Gov. Crist Is Man To Beat In Florida, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Sen. Martinez Gets Mixed Grades From Voters  —  Florida Gov. Charlie Crist remains overwhelmingly popular with a 68 - 18 percent job approval rating that makes him a strong favorite for re-election in 2010 …
Financial Times:
Raiders anchor supertanker off Somalia  —  By Andrew England in Cairo and Robert Wright in London  —  A Saudi supertanker laden with an estimated 2m barrels of oil that was seized by pirates was on Tuesday confirmed to be anchored off the coast of Somalia.
Discussion: Hot Air
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Chip Cummins / Wall Street Journal:
Oil Tanker Waylaid by Pirates
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.
Jacqueline L. Salmon / Washington Post:
Some Abortion Foes Shifting Focus From Ban to Reduction  —  Frustrated by the failure to overturn Roe v. Wade, a growing number of antiabortion pastors, conservative academics and activists are setting aside efforts to outlaw abortion and instead are focusing on building social programs …
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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
NEWSWEEK CONSIDERS ANTICHRIST TALK.... When bizarre, fringe publications speculate openly about who may or may not be the Antichrist, it's easy to dismiss.  When Newsweek publishes a 600-word piece on those who wonder about Obama being the Antichrist, one really has to wonder what on earth the editors were thinking.
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
 
 
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James Hibberd / Hollywood Reporter:
Obama interview sets ‘60 Minutes’ record
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