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10:30 AM ET, November 18, 2008

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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.
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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  —  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.
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Report: Hillary Clinton Will Accept Obama Secretary Of State Job
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.
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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
2 Democrats to Submit Compromise on Lieberman
Discussion: MSNBC and Daily Kos
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.
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
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.
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 and Don Surber
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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.
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.
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
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.
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 …
PageOneQ:
International food chain responds to blogger's demands, franchisee retracts gift, job protections added  —  “One down and many more to go,” said Mike Rogers of BlogActive.com in response to the successful result of pressure on the fast food chain Subway after it was disclosed that a franchisee gave $2,500 to the Yes on 8 campaign.
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 Foundry, TIME.com and TPMCafe
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
Henry M. Paulson Jr / New York Times:
Fighting the Financial Crisis, One Challenge at a Time  —  WE are going through a financial crisis more severe and unpredictable than any in our lifetimes.  We have seen the failures, or the equivalent of failures, of Bear Stearns, IndyMac, Lehman Brothers, Washington Mutual, Wachovia …
Discussion: Economist's View
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Jacqueline L. Salmon / MSNBC:
Some abortion foes shifting focus
Discussion: Incertus and Because I said so
Adrian Blomfield / Telegraph:
Russia's crumbling economy provides stiffest test yet for autocratic leader
Discussion: Moonbattery
Alec MacGillis / Washington Post:
‘Change’ Candidate Obama Enlists Hill Veterans for West Wing
Discussion: TIME.com
WLS-TV:
Beautiful Black: Michelle Obama's influence
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Micheline Maynard / New York Times:
Clout Has Plunged for Automakers and Union, Too
Discussion: Dealbreaker
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Justice Stevens Shows No Signs of Leaving Supreme Court
 Earlier Items: 
Richard Norton-Taylor / Guardian:
Top judge: US and UK acted as ‘vigilantes’ in Iraq invasion
Discussion: Chris Floyd Online
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Yang to Step Down as Yahoo CEO
James Hibberd / Hollywood Reporter:
Obama interview sets ‘60 Minutes’ record
Discussion: Scripting News
New York Times:
Premier of Iraq Is Quietly Firing Fraud Monitors
Discussion: unbossed.com
Calvin Trillin / New Yorker:
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