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11:15 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 …
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Bill Clinton says wife would be ‘great’ secretary of state
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
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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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Source: Dem Leadership Will Propose That Lieberman Keep Homeland …
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 …
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 …
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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.
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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Scott / Power Line:
COLEMAN WINS, FRANKEN LOSES; RECOUNT BEGINS TOMORROW
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.
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 …
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.
New York Times:
Pirates Seize Saudi Supertanker  —  JIDDA, Saudi Arabia — Pirates captured a Saudi-owned supertanker loaded with more than $100 million worth of crude oil off the coast of Kenya, seizing the largest ship ever hijacked, United States Navy officials said Monday.
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Financial Times:
Raiders anchor supertanker off Somalia
Discussion: Hot Air and Don Surber
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
FDR On The Comeback Trail  —  I am sure most of you have seen the cover of the most recent Time magazine which portrays President-Elect Obama in a classic FDR photo.  It seems everyone now agrees that Obama needs to learn lessons from FDR.  Richard Cohen, while not getting his history exactly right (especially on Lincoln), writes:
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
 
 
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Paul Richter / Los Angeles Times:
Holbrooke lobbying to be secretary of State
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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Congress Remains Divided on Bailout
Discussion: Boston Globe
Hollywoodreporter / The Live Feed:
Study: Unhappy people watch more TV
Mark Davis / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Early voters back for Senate runoff
Discussion: TIME.com
Martin Feldstein / Washington Post:
A Chapter For Detroit To Open
Discussion: Commentary
Ryan Grim / The Crypt's Blogs:
Stevens GOP expulsion vote delayed
Anchorage Daily News:
Vote count continues today
 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Pinsker / Los Angeles Times:
Lincoln and the myth of ‘Team of Rivals’
Discussion: The Opinionator
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
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Justice Stevens Shows No Signs of Leaving Supreme Court