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9:55 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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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.
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,” …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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 …
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Report: Hillary Clinton Will Accept Obama Secretary Of State Job
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Hail Clinton  —  There appears to be little angst among conservatives …
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.
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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 …
Discussion: The New Republic and TIME.com
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
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.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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, TPMCafe and TIME.com
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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.
Discussion: BuzzMachine and Braublog
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.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and TIME.com
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
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 …
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 …
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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 …
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
WLS-TV:
Beautiful Black: Michelle Obama's influence  —  CHICAGO — Negative stereotypes in the media about African-American women stem back as far as the image of “mammy” in old movies and still sting today when female college athletes are described with hurtful names.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Alec MacGillis / Washington Post:
‘Change’ Candidate Obama Enlists Hill Veterans for West Wing  —  On the campaign trail, Barack Obama liked to defend himself against charges of inexperience by calling for fresh perspective in Washington.  “The American people . . . understand the real gamble is having the same old folks doing …
Discussion: TIME.com
 
 
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Adrian Blomfield / Telegraph:
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Discussion: Dealbreaker
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Justice Stevens Shows No Signs of Leaving Supreme Court
Richard Norton-Taylor / Guardian:
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 Earlier Items: 
James Hibberd / Hollywood Reporter:
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Discussion: Scripting News
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Kathryn Jean Lopez / National Review:
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