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10:45 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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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 …
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 …
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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
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
Discussion: Firedoglake and American Thinker
Josh Kurtz / Roll Call:
Franken Camp Wants State to Delay Vote Certification
Discussion: www.redstate.com
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
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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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Ryan Grim / The Crypt's Blogs:
Stevens GOP expulsion vote delayed
Anchorage Daily News:
Vote count continues today
Matthew Pinsker / Los Angeles Times:
Lincoln and the myth of ‘Team of Rivals’
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Financial Times:
Raiders anchor supertanker off Somalia
Discussion: Hot Air
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
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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
Richard Norton-Taylor / Guardian:
Top judge: US and UK acted as ‘vigilantes’ in Iraq invasion
Discussion: Chris Floyd Online
James Hibberd / Hollywood Reporter:
Obama interview sets ‘60 Minutes’ record
Discussion: Scripting News and CBS News
Calvin Trillin / New Yorker:
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