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6:00 PM ET, November 18, 2008


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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Lieberman: Suck On That, Liberals! … I hope this puts to rest the notion that this is all some master stroke of kumbayah, of keeping your friends close and your enemies closer.  —  This is about telling you that you mean nothing.  That democracy is a nice word, but it should never threaten …
New York Times:
Democrats Let Lieberman Keep Senate Chairmanship  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, the Democrat-turned-independent from Connecticut, was allowed to keep his chairmanship of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Tuesday despite his support for Senator John McCain in the presidential campaign.
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Howard Dean Is Fine With Senate's Lieberman Decision, Suggests It Was What Obama Wanted  —  Howard Dean says that he's “fine” with the Senate's decision not to kick Joe Lieberman off the Homeland Security committee and suggested that the Senate had acted in accordance with what Barack Obama wanted.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Has there been too much bipartisanship or too little?  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  As Senate Democrats this morning prepare to reward Joe Lieberman with the powerful Chairmanship of the Homeland Security Committee, the most commonly recited claim — both with regard to the Lieberman issue …
Discussion: CNN
The Huffington Post:
Dean: Keeping Lieberman As Chairman Is Shrewd Move
Discussion: Campaign Silo
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Discussion: The Hill
Marisa Katz / Rough Sketch:
Capitol Punishment  —  It's a rare double hanging in the Capitol this morning.
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs and The Swamp
Marc Ambinder:
Reporters Looking For Obama v. Left Main Event
Discussion: MyDD and Salon
Michael Isikoff / Powering Up:
Obama's Attorney General  —  President-elect Obama has decided to tap Eric Holder as his attorney general, putting the veteran Washington lawyer in place to become the first African-American to head the Justice Department, according to two legal sources close to the presidential transition.
The Trail / Washington Post:
Holder Top Prospect for Attorney General  —  Eric H. Holder Jr., a former second in command at the Justice Department who served as President-elect Barack Obama's campaign co-chairman, is almost certain to be selected as U.S. attorney general, according to knowledgeable Democratic sources.
Discussion: Don Surber and At-Largely
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Hillary could reject State offer  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton isn't certain she would accept the Secretary of State post even if Barack Obama offers it to her, several people close to the former first lady say.  —  Press reports that portray Clinton as willing to accept the job …
Hagel takes aim at Limbaugh, Senate colleagues  —  (CNN) — As his Senate career nears its end, Republican Chuck Hagel isn't holding back when it comes to criticizing members of his own party — including conservative talk radio hosts.  —  “We are educated by the great entertainers like Rush Limbaugh …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
The Huffington Post:   Hagel, Unrestrained, Lashes Into Bush, Rush And The GOP
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 …
George Packer / New Yorker:
AFTER KRISTOL … It's time for the newspaper to move on.  For Pinch Sulzberger and Andy Rosenthal to renew Kristol's one-year contract, in 2009, would be for the Times to reward failure—and look where that got Wall Street and General Motors.  It's not just that Kristol isn't another Safire …
Nate Silver /
Zogby Engages in Apparent Push Polling for Right-Wing Website  —  The conservative website reports that it has commissioned Zogby International to conduct a poll of 512 Barack Obama voters as part of what can best be described as a viral marketing effort to discredit the intelligence of Obama supporters.
Daily Mail:
TRAILER: Star Trek gets a sexy makeover in new film with love scenes, motorbikes and hunky stars … The eagerly anticipated Star Trek film is set to cast off the geeky associations of the sci-fi genre with a handsome cast, vicious fights and sex scenes.  —  A trailer for the new movie …
Alexis Simendinger / Lost in Transition:
Obama To Name Peter Orszag As Budget Director  —  President-elect Barack Obama is preparing to tap Congressional Budget Office Director Peter Orszag, once a veteran economic adviser in the Clinton White House, to become his budget director, according to several National Journal sources.
Discussion: Marc Ambinder
Anne Schroeder Mullins / Anne Schroeder's Blogs:
Bad blood for Musgrave  —  It's no surprise Rep. Marilyn Musgrave is taking her recent loss to Betsy Markey really, really hard.  —  Musgrave, a Republican who's been representing Colorado's 4th District since 2002, became part of the Republican Casualty List when she lost in a landslide …
The Trail / Washington Post:
Obama Girls Get a White House Tour  —  After trips to two D.C. private schools, Malia and Sasha Obama are getting a special personal tour of the White House this afternoon, accompanied by grandma Marian Robinson and their mother.  —  “Mrs. Obama greatly appreciated this invitation to provide …
Victory in Iraq Day  —  We won.  The Iraq War is over.  —  I declare November 22, 2008 to be “Victory in Iraq Day.”  (Hereafter known as “VI Day.")  —  By every measure, The United States and coalition forces have conclusively defeated all enemies in Iraq, pacified the country …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Beau Biden Will Not Accept Senate Appointment  —  Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden will not accept an appointment to the Senate to replace his father, according to knowledgeable state sources, a decision that scrambles the race to to replace the vice president-elect in the Senate next year.
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: Matthew Yglesias
Don Feder /
THE TRAGIC PREDICTABILITY OF THE JEWISH VOTE  —  Back in the 1980s, during the euphoria of the Reagan-era, Neo-cons like Norman Podhoretz and Irving Kristol predicted a seismic shift in Jewish voting patterns.  —  Once American Jews discovered that voting Republican was crucial for the survival …
Mere Rhetoric:
OBAMA'S TOP NSA AND CIA PICKS: HARSH ON ISRAEL, SYMPATHETIC TO IRAN AND HEZBOLLAH  —  Well that was totally unpredictable wasn't it? … Totally, totally unpredictable: … The US should exercise “strategic patience” with Iran - who as of today has four navy bases in the Gulf …
Peter J. Parisi / Washington Times:
McCain owes GOP a second concession speech  —  ANALYSIS/OPINION:  —  As is customary on election night, Republican presidential nominee John McCain called his rival, Barack Obama, to concede defeat and graciously wish the Illinois Democrat well as he prepares to move into the White House in January.
Discussion: protein wisdom
Jonestown reflections: 30 years later  —  The other evening I turned on the TV and came across this CNN documentary entitled “Escape from Jonestown.”  I watched for the next two hours, because to my surprise it turned out to be riveting.  —  Even though I recall Jonestown well and thought …
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David Brooks / New York Times:
The Formerly Middle Class
Discussion: DMI Blog and Gawker
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Draft Sarah group surfaces
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Hot Air
Kevin Duchschere / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Board confirms Coleman-Franken vote, triggering recount
Wall Street Journal:
‘No Excuses’ for Liberals
Discussion: Commentary
Russ Bynum / Associated Press:
Chambliss challenges explosion subpoena
Discussion: Firedoglake, Daily Kos and Fresh Loaf
David Montgomery / Washington Post:
Bill Ayers Delivers Two Speeches in Washington
Discussion: City Desk and Washington Wire
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Romanette: Tony Mauro at Legal Times alerted people last week …
 Earlier Items: 
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Unions and the Collapse  —  As this nifty video compilation shows …
Discussion: L'Hôte
Warner Todd Huston /
LA Times Only Just Notices Obama Has Thin Resume?
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Marc Ambinder:
“If You Leak, You're Gone.”  —  Several Obama transition staffers …
Chris / TVNewser:
E.D. Hill To Leave Fox News Channel