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1:35 PM ET, November 18, 2008

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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Lieberman: Suck On That, Liberals!  —  digg it  —  Cillizza: … 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.
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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.
Washington Post:
Democrats Let Lieberman Keep Committee Chair  —  Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) easily won a vote to remain chairman of a key committee today and will stay in the Democratic caucus despite his high-profile criticism of President-elect Barack Obama and his support of Sen. John McCain during the presidential campaign.
Discussion: Firedoglake and MyDD
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
It's Official: Lieberman Keeps Homeland Security Chairmanship  —  Senator Harry Reid just spoke to reporters after the private caucus meeting with Dems over Joe Lieberman's fate, and he confirmed it: Lieberman will not be stripped of his Homeland Security chairmanship, because the “vast majority” …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Marisa Katz / Rough Sketch:
Capitol Punishment  —  It's a rare double hanging in the Capitol this morning.  —  In the Old Senate Chamber, Senate Democrats are meeting to decide the fate of apostate colleague Joe Lieberman.  His crime: backing John McCain.  —  A couple of doors down, in the Mansfield Room …
John Bresnahan / The Crypt's Blogs:
Lieberman keeps Homeland Security post  —  Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) offered a qualified apology — and accepted a relatively light punishment — in exchange for a deal that keeps him firmly in the Senate Democratic fold.  —  Democrats, meeting in the Capitol this morning …
Discussion: Swampland and Ben Smith's Blogs
Manu Raju / The Hill:
Lieberman gets slap, keeps gavel
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,” …
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
CLINTON AND 2016.  —  The Guardian is reporting that Hlllary Clinton has accepted the Secretary of State gig.  The New York Times is reporting that Bill is still tangled in the vetting process.  So it's hard to say where the negotiations stand.  But an overwhelming amount of the commentary …
zombietime:
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 …
Discussion: RIGHTWINGSPARKLE
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Zogby Engages in Apparent Push Polling for Right-Wing Website  —  The conservative website HowObamaGotElected.com 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.
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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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: TIME.com
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.
Paul Richter / Los Angeles Times:
Holbrooke lobbying to be secretary of State  —  The former U.N. ambassador faces a diplomatic test: convincing Obama to give him the prized job when he has a history of conflict with some of the president-elect's advisors.  —  Reporting from Washington — Former Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke negotiated …
Discussion: TIME.com
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 …
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.
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.
Marc Ambinder:
“If You Leak, You're Gone.”  —  Several Obama transition staffers have put a version of that quotation in transition co-chief John Podesta's mouth.  —  Many of the major staff appointments so far - Rahm Emanuel as chief of staff, Greg Craig as White House counsel, the fact of the Clinton meeting …
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 …
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
California Asks Court to Weigh Ban on Gay Marriage  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The California attorney general asked the State Supreme Court on Monday to review the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the voter initiative passed two weeks ago that bans same-sex marriage.
Discussion: ACSBlog
Don Feder / GrasstopsUSA.com:
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 …
Discussion: Power Line and Israpundit
 
 
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Warner Todd Huston / NewsBusters.org:
LA Times Only Just Notices Obama Has Thin Resume?
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E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
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Lyndsey Layton / Washington Post:
A Dramatic Rescue for Doomed Wild Horses of the West
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Will Blogs Kill Political Magazines?
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Brian M. Johnson / www.redstate.com:
Grover Asks Feds for $700 Billion
Discussion: atr.org and Right Wing Watch
Val Willingham / CNN:
Half of primary-care doctors in survey would leave medicine
Discussion: www.redstate.com and Donklephant
 Earlier Items: 
Gale Holland / Los Angeles Times:
CSU may cut future enrollment by 10,000
Discussion: Don Surber
Matthew Pinsker / Los Angeles Times:
Lincoln and the myth of ‘Team of Rivals’
Discussion: The Opinionator
PageOneQ:
International food chain responds to blogger's demands, franchisee …
Discussion: Campaign Silo