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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.
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” …
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
Manu Raju / The Hill:
Lieberman gets slap, keeps gavel  —  Senate Democrats refused Tuesday to strip Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) of his prized chairmanship of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.  —  After months of acrimony between him and his former party, Democrats ultimately decided …
John Bresnahan / The Crypt's Blogs:
Lieberman keeps Homeland Security post
Discussion: Swampland and Ben Smith's Blogs
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 …
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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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 …
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.
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
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.
Warner Todd Huston / NewsBusters.org:
LA Times Only Just Notices Obama Has Thin Resume?  —  Interestingly, Dan Morain of the L.A. Times has just discovered that Barack Obama has a pretty thin resume prior to being elevated to the presidency.  Between 1993 and '96, Obama, the much-ballyhooed “Constitutional scholar,” …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
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.
Discussion: Shakesville and Philly.com
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
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
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 …
Daniel Libit / The Politico:
Podesta nonprofit to take center stage  —  The changing of parties in the White House inevitably brings a reordering of Washington's think tanks.  —  Come January, perhaps none will be more piped into the executive branch than the 5-year-old Center for American Progress, known for its emphasis on outreach and online messaging.
Discussion: Bloomberg and Matthew Yglesias
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 …
Michael Abramowitz / Washington Post:
Bush's Reversal on Iraq Deadline Gives Obama Flexibility  —  By agreeing to a fixed deadline for the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq, President Bush contradicted years of promises that he would never agree to anything but a “conditions-based” plan for phasing out the American military role there.
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN and Hot Air
 
 
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THE BIG QUESTION — Nov. 18
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Half of primary-care doctors in survey would leave medicine
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