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9:10 PM ET, November 19, 2008

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Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
Giving Up on God  —  As Republicans sort out the reasons for their defeat, they likely will overlook or dismiss the gorilla in the pulpit.  —  Three little letters, great big problem: G-O-D.  —  I'm bathing in holy water as I type.  —  To be more specific, the evangelical, right-wing …
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Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Whither Oogedy-Boogedyism?  —  My email box runneth over with nice attaboys and more than a few interesting criticisms regarding my post about Kathleen Parker.  Keying off some of the criticisms, here's one thing I want to know, as I sit here at the Whither Conservatism conference.
Discussion: Kevin Drum and Townhall.com
Brendan Miniter / Wall Street Journal:
No Room for RINOs  —  Who will resurrect the GOP?  —  South Carolina's Mark Sanford is one of three GOP governors now being widely mentioned as potential saviors of the Republican Party between now and 2012.  All are conspicuous for calling on their own party to live up to its principles.
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Quit It Kathleen  —  To my friend Kathleen Parker — This act is getting really old.
Discussion: Hot Air and Wonkette
Maura Dolan / Los Angeles Times:
Prop. 8 gay marriage ban goes to Supreme Court  —  The California high court will review legal challenges to Prop.  8. A hearing is set for March.  Prior to a ruling, gay weddings will not be allowed to resume.  —  REPORTING FROM SAN FRANCISCO — The California Supreme Court agreed today …
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Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
State Supreme Court to hear challenges to Prop.  8  —  (11-19) 13:57 PST SAN FRANCISCO — The state Supreme Court plunged back into the same-sex marriage wars today, agreeing to decide the legality of a ballot measure that repealed the right of gay and lesbian couples to wed in California.
Discussion: Mike Tidmus
Ryan Powers / Think Progress:   Huckabee: Prop. 8 Did Not ‘Prohibit’ Same-Sex Marriage
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
TOM DASCHLE: HEALTH CZAR.  —  CNN is reporting that Tom Daschle will not only be Health and Human Services Secretary, but also health reform czar under the Obama administration.  This is huge news, and the clearest evidence yet that Obama means to pursue comprehensive health reform.
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CNN:
Daschle the choice for Health and Human Services  —  CHICAGO (CNN) — Three sources close to the transition and in a position to know tell CNN that former Sen. Tom Daschle is President-elect Barack Obama's choice to be Secretary of Health and Human Services and the former Senate Majority Leader has indicated he wants the job.
Foon Rhee / Boston Globe:   Kerry expected to get top foreign affairs panel post
Jon Ward / Washington Times:
Norm Coleman for RNC chair?
Discussion: MyDD
The Trail / Washington Post:
Obama Picks Daschle for HHS
Mitt Romney / New York Times:
Let Detroit Go Bankrupt  —  IF General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get the bailout that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye.  It won't go overnight, but its demise will be virtually guaranteed.  —  Without that bailout, Detroit will need to drastically restructure itself.
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Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
AL QAEDA'S MOST EPIC FAIL EVER.  —  Al Qaeda plays a little identity politics: … The best part about this is that a knee-jerk patriotic response implicitly rejects the notion of black American culture as oppositional by definition.  And doing so is an act of solidarity with the future President of the United States!
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CNN:
McCain wins Missouri; State's streak over!  —  From CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser, CNN Research Director Robert Yoon  —  (CNN) - It's taken more than two weeks, but we finally have a winner in Missouri.  —  Fifteen days after Election Day, Republican Sen. John McCain …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Associated Press:
McCain wins Missouri in close race against Obama
Discussion: The Politico
Dave Helling / KansasCity.com Prime Buzz:   McCain wins Missouri.  Kind of.  Two weeks later. …
David Corn / MoJoBlog:
Obama's First Drama: Hillary Clinton  —  I was agnostic on the matter of Hillary Clinton's possible appointment as secretary of state—until last night.  —  If Barack Obama, the president-elect, wanted to pull a Team of Rivals play, that had seemed fine to me.
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John Koblin / New York Observer:
Foggy Bottom, Top
Discussion: Gawker
The Politico:
Exclusive: Bill may give up foreign income  —  Negotiations between the Clintons and President-elect Obama's transition team are rapidly moving toward a formal offer of secretary of State for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), with both sides expecting a formal announcement in the next seven days …
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CNN:
Stevens concedes race  —  (CNN) - Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens has conceded defeat to Democratic challenger Mark Begich in the Alaska Senate race.  —  Stevens, 85, was the longest serving Republican senator in the chamber's history.  —  “Given the number of ballots that remain to be counted …
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Wall Street Journal:
Obama Hears a Giant Sucking Sound  —  His legacy is spent before he gets his hands on it.  —  His friends advise Barack Obama to launch a “New” New Deal.  Maybe that's because the old New Deal is sinking fast.  —  Mr. Obama's one deeply false note during the campaign was his harping on …
Discussion: Power Line
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Michelle Bachmann denies saying she wanted the media to investigate members of Congress who might be anti-American  —  John Amato's virtual online magazine...OK, It's a blog!  — Home- Archives  — Tags Directory  — Contact Us- Donate- FAQ  — Advertising- Commenting- General …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Hullabaloo
change.gov:
Policy Working Groups  —  “Today we begin in earnest the work of making sure that the world we leave our children is just a little bit better than the one we inhabit today.”  - President-elect Barack Obama  — GSA Transition Directory  —  Learn  —  Policy Working Groups
Washington Wire:
Huckabee on Palin: 'She Didn't Have to Get Bloodied'  —  Laura Meckler reports from Washington on politics.  —  Former Gov. Mike Huckabee, a once and possibly future presidential candidate, admires his fellow social conservative, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.  Really.
Discussion: TIME.com
 
 
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Amity Shlaes / Bloomberg:
Obama Will Take Us Backward By Channeling Keynes: Amity Shlaes
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Paul Krugman
Declan McCullagh / CBS News:
Rewarding Failure: Why Stop With Big 3?
Sean Oxendine / The Next Right:
Senate Preview 2010  —  In light of Patrick's earlier post …
Rick Wagoner / Wall Street Journal:
Why GM Deserves Support
Discussion: Floyd Norris
Mark Heinrich / Reuters:
Syria site hit by Israel resembled atom plant: IAEA
Discussion: Hot Air
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Sarah Palin destined to be ‘the white Oprah’?
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Bill Ayers and Sirhan Sirhan
Matt Canham / Salt Lake Tribune:
Election surprise: Obama won Salt Lake County voters' nod
Discussion: The Reaction
Edward Wong / New York Times:
The Dead Tell a Tale China Doesn't Care to Listen To
Bertel Schmitt / thetruthaboutcars.com:
Chinese Automakers May Buy GM and Chrysler
Discussion: The Huffington Post