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5:50 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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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. … Me: I don't know what's more grating, the quasi-bigotry that has you calling religious Christians low brows, gorillas and oogedy-boogedy types or the bravery-on-the-cheap as you salute — in that winsome way …
Discussion: Hot Air and Wonkette
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
KATHLEEN PARKER TAKES ON THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT.... In September …
Discussion: Liberal Values
Jonathan Weisman / Wall Street Journal:
Emanuel Sets a Challenge  —  President-elect Barack Obama's incoming White House chief of staff challenged chief executives and other business leaders Tuesday night to join the new administration in a push for universal health care, saying incremental increases in coverage won't be acceptable.
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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.
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.
The Trail / Washington Post:
Obama Picks Daschle for HHS
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Daschle at HHS = Good News for Health Reform
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Daschle Accepts Offer to Be Health Secretary
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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ABCNEWS:
Big Three CEOs Flew Private Jets to Plead for Public Funds  —  Auto Industry Close to Bankruptcy But They Get Pricey Perk  —  The CEOs of the big three automakers flew to the nation's capital yesterday in private luxurious jets to make their case to Washington that the auto industry is running …
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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David Bromwich / The Huffington Post:
Reconciliation without Truth
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Associated Press:
Al-Qaida No. 2 insults Obama with racial epithet … CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - Al-Qaida's No. 2 leader used a racial epithet to insult Barack Obama in a message posted Wednesday, describing the president-elect in demeaning terms that imply he does the bidding of whites.
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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!
Fox News:
TRANSCRIPT: English Translation of Zawahiri Message
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
Jackie Kucinich / The Hill:
Boehner, McCotter prevail; Sessions takes over NRCC  —  House Minority Leader John Boehner (Ohio) and Thaddeus McCotter (Mich.) held on to their GOP leadership positions Wednesday while Rep. Pete Sessions (Texas) is taking over Rep. Tom Cole's (Okla.) post.  —  During mostly predictable …
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Eve Fairbanks / The New Republic:
John Boehner, Cleverest Republican in Washington
Republican Leader John Boehner:
House Republicans Elect New Leadership Team
Discussion: The Swamp
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Preliminary facts and thoughts about Eric Holder  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  Even before there has been a single Cabinet selection announced, I'm already weary from all the gossip and chatter about potential appointees, but, at least for me, the position of Attorney General is different.
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The New Republic:   Hooray for Holder  —  Eric Holder looks like Obama's pick for attorney general.
New York Times:
Daschle to Be Nominee for Health Post in Obama Cabinet
Discussion: Feministe
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
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Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Stevens ousted; Dems eye power of 60
Discussion: Bloomberg and DownWithTyranny!
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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Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
State: HRC's ticket to debt forgiveness?
Discussion: New York Times, Bloomberg and Wonkette
CQ Politics:
Democratic Steering Panel Chooses Waxman Over Dingell  —  The House Democratic Steering Committee has nominated Henry A. Waxman to be chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee next year — a stinging rebuke of the sitting chairman, John D. Dingell .
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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
Matt Canham / Salt Lake Tribune:
Election surprise: Obama won Salt Lake County voters' nod  —  Politics » Democrats say win is a big step for party's plans in Beehive State.  —  Updated election results released Tuesday show that Salt Lake County voters favored Barack Obama over John McCain — but just barely …
Discussion: The Reaction
Wall Street Journal:
It's Time to Give Voters the Liberalism They Want  —  Don't believe pundits who say there's a centrist mandate.  —  It is possible, I suppose, that the pundits are right and the public didn't really mean it when it elected a liberal Democrat president and gave Democrats even larger majorities in both houses of Congress.
 
 
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Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
State Supreme Court to hear challenges to Prop. 8
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Mark Heinrich / Reuters:
Syria site hit by Israel resembled atom plant: IAEA
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Ed Hornick / CNN:
Can Lincoln's playbook help Obama in the years ahead?
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Sarah Palin destined to be ‘the white Oprah’?
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The Huffington Post:
Dean Basks In Election Results, Offers Hints Of The Future
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Foon Rhee / Boston Globe:
Kerry expected to get top foreign affairs panel post
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