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10:45 PM ET, November 19, 2008

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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:
Prop. 8 foes win right to challenge measure, but problems lie ahead  —  (11-19) 18:32 PST SAN FRANCISCO — The state Supreme Court plunged back into the same-sex marriage wars Wednesday, agreeing to decide the legality of a ballot measure that repealed the right of gay and lesbian couples to wed in California.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Mike Tidmus
Bee Capitol / Sacramento Bee:
Supreme Court takes up gay marriage issue  —  The California Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to consider complaints by opponents of Proposition 8 that it improperly revised the constitution to ban gay marriage.  The court declined to stay its enforcement in the meantime.
Discussion: MyDD, Mike Tidmus, SFist and Campaign Silo
Ryan Powers / Think Progress:   Huckabee: Prop. 8 Did Not ‘Prohibit’ Same-Sex Marriage
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.
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
The Trail / Washington Post:
Obama Picks Daschle for HHS
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Rep. Ackerman: Auto Execs' Private Jet Travel Like Guy At ‘The Soup Kitchen In High Hat And Tuxedo’  —  Today, the CEOs of the Detroit Big Three returned to Capitol Hill to ask for $25 billion in loans.  Testifying before the House Financial Services Committee, General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner insisted …
Discussion: Brian Beutler and Alternate Brain
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Mitt Romney / New York Times:
Let Detroit Go Bankrupt  —  IF General Motors, Ford and Chrysler …
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
Jon Ward / Washington Times:
Norm Coleman for RNC chair?  —  Minnesota Republican Sen. Norm Coleman is locked in a recount battle with comedian Al Franken to retain his seat.  —  But a Republican colleague of Mr. Coleman's on Wednesday floated his name as a potential chairman of the Republican National Committee.
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Foon Rhee / Boston Globe:   Kerry expected to get top foreign affairs panel post
Declan McCullagh / CBS News:
Rewarding Failure: Why Stop With Big 3?  —  With Tongue In Cheek, Declan McCullagh Urges Treasury Chief To Bail Out Everybody … The Honorable Henry Paulson  —  U.S. Department of the Treasury  —  1500 Pennsylvania Avenue NW  —  Washington, DC 20220  —  Dear Secretary Paulson:
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Julie Hirschfeld Davis / Associated Press:
Finger-pointing begins as Senate nixes auto vote
Discussion: Israpundit and Bloomberg
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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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
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Stevens ousted; Dems eye power of 60  —  The Democratic pursuit of 60 Senate seats received new life Tuesday night after Alaska Democrat Mark Begich was declared the winner against Ted Stevens, the longest-serving Republican in the Senate.  —  Begich defeated the Senate giant by a 3,724-vote margin …
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CNN:
Stevens concedes race
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
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.
James Shiffer / Whistleblower:
One challenge headed to the state so far in Plymouth  —  The bubble beside Norm Coleman's name appeared to have both an X and a squiggle in it, but the Al Franken campaign wants the state Canvassing Board to rule on whether it should count.  That's the only challenge in the special envelope …
Discussion: Blue Grass, Red State
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Paul Walsh / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Opening seals, sorting ballots: Minnesota's Senate recount begins
The Latest Word:
Longmont Times-Call staffers invited to work as valets at owner's Christmas party  —  The online logo of the Longmont Times-Call.  —  Talk about a sign of the times in the journalism industry.  Staffers at the Longmont Times-Call recently received an internal e-mail inviting them to work …
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.
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
 
 
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Sean Oxendine / The Next Right:
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