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12:50 AM ET, November 20, 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Court plunged back into the same-sex marriage wars Wednesday, agreeing to decide the legality of a ballot measure that repealed the right of gay and lesbian couples to wed in California.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
Ryan Powers / Think Progress:
Huckabee: Prop.  8 Did Not ‘Prohibit’ Same-Sex Marriage  —  Conservative talker Bill Bennett interviewed Mike Huckabee on his radio show this morning.  In the course of their interview, Huckabee falsely claimed that in approving Prop.  8, California did not “ban” or “prohibit” marriage equality …
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
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
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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 …
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.
Discussion: MyDD and Minnesota Independent
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Foon Rhee / Boston Globe:   Kerry expected to get top foreign affairs panel post
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
Megan / Jezebel:
The 10 Sexiest Everyday Men Of 2008 [Must List]  —  When People announced its Sexiest Man Alive today — Hugh Jackman, you may recall — we thought, well, that's all well and good and he is hot, but what about the guys who don't (necessarily) grace the big and small screens but do get our hearts a-twitter and our loins a-twitchin'?
CBS News:
Lieberman On Obama, Post-Campaign Politcs  —  CBS News Exclusive: Independent Who Backed McCain, Offending Allies, Gives First Post-Election Interview … Lieberman: I think what the Democratic caucus did yesterday in response to the appeal from president-elect Obama was to say “it's time for us to reconcile, to close ranks.
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Arizonan will head Homeland Security  —  Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano (D) has been chosen to serve as secretary of the vast and troubled Department of Homeland Security for President-elect Obama, Democratic officials said.  Napolitano is a border governor who will now be responsible …
Discussion: Reuters
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Josh Levs / CNN:
Big Three auto CEOs flew private jets to ask for taxpayer money
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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: Bloomberg and Israpundit
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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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 …
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
[UPDATED] On First Day of Recount, Franken Gains Net of 43 Votes on Coleman
Discussion: MyDD and Donklephant
Anuj Chopra / Christian Science Monitor:
India leads fight against Somali pirates  —  An Indian warship sank a Somali pirate ‘mother ship.’ At least 91 ships have been hijacked this year off the coast of Somalia.  — E-mail a friend - Print this - Letter to the Editor - Republish - - Get e-mail alerts - RSS  —  PUNE, INDIA -
Discussion: Forbes, Telegraph and Megan McArdle
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CNN:
India claims pirate ship sunk
Discussion: The New Republic
Jacob Sullum / Reason:
Eric Holder Nips Marijuana in the Bud and Invents a Time Cover Story  —  Barack Obama's selection of Eric Holder as his attorney general is a very discouraging sign for anyone who hoped the new administration would de-escalate the war on drugs.  As Dave Weigel noted earlier today …
Washington Wire:
Palin Congratulates Begich after Sen. Stevens Concedes  —  Joel Millman reports on the Senate race in Alaska.  —  Sen. Ted Stevens, the man Alaskans know as “Uncle Ted”, quietly conceded his re-election fight Wednesday, a day after his opponent defeated the 85-year old Republican.
Discussion: The Sleuth
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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 …
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 …
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
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.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Dems see new signs Gates will stay  —  If Gates stays, no reconfirmation hearing would be needed, officials said.  —  Keeping Gates at the helm would help give Obama political cover for a gradual reduction of U.S. forces in Iraq and would enhance his relationship with Gen. David Petraeus …
Discussion: Hot Air
 
 
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