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2:05 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.
Discussion: protein wisdom
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: Don Surber
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
KATHLEEN PARKER TAKES ON THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT.... In September, Kathleen Parker, a conservative syndicated columnist, raised quite a few eyebrows when she explained that Sarah Palin had no business running for national office.  “If BS were currency, Palin could bail out Wall Street herself,” …
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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.
Helene Cooper / The Caucus:
Daschle Nominated to Human Services Cabinet Post  —  Update |  12:59 p.m. CHICAGO — ­President-elect Barack Obama has offered the nomination of Secretary of Health and Human Services to his Tom Daschle of South Dakota, the former Democratic Senate leader who was an early supporter of Mr. Obama's run for the presidency.
Discussion: The Plank
The Trail / Washington Post:
Obama Picks Daschle for HHS  —  President-elect Barack Obama has chosen his close confidant and former Senate Majority Leader Thomas Daschle to serve as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, according to several sources close to the transition.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
DASCHLE TO HEAD HHS?.... Even before the election, drafts …
Discussion: The Politico and Kevin Drum
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Reports: Daschle accepts job as HHS Secretary.»
Discussion: The New Republic and The Reaction
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
A Force for Good — but Not at State  —  It may be moot and it certainly is presumptuous, but I would be less than honest with readers if I did not say what I believe: Making Hillary Rodham Clinton the secretary of state in Barack Obama's administration would be a mistake.
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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 …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Madam Secretary?  —  So President-elect Barack Obama is …
Discussion: marbury
Media Matters for America:   For second day in a row, NY Times falsely suggested Bill Clinton …
Malcolm X / MSNBC:
Al-Qaida No. 2 says Obama betrays race  —  In first video since election, he says president-elect does bidding of whites  —  CAIRO, Egypt - 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!
CNN:
Al Qaeda message castigates Obama
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and Donklephant
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.
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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
ABOUT THAT CHENEY INDICTMENT.... At first blush, the headline looked pretty extraordinary: “Texas Grand Jury Indicts Cheney, Gonzales on Charges Related to Prisons.”  Wait, Dick Cheney's been indicted?  It sounded too good to be true, in large part because it is.
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Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Steele chastises ‘country club’ GOP  —  Vows to help transform party  —  Republican National Committee Chairman candidate Michael S. Steele castigated Republican Party leadership Tuesday for having a “country club” mentality and being out of touch, and said if he is chosen to represent the party …
Bertel Schmitt / thetruthaboutcars.com:
Chinese Automakers May Buy GM and Chrysler  —  Chinese carmakers SAIC and Dongfeng have plans to acquire GM and Chrysler, China's 21st Century Business Herald reports today.  [A National Enquirer the paper is not.  It is one of China's leading business newspapers, with a daily readership over three million.]
 
 
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Edward Wong / New York Times:
The Dead Tell a Tale China Doesn't Care to Listen To
Paul Walsh / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Opening seals, sorting ballots: Minnesota's Senate recount begins
Discussion: Daily Kos
The New Republic:
Hooray for Holder  —  Eric Holder looks like Obama's pick for attorney general.
Discussion: Think Progress, Salon and The Impolitic
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Hawaii stands ready to become the Big Kahuna in Washington
Mike Allen / The Politico:
62 days to Inauguration …
John Bresnahan / The Crypt's Blogs:
Not quite Senator-elect Franken meets with Reid
Discussion: TIME.com, ActBlue and The Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
A Former Anchor, Dan Abrams, to Form a Consulting Firm
Discussion: Portfolio
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
How much was your vote worth? Obama often outbid McCain
National Review:
Confirming Fears
Josh Levin / Slate:
Why is Barack Obama obsessed with reforming college football?
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Fighting the Last War
Discussion: Kevin Drum and Upturned Earth
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
A Sea of Unwanted Imports