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8:45 AM ET, November 20, 2008

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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 …
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Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
Ariz. Governor Said to Be Pick For Homeland Security Post
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
[UPDATED] On First Day of Recount, Franken Gains Net of 43 Votes on Coleman  —  According to data just released by the Minnesota Secretary of State, Al Franken has gained a net of 43 votes on the first day of that state's recount process.  Norm Coleman had a lead of 215 voters over Franken …
Discussion: MyDD and Donklephant
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Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Recount: Norm Coleman's lead over Al Franken shrinks  —  The Great Minnesota Recount kicked off Wednesday with masses of volunteers for Republican U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman and Democratic challenger Al Franken moving into a fresh phase of the struggle: eyeballing the first of 2.9 million ballots …
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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Jay Bookman / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Martin puts Georgians' needs first  —  Chambliss fights for corporations  —  Jim Martin and Sen. Saxby Chambliss may be former fraternity brothers at the University of Georgia, but they look, act, think and speak in very different ways.  The two candidates in the Dec. 2 Senate runoff offer Georgia voters a stark choice.
Discussion: Daily Kos and The E&P Pub
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Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Georgia Senate  —  Chambliss Ahead by Four in Georgia Run-off Race  —  Republican incumbent Saxby Chambliss holds a four-point lead over Democratic challenger Jim Martin in Georgia's closely-watched Senate runoff race, according to the first Rasmussen Reports survey in the state since Election Day.
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 -
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Michelle Malkin:
eHarmony forced to offer same-sex dating services  —  So, this is “progress?” eHarmony, a Christian-targeted dating website, gets sued by a gay man demanding that the business match him up with a same-sex partner.  The New Jersey Attorney General intervenes on behalf of the gay plaintiff …
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David Colker / Los Angeles Times:
EHarmony to offer same-sex matches after New Jersey settlement
Discussion: Jezebel
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Auto Execs Fly Corporate Jets to D.C., Tin Cups in Hand  —  There are 24 daily nonstop flights from Detroit to the Washington area.  Richard Wagoner, Alan Mulally and Robert Nardelli probably should have taken one of them.  —  Instead, the chief executives of the Big Three automakers opted …
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Josh Levs / CNN:
Big Three auto CEOs flew private jets to ask for taxpayer money
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Health Insurers Offer to Accept All Applicants, on Condition  —  WASHINGTON — The health insurance industry said Wednesday that it would support a health care overhaul requiring insurers to accept all customers, regardless of illness or disability.  But in return, the industry said …
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'?
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Obama's Pick of Daschle May Test Conflict-of-Interest Pledge  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama's selection of former Senator Tom Daschle for secretary of health and human services posed new questions on Wednesday about how broadly the new administration would apply …
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
TOM DASCHLE: HEALTH CZAR.
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
Desi / Greatscat!:
Where is the love?  —  11-19-08: CNN: George Bush snubbed at the G20 Summit.  Everyone greeting each other and shaking hands, but Bush walks with his head down like the dejected most unpopular kid in high school.  —Diane  —  Welcome Kossacks!  Hope you'll check out the site …
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 …
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 …
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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Megan McArdle:
Have we beaten the CEOs up enough?  —  Matt Yglesias and I are debating whether the CEOs of major financial institutions are walking away from the financial crisis laughing, or whether they have actually been punished by the failure of their firms and loss of their jobs.
Discussion: EconLog and Matthew Yglesias
 
 
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Jeffrey Goldberg:
One Reason Hillary Could be Extraordinary at State
Discussion: marbury
Joaquin Sapien / The Politico:
Will Bush's midnight rules be reversible?
Discussion: Associated Press and The RBC
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Waxman Advances in Struggle to Wrest Committee From Dingell
Discussion: Open Left
New York Times:
New York Police Fight With U.S. on Surveillance
Discussion: The Politico
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Dems see new signs Gates will stay
Discussion: Hot Air
 Earlier Items: 
Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
Buyout-Depleted ‘Star-Ledger’ Reassigns Two Journos — To Mailroom
Discussion: Romenesko
NPR:
Rep. Frank Wants Bailout Shared With Automakers
CNN:
McCain wins Missouri; State's streak over!