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9:35 AM ET, November 19, 2008

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Michael R. Blood / Associated Press:
Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens loses re-election bid  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Sen. Ted Stevens, the longest serving Republican in Senate history, narrowly lost his re-election bid Tuesday, marking the downfall of a Washington political power …
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Sean Cockerham / Anchorage Daily News:
Begich topples Stevens in Senate race  —  Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens lost his job to Mark Begich on Tuesday, putting an end to the era of “Uncle Ted” as the dominant force in Alaska politics.  —  Begich, the Democratic mayor of Anchorage, widened his lead to 3,724 votes in Tuesday's count of absentee and questioned ballots.
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Sen. Ted Stevens Loses Reelection Bid
Discussion: Truthdig
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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Noemie Emery / Weekly Standard:
An Exceedingly Strange New Respect  —  Hillary Clinton makes friends in some surprising precincts.  —  ‘Strange new respect’ is the term coined by Tom Bethell, an unhappy conservative, to describe the press adulation given those who drift leftward, those who grow “mature,” “wise,” and …
Discussion: Power Line
Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
Ted Kennedy asks Hillary Clinton to head Senate healthcare team  —  She has not indicated whether she will take the job if she does not become Obama's secretary of State, but expanding coverage has been one of her goals for years.  —  Reporting from Washington — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton …
Discussion: TIME.com and Truthdig
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Madam Secretary?  —  So President-elect Barack Obama is …
Discussion: Commentary
Jonathan D. Salant / Bloomberg:
Clinton May Need to Pay Off Debt Before Accepting Cabinet Post
WJXT-TV:
Hillary Clinton Wins Most Write-In Votes; Jesus Gets 23
Discussion: Pensito Review
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.
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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Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Steele chastises ‘country club’ GOP
Discussion: Townhall.com
CNN:
Texas grand jury indicts Cheney, Gonzales  —  (CNN) — Vice President Dick Cheney and former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales have been indicted on separate charges related to alleged prisoner abuse in federal detention centers, Willacy County, Texas, District Attorney Juan Angel Guerra told CNN Tuesday.
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Manu Raju / The Hill:
Obama exerts his power  —  President-elect Barack Obama, in the latest of several moves to heal election wounds, persuaded Democrats to reject stiff punishment for Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) despite his campaign efforts for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).  —  Lieberman is the beneficiary …
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Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Won't Take Yes for an Answer
Discussion: Swampland and TBogg
Boston Globe:
Democrats let Lieberman keep key chairmanship
Discussion: The Heretik and BAGnewsNotes
MSNBC:
Al-Qaida No. 2 says Obama betrays race  —  Al-Zawahri uses racial epithet in group's first message since U.S. election  —  CAIRO, Egypt - Al-Qaida No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahri has criticized President-elect Barack Obama, calling him a demeaning racial term implying that Obama is a black American who does the bidding of whites.
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Associated Press:
Al-Qaida No. 2 insults Obama in new audio message  —  CAIRO,Egypt - Al-Qaida No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahri insulted Barack Obama in the terror group's first reaction to his election, calling him a demeaning racial term implying that the president-elect is a black American who does the bidding of whites.
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Former Prosecutor Eric Holder Called Obama's Top Pick for Attorney General  —  He Would Be the First Black Attorney General  —  Eric H. Holder Jr., a former Justice Department official who was President-elect Barack Obama's campaign co-chairman, is the leading candidate to serve …
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Matt Richtel / New York Times:
A Sea of Unwanted Imports  —  LONG BEACH, Calif. — Gleaming new Mercedes cars roll one by one out of a huge container ship here and onto a pier.  Ordinarily the cars would be loaded on trucks within hours, destined for dealerships around the country.  But these are not ordinary times.
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
WAXMAN VERSUS DINGELL.  —  I haven't given this the attention it deserves, but Henry Waxman's decision to challenge John Dingell for chairman of the Energy and Commerce committee is a HUGE deal.  Energy and Commerce is, along with Ways and Means, the key House Committee, with jurisdiction over both energy and health care legislation.
Discussion: Political Machine
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Chair fight sparks fear on seniority
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Erin Aubry Kaplan / Salon:
First lady got back  —  I'm a black woman who never thought I'd see a powerful, beautiful female with a body like mine in the White House.  Then I saw Michelle Obama — and her booty!  —  Michelle Obama waves to the crowd at the Democratic convention in Denver on Aug. 25, 2008.  —  Free at last.
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 …
Discussion: GretaWire
 
 
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Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Naming National Security Team Will Be a Priority for Obama
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Ian Welsh / Firedoglake:
The Lieberman-Obama Pony Plan
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Michael J. Sniffen / Associated Press:
50 percent more US children went hungry in 2007
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Pete Donohue / NY Daily News:
Your subway car will feel like sardine can!
Discussion: New York Times and Gothamist