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10:40 AM 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 …
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 …
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.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Madam Secretary?  —  So President-elect Barack Obama is considering Hillary Clinton as secretary of state.  How should we feel about that?  —  Mrs. Clinton is a serious person.  She is smart, tough, cunning, hard-working and knows the world — all key qualities for a secretary of state.
Discussion: Commentary
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 …
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
Wall Street Journal:
Bill Clinton Seeks to Smooth Wife's Path
Discussion: TalkLeft and Commentary
Jonathan D. Salant / Bloomberg:
Clinton May Need to Pay Off Debt Before Accepting Cabinet Post
Discussion: The Politico and
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.
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 …
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Sen. Ted Stevens Loses Reelection Bid
Discussion: Truthdig
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.
Associated Press:   Texas Grand Jury Indicts Cheney, Gonzales on Charges Related to Prisons
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.
Associated Press:
Al-Qaida No. 2 insults Obama in new audio message  —  CAIRO,Egypt (AP) - 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.
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 …
Boston Globe:
Democrats let Lieberman keep key chairmanship
Discussion: The Heretik, BAGnewsNotes and MSNBC
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Won't Take Yes for an Answer
Discussion: TBogg and Swampland
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: Hot Air and GretaWire
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.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Fighting the Last War  —  I was at an interesting discussion with an ideologically diverse group of people last night of the future of financial regulations.  One thing that there was broad agreement on that hadn't really snapped into focus for me previously is the idea that doing rigorously …
Discussion: Upturned Earth
Josh Levin / Slate:
Why is Barack Obama obsessed with reforming college football?  —  Barack Obama has revealed his first major policy initiative: college football reform.  In Obama's first televised interview since winning the presidency, he explained what's wrong with the current system …
Nate Silver /
An Interview with John Ziegler on the Zogby “Push Poll”  —  I had the chance this afternoon to speak with John Ziegler, a documentary filmmaker and former radio talk show host who built the website and is promoting a forthcoming documentary of the same name.
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 …
Discussion: The Swamp
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Ariana Eunjung Cha / Washington Post:
China's Environmental Retreat
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Naming National Security Team Will Be a Priority for Obama
Discussion: The Caucus and
Ian Welsh / Firedoglake:
The Lieberman-Obama Pony Plan
Discussion: American Street
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
 Earlier Items: 
Jefferson / Blue Grass, Red State:
Democrats Attempt Full Precinct Disenfranchisement, ACLU Silent
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Atlas Shrugs
Pete Donohue / NY Daily News:
Your subway car will feel like sardine can!
Discussion: New York Times and Gothamist