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1:00 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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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,” …
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 …
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 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: marbury and 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 …
Media Matters for America:
For second day in a row, NY Times falsely suggested Bill Clinton …
Jonathan D. Salant / Bloomberg:
Clinton May Need to Pay Off Debt Before Accepting Cabinet Post
Discussion: TIME.com
Noemie Emery / Weekly Standard:
An Exceedingly Strange New Respect
Discussion: Power Line and American Power
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
State: HRC's ticket to debt forgiveness?
Discussion: The Swamp and Wonkette
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.
Time:
Al-Qaeda No. 2 Insults Obama in Audio Message
Discussion: The New Republic and TIME.com
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 …
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Jonathan Weisman / Wall Street Journal:
Emanuel Sets a Challenge  —  President-elect Barack Obama's incoming White House chief of staff challenged chief executives and other business leaders Tuesday night to join the new administration in a push for universal health care, saying incremental increases in coverage won't be acceptable.
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 …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
How much was your vote worth?  Obama often outbid McCain  —  Bet you didn't know how much your vote cost to get.  —  Here's the kind of stuff real politics fans revel in: Which candidate spent the most TV advertising money per vote rec eived?  —  And where was that?
Discussion: protein wisdom
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Mary Gilbert / National Journal Online:
Dollars Per Vote: The Best Buys Of The Race
Discussion: The Buzz
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.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
62 days to Inauguration — Senator Clinton likely to be named SecState in next seven days  —  Good Wednesday morning.  Katie Couric, anchor and managing editor of the “CBS Evening News,” will speak with Senator Joe Lieberman today in Washington in an exclusive interview to be broadcast tonight.
 
 
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Next for the movement
Discussion: Marc Ambinder and techPresident
John Bresnahan / The Crypt's Blogs:
Not quite Senator-elect Franken meets with Reid
Discussion: TIME.com, ActBlue and The Politico
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
A Former Anchor, Dan Abrams, to Form a Consulting Firm
Discussion: Portfolio and Romenesko
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Cheney Indicted  —  We lost.  They won in a fair fight.  No whining.
 Earlier Items: 
Ryan Powers / Think Progress:
New ethics complaint filed against Palin.
Discussion: Anchorage Daily News
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