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12:05 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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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 …
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,” …
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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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 …
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
Jonathan D. Salant / Bloomberg:
Clinton May Need to Pay Off Debt Before Accepting Cabinet Post  —  Nov. 19 (Bloomberg) — Hillary Clinton will face a financial decision if she is nominated as secretary of state: what to do about the more than $7 million in debts left over from her presidential campaign.
Discussion: TIME.com
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Two for the Price of Two  —  Bill Clinton was feeling grumpy toward Barack Obama.
Discussion: Commentary and rubber hose
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
State: HRC's ticket to debt forgiveness?
Discussion: Wonkette
Noemie Emery / Weekly Standard:
An Exceedingly Strange New Respect
Discussion: Power Line
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.
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 does the bidding of whites.
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CNN:
Al Qaeda message castigates Obama  —  (CNN) — A purported message from al Qaeda's deputy leader posted on Islamist Web sites on Wednesday told President-elect Barack Obama that “a heavy legacy of failure and crimes awaits you.”  —  In the video, Ayman al-Zawahiri, al Qaeda's No. 2 …
Discussion: Donklephant
Time:
Al-Qaeda No. 2 Insults Obama in Audio Message
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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National Review:
Confirming Fears  —  That didn't take long.  —  As we observed throughout the campaign, Barack Obama gave indications that his election would mean a return to the September 10 mentality, a national-security outlook marked prominently by its lack of seriousness about the terrorist threat.
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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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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: Marc Ambinder, Hot Air and GretaWire
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.
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
 
 
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Washington Post:
Senators Urge Bush to Stop Converting Political Posts to Civil Service Jobs
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
EPA Proposal Would Ease Clean-Air Rules for National Parks
Discussion: TPMMuckraker and AMERICAblog News
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
Josh Levin / Slate:
Why is Barack Obama obsessed with reforming college football?
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Fighting the Last War
Discussion: Upturned Earth
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
A Sea of Unwanted Imports