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12:30 PM ET, November 19, 2008

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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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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 refuses to disclose source of speaking fees … In a November 18 New York Times article about whether Sen. Hillary Clinton would accept the position of secretary of state in an Obama administration, Raymond Hernandez and Michael Luo reported …
Jonathan D. Salant / Bloomberg:
Clinton May Need to Pay Off Debt Before Accepting Cabinet Post
Discussion: TIME.com
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
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,” …
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
Discussion: Donklephant
Time:
Al-Qaeda No. 2 Insults Obama in Audio Message
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
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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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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 …
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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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 …
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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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.
 
 
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John Bresnahan / The Crypt's Blogs:
Not quite Senator-elect Franken meets with Reid
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
A Former Anchor, Dan Abrams, to Form a Consulting Firm
Discussion: Portfolio and Romenesko
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
EPA Proposal Would Ease Clean-Air Rules for National Parks
Discussion: TPMMuckraker and AMERICAblog News
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Cheney Indicted  —  We lost.  They won in a fair fight.  No whining.
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