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3:05 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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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.
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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 …
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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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 …
Discussion: marbury
David Corn / MoJoBlog:   Obama's First Drama: Hillary Clinton
Media Matters for America:   For second day in a row, NY Times falsely suggested Bill Clinton …
Mike Allen / The Politico:   62 days to Inauguration …
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.
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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 …
Associated Press:
Al-Qaida No. 2 insults Obama with racial epithet … CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - 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.
CNN:
Al Qaeda message castigates Obama
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and Donklephant
CNN:
Daschle the choice for Health and Human Services  —  CHICAGO (CNN) — Three sources close to the transition and in a position to know tell CNN that former Sen. Tom Daschle is President-elect Barack Obama's choice to be Secretary of Health and Human Services and the former Senate Majority Leader has indicated he wants the job.
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Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Daschle at HHS = Good News for Health Reform  —  So much health care news, so little time to blog.  But let me weigh in on the news, via, CNN, that Tom Daschle will be Secretary of Health and Human Services.  He will also serve as the White House point person on health care reform.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
DASCHLE TO HEAD HHS?.... Even before the election, drafts …
Discussion: The Politico and Kevin Drum
Jackie Kucinich / The Hill:
Boehner, McCotter prevail; Sessions takes over NRCC  —  House Minority Leader John Boehner (Ohio) and Thaddeus McCotter (Mich.) held on to their GOP leadership positions Wednesday while Rep. Pete Sessions (Texas) is taking over Rep. Tom Cole's (Okla.) post.  —  During mostly predictable …
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Eve Fairbanks / The New Republic:
John Boehner, Cleverest Republican in Washington
Ben Pershing / Capitol Briefing:
Sessions Elected NRCC Chair; Cantor Becomes Whip
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Preliminary facts and thoughts about Eric Holder  —  (updated below)  —  Even before there has been a single Cabinet selection announced, I'm already weary from all the gossip and chatter about potential appointees, but, at least for me, the position of Attorney General is different.
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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 …
Matt Canham / Salt Lake Tribune:
Election surprise: Obama won Salt Lake County voters' nod  —  Politics » Democrats say win is a big step for party's plans in Beehive State.  —  Updated election results released Tuesday show that Salt Lake County voters favored Barack Obama over John McCain — but just barely …
Dave Helling / KansasCity.com Prime Buzz:
McCain wins Missouri.  Kind of.  Two weeks later.  Obama is still the prez, of course...  It looks like John McCain has won Missouri — the last state not marked in either red or blue on the electoral map.  —  The Missouri Secretary of State's office said Tuesday night …
 
 
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