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4:00 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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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 …
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,” …
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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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
TOM DASCHLE: HEALTH CZAR.  —  CNN is reporting that Tom Daschle will not only be Health and Human Services Secretary, but also health reform czar under the Obama administration.  This is huge news, and the clearest evidence yet that Obama means to pursue comprehensive health reform.
Discussion: Think Progress and Hullabaloo
The Trail / Washington Post:
Obama Picks Daschle for HHS
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Daschle at HHS = Good News for Health Reform
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Daschle Accepts Offer to Be Health Secretary
Discussion: www.redstate.com and Corrente
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Reports: Daschle accepts job as HHS Secretary.»
Discussion: The New Republic
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 …
David Corn / MoJoBlog:   Obama's First Drama: Hillary Clinton
David Bromwich / The Huffington Post:
Reconciliation without Truth
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Media Matters for America:
For second day in a row, NY Times falsely suggested Bill Clinton …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
State: HRC's ticket to debt forgiveness?
Discussion: New York Times, Bloomberg and Wonkette
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.
The New Republic:
Hooray for Holder  —  Eric Holder looks like Obama's pick for attorney general.  I've been impressed by him ever since interviewing him in the '90s, when he was U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia and identified the phenomenon of the single “unreachable” D.C. juror …
Discussion: CNN
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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.
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 …
Discussion: The Swamp
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Eve Fairbanks / The New Republic:
John Boehner, Cleverest Republican in Washington
Reuters:
Texas grand jury indicts Cheney, Gonzales of crime  —  HOUSTON (Reuters) - A grand jury in South Texas indicted U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney and former attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Tuesday for “organized criminal activity” related to alleged abuse of inmates in private prisons.
Discussion: Democracy in America
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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 …
Discussion: The Reaction
John Bresnahan / The Crypt's Blogs:
Not quite Senator-elect Franken meets with Reid  —  Al Franken is living in electoral limbo, but he's walking the Senate halls today nonetheless, and meeting with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.  —  Franken is heading into a recount in Minnesota, and told reporters gathered in a Senate hallway …
Discussion: TIME.com
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Foon Rhee / Boston Globe:   Kerry expected to get top foreign affairs panel post
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 …
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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The Hill:
Big Three Bailout Is a Bad Idea (Sen. Mike Enzi)
Discussion: The Swamp
The Huffington Post:
Dean Basks In Election Results, Offers Hints Of The Future
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
Edward Wong / New York Times:
The Dead Tell a Tale China Doesn't Care to Listen To
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Walsh / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Opening seals, sorting ballots: Minnesota's Senate recount begins
Discussion: Daily Kos
Bertel Schmitt / thetruthaboutcars.com:
Chinese Automakers May Buy GM and Chrysler
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Hawaii stands ready to become the Big Kahuna in Washington