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11:55 PM ET, November 20, 2008

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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Attorney general collapses  —  Attorney General Michael Mukasey collapsed Thursday night while giving a speech to the Federalist Society in Washington, according to three senior administration officials.  —  Details about Mukasey's condition were not immediately available.
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Associated Press:
Attorney General Mukasey collapses during speech  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - Attorney General Michael Mukasey collapsed during a speech Thursday night and lost consciousness, a Justice Department official said.
Wall Street Journal:
Mukasey Collapses During Speech  —  Attorney General Mukasey collapsed while giving a speech on national security to a prominent conservative lawyers' organization.  The state of his health is unknown.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
MUKASEY COLLAPSES DURING SPEECH  —  As you can see in our feature to the right, Attorney General Michael Mukasey collapsed this evening while giving a speech to Federalist Society in Washington, DC.  The only further word we've been able to find is from Mike Allen at The Politico …
PR Newswire:   Remarks Prepared for Delivery by Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey …
Paul Walsh / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Recount, Day 2: Coleman, Franken trade gains, losses  —  Today is Day 2 in the Minnesota recount of ballots in the overtime election struggle between Republican incumbent Norm Coleman and Democratic rival Al Franken.  The candidates traded modest gains and losses throughout the day.
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Minneapolis Star Tribune:
U.S. Senate recount results by county  —  Figures represent a compilation of recount data reported to the Minnesota secretary of state or gathered by the Star Tribune.  Vote totals use pre-recount results for precincts that have not yet been recounted.  Ballots challenged by the campaigns are not included in candidates' vote totals.
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
SOROS BOO$TS FRANKEN
William Glaberson / New York Times:
Judge Declares Five Detainees Held Illegally  —  A federal judge issued the Bush administration a sharp setback on Thursday, ruling that five Algerian men have been held unlawfully at the Guantánamo Bay detention camp for nearly seven years and ordering their release.
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Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
More Boumediene Fall-out: Judge Orders Release of Five Alleged Combatants
Marin Cogan / The New Republic:
Bum Rush  —  Obama's secret plan to muzzle talk radio.  Very, very secret.  —  Rush Limbaugh, Fox News, and other friends have spent the past year screaming about the horrors of Barack Obama.  And, while it's true that they talked ad nauseam about socialism and the Weathermen and Jeremiah Wright …
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama plans to name Clinton to State  —  President-elect Barack Obama is “on track” to name Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) as his secretary of state shortly after Thanksgiving, two senior Obama aides said.  —  Financial disclosure issues have been worked out, aides said.
Discussion: TIME.com and The Raw Story
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Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Waxman dethrones Dingell as chairman  —  California Rep. Henry A. Waxman on Thursday officially dethroned longtime Energy and Commerce Chairman John Dingell, upending a seniority system that has governed Democratic politics in the House for decades.  —  In a secret ballot vote in the Cannon Caucus Room …
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Paul Richter / Los Angeles Times:
Antiwar groups fear Barack Obama may create hawkish Cabinet  —  Activists note that most of the candidates for top security posts voted for the 2002 resolution authorizing President Bush to invade Iraq or otherwise supported launching the war.  —  Reporting from Washington …
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Lydia Saad / Gallup:
GOP Takes Another Image Hit Post-Election  —  Republicans favor tacking right; independents offer mixed guidance  — USA - Democrats - Favorability - Government and Politics - Political Parties - Republicans - Americas - Northern America  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The Republican Party's image …
The New Republic:
Why Arizona Dems Don't Want Napolitano at DHS  —  Arizona governor Janet Napolitano looks likely to be secretary of Homeland Security (thank you, leaky transition team).  Though many are applauding her candidacy, her pending appointment is raising anxiety among Arizona Democrats.
Matthew Rothschild / The Progressive Magazine Feed:
Obama Throws No Bones to Progressive Base  —  When is Obama going to appoint someone who reflects the progressive base that brought him to the White House?  —  He won the crucial Iowa caucuses on the strength of his anti-Iraq War stance, and many progressive peace and justice activists worked hard for him against John McCain.
CNN:
Obama's cell phone records breached  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Records from a cell phone used by President-elect Obama were improperly breached, apparently by employees of the cell phone company, his transition team said Thursday.  —  Spokesman Robert Gibbs said the team was notified Wednesday …
Wall Street Journal:
Mad Max and the Meltdown  —  How we went from Christmas to crisis.  —  Notwithstanding the cardboard Santas who seem to have arrived in stores this year near Halloween, the holiday season starts in seven days with Thanksgiving.  And so it will come to pass once again that many people …
IBDeditorials.com:
The Bank Terrorist  —  Housing: For years, a self-described “bank terrorist” blackmailed banks into making bad home loans in our inner cities.  Now those loans are defaulting by the millions, and he's blaming banks.  —  Bruce Marks, founder of the leftist Neighborhood Assistance Corp. of America …
Discussion: Moonbattery and Sister Toldjah
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The Trail / Washington Post:
Obama Raised Half a Billion Online  —  Barack Obama raised half a billion dollars online in his 21-month campaign for the White House, dramatically ushering in a new digital era in presidential fundraising.  —  In an exclusive interview with The Post, members of the vaunted Triple O …
The Daily Beast:
Consultant Roger Stone, the notorious political hitman who helped George W. Bush prevail in the 2000 Florida recount, tells The Daily Beast that he wishes he hadn't.  —  Roger Stone is one of the last guys on Earth one would expect to feel guilty over an episode of rough and tumble politicking.
The Huffington Post:
McCain Pollster Explains Loss, Calls Frank Luntz A Moron  —  The chief pollster for John McCain's presidential campaign offered a candid diagnosis of how his candidate was done in, on occasion reserving harsh words for fellow Republicans.  —  Bill McInturff, speaking at a National Journal breakfast …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and Hot Air
Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
Joe the Plumber Lands Book Deal  —  Samuel J. Wurzelbacher, the presidential campaign fixture and John McCain advocate better known as Joe the Plumber, won't have to open his own plumbing business just yet: he has signed a deal to write “Joe the Plumber: Fighting for the American Dream.”
Robert MacMillan / Reuters:
Associated Press to cut 10 pct jobs in '09: sources  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Associated Press plans to cut up to 10 percent of its workforce in 2009, according to sources at the news service, as it copes with tough financial times and ailing member newspapers.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and At-Largely
The Huffington Post:
World Leaders Don't Shake Bush's Hand At G20 Summit (VIDEO)  —  It appears in this video that President Bush's approval is in a sorrier state than polls indicate.  In a video taken at the G20 summit, Bush walks across a line of world leaders without shaking or being asked to shake any of their hands.
 
 
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