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9:20 AM ET, November 20, 2008

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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Arizonan will head Homeland Security  —  Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano (D) has been chosen to serve as secretary of the vast and troubled Department of Homeland Security for President-elect Obama, Democratic officials said.  Napolitano is a border governor who will now be responsible …
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Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
Ariz. Governor Said to Be Pick For Homeland Security Post
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Auto Execs Fly Corporate Jets to D.C., Tin Cups in Hand  —  There are 24 daily nonstop flights from Detroit to the Washington area.  Richard Wagoner, Alan Mulally and Robert Nardelli probably should have taken one of them.  —  Instead, the chief executives of the Big Three automakers opted …
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
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Robert Pear / New York Times:
Health Insurers Offer to Accept All Applicants, on Condition  —  WASHINGTON — The health insurance industry said Wednesday that it would support a health care overhaul requiring insurers to accept all customers, regardless of illness or disability.  But in return, the industry said …
Michelle Malkin:
eHarmony forced to offer same-sex dating services  —  So, this is “progress?” eHarmony, a Christian-targeted dating website, gets sued by a gay man demanding that the business match him up with a same-sex partner.  The New Jersey Attorney General intervenes on behalf of the gay plaintiff …
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David Colker / Los Angeles Times:
EHarmony to offer same-sex matches after New Jersey settlement
Discussion: American Power and Jezebel
Maura Dolan / Los Angeles Times:
Prop. 8 gay marriage ban goes to Supreme Court  —  The California high court will review legal challenges to Prop.  8. A hearing is set for March.  Prior to a ruling, gay weddings will not be allowed to resume.  —  REPORTING FROM SAN FRANCISCO — The California Supreme Court agreed today …
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Washington Post:
Mr. Holder at Justice?  —  IF TAPPED as attorney general, Eric H. Holder Jr. would bring years of experience and top-notch credentials as a prosecutor, judge, lawyer in private practice and former top official in the Justice Department.  The predominant features of his record are independence, integrity and effectiveness.
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
[UPDATED] On First Day of Recount, Franken Gains Net of 43 Votes on Coleman  —  According to data just released by the Minnesota Secretary of State, Al Franken has gained a net of 43 votes on the first day of that state's recount process.  Norm Coleman had a lead of 215 voters over Franken …
Discussion: MyDD and Donklephant
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Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Georgia Senate  —  Chambliss Ahead by Four in Georgia Run-off Race  —  Republican incumbent Saxby Chambliss holds a four-point lead over Democratic challenger Jim Martin in Georgia's closely-watched Senate runoff race, according to the first Rasmussen Reports survey in the state since Election Day.
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Jay Bookman / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Martin puts Georgians' needs first  —  Chambliss fights for corporations  —  Jim Martin and Sen. Saxby Chambliss may be former fraternity brothers at the University of Georgia, but they look, act, think and speak in very different ways.  The two candidates in the Dec. 2 Senate runoff offer Georgia voters a stark choice.
Discussion: Daily Kos and The E&P Pub
Megan McArdle:
Have we beaten the CEOs up enough?  —  Matt Yglesias and I are debating whether the CEOs of major financial institutions are walking away from the financial crisis laughing, or whether they have actually been punished by the failure of their firms and loss of their jobs.
Discussion: EconLog and Matthew Yglesias
Desi / Greatscat!:
Where is the love?  —  11-19-08: CNN: George Bush snubbed at the G20 Summit.  Everyone greeting each other and shaking hands, but Bush walks with his head down like the dejected most unpopular kid in high school.  —Diane  —  Welcome Kossacks!  Hope you'll check out the site …
New York Times:
Discussions With Clintons as Obama Creates Team  —  WASHINGTON — Former President Bill Clinton has agreed to all of the conditions sought by President-elect Barack Obama's transition team to eliminate potential conflicts of interest if Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton becomes secretary of state …
Jonathan Stevenson / Forbes:
Somali Pirates At Sea  —  Time for an anti-piracy coalition of the willing.  —  Somali pirates don't scare easily.  —  Last month, they hijacked a Ukrainian merchant vessel loaded with tanks, heavy weapons and ammunition, and still haven't relinquished control of the freighter to the American …
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Andy Kessler / Wall Street Journal:
Ignore the Stock Market Until February  —  The current volatility is less about fundamentals than forced selling.  —  Down in the morning, up in the afternoon.  Or is it the other way around?  The topsy-turvy stock market is tough to read.  —  In the last year, the Dow Jones Industrial Average …
Jeffrey Goldberg:
One Reason Hillary Could be Extraordinary at State  —  Her understanding of Middle East peacemaking is second-to-none, IMHO.  Two years ago, I interviewed the front-runners for the Democratic nomination on a range of foreign policy issues.  Obama was smart and savvy and reasonable and seemed to have …
Discussion: marbury
Megan / Jezebel:
The 10 Sexiest Everyday Men Of 2008 [Must List]  —  When People announced its Sexiest Man Alive today — Hugh Jackman, you may recall — we thought, well, that's all well and good and he is hot, but what about the guys who don't (necessarily) grace the big and small screens but do get our hearts a-twitter and our loins a-twitchin'?
 
 
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Joaquin Sapien / The Politico:
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Rewarding Failure: Why Stop With Big 3?
CNN:
McCain wins Missouri; State's streak over!