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8:30 PM ET, November 20, 2008

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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.
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Kenneth R. Bazinet / NY Daily News:
Team Obama thinks Hil's people to blame for State speculation
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Most Americans Back Idea of Clinton as Secretary of State
Discussion: NO QUARTER and TIME.com
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Clinton Decision Holding Up Other Obama Choices
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Barack Obama and the Culture of Leaks
William Glaberson / New York Times:
Judge Orders Five Detainees Freed From Guantánamo  —  In the first hearing on the government's justification for holding detainees at the Guantánamo Bay detention camp, a federal judge ruled Thursday that five Algerian men were held unlawfully for nearly seven years and ordered their release.
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Del Quentin Wilber / Washington Post:
Federal Judge Orders Release of 5 Guantanamo Detainees  —  Ruling Comes After Landmark Supreme Court Ruling on Right to Habeas Corpus  —  For the first time, a federal judge today ordered the release of enemy combatants from the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba …
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
More Boumediene Fall-out: Judge Orders Release of Five Alleged Combatants
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Emptywheel
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:   Five detainees ordered released “forthwith” after seven years at Guantanamo
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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TPM Election Central:
In Big Win For Liberals, Waxman Ousts Dingell As Energy And Commerce Chair  —  This is big, big, big.  In a victory for the Democratic left, Rep. Henry Waxman has just successfully ousted Rep. John Dingell from his longtime perch as head of the Energy and Commerce Committee.
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Waxman wrestles gavel from Dingell  —  Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) will become the next chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee after House Democrats voted to replace current Chairman John Dingell (D-Mich.).  —  Waxman won 137-122 in the secret ballot vote.
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
WAXMAN WINS.  —  Secret Twitter sources say that Henry Waxman …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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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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 …
Minnesota Public Radio:
Challenged ballots: You be the judge  —  Representatives from the campaigns of Sen. Norm Coleman and Al Franken have been challenging ballots across the state.  —  It's your turn to play election judge.  Tell us how you would rule in the case of these challenged ballots.
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Carl Campanile / New York Post:
SOROS BOO$TS FRANKEN  —  Left-wing billionaire financier George Soros is using his financial muscle at a Manhattan fund-raiser tonight to help Al Franken win a recount in Minnesota's Senate election.  —  Soros - the hedge-fund honcho and sugar daddy of the Democratic Party …
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.
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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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Modernity, Faith, And Marriage  —  Reading this piece by Rod Dreher is saddening to me.  What separates Rod from many others on the right is his passionate sincerity.  Even when he goes overboard, it's all real.  He's not a cynic; and he grapples in ways many others on the social right …
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Rod Dreher / Culture11:   The Manners In Which We Live  —  Love, marriage, and the politics of reconciliation.
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 …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Stevens leaves to a standing ovation  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  Ted Stevens — the longest-serving Republican senator in history — bid farewell to the Senate on Thursday.  Although he leaves under criminal conviction, the 85-year-old Alaskan said the future is still bright.
Discussion: Associated Press, Reuters and The Swamp
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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.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Exclusive: Pritzker turns down Commerce  —  Chicago businesswoman Penny Pritzker, national campaign finance chairwoman for the Obama campaign, has taken herself out of the running to be secretary of Commerce because of vetting issues, a Democratic official said.
The Trail / Washington Post:
Michelle Obama Taps Jackie Norris for Chief of Staff  —  Incoming first lady Michelle Obama has tapped Jackie Norris, President-elect Barack Obama's Iowa state director, to be her chief of staff.  Norris, a high school government and history teacher and longtime Iowa Democrat …
Discussion: TIME.com
Mort Kondracke / Real Clear Politics:
First Steps to GOP Recovery  —  How can the Republican Party rebound?  The first step would be to quit letting Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham set its agenda.  —  A second step would be for Congressional Republicans to actually try to help President-elect Barack Obama succeed …
 
 
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Zogby won't duplicate Obama poll
Discussion: Hot Air
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Another guilty plea in Abramoff probe
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
Business Week:
FHA-Backed Loans: The New Subprime
Discussion: Hot Air
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
Well, if Bill Ayers can airbrush history and claim he was never a terrorist
Jill Zuckman / The Swamp:
Emanuel extends hand to Republicans
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Should Barack Obama Go To Georgia?
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Megan McArdle:
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Discussion: Kevin Drum
The New Republic:
Tension Between Gates And The Obama Team?
Discussion: Kevin Drum
Sharon Theimer / Associated Press:
Napolitano is no stranger to Washington scandals
Discussion: VOTE, Law Blog and Reuters
Sen. Russ Feingold / Salon:
An unpardonable use of power
Catherine Philp / Times of London:
Somali pirates seize ninth vessel in 12 days
Discussion: Firedoglake and Los Angeles Times
Patt Morrison / Los Angeles Times:
California Rep. Linda Sanchez's baby announcement
New York Times:
Iran Said to Have Nuclear Fuel for One Weapon