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6:10 AM ET, November 21, 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.
Associated Press:
Atty. Gen. Mukasey collapses during speech  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - Attorney General Michael Mukasey was hospitalized but conscious and alert early Friday after collapsing during a late-night speech to a conservative legal group.
Evan Perez / Wall Street Journal:
Mukasey Collapses During Speech  —  WASHINGTON — Attorney General Michael Mukasey collapsed while giving a speech on national security to a prominent conservative lawyers' organization.  —  Mr. Mukasey, 67 years old, appeared to slur his words about 20 minutes into his speech …
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 …
Attorney general collapses while giving speech
Discussion: Political Machine
Jeff Bliss / Bloomberg:   U.S. Attorney General Mukasey Collapses During Speech
PR Newswire:
Remarks Prepared for Delivery by Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey …
Discussion: The Other McCain and The Corner
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.
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:
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Obama plans to nominate Clinton for top diplomat  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - President-elect Barack Obama plans to nominate Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state after Thanksgiving, a new milestone for the former first lady …
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.
Washington Post:
Obama's Once-Disciplined Team Springs Leaks During Transition
Discussion: and Truthdig
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.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Five detainees ordered released “forthwith” after seven years at Guantanamo
Discussion: Eunomia
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Judge orders five detainees freed
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:   Obama's Cellphone Records Breached
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 …
Megan McArdle:
Goolsbee out at CEA?  —  I'm flabbergasted.  If true, this is a bloody embarassment: … I take nothing away from Professor Rouse.  But she's a labor economist with a heavy, heavy specialty in returns to education.  Goolsbee, by contrast, focuses on taxation and capital formation.
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 …
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 …
Randy Ludlow / The Columbus Dispatch:
Director's checks on ‘Joe’ called unfounded  —  Job and Family Services head suspended for a month  —  Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland is standing by an agency director who OK'd improper computer checks for confidential information on “Joe the Plumber” and used state e-mails for political fundraising.
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.
Chris Smith / Santa Rosa Press-Democrat:
Why Woodward and Bernstein came to town  —  Iced tea accompanied a historic moment in Santa Rosa this past weekend when famed Watergate reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein came by to see and thank their secret source, 95-year-old Mark “Deep Throat” Felt.
Discussion: The E&P Pub
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
WAXMAN WINS.  —  Secret Twitter sources say that Henry Waxman — who, according to my Google image search, is shorter than Arianne Huffington by a startling margin — just beat John Dingell for chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee by 15 votes.  If you care about action on global warming, that's a very big deal indeed.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Lame-Duck Economy  —  Everyone's talking about a new New Deal, for obvious reasons.
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
CIA Withheld Details On Downing, IG Says
Discussion: SpyTalk and Majikthise
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Global Forecast by American Intelligence Expects Al Qaeda's Appeal to Falter
Robert MacMillan / Reuters:
Associated Press to cut 10 pct jobs in '09: sources
Confederate Yankee:
Only Supply is Dampening The Run On Guns
Discussion: TBogg
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Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
Well, if Bill Ayers can airbrush history and claim he was never a terrorist