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11:40 AM ET, November 20, 2008

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Washington Post:
Pritzker as Commerce Secretary Unlikely  —  Hotel heiress Penny Pritzker, who commanded Barack Obama's record-shattering fundraising operation, has run into business obstacles that will likely prevent her from becoming Commerce secretary, sources close to the president-elect said.
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Barack Obama and the Culture of Leaks  —  Throughout the election cycle President-elect Barack Obama and his campaign remained tight-lipped.  These days, it's tougher to keep a secret.  (EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)  —  Throughout President-elect Barack Obama's primary and general election campaigns …
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 …
CNN:
Sources: Pritzker, Napolitano vetted for Cabinet
Discussion: Democracy in America and Law Blog
Washington Post:
Bill Clinton Agrees to Disclose Names of Foundation Donors
Discussion: Hot Air and TPM Election Central
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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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 …
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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 …
New York Times:
Iran Said to Have Nuclear Fuel for One Weapon  —  Iran has now produced roughly enough nuclear material to make, with added purification, a single atom bomb, according to nuclear experts analyzing the latest report from global atomic inspectors.  —  The figures detailing Iran's progress …
Bryan Bender / Boston Globe:
Kerry poised to cap long journey  —  Will lead panel that thrust him to fame in '71  —  EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/GETTY IMAGES/file Barack Obama and John Kerry embraced at a political rally in Charleston, S.C., during the presidential campaign in January.  (EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/GETTY IMAGES/file)
Discussion: TIME.com
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.
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 …
The Politico:
Senate GOP in big funk  —  A day after losing Ted Stevens' seat, along with their best hope for getting Joe Lieberman to cross over, Senate GOP leaders preached party unity as the key to surviving the Obama years.  —  If that doesn't work, there's always psychotherapy.
Discussion: MSNBC
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 …
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 …
Nicholas Wade / New York Times:
Regenerating a Mammoth for $10 Million  —  Scientists are talking for the first time about the old idea of resurrecting extinct species as if this staple of science fiction is a realistic possibility, saying that a living mammoth could perhaps be regenerated for as little as $10 million.
Salon:
New friendly fire coverup: Army shreds files on dead soldiers  —  Editor's note: On Oct. 14, 2008, Salon published an article about the deaths of Army Pfc. Albert Nelson and Pfc. Roger Suarez.  The Army attributed their deaths in Iraq in 2006 to enemy action; Salon's investigation …
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Now Obama Has to Govern  —  There may be more difficulties than he realizes in closing Gitmo.  —  Presidential transitions can be problematic.  The candidate is utterly exhausted.  Supporters have unattainable expectations and unrealistic personal hopes.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and The Heretik
New York Times:
Flunking the Electoral College  —  On Dec. 15, the United States will endure a quadrennial ritual born in the economics and politics of slavery and the quill-pen era.  Members of the Electoral College are scheduled to meet in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia to formally choose the next president.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
CNN:
Moore: Automakers never listened to workers, consumers  —  (CNN) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid reversed plans Wednesday to hold a test vote on an automakers' bailout bill on Thursday.  Reid had planned to move on legislation that would have taken $25 billion from the $700 billion already approved …
Discussion: Donklephant
Christopher S. Rugaber / Associated Press:
Jobless claims jump unexpectedly to 16-year high  —  WASHINGTON - New claims for unemployment benefits jumped last week to a 16-year high, the Labor Department said Thursday, providing more evidence of a rapidly weakening job market expected to get even worse next year.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Patt Morrison / Los Angeles Times:
California Rep. Linda Sanchez's baby announcement  —  It was planned, and so is a wedding in the future with the father.  —  When was the last time you read a baby announcement on the Op-Ed pages?  —  Exactly.  So this is obviously more than baby news.  It's about how far we've come, and where we may still fall short.
Discussion: The Sleuth and Reliable Source
MinnPost:
Lights, camera, Senate recount: National and local media ‘brighten’ Minneapolis vote-tabulation scene  —  In a cold Northeast Minneapolis warehouse, election judges and campaign representatives gathered to start the laborious Coleman-Franken recount process.  The day's biggest distraction, it turned out, was the massive media presence.
 
 
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Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Citigroup stock drops to 13-year low, fear grows
Paul Kiel / ProPublica:
Bank Got Bailout, CEO Got Golden Parachute
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Calculated Risk:
GGP Hires BK Firm
Bob Geiger:
Democrats Push For Unemployment Benefits Extension Today
Discussion: Think Progress
Dschabner / Political Radar:
Beau Biden Heads to Iraq
Discussion: TIME.com
Joseph Brean / National Post:
Queen's new ‘dialogue’ monitors
Discussion: davidthompson
Washington Post:
Stocks Slump As Signs Point To Harder Times
Discussion: New York Times
 Earlier Items: 
Megan McArdle:
Have we beaten the CEOs up enough?
Discussion: EconLog and Matthew Yglesias
Jeffrey Goldberg:
One Reason Hillary Could be Extraordinary at State
Discussion: marbury
Joaquin Sapien / The Politico:
Will Bush's midnight rules be reversible?
Discussion: The RBC