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11:55 AM ET, November 21, 2008

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Washington Post:
Obama's Once-Disciplined Team Springs Leaks During Transition  —  Rumors Disrupt Plan For Announcing Cabinet Nominees  —  Barack Obama was famously able to impose discipline and control over his presidential campaign, but it didn't take long for him to discover that running a transition is something quite different.
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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.
New York Times:
An Option for Clinton: Enhanced Senate Role  —  WASHINGTON — Democratic leaders in the Senate are prepared to give Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton a still-undefined leadership role there if she does not become Barack Obama's secretary of state, Democratic officials close to the situation said Thursday.
Discussion: Althouse
Hillary Clinton / The Huffington Post:
Sarah Palin Turkey Incident: Does TV Interview While Turkeys Are Slaughtered In The Background (VIDEO)  —  Some videos you just have to see to believe.  On Thursday, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin appeared in Wasilla in order to pardon a local turkey in anticipation of Thanksgiving.
Wall Street Journal:
Al Franken's Minnesota  —  More postelection funny business.  —  Al Franken's campaign takes exception to our recent description of the curious goings-on in Minnesota's Senate vote count.  We're delighted to hear his growing vote total is all routine.  But who needs to worry about votes discovered …
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Paul Walsh / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Recount, Day 2: Coleman, Franken trade gains, losses
Rowan Scarborough / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Obama to delay repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell'  —  Advisers see consensus building before lifting ban on gays  —  President-elect Barack Obama will not move for months, and perhaps not until 2010, to ask Congress to end the military's decades-old ban on open homosexuals in the ranks …
Agence France Presse:
e=mc2: 103 years later, Einstein's proven right  —  PARIS (AFP) - It's taken more than a century, but Einstein's celebrated formula e=mc2 has finally been corroborated, thanks to a heroic computational effort by French, German and Hungarian physicists.  —  A brainpower consortium led …
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Insider's Crusade  —  Jan. 20, 2009, will be a historic day.  Barack Obama (Columbia, Harvard Law) will take the oath of office as his wife, Michelle (Princeton, Harvard Law), looks on proudly.  Nearby, his foreign policy advisers will stand beaming, including perhaps Hillary Clinton …
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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Wall Street Journal:
The Waxman Democrats  —  What the coup against Dingell means for business.  —  John Dingell's fall from power yesterday is an important inflection point in the history of the modern Democratic Party.  The House purge marks the final triumph of the Congressional generation that came …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE HUMAN RIGHTS PRESIDENT.... Way back in 2004, in a piece that is no longer online, George W. Bush told New Yorker writer Ken Auletta, “No President has ever done more for human rights than I have.”  —  The president has said plenty of odd things over the years, but this has always struck me as one of his more unusual boasts.
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Satyam Khanna / Think Progress:
State Dept: Bush's Record On ‘Pushing For Human Rights’ …
Discussion: Voice of America
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / Forbes:
Why Guns Are Better Than Butter  —  In economic crises, watch out for government expansion.  —  “War is the health of the state,” wrote Randolph Bourne, horrified by World War I and its excesses.  And that phrase has been used by libertarians and opponents of state power ever since, as a reason why war is a bad idea.
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.
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Alexis Simendinger / Lost in Transition:   Goolsbee's Prospects Cool As Obama Team Searches For Diversity
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Did Talk Radio Kill Conservatism? … And then a bit later...  Emphasis mine.  —  This might be the key passage of my interview with John Ziegler on Tuesday, for it is, in a nutshell, why conservatives don't win elections anymore.  It is not that conservatism generally permits less nuance than liberalism …
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Cellphone Records Breached  —  Verizon Wireless disclosed late Thursday that several of its employees accessed and viewed President-elect Barack Obama's personal cellphone account, and said it planned to discipline workers for the privacy breach.  —  “We apologize to President-Elect …
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Maia Szalavitz / The Huffington Post:
Obama Drug Czar Pick: No Recovery from War on Drugs?  —  On paper, Jim Ramstad— who is rumored to be Obama's choice for drug czar— looks like the ideal man for the job .  He's a recovering alcoholic himself and a Congressman who championed legislation recently passed to provide equal insurance coverage …
Discussion: Majikthise
Bloomberg:
Obama Team Said to Explore ‘Prepack’ Auto Bankruptcy  —  Nov. 21 (Bloomberg) — President-Elect Barack Obama's transition team is exploring a swift, prepackaged bankruptcy for automakers as a possible solution to the industry's financial crisis, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Bellows
Washington Post:
Financial System Suffers Relapse  —  Shattering Lull, Fears of Deep Recession Roil Markets  —  The financial system, which had recently shown glimmers of improvement, is unraveling again.  —  After a few weeks in which credit started flowing more freely through banks, giving relief to financial markets …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Lame-Duck Economy  —  Everyone's talking about a new New Deal, for obvious reasons.  In 2008, as in 1932, a long era of Republican political dominance came to an end in the face of an economic and financial crisis that, in voters' minds, both discredited the G.O.P.'s free-market ideology and undermined its claims of competence.
 
 
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