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4:35 PM ET, November 21, 2008


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Peter Baker / The Caucus:
Clinton Is Said to Opt for Secretary of State Position  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton has decided to give up her Senate seat and accept the position of secretary of state, making her the public face around the world for the administration of the man who beat her for the Democratic presidential nomination, two confidants said Friday.
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
GEITHNER LIKELY TO BE TREASURY SECRETARY  —  From Chuck Todd and Andrea Mitchell  —  NBC News has learned that the president-elect is preparing to roll out his economic team on Monday — and will personally announce the team and answer questions — part of an effort to reassure markets.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Richardson to Commerce?  —  Is New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson in line to become Commerce Department chief?  (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)  —  Updated, 1:58 p.m.  —  New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson has emerged as a “serious contender” to head the Commerce Department under President-elect Barack Obama …
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 …
Christopher Beam / Slate:
Henry Waxman's victory is the biggest gift Obama could have asked for.  —  Out: Rep. John Dingell of Michigan, the tough, cantankerous eminence grise of the House Democratic caucus (he's 82), who was so deferential to Detroit as chairman of the House energy and commerce committee that Lee Iacocca once said he …
Washington Times:
Boehner: GOP firmly against ‘card check’
Discussion: The Heretik, Hot Air and protein wisdom
Sources: Jones leading choice for national security advisor  —  CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) - Two sources close to the Obama transition team tell CNN retired Marine Gen. Jim Jones has emerged as President-elect's leading choice to become national security adviser in the White House.
David Rogers / The Politico:
Marine general may head National Security Council  —  President-elect Barack Obama is close to landing James L. Jones, the well-known retired Marine Corps general, as his national security adviser, sources said.  —  Jones is a former Marine Corps commandant and was head of U.S. and NATO forces in Europe …
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.
Tom Curry / MSNBC:
‘Card check’ best hope for auto workers union?
Paul Ingrassia / Wall Street Journal:
The Auto Makers Are Already Bankrupt
Jonathan Weisman / Wall Street Journal:
Geithner Tapped for Treasury Secretary  —  New York Federal Reserve Bank President Timothy J. Geithner is to be nominated as President-elect Barack Obama's Treasury secretary, according to a person close to the transition process.  —  The Federal Bureau of Investigation began calling Geithner confidants …
Discussion: Real Time Economics
Frank James / The Swamp:
Obama picks Geithner for Treasury
Discussion: The Politico
Marc Elias / Wall Street Journal:
There's Nothing Unusual About the Minnesota Recount  —  I write to set straight just a few of the many false statements made in your Nov. 12 editorial “Mischief in Minnesota?”  —  Sen. Norm Coleman's lead over Al Franken shrunk by about 500 votes between election night and the end of the routine post-election canvass.
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 …
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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
No Way.  No How.  No Brennan.  —  Marc reports the Republican, former chief-of-staff for George Tenet (who authorized war crimes as CIA head), admirer of Dick Cheney, CEO of the company one of whose contract employees improperly accessed Obama's and McCain's passports, and defender of renditions and …
Marc Ambinder:
Brennan, Harding Slated For Top Intelligence Jobs
John Quiggin / Crooked Timber:
End of the beginning?  —  The failure of Citigroup, which looks increasingly likely to happen in the near future, would mark the end of the beginning of the financial crisis.  Until now, the prevailing view has been that the crisis and recession will pass in a year or so, after which things will go back …
Nate Silver /
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 …
Shane McGlaun / DailyTech:
AP Suspends Use of U.S. Army Photos Over Digital Alteration  —  Army says that photo was altered but did not break Army policies  —  The digital alteration of photos is nothing new in the world of print magazines and newspapers.  Photos on the cover of magazines are frequently digitally altered …
Discussion: Think Progress and Slashdot
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 …
Nate Silver /
Friday eCommerce Interlude  —  I generally try not to go too far off-topic, but ... well, it's Friday, and I figured this might be of interest to you.  —  Below I have listed a series of prominent, politically-oriented websites, and compared them on their ability to retain traffic in the post-election environment.
Discussion: Open Left
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Would-be appointees quizzed on guns  —  President-elect Barack Obama's transition team is asking potential appointees detailed questions about gun ownership, and firearms advocates aren't happy about it.  —  The National Rifle Association has denounced the move, which has already led …
Discussion: Hot Air and
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Cathy Young / New York Times:
From Russia With Loathing  —  SHORTLY before the presidential election …
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Frank James / The Swamp:
Obama sighting at Manny's deli
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Eileen Sullivan / Associated Press:
Air patrols, cameras to watch big inaugural crowd
Matt Miller / Fortune:
How to love trillion-dollar deficits
Discussion: Wonk Room and Matthew Yglesias
Frank James / The Swamp:
Obama makes pitch for Chicago Olympics
Discussion: The Politico and Fausta's Blog
Michael Falcone / The Caucus:
Résumés for Obama Administration Jobs Surpass 200,000
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Alexander McPherson / Los Angeles Times:
The sham of sex harassment training
Discussion: Feministe and Jezebel
 Earlier Items: 
GM Downsizing Jet Fleet, CEO Still Flies High
Discussion: The Swamp
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
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Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Angelina Jolie's Carefully Orchestrated Image
Discussion: Gawker