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7:05 AM ET, November 22, 2008

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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Clinton Decides to Accept Post at State Dept., Confidants Say  —  WASHINGTON — 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 …
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David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Obama Tilts to Center, Inviting a Clash of Ideas  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama won the Democratic nomination with the enthusiastic support of the left wing of his party, fueled by his vehement opposition to the decision to invade Iraq and by one of the most liberal voting records in the Senate.
The Campaign Spot:
Just What Has Obama Gotten Hillary Into?  —  Word is Hillary is saying yes.  —  President Obama could do a lot worse than a foreign policy team of National Security Adviser James Jones, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, and CIA Director John Brennan.
Patrick / FishBowlDC:
Woodward Knocks Clinton SoS Choice
Discussion: Don Surber, Donklephant and MyDD
Steven Ginsberg / Washington Post:
Clinton and Jones Close to Joining Obama National Security Team
Discussion: Booman Tribune and The Fix
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
GEITHNER LIKELY TO BE TREASURY SECRETARY  —  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. … Barring last minute changes …
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Eric Martin / Bloomberg:
U.S. Stocks Rally as Obama Picks Tim Geithner to Head Treasury
Discussion: The Jawa Report and News Hounds
CNN:
Sources: Geithner ‘on track’ to be Treasury pick
Discussion: Daily Kos and MSNBC
Reuters:
Geithner reportedly picked for Treasury; Clinton still in talks
Discussion: The Caucus
James Pethokoukis / US News:
How Tom Daschle Might Kill Conservatism  —  The GOP strategist had been joking about the upcoming presidential election and giving his humorous assessments of the candidates.  Then he suddenly cut out the schtick and got scary serious.  “Let me tell you something, if Democrats take the White House …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama daughters: Private D.C. school  —  The two young daughters of President-elect Barack Obama will be moving schools this winter as the family moves from Chicago to Washington, and the Obama family has settled on a tried-and-true setting for Washington's elite:  —  The private Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C.
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Megan McArdle:
How much is a detroit autoworker really worth?  —  $70 per hour: right or wrong?  —  Felix Salmon argues that this figure for GM's labor costs is deceptive.  Sort of, but it's actually quite apt at showing the core problem with GM.  —  Felix says that “the average GM assembly-line worker makes …
Discussion: Unqualified Offerings
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Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Assembly Line  —  Debunking the myth of the $70-per-hour autoworker.  —  If you've been following the auto industry's crisis, then you've probably read or heard a lot about overpaid American autoworkers—in particular, the fact that the average hourly employee of the Big Three makes $70 per hour.
New York Times:
Citigroup, Under Siege, Holds Talks With U.S.  —  With the sharp stock-market decline for Citigroup rapidly becoming a full-blown crisis of confidence, the company's executives on Friday entered into talks with federal officials about how to stabilize the struggling financial giant.
The New Republic:
Hold Tight, Hillary: Russia Just Got Scarier  —  Julia Ioffe is a freelance writer living in New York.  —  If any proof were needed that the Russian political system operates in its own time-space continuum, it came this morning, when the parliament decided to deal with the country's economic meltdown by amending its constitution.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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Cathy Young / New York Times:
From Russia With Loathing  —  SHORTLY before the presidential election …
Discussion: Eunomia and GINA COBB
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Franken Camp's Claim: We've Cut Coleman's Lead To Under 100 Votes  —  Has Al Franken cut Norm Coleman's lead down to double digits?  That's what the Franken campaign just claimed in a briefing with reporters.  —  The current estimates from the Star Tribune have Coleman up by about 130 votes …
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Tim Blair:
AS BAD AS IT GETS  —  “And you thought her media outings as a vice presidential candidate were as bad as it gets,” says alarmed MSNBC host David Shuster ... following footage of Sarah Palin speaking at a turkey processing plant:  —  Shuster (who urges that young viewers be shielded from the interview) …
CNN:
Iraqi throng protests agreement on U.S. forces  —  From From Yousif Bassil and Jomana Karadsheh  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Iraqis outraged by a proposed security pact between Iraq and the United States staged an angry but peaceful protest against the deal Friday.
Discussion: Needlenose and New York Times
Jocelyn Guest / The Daily Beast:
The Comedian-in-Chief  —  Is SNL's Fred Armisen up to the job?  Jocelyn Guest says Lorne Michaels should recast the role.  Plus, view clips of four actors who auditioned for the part. … Barack Obama's transition is well underway, with Rahm Emanuel, Eric Holder, and Tom Daschle all signed onto his staff.
 
 
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Tania Branigan / Guardian:
Majority of China earthquake victims still unidentified
Discussion: On Deadline
Los Angeles Times:
California unemployment jumps to 8.2%, third-highest in the U.S.
Nitya / Political Punch:
“Yes We Can!” Students Rename School for Obama
Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
GOV & CHUCK HUG IT OUT OVER HILL
Gavin Newsom / The Huffington Post:
Recharge America with Electric Cars
Jennifer M. Freedman / Bloomberg:
American Hypocrisy in Auto Rescue Spurs Me-Too Trade Ire
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
 Earlier Items: 
Philip Hersh / Chicago Tribune:
Obama: ‘Long supported hosting the Olympics’
Discussion: NO QUARTER, TIME.com and Boston Globe
Edward J. Rollins / New York Times:
Yes, Play Politics in the White House
Directorblue / Doug Ross:
Barack Obama and The Wisdom of Crowds
Discussion: Reuters, Sadly, No! and AMERICAN DIGEST
Frank James / The Swamp:
Obama sighting at Manny's deli
Discussion: The Politico