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6:30 AM ET, November 23, 2008

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Tim Shipman / Telegraph:
Barack Obama accused of selling out on Iraq by picking hawks to run his foreign policy  —  Barack Obama has been accused of selling out his promises of change in US foreign policy by putting national security policy in the hands of establishment figures who supported the Iraq war.
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Leonard Doyle / The Independent:
Hillary plays hardball  —  The first sign of friction in the Obama camp as Mrs Clinton demands - and gets - a purge of her critics before accepting Secretary of State role  —  Before Hillary Clinton has been formally offered the job as Secretary of State, a purge of Barack Obama's top foreign policy team has begun.
Discussion: www.redstate.com
Tim Shipman / Telegraph:
Barack Obama's aides believe he has made a mistake in hiring Hillary Clinton  —  Of all the appointments Barack Obama is making to his new cabinet, none has attracted as much attention as that of Hillary Clinton.  The way it has been handled says more about the future of his presidency than any other.
Discussion: www.redstate.com and Hot Air
New York Times:
Former Treasury Secretary to Lead Economic Council  —  President-elect Barack Obama is expected to name Lawrence H. Summers as his pick to head the National Economic Council, an aide to Mr. Obama said Saturday.  —  The position is considered one of the top three economic posts in the administration …
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Lee Speigel / Political Punch:
Summers to Be Top White House Economic Adviser at NEC
Discussion: Greg Mankiw's Blog
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Moran to run press shop
Discussion: www.redstate.com
Hope Yen / Associated Press:
Obama fills out White House communications team
Discussion: The Politico
Christi Parsons / The Swamp:   Obama puts Moran, Pfeiffer in key jobs
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Halperin at Politico/USC conf.: ‘extreme pro-Obama’ press bias  —  Media bias was more intense in the 2008 election than in any other national campaign in recent history, Time magazine's Mark Halperin said Friday at the Politico/USC conference on the 2008 election.
New York Times:
Citigroup Pays for a Rush to Risk  —  “Our job is to set a tone at the top to incent people to do the right thing and to set up safety nets to catch people who make mistakes or do the wrong thing and correct those as quickly as possible.  And it is working.  It is working.”
CNN:
U.S. Muslim leaders denounce al Qaeda's slur toward Obama  —  NEW YORK (CNN) — Spiritual leaders of New York's African-American Muslim communities lashed out Friday at a purported al Qaeda message attacking President-elect Barack Obama and, using racist language, comparing him unfavorably to the late Malcolm X.
Candace Gingrich / The Huffington Post:
A Letter to My Brother Newt Gingrich  —  I recently had the displeasure of watching you bash the protestors of the Prop 8 marriage ban to Bill O'Reilly on FOX News.  I must say, after years of watching you build your career by stirring up the fears and prejudices of the far right …
Discussion: American Power and TigerHawk
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
We Found the W.M.D.  —  So, I have a confession and a suggestion.  The confession: I go into restaurants these days, look around at the tables often still crowded with young people, and I have this urge to go from table to table and say: “You don't know me, but I have to tell you that you shouldn't be here.
Discussion: Balkinization and Economist's View
Daniel Gross / Slate:
Why all those Great Depression analogies are wrong.  —  It's difficult to avoid the comparisons between the current sad state of financial affairs and the Great Depression.  “This is not like 1987 or 1998 or 2001,” Merrill Lynch CEO John Thain said at a conference on Nov. 11.
Discussion: Paul Krugman
Washington Post:
Banking Regulator Played Advocate Over Enforcer  —  Agency Let Lenders Grow Out of Control, Then Fail  —  When Countrywide Financial felt pressured by federal agencies charged with overseeing it, executives at the giant mortgage lender simply switched regulators in the spring of 2007.
Discussion: Calculated Risk
New York Times:
Behind House Struggle, Long and Tangled Roots  —  WASHINGTON — With Representatives Henry A. Waxman and John D. Dingell locked in a fearsome struggle for the chairmanship of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee, Steny H. Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in the House, was trying to broker a truce.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Maybe the Gray Lady should eat crow for Thanksgiving  —  I'm always amused by people who decry the slaughter of animals for food as some barbaric practice, as if people haven't been eating meat for the entire history of homo sapiens.  Where, exactly, do people like the editors of the New York Times …
Melanie Kirkpatrick / Wall Street Journal:
Sounding the Nuclear Alarm  —  The U.S. will not have a credible arsenal unless Washington acts soon to replace aging warheads.  —  New York  —  Gen. Kevin Chilton, a former command astronaut, is no stranger to cutting-edge technology.  But these days the man responsible for the command …
Discussion: ThreatsWatch
 
 
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Jack Grant / The Moderate Voice:
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Discussion: Newshoggers.com
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Discussion: Associated Press
Agence France Presse:
Over 200 whales trapped in Canadian ice
Discussion: TigerHawk and Don Surber
James Glanz / New York Times:
In Ramadi, Real Rebuilding, With Fresh Paint
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Ringed by Foes, Pakistanis Fear the U.S., Too
Discussion: Eunomia
Corey Dade / Wall Street Journal:
Tennessee Resists Obama Wave
Discussion: TIME.com
 Earlier Items: 
Christina Bellantoni / Washington Times:
Obama says he'll keep Chicago home
Discussion: TIME.com
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Clinton-Obama Détente: From Top Rival to Top Aide
James Kirchick / NY Daily News:
Barack Obama doesn't fear the enraged, impotent Netroots
New York Times:
Obama Vows Swift Action on Vast Economic Stimulus Plan
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“Under Coercive Conditions”