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12:20 AM ET, November 24, 2008

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The Politico:
Obama skips church, heads to gym  —  President-elect Barack Obama has yet to attend church services since winning the White House earlier this month, a departure from the example of his two immediate predecessors.  —  On the three Sundays since his election, Obama has instead used his free time to get in workouts at a Chicago gym.
Discussion: THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
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New York Times:
Obama Aides Signal a Boost in Stimulus Spending  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama has signaled that he will pursue a far more ambitious plan of spending and tax cuts than anything he outlined on the campaign trail — a plan “big enough to deal with the huge problem we face,” …
David Sirota / The Huffington Post:
Confused About Tax Promises
Discussion: Open Left
John Harwood / New York Times:
Change Is Landing in Old Hands
Discussion: The Heretik
Washington Wire:   Obama Aides Suggest Rollback of Bush Tax Cuts Could Be Delayed
CNN:
Forbes: Paulson is ‘worst’ treasury secretary in modern times  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Forbes magazine President and CEO Steve Forbes called Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson “the worst treasury secretary we've had in modern times”, citing, among other things, the government's handling of the housing crisis.
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Eric Dash / New York Times:
U.S. Plan to Aid Citigroup Said to Be Near Approval  —  Federal regulators were nearing approval on Sunday of a radical plan to stabilize Citigroup in which the government would soak up tens of billions of dollars in losses at the struggling bank, according to people briefed on the discussions.
Wall Street Journal:
Citigroup, U.S. in Talks to Create ‘Bad Bank’  —  Citigroup Inc. is nearing agreement with U.S. government officials to create a structure that would house some of the financial giant's risky assets, according to people familiar with the situation.  —  While the discussions remain fluid …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Projection: Franken to Win Recount by 27 Votes  —  As we wrote yesterday evening, the ever-increasing number of challenged ballots in Minnesota is making it more and more difficult to determine the extent to which Al Franken is in fact gaining ground in the state's recount process.
John Hallmann / The Huffington Post:
Why America Feels Like it's Been Ruled by a Foreign Occupier  —  As Obama takes over the wreckage this country is in, one can't help but feel like something alien to America has been controlling it these past eight years.  The wave of emotion that has erupted with the election of Barack …
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Woodward: Bush 'Doesn't Like Homework,' Which Means ‘Reading,’ ‘Getting Briefed’ Or ‘Having A Debate’  —  On the Chris Matthews Show today, Matthews argued that one of the major differences between President Bush and President-elect Barack Obama is the fact that Obama is intellectually curious.
Discussion: Liberty Street
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Neil Cavuto in screamathon with Ben Stein over our failed economy and how to repair it  —  John Amato's virtual online magazine...OK, It's a blog!  — Home- Archives  — Tags Directory  — Contact Us- Donate- FAQ  — Advertising- Commenting- General Problems- Media Problems- Supported Browsers- User Registration
Discussion: Hullabaloo
SaneWorks.us:
CAIR Sued by Former Clients for Racketeering, Fraud, & Breach of Fiduciary Duties  —  For more information:  —  David Yerushalmi, Esq.  —  Law Offices of David Yerushalmi  —  ContactYerushalmiLaw@verizon.net  —  646.262.0500  —  Washington, DC: Four clients of the Council …
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Baron Bodissey / Gates of Vienna:
Serving CAIR At Its Own Banquet
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Gateway Pundit
Wall Street Journal:
Scowcroft Protégés on Obama's Radar  —  WASHINGTON — Many of the Republicans emerging as potential members of the Obama administration have professional and ideological ties to Brent Scowcroft, a former national-security adviser turned public critic of the Bush White House.
Discussion: MyDD and Political Machine
Watertiger / Dependable Renegade:
“Screw it.  Ah'm off the wagon an' lovin' it.”  —  While attending APEC in Lima, Bush partakes of a traditional Peruvian drink known as a “Pisco Sour” (leave your puns in comments).  The ingredients? … And it shows:  —  “You Orientals tickle!”  —  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Discussion: The Reaction
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
George Will: 'The First New Deal Didn't Work'  —  Economists on both the left and right broadly agree that the need for stimulative government spending is necessary to prevent a further collapse of the global economic system — just as the New Deal and the deficit spending of World War II restored …
Booman Tribune:
Casual Observation  —  At this point, I am about 99% sure that more than half my progressive blogging cohorts would absolutely insist, if they had lived through the 1930's, that Franklin Delano Roosevelt is nothing by a center-right centrist who has nothing but contempt for the real Left.
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Howard Witt / Los Angeles Times:
White extremists lash out over election of first black president  —  The Ku Klux Klan is emerging from decades of disorganization and obscurity, and the turnaround is acutely evident — more than 200 hate-related incidents have been reported since the Nov. 4 election.
Discussion: cab drollery
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Frank James / The Swamp:
Obama's election spurs hate surge
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Obama names communications staff  —  President-elect Barack Obama on Saturday announced that Robert Gibbs would be his White House press secretary and Ellen Moran would serve as director of communications.  —  Gibbs, a long-time aide, was long believed to become the public face of the Obama White House.
Discussion: The Politico
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Mike Allen / The Politico:   Obama selects more staff
 
 
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Nick Timiraos / Wall Street Journal:
Builders Make Plea for Federal Aid
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Con Coughlin / Telegraph:
Iran receives al Qaeda praise for role in terrorist attacks
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Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Obama Sets Expansive Goal for Jobs
Discussion: Power Line, Say Anything and The Corner
BBC:
Citigroup seeks ‘emergency cash’
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
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Andy Newman / New York Times:
Irony Is Dead. Again. Yeah, Right.
Discussion: Althouse
Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
Kurds in N. Iraq Receive Arms From Bulgaria
Ken Thomas / Associated Press:
The lessons of the 1979 Chrysler loan guarantee
Discussion: Reuters and Say Anything
Swaraaj Chauhan / The Moderate Voice:
Ah! Joy Of A Large Airplane Seat...
Discussion: Althouse