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11:05 PM ET, November 25, 2008


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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Gates agrees to stay on under Obama  —  Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has agreed to stay on under President-elect Obama, according to officials in both parties.  Obama plans to announce a national-security team early next week that includes Gates at the Pentagon and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton …
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
The Debate Over Gates  —  The most important appointment decision Obama will make during the transition, bar none, is who becomes, or remains, Secretary of Defense.  As I have noted in the past, the Department of Defense oversees the expenditure of 52% of all discretionary spending …
Huma Khan / Political Punch:
Gates a ‘Done Deal’  —  Martha Raddatz and Jake Tapper Report:  —  Sources tell ABC News that Defense Secretary Robert Gates will be staying on in the top Pentagon job, for at least the first year of the Obama administration.  “It is a done deal,” a source close to the process tells ABC News.
Wall Street Journal:
Obama to Retain Gates at Defense
Associated Press:
Brennan out of running for top intel post  —  WASHINGTON: John Brennan, President-elect Barack Obama's top adviser on intelligence, took his name out of the running Tuesday for any intelligence position in the new administration.  —  Brennan wrote in a Nov. 25 letter to Obama that he did not want to be a distraction.
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
BRENNAN WITHDRAWS NAME FOR TOP SPY  —  From NBC's Robert Windrem  —  In a letter to President-elect Obama, John Brennan has asked that his name be withdrawn from consideration as CIA director. … Brennan was thought to be the leading candidate for the job.
Discussion: and Think Progress
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:   Brennan Withdraws
Scott Horton / Harper's:
John Brennan for CIA? Think Again
Discussion: The Heretik
Stephen Soldz / Psyche, Science, and Society:
Open Letter to President-Elect Obama: Break With the Dark Side.
Discussion: and Daily Kos
Erika Lovley / The Politico:
Scientists urge caution on global warming  —  Climate change skeptics on Capitol Hill are quietly watching a growing accumulation of global cooling science and other findings that could signal that the science behind global warming may still be too shaky to warrant cap-and-trade legislation.
Discussion: Say Anything and Hot Air
David Roberts / Gristmill:
Politico's journalist malpractice  —  Today brings two of the most jaw-droppingly moronic stories I've ever seen, both in Politico, both written by Erika Lovley, who one can only assume is either the most dimwitted, gullible reporter in D.C. or ... um, I can't think of another explanation.
Matthew Berger / Marc Ambinder:
Is Clinton barred from State job?  —  Pete Williams of NBC raised the question on MSNBC this afternoon: Is Hillary Clinton barred by the Constitution from accepting the post of secretary of state?  —  Article One, Section Six of the U.S. Constitution says:
Discussion: Say Anything
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
HRC, STATE — AND THE CONSTITUTION  —  From NBC's Pete Williams  —  If President-elect Barack Obama nominates Hillary Clinton to be secretary of state, many legal scholars believe it would be the former law professor's first violation of the Constitution as president.  —  Why?
New York Post:
WE HEAR . . . WE HEAR  —  THAT although we didn't think it would be pos sible to silence Ann Coulter, the leggy reaction- ary broke her jaw and the mouth that roared has been wired shut . . . THAT the Tel Aviv Hilton was abuzz Saturday with the arrival of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock …
The Huffington Post:
Ann Coulter's Jaw Wired Shut: Report
Discussion: The Dish Rag
Michael Scherer / Time:
The Anti-Obama Ad Campaign That Never Happened  —  What if the McCain campaign had run ads using footage of Barack Obama dancing with Ellen DeGeneres to show his coziness with celebrity?  Or followed up on its Paris Hilton ad with others featuring Donald Trump and Jessica Simpson?
Peter Orszag / Director's Blog:
Life is a series of hellos and goodbyes: A final blog entry  —  Today President-elect Obama announced his intention to nominate me as director of the Office of Management and Budget.  I am therefore resigning as director of CBO and this will be my final blog entry.  —  I have absolutely loved my time at CBO.
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Missing ballots concern Franken camp  —  Things are getting even dicier in the Minnesota Senate recount.  —  Al Franken's campaign is contending that Minnesota election officials may have lost several dozen ballots across the state.  Their basis for the charge is that the number …
Discussion: Full Comment and The BRAD BLOG
Elizabeth Drew / New York Review of Books:
The Truth About the Election  —  As he demonstrated in his campaign for the presidency, Barack Obama thinks long.  Hence, the new President-elect is better prepared to take office than any other newly elected chief executive in the history of the modern presidency.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Galrahn / Information Dissemination:
Are Pirates the Problem, or the Solution?  —  Two of my favorite writers, Robert Farley and Thomas Barnett, have weighed in on Somali piracy, and while I agree with every point made by both, I disagree with both writers regarding how to manage the issue of Somali piracy.
Discussion: War Is Boring
Melinda Henneberger / Slate:
Obama's threat to Catholic hospitals and their very serious counterthreat.  —  When I saw the Catholic bishops had declared war on President-elect Obama at their semiannual meeting in Baltimore two weeks ago, my first reaction was pique: Gosh, guys, it isn't even parade day yet, and here you are, all dressed up and ready to rain on it.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
DISGUSTING WHINING  —  You've probably noticed Mark Halperin's claim that the level of pro-Obama bias in the election coverage this year was so bad it was “disgusting.”  I'll leave it to others to analyze what “disgusting” means when deployed by someone who takes his journalistic cues from Matt Drudge.
Drudge Report:
RUSSIAN ANALYST PREDICTS DECLINE AND BREAKUP OF USA  —  A leading Russian political analyst has said the economic turmoil in the United States has confirmed his long-held view that the country is heading for collapse, and will divide into separate parts.  —  Professor Igor Panarin …
Rochelle Riley / Detroit Free Press:
For economy's sake, Pelosi needs to push for impeachment now  —  Rep. Nancy Pelosi's ineffectiveness became clear the day she became Speaker of the House and immediately announced that there would be no impeachment proceedings against President George W. Bush or Vice President Dick Cheney.
John McCain / Nielsen Wire:
How Obama's Local Buys Added Up  —  Nielsen's final look at ad buys by the 2008 Presidential candidates proved one famous mantra: politics really are local.  —  President-elect Barack Obama placed 155% more spot TV ads than John McCain during the general election season (6/08 to 11/08) …
Mark Preston / CNN:
Palin to hit campaign trail in Georgia  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin will make multiple campaign appearances on behalf of Sen. Saxby Chambliss next week in Georgia, serving as the political closer for the GOP senator who is battling to win a second term.
Ari Melber / The Politico:
Learning from President Bush's mistakes  —  Many Washington Republicans and Democrats agree on one maxim for President-elect Barack Obama: This is no time to look back at the past administration's rocky record on executive power and the rule of law.  —  Republicans caution against protracted, “partisan” investigations.
Discussion: New York Times and Open Left
Daniel Stone / Newsweek:
Even Dr. Doom Likes Them  —  Renowned economic pessimist Nouriel Roubini approves of Obama's picks, but they face grave challenges ahead.  —  President-elect Barack Obama's administration's reaction to the current economy would have to be, in his words, “swift and bold.”
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Matthew Hadro / CNSNews:
Struggling Banks Paid President Clinton $2.1 million for ‘Speeches’
Fundraiser canned on claims disease affects only whites
Discussion: and Full Comment
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Norquist: 'The Economy's In The Present State' Because Democrats …
Discussion: Open Left and Brookings Institute
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
Panel Asks How Inquiry Began on Spitzer Banking
Curt Anderson / Associated Press:
Miami judge rules against Florida gay adoption ban
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Thom Shanker / The Caucus:
Pentagon Cancels Big Holiday Gala
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and
Andrew Sparrow / Guardian:
Lap dancing ‘not sexual act’ claims head of club organisation
Discussion: Hot Air