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12:30 AM ET, November 26, 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 …
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.
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 …
New York Times:
Obama Plans to Retain Gates at Defense Department
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Wall Street Journal:
Obama to Retain Gates at Defense
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
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: Stop The ACLU and 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?
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.
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.
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?
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  —  Ann Coulter may be completely silenced, at least for a while.  —  If the New York Post's Page Six report is true, Coulter broke her jaw and her mouth is wired shut: … Check back here for confirmation and updates.  —  FAQ: Comments and Moderation FAQ: HuffPost Accounts
Discussion: The Dish Rag
Ken Armstrong / Seattle Times:
State justice confirms he yelled “Tyrant!” at Mukasey before AG collapsed  —  Richard Sanders, a justice on the Washington State Supreme Court, has never been one to shy from controversy or blunt language.  And last week, as he sat at a Federalist Society dinner and listened …
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 …
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Norquist: 'The Economy's In The Present State' Because Democrats Took Control Of Congress In 2006  —  On CNBC this morning, Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist claimed that the current financial crisis facing America is rooted in the fact that Democrats took control of the House and Senate in 2006.
Discussion: Open Left and Brookings Institute
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
Citi's Taxpayer Parachute  —  Why are Robert Rubin and other directors still employed?  —  Another Sunday night, another ad hoc bank rescue rooted in no discernible principle.  U.S. taxpayers, who invested $25 billion in Citigroup last month, will now pour in another $20 billion in exchange for preferred shares paying an 8% dividend.
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.
Fundraiser canned on claims disease affects only whites  —  Carleton University won't be holding a popular fundraiser to benefit cystic fibrosis, it was confirmed Tuesday, after the student council passed a motion falsely claiming the disease affects only white men.
Discussion: and Full Comment
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.
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 …
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.
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Barack Obama chafes inside the ‘bubble’
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Matthew Hadro / CNSNews:
Struggling Banks Paid President Clinton $2.1 million for ‘Speeches’
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
Panel Asks How Inquiry Began on Spitzer Banking
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
GAO: Labor Dept. Misled Congress
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Thom Shanker / The Caucus:
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Discussion: Runnin' Scared and
Andrew Sparrow / Guardian:
Lap dancing ‘not sexual act’ claims head of club organisation
Discussion: Hot Air
Ari Melber / The Politico:
Learning from President Bush's mistakes
Discussion: New York Times and Open Left
John McCain / Nielsen Wire:
How Obama's Local Buys Added Up
Mark Preston / CNN:
Palin to hit campaign trail in Georgia