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3:15 PM ET, November 25, 2008


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Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Where Was Geithner in Turmoil?  —  President-elect Barack Obama unveiled on Monday an economic team with deep experience handling economic crises.  But does the man at the center of this star-studded cast, Timothy F. Geithner, the nominee for Treasury secretary, have what is needed to take the nation in a new financial direction?
Chris Isidore /
Fed bets $800 billion on consumers
Discussion: Donklephant
New York Times:
U.S. Unveils New Programs to Ease Credit
Discussion: Wonkette and Below The Beltway
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
For Collins, forgiveness may be tough  —  The tactics used by Democrats to secure at least 58 Senate seats may have damaged their chances of winning vital support from Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) in key votes in the 111th Congress.  —  Collins told colleagues at a small Senate prayer breakfast meeting …
Martin Kady II / The Politico:
Dems vs. Dems in new Congress  —  Forget the Republican filibuster and the race to 60.  The real fight in the next Congress is Democrats vs. themselves.  —  With nearly complete control of Washington for the first time in three decades, Democrats are entering a treacherous power zone …
Corey Boles / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Sets Budget Plan  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama Tuesday named Congressional Budget Office chief Peter Orszag as Office of Management and Budget director, a key post in the incoming administration's drive to reform the federal budget.  —  Mr. Obama also tapped former …
Frank James / The Swamp:
Obama: No business as usual on spending
Discussion: The Politico and New York Times
The Trail / Washington Post:
Obama Announces OMB Chiefs
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.”
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Obama's Brain Trust
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 …
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.
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Palin campaigning for Chambliss
Discussion: CNN and Firedoglake
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.
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST.  —  “Isn't it amazing,” asks Krugman, “just how impressive the people being named to key positions in the Obama administration seem?  Bye-bye hacks and cronies, hello people who actually know what they're doing.  For a bunch of people who were written off …
David Zucchino / Los Angeles Times:
Injured veterans engaged in new combat  —  In a little-noticed regulation change, the Pentagon's definition of combat-related disabilities is narrowed, costing some wounded veterans thousands of dollars in lost benefits.  —  Marine Cpl. James Dixon was wounded twice in Iraq — by a roadside bomb and a land mine.
Wall Street Journal:
Why Don't We Hang Pirates Anymore?  —  It's a safe bet, dear reader, that the title of this column has caused you to either (a) roll your eyes and wonder, What century do you think we're living in? or (b) scratch your head and ask, Yes, why don't we?  Wherever you come down …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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) …
Seema Mehta / Los Angeles Times:
Claremont parents clash over kindergarten Thanksgiving costumes  —  Some say having students dress up as pilgrims and Native Americans is ‘demeaning.’ Their opponents say they are elitists injecting politics into a simple children's celebration.  —  For decades, Claremont kindergartners …
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 …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
NOT ABOUT LEHMANN?  —  From TPM Reader BW, disagreeing with a point I made yesterday ...  And quite a few disagreements with BW ...  From TPM Reder JS ...  And TPM Reader GG ...
Discussion: The New Republic and Kevin Drum
Barry Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
Big Bailouts, Bigger Bucks  —  Whenever I discussed the current bailout situation with people, I find they have a hard time comprehending the actual numbers involved.  That became a problem while doing the research for the Bailout Nation book.  I needed some way to put this into proper historical perspective.
John B. Taylor / Wall Street Journal:
Why Permanent Tax Cuts Are the Best Stimulus  —  Short-term fiscal policies fail to promote long-term growth.  —  The incoming Obama administration and congressional Democrats are now considering a second fiscal stimulus package, estimated at more than $500 billion, to follow the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008.
Carol Marbin Miller /
Florida ban on gay adoptions ruled unconstitutional  —  Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Cindy Lederman Tuesday declared Florida's 30-year-old ban on gay adoptions unconstitutional — a ruling state lawyers immediately said they would challenge.  —  The ruling sets the stage for Frank Gill …
Discussion: The Bilerico Project
Cornelia Dean / New York Times:
A Soldier, Taking Orders From Its Ethical Judgment Center  —  ATLANTA — In the heat of battle, their minds clouded by fear, anger or vengefulness, even the best-trained soldiers can act in ways that violate the Geneva Conventions or battlefield rules of engagement.  Now some researchers suggest that robots could do better.
Discussion: Wonkette and JustOneMinute
Associated Press:
Karzai: Fixed end date needed for Afghan war  —  President says world leaders must set a time limit for Taliban's defeat  —  KABUL, Afghanistan - President Hamid Karzai told a visiting U.N. Security Council delegation Tuesday that the international community should set a timeline to end the war in Afghanistan.
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: Open Left
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John McCormick / Chicago Tribune:
Obama team sweeps news media into Cubs-Sox rivalry
Discussion: The Swamp and The E&P Pub
Wall Street Journal:
Does Europe Believe in International Law?
John Tierney / TierneyLab:
Bettors Beat Pundits
Robert Barnett / New York Times:
Did Britain Just Sell Tibet?
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Steve Schmadeke / Chicago Tribune:
Reverend Jeremiah Wright talks of humor and hurt
Discussion: Liberal Values, Hot Air and Swampland
James Parks / AFL-CIO NOW BLOG:
CNN Ordered to Rehire 110 Workers Fired for Belonging to a Union
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Bush Issues 14 Pardons and Commutes 2 Sentences