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7:55 PM ET, November 30, 2008

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Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Top Officers Hopeful That Obama Will Bring More Realistic View Than Bush  —  Adm. Michael Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, went unarmed into his first meeting with the new commander in chief — no aides, no PowerPoint presentation, no briefing books.
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Clinton, Obama seal the deal  —  It's finally official: President-elect Obama will appear with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) in Chicago on Monday as he names her secretary of state, a remarkable reunion of once-bitter rivals.  —  The news conference at a Chicago hotel is scheduled to begin at 10:40 a.m. Eastern.
Kenneth R. Bazinet / NY Daily News:
Hillary Clinton passed on Appropriations chair to become Obama's Secretary of State  —  WASHINGTON - Hillary Clinton passed on becoming boss of thesuperpowerful Senate Appropriations Committee to pursue the moreprestigious secretary of state job with President-elect Barack Obama,the Daily News has learned.
rediff.com:
Doctors shocked at hostages's torture  —  They said that just one look at the bodies of the dead hostages as well as terrorists showed it was a battle of attrition that was fought over three days at the Oberoi and the Taj hotels in Mumbai.  —  Doctors working in a hospital where all the bodies …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The ongoing disgrace of NBC News and Brian Williams  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  The New York Times's David Barstow, whose excellent and aggressive journalism led to the uncovering last April of the Pentagon's domestic propaganda program involving network “military analysts,” …
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Steyn Online:
THE SHAGGED SHEEP  —  This is a long piece but it does have underage sex and bestiality in it.  So enjoy!  —  The other day I had an e-mail from M J Murphy, who blogs as Big City Lib, saying only this: … There followed a link to a post called Steyn Gets Punked By 28-Year Old Literary Hoax:
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Kristol's Next War  —  In addition to being a booster of the two actual wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Bill Kristol and/or his publication has, at one time or another, also called for the United States to go to war with North Korea, Syria, Iran, and Sudan.  And now he's got another war he's like to start:
Josh Levs / CNN:
Laura Bush describes post-White House plans  —  (CNN) — First lady Laura Bush said Sunday she plans to continue working to advance the position of women in Afghanistan after her husband's time in office ends in January.  —  In an interview with NBC's “Meet the Press,” …
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Neal Gabler / Los Angeles Times:
The GOP's McCarthy gene  —  Think Goldwater is the father of conservatism?  Think again.  —  Ever since the election, partisans within the Republican Party and observers outside it have been speculating wildly about what direction the GOP will take to revive itself from its disaster.
Lauren Slater / New York Times:
Deeply, Truly (but Not Physically) in Love  —  I COULD chalk it up to getting older, the fact that sex interests me these days about as much as playing checkers.  But the fact is I've never much liked sex, even though it has, on occasion, captivated me.  Says my proverbial therapist: “Sex threatens you, Lauren.
Discussion: Unfogged
Matthew Alexander / Washington Post:
I'm Still Tortured by What I Saw in Iraq  —  I should have felt triumphant when I returned from Iraq in August 2006.  Instead, I was worried and exhausted.  My team of interrogators had successfully hunted down one of the most notorious mass murderers of our generation, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi …
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Same Old New Deal?  —  Early in what became the Great Depression, John Maynard Keynes was asked if anything similar had ever happened.  “Yes,” he replied, “it was called the Dark Ages, and it lasted 400 years.”  It did take 25 years, until November 1954, for the Dow to return to the peak it reached in September 1929.
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Helen Thomas / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
It's a depression  —  WASHINGTON — Few prominent economists …
Discussion: ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES
Taylor Gandossy / CNN:
Taj Mahal hotel owner: We had warning  —  Watch the full interview with Ratan Tata on “Fareed Zakaria GPS” at 1 p.m. ET Sunday on CNN.  —  The Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai, India, temporarily increased security after being warned of a possible terrorist attack, the chairman of the company that owns the hotel said Saturday.
Tim Shipman / Telegraph:
UFO enthusiasts call on Obama to release XFiles  —  UFO enthusiasts are pressing Barack Obama to release classified documents about sightings of alien spacecraft, encouraged by support from within the President-Elect's own White House team.  —  Desperate to see the US emulate the British Government …
John Caruso / The Distant Ocean:
Obama followers patiently awaiting instructions  —  Defending his unbroken string of establishment/hawkish/conservative appointments, the general speaks:  —  “What we are going to do is combine experience with fresh thinking.  But I understand where the vision for change comes from.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
The Bentsen precedent  —  Along with getting emoluments out of the way, Lloyd Bentsen offers a useful guide on another timely question: When will Hillary resign?  —  Her staff isn't saying, but Bentsen is the most recent sitting senator to join the Cabinet, and a likely guide.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
CNN:
Indian minister resigns over Mumbai attacks  —  MUMBAI, India (CNN) — India's Home Minister Shivraj Patil submitted his resignation Sunday as the country investigated alleged Pakistani ties to the terrorist attacks that killed 183 people in Mumbai.  —  The fallout from the attacks is damaging …
Maureen Fan / Washington Post:
Report: President Warns China's Economic Edge Is Weakening  —  Chinese President Hu Jintao warned at a weekend meeting of the Communist Party's elite Politburo that China is losing its competitive edge as international demand for its products is reduced, according to official state media reports Sunday.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Kevin Drum
Brigid Schulte / Washington Post:
Acorn Watchers Wonder What Happened to Crop  —  The idea seemed too crazy to Rod Simmons, a measured, careful field botanist.  Naturalists in Arlington County couldn't find any acorns.  None.  No hickory nuts, either.  Then he went out to look for himself.  He came up with nothing.
 
 
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Jesse Washington / Associated Press:
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Afif Sarhan / Guardian:
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Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Never Let Them See You Sweat  —  The economy jolts and stumbles …
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Miles Goslett / Daily Mail:
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