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10:40 PM ET, December 1, 2008

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Joe Klein / Swampland:
Better Questions, Please  —  Watching the Obama rollout of his national security team from overseas—I'm in Europe, on my way to Afghanistan—I was struck by the inanity of most of the questions from my colleagues.  Granted, these are political reporters, not national security or foreign policy specialists …
Discussion: Kevin Drum
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Mary Ann Akers / The Sleuth:
It Hurts To Be John Kerry Today  —  It must have been painful, but at least it was classy.  Sen. John Kerry's (D-Mass.) reaction statement to President-elect Obama's choice for secretary of state was the first to arrive in the Sleuth's inbox (besides, of course, Bill Clinton's).
Frank James / The Swamp:
Obama rebukes Bush years with Clinton  —  What message should we take away from President-elect Barack Obama's choices for his national-security team?  —  One is that his presidency will be far different than the past eight years.  By his choices, he's rebuking the presidential management style …
Discussion: The Politico and City Room
CNN:
Obama rolls out national security team  —  (CNN) — President-elect Barack Obama on Monday announced Sen. Hillary Clinton as his pick for secretary of state, calling her an “American of tremendous stature who will have my complete confidence.”  —  “Hillary's appointment is a sign to friend …
David Stout / New York Times:
Obama Unveils His National Security Team
New York Times:
Obama's National Security Team Announcement
Discussion: Opinion L.A. and FP Passport
The Huffington Post:
David Gregory To Moderate “Meet The Press”  —  David Gregory will take the reins as moderator of NBC's “Meet the Press,” the Huffington Post has learned.  Gregory has been a leading contender for the permanent spot since Tom Brokaw stepped in as interim moderator following Tim Russert's death in June.
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Michael Calderone / The Politico:   Report: Gregory is next MTP host
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Dow Plunges 680 Points as Recession Is Declared  —  The evidence of a recession has been widespread for months: slower production, stagnant wages and hundreds of thousands of lost jobs.  —  But the nonpartisan National Bureau of Economic Research, charged with making the call for the history books …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Franken May Ask Senate to Intervene in Minn. Recount  —  Democrat Al Franken's campaign said Monday that as many as 1,000 absentee ballots were improperly disqualified in Minnesota's Senate race, and that it may appeal to courts or the U.S. Senate to order that those ballots be counted.
Discussion: TIME.com and Truthdig
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Minneapolis Star Tribune:
For Franken, a math problem  —  Challenged ballots may offer the Senate challenger a path to overtaking Coleman, but numbers indicate it would be a tough route.  —  While a tiny margin separates the candidates in the Minnesota U.S. Senate race, it is wide enough that Democrat Al Franken faces …
CNN:
Bush says some voters backed Obama ‘because of me’  —  President Bush says he wants to be remembered as a president who stuck to his values.  (GETTY IMAGES)  —  (CNN) - President Bush told an interviewer that his presidency may have helped Barack Obama win the White House.
Discussion: Multi Medium and Pam's House Blend
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Lauren Sher / ABCNEWS:
Bush: ‘I Did Not Compromise My Principles’  —  President George W. Bush Says He Will Leave Office With ‘Head Held High’  —  Looking back on his eight years in the White House, President George W. Bush pinpointed incorrect intelligence that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction as …
Toronto Star:
Liberals: Dion would be PM  —  VIDEO: Tories toss policy, release secret tapes  —  Liberal Leader Stephane Dion shakes hands with caucus members following a caucus meeting on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa Monday Dec. 1, 2008.  The Liberals have said they have agreed to form a coalition government …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Making Light
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CBC News:
Liberals, NDP, Bloc sign deal on proposed coalition
Discussion: Daimnation!
David Corn / MoJoBlog:
The Curious Retention of Robert Gates  —  Barack Obama's national security team—at this early stage—presents more questions than answers.  His selection of Hillary Clinton to be secretary of state has been a much-chewed-over topic of pundit puzzlement.  And with the Monday morning unveiling …
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Bill Clinton mentioned for wife's Senate seat  —  CNN Deputy Political Director  —  (CNN) — After eight years as senator from New York, Hillary Clinton is trading places, moving from Congress to the incoming administration.  —  On Monday, President-elect Barack Obama announced that he asked …
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Fox News shut out again at Obama press conference.  —  Fishbowl DC has been keeping tabs of which media outlets have been allowed to ask a question at President-elect Barack Obama's five press conferences so far.  They report Fox News is 0-5.  “Questions instead went to such outlets as ABC …
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
We must stand by our most important ally.  —  It's in human nature to mention any personal connection when offering solidarity, so I shall just briefly say that on my first visit to India, in 1980, I stayed at the Taj Mahal in Bombay, visited the “Gateway of India” and took a boat to Elephanta Island …
Phil Singer / The Marathon Blog:
If Matthews Is Mulling A Senate Run, He Shouldn't Be On The Air  —  If Chris Matthews is seriously considering a run for Arlen Specter's Senate seat, he shouldn't be on the air right now.  —  One of the reasons millions of people rely on NBC as a news source is that it's objective and driven by a fidelity to covering the news.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Political Punch
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Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Toomey: Specter faces tougher road in 2010
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Rod Liddle / Times of London:
Muslim graveyard refuses to bury terrorists in Mumbai  —  Nico Hines, and Rhys Blakely in Mumbai  —  A Muslim graveyard in the heart of Mumbai has broken with Islamic tradition and refused to bury the bodies of nine terrorists who were killed during the attack on India's financial capital.
CBS News:
How Pvt. Monica Brown Won A Silver Star  —  Lara Logan Interviews A Young Woman Who Won A Silver Star For Exceptional Valor At Age 18  —  (CBS) Private Monica Brown is only the second woman to be awarded the Silver Star since World War II.  She's an Army medic who risked her own life to save …
ABCNEWS:
U.S. Warned India in October of Potential Terror Attack  —  NSA Now Tracking Captured Phones, U.S. Connections  —  U.S. intelligence agencies warned their Indian counterparts in mid-October of a potential attack “from the sea against hotels and business centers in Mumbai,” a U.S. intelligence official tells ABCNews.com.
Discussion: Unqualified Offerings
Reuters:
Credit-card industry may cut $2 trillion lines: analyst  —  (Reuters) - The U.S. credit-card industry may pull back well over $2 trillion of lines over the next 18 months due to risk aversion and regulatory changes, leading to sharp declines in consumer spending, prominent banking analyst Meredith Whitney said.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Reporter to Obama: Um, didn't you belittle Hillary's foreign policy cred during the primaries?  —  Sure he did, but you can't hold him to things he said in the heat of battle.  Remember, this is a guy who lied repeatedly on the stump about a pillar of American trade policy and then climbed down as soon as it was safe to do so.
Dorothy Rabinowitz / Wall Street Journal:
Deepak Blames America  —  The media look within to explain the sick delusions of the Mumbai killers.  —  If the Mumbai terror assault seemed exceptional, and shocking in its targets, it was clear from the Thanksgiving Day reports that we weren't going to be deprived of the familiar, either.
David A. Patten / NewsMax.com:
Jeb Bush to GOP: Don't Become ‘Democrat-Lite’  —  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush tells Newsmax that the GOP must broaden its appeal to avoid becoming “the old white-guy party,” and recommends that Republicans create a “shadow government” to engage Democrats on important issues …
Discussion: Think Progress and The Raw Story
 
 
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