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4:40 PM ET, December 1, 2008

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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 …
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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).
David Stout / New York Times:
Obama Unveils His National Security Team
Chris Isidore / CNNMoney.com:
It's official: Recession since Dec. '07  —  The National Bureau of Economic Research declares what most Americans already knew: the downturn has been going on for some time.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — The National Bureau of Economic Research said Monday that the U.S …
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Rex Nutting / MarketWatch:
U.S. recession began in December 2007, NBER says  —  WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — The U.S. economy entered a recession in December 2007, a committee of economists at the private National Bureau of Economic Research said Monday.  The economy reached a peak in December and has been declining since …
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 …
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Jack Schofield / Guardian:
Memeorandum runs rings around Google News  —  If you want to know what's happening in the world, then Memorandum will tell you - at least in a couple of areas.  It's an automated news clipping service, known in the trade as a “news aggregator”.  It provides headlines and short texts updated every few minutes …
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Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Take A Peek At Super-Quick Internet News Aggregater memeorandum  —  Take A Peek at memeorandum — if you haven't already.  —  When memeorandum first started TMV did a Take A Peek on it, and in reality it doesn't need one from TMV anymore.  But we did get some new readers this year.
Discussion: The Impolitic
The Daily Beast:
How is it Obama can fill a Cabinet faster than NBC can replace Tim Russert?  —  The suits at NBC are doing far more agonizing over who should fill Tim Russert's shoes on Meet the Press than Obama is over appointing his cabinet.  They're taking more time over it, too.
Discussion: MyDD and Alternate Brain
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Michael Calderone / The Politico:   Brown: Maddow should get ‘Meet’ job
Wall Street Journal:
India Security Faulted as Survivors Tell of Terror  —  At Tourist Haunts and Train Station, Swiftly Launched Assault Overwhelmed Police; Home Affairs Minister Steps Down  —  MUMBAI — As waiters started setting dinner buffets in Mumbai's luxurious hotels, the killings that would ravage …
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Jim Tharpe / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Palin tells crowd nation is watching Georgia  —  Chambliss, Palin in Gwinnett at 4; Martin, Ludacris at Capitol at 5:30  —  Augusta — Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin roared back onto the campaign trail Monday, calling on Georgians to re-elect incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss …
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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 …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Deficits and the Future  —  Right now there's intense debate about how aggressive the United States government should be in its attempts to turn the economy around.  Many economists, myself included, are calling for a very large fiscal expansion to keep the economy from going into free fall.
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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.
Andrew Higgins / Wall Street Journal:
How to Combat a Banking Crisis: First, Round Up the Pessimists  —  Latvian Agents Detain a Gloomy Economist; ‘It Is a Form of Deterrence’  —  RIGA, Latvia — Hammered by economic woe, this former Soviet republic recently took a novel step to contain the crisis.
Discussion: The New Republic and Paul Krugman
BBC:
Cheap sex - the credit crunch is biting under the sheets  —  As the credit crunch bites, Britons may be turning to sex as a cheap way to pass the time, a charity says.  —  A YouGov survey of 2,000 adults found sex was the most popular free activity, ahead of window shopping and gossiping.
Discussion: Fausta's Blog
Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press:
AP IMPACT: US diluted loan rules before crash  —  WASHINGTON - The Bush administration backed off proposed crackdowns on no-money-down, interest-only mortgages years before the economy collapsed, buckling to pressure from some of the same banks that have now failed.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Energy Policy: Hopefully Not Keeping Up With General Jones  —  I had known that General James Jones had, since retirement, involved himself in some kind of Chamber of Commerce energy project.  I didn't have great hopes for a Chamber of Commerce energy project, but I hadn't realized …
Discussion: Wonk Room
Meredith Whitney / Financial Times:
America must keep consumer liquidity flowing  —  As an analyst, it is my job to do fundamental research and call it as I see it, and my bailiwick is financials.  My outlook has been negative for over a year and, technically, I have been “right” on my calls.
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
Try Tough Love, Hillary  —  Imagine Ehud Olmert, the outgoing Israeli prime minister, saying this to Barack Obama:  —  “The United States has been wrong to write Israel a blank check every year; wrong to turn a blind eye to the settlements in the West Bank; wrong not to be more explicit …
Discussion: Newsweek, Commentary and The Sideshow
Washington Post:
Pentagon to Detail Troops to Bolster Domestic Security  —  The U.S. military expects to have 20,000 uniformed troops inside the United States by 2011 trained to help state and local officials respond to a nuclear terrorist attack or other domestic catastrophe, according to Pentagon officials.
Marc Ambinder:
Wait, Wait, Do Tell Me  —  With an accompanying brag about transparency, the Obama transition office released its transition donors today.  This will be a monthly practice; the transition entity is required to report to the Federal Election Commission next year.  —  Berman  —  Doug
 
 
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