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2:40 AM ET, November 10, 2008

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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
As the Handoff Begins, a Visit Both Historic and Perhaps Awkward  —  WASHINGTON — For nearly two years on the campaign trail, Senator Barack Obama rarely missed a chance to take a swipe at President Bush.  The name George W. Bush invariably followed the phrase “failed policies” in Mr. Obama's speeches.
Discussion: TIME.com
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Fox News:
First Bush-Obama Meeting: Hard Feelings and Hand Sanitizer  —  As President Bush and President-elect Barack Obama prepare for their post-election meeting at the White House on Monday, memories of their first encounter linger.  —  FOXNews.com  —  President Bush and President-elect Barack …
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:   The First Bush-Obama Meeting
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Jamie Gorelick  —  As he prepares to take office, President-elect Barack Obama is relying on a small team of advisers who will lead his transition operation and help choose the members of a new Obama administration.  Following is part of a series of profiles of potential members of the administration.
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Chris Frates / The Politico:
Who would serve as attorney general?  —  The big money on who becomes the next attorney general is split between two distinct camps: consummate Washington insiders with serious policy credentials and prominent political backers of President-elect Barack Obama, according to leading insiders from both parties.
Discussion: TIME.com and MyDD
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
Right-wing media feeds its post-election anger  —  Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity dive shamelessly in, talking about the ‘Obama recession’ and other partisan lines.  —  You have to give Rush Limbaugh a perverse kind of credit.  At least when he is demonizing Barack Obama, fabricating Obama policies …
New York Post:
TALENT SHOPS COURTING PALIN  —  SARAH Palin won't be vice president, but she won the hearts of talent scouts and literary agents who are scrambling to sign her to multimillion-dollar contracts.  —  CAA, ICM, William Morris, Paradigm and other agencies “smell books, talk shows and commentary for Fox and CNN” …
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
BATTLE PLANS  —  How Obama won.  —  Obama's strategy worked, with only minor alterations, throughout the campaign.  —  Last June, Joel Benenson, who was Barack Obama's top pollster during his Presidential run, reported on the state of the campaign.  His conclusions, summed …
Topeka Capital-Journal:
Planning under way for Obama holiday  —  The Capital-Journal  —  Plans are being made to promote a national holiday for Barack Obama, who will become the nation's 44th president when he takes the oath of office Jan. 20.  —  “Yes We Can” planning rallies will be at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. every Tuesday …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Now: We Get Our Lives Back  —  As I find myself barely able to function this weekend, I did manage to go for a bike ride, walk the dogs, and catch up on a few Netflix projects (finishing off John Adams, “The Savages”, the rest of Season 11 of The Simpsons).  What is this I'm feeling?
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
Obama set to push ‘big bang’ reform package  —  US President-elect Barack Obama intends to push a comprehensive programme of social and economic reform beyond an immediate emergency stimulus package, Rahm Emanuel, the next White House chief of staff, indicated on Sunday.
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Fox News:
Farrakhan Says Obama Presidency Will Bring ‘New Beginning’
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Gateway Pundit
The Raw Story:
GOP leader: Rebuild party based on ‘sanctity of marriage’  —  The Republican brand is still alive and well, Rep. Mike Pence said on Fox News Sunday.  —  When asked by Chris Wallace what “conservative solutions” the GOP would bring to their current minority-party status, Pence said social issues like …
Washington Post:
Sometimes Continuity Trumps Change  —  Three Bush Appointees in Crucial Positions Likely to Remain Under Obama  —  As President-elect Barack Obama prepares to fill top positions for his incoming government, he faces a stubborn reality: Some of the key individuals he will rely upon to tackle …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Trapping The Apostle  —  I like dday's optimism below, but if you want to see what the village elders are saying about all this “change”, this morning's Fareed Zakaria show on CNN will give you a clue.  —  Zakaria hosted a panel of historians and establishment icons, Walter Isaacson …
New York Times:
Secret Order Lets U.S. Raid Al Qaeda in Many Countries  —  WASHINGTON — The United States military since 2004 has used broad, secret authority to carry out nearly a dozen previously undisclosed attacks against Al Qaeda and other militants in Syria, Pakistan and elsewhere, according to senior American officials.
Avi Zenilman / Yahoo! News:
Dem groups claim Obama win  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  John F. Kennedy famously said that “victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan,” an adage born out over the last three days as reporters' inboxes have overflowed with e-mails …
Denver Post:
GOP aims to rebuild, refocus  —  Party at crossroads  —  Colorado Republicans, sifting through the ashes of three disastrous election cycles, are in the midst of a vigorous debate over how to win again in a state where their future looks bleak.  —  That struggle is likely to play …
New York Times:
Like the Dwights and Lyndons of Old, Baby Baracks All Over  —  Decontee Williams was so excited by Barack Obama's victory on Tuesday night that she started jumping up and down — and went into labor.  Twelve hours later, Barack Jeilah was born at Phoenix Baptist Hospital to Ms. Williams and Prince Jeilah.
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Van Hollen to Stay as Chair of House Democrats' Campaign Arm  —  After bringing at least two dozen new Democrats to the House in Tuesday's elections, Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D) has agreed to try to duplicate that achievement in 2010 as chair of the caucus's campaign arm.
Norman Geras / normblog:
The return of the real  —  Sarah Baxter in today's Sunday Times: … In saying this, Sarah reprises the theme of the opening words of Obama's victory speech in Chicago.  For a substantial part of the last eight years it has been impossible to escape the voices of all those who have been telling us …
Discussion: Times of London
New York Times:
A.I.G. May Get More in Bailout  —  The Bush administration was overhauling its rescue of the American International Group on Sunday night, according to people involved in the deal, amid signs that the interest on its current credit line of more than $100 billion was putting too much strain on the ailing insurer.
MSNBC:
Nov. 9: Valerie Jarrett, Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Fla., Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., political roundtable  —  MR. TOM BROKAW: Our issues this Sunday: The nation elects Barack Obama its 44th president.  —  PRES.-ELECT BARACK OBAMA: It's been a long time coming but tonight, because of what we did on this day …
Discussion: TIME.com and Moonbattery
CNN:
Lieberman can still help Dems, Reid says  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Sunday he's still trying to keep Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman within the Democratic caucus despite anger over Lieberman's support of Republican presidential nominee John McCain.
 
 
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Gingrich says he'd serve as GOP chairman — if the RNC wants him
Discussion: Right Wing News
Tom Kizzia / Anchorage Daily News:
What's ahead for Gov. Palin? Seven challenges
Associated Press:
In California, Protests Over Gay Marriage Vote
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Show Me the Money  —  So, I was speaking to an Iranian friend …
Discussion: TigerHawk
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Barack Obama: Praises from the pulpits
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Malkin Award Nominee
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