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3:45 AM ET, November 11, 2008

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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: MSNBC falls for Palin/Eisenstadt hoax  —  Specifically, this hoax.  I'd love to throw stones at them and TNR, but people on our own side were taken in too.  —  Guys?  The post at Shakespeare's Sister revealing the hoax is linked on the first page of the Google results for “Martin Eisenstadt.”
Discussion: Donklephant
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Marty / Martin Eisenstadt's Blog:
Eisenstadt the source for Sarah Palin Africa leak... and proud of it.  —  UPDATE (scroll down for original post).... MSNBC did a nice “Breaking News” piece on me with David Schuster interviewing my fellow pundits, “Republican strategist” Todd Boulanger and “Democratic strategist” …
Michael Crowley / The New Republic:
Even More Palin Cluelessness [UPDATED]  —  Update: Oy—this would appear to be a hoax.  Apologies.  —  After the original report that Palin didn't know whether Africa was a country or a continent, I complained that people were being too credulous about her foibles.  And then I committed the very same sin.
The Huffington Post:
Obama Wants Lieberman To Remain In Democratic Caucus  —  President-elect Barack Obama has informed party officials that he wants Joe Lieberman to continue caucusing with the Democrats in the 111th Congress, Senate aides tell the Huffington Post.  —  Obama's decision could tie the hands …
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES
Discussion: Daily Kos, Open Left and MyDD
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Bush leaving office more unpopular than Nixon  —  CNN Deputy Political Director  —  WASHINGTON DC (CNN) — On the day that President-elect Barack Obama is visiting the White House, a new national poll suggests that the current occupant at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is the most unpopular …
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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: 43 MEETS 44  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray …
Discussion: MyDD and Washington Post
Fox News:
Sarah Palin Defends Herself Against Criticism in FOX News Interview  —  FOX News' Greta Van Susteren is in Alaska to get Gov. Sarah Palin's reflections on the presidential election.  —  FOXNews.com  —  After a whirlwind campaign alongside Sen. John McCain, Sarah Palin is defending herself …
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John R. Lott Jr / Fox News:
Minnesota Ripe for Election Fraud  —  Minnesota is becoming to 2008 politics what Florida was in 2000 or Washington State in 2006 — a real mess.  The outcome will determine whether Democrats get 58 members of the U.S. Senate, giving them an effective filibuster-proof vote on many issues.
Discussion: Hot Air, Roger Ailes and Election Law
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Scott / Power Line:
What's happening in Minnesota? part 4  —  The single most illuminating account of the shifting Coleman-Franken election results that I have found since the numbers started moving after 100 percent of precincts had reported Wednesday morning is this column by John Lott:
Ben Evans / Associated Press:
Georgia congressman warns of Obama dictatorship  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican congressman from Georgia said Monday he fears that President-elect Obama will establish a Gestapo-like security force to impose a Marxist or fascist dictatorship.  —  “It may sound a bit crazy and off base …
The Huffington Post:
Dean Prepares To Step Down As DNC Chair  —  After four years at the helm of the Democratic National Committee, Howard Dean is preparing to relinquish his chairmanship.  —  Dean, who has been serving in the post since 2005, has said in the past that he would serve only one term …
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Brad Friedman / The BRAD BLOG:
Alaska Update: Thousands of Ballots ‘Found’, One-Third Remain Uncounted in the State's Still-Fishy '08 Election  —  This just in from Alaska, where thousands of new ballots continue to be found each day, since it was first reported that turnout in 2008 was 11% lower than in 2004.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Truthdig
John Heilemann / New York Magazine:
Let the Infighting Begin  —  He won by being No Drama Obama.  Should he now stir some up?  —  The mau-mauing of Barack Obama officially began less than 24 hours after he won the White House, when National Organization for Women president Kim Gandy piped up about the possibility …
Discussion: The New Republic and Brendan Nyhan
Bryan Bender / Boston Globe:
Pentagon board says cuts essential  —  Tells Obama to slash large weapons programs  —  WASHINGTON - A senior Pentagon advisory group, in a series of bluntly worded briefings, is warning President-elect Barack Obama that the Defense Department's current budget is “not sustainable,” …
Discussion: The New Republic, TIME.com and Truthdig
Lauren Shepherd / Associated Press:
Starbucks 4Q profit drops 97 pct on closure costs  —  Starbucks 4th-quarter profit falls 97 percent on costs for closing stores, slow US sales  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Fewer U.S. customers and venti-sized costs for closing poorly performing stores led to lower sales and profit in the fourth quarter …
Brian Stelter / TV Decoder:
MSNBC Extends Keith Olbermann's Contract  —  Keith Olbermann, the anchor of “Countdown” on MSNBC.  (NBC)  —  Keith Olbermann, the anchor of “Countdown,” will remain at MSNBC through the next presidential election season, the cable news channel announced Monday afternoon.
The Trail / Washington Post:
White House to Establish Office of Urban Policy  —  The intense back-stabbing amongst Democrats for top jobs in the Obama administration assumes there are a fixed number of jobs worth having.  But it's looking likely that some extremely choice, even consequential, jobs are going to be created by the new administration.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and TIME.com
Daniel Gross / Slate:
Why the rich voted for Obama against their own economic interest.  —  For several years, I've been writing about Bushenfreude, the phenomenon of angry yuppies who've hugely benefited from President Bush's tax cuts funding angry, populist Democratic campaigns.
Paul Krugman:
Stimulus math (wonkish)  —  I wrote this morning's column partly because I had a hunch that the Obama people might be thinking too small on stimulus.  Now I have more than a hunch - I've heard an unreliable rumor!  So let's talk about stimulus math, as I see it.  —  Actually, before I get to the math, some concepts.
Discussion: Kevin Drum
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
It's on: Gingrich versus Michael Steele for RNC chair  —  A follow-up to Ed's post from earlier today: The Washington Times spies a gathering storm. … I'm partial to Newt just because he seems at times to be the only man left in the party with any new policy ideas, but you can't go wrong either way.
Simon Romero / New York Times:
Venezuela Positions Itself as a Salon for the Left  —  CARACAS, Venezuela — The Nepalese Maoist smiled as he glanced around the lobby of the Hotel Alba Caracas.  To his left, West African delegates to the World Meeting of Intellectuals and Artists in Defense of Humanity chatted in French.
Discussion: The New Republic and Wonkette
 
 
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Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
For South, a Waning Hold on National Politics
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and The RBC
Elisabeth Rosenthal / New York Times:
European Support for Bicycles Promotes Sharing of the Wheels
Discussion: Commentary and AMERICAblog News
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama Asks Bush to Provide Help for Automakers
Discussion: www.redstate.com
Amity Shlaes / New York Post:
DON'T REPEAT ERRORS OF NEW DEAL
Dawn Kopecki / Bloomberg:
Fannie Says $100 Billion Pledge From Treasury May Not Be Enough
Discussion: Calculated Risk and Firedoglake
Raymond / Jihad Watch:
Raymond Ibrahim: “Islam's Doctrines of Deception”
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Warner Todd Huston / media.newsbusters.org:
Obama Spokesman Says ‘Obama Ready to RULE on Day 1’
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
MGM to Post Full Films on YouTube
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Deroy Murdock / Real Clear Politics:
GOP Needs to Excommunicate Its Heretics
Discussion: Eunomia, VOTE and www.redstate.com
Rasmussen Reports:
Number of Black Voters Who View Society Fair and Decent Nearly Doubles …
Al Giordano / The Huffington Post:
Kerry Is the No Drama Option for Secretary of State
Discussion: Newsweek Blogs and Liberal Values
CNN:
CNN RELIABLE SOURCES
Discussion: Washington Post and Media Blog