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9:30 AM ET, November 11, 2008

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David Hinckley / NY Daily News:
Sarah Palin says she'll ‘plow through the door’ if there's an opening in 2012 or beyond  —  That gosh-darned mainstream media.  Can't live with 'em, can't campaign without 'em.  —  Less than a week after she and John McCain lost their bid for the White House, a combative Sarah Palin …
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Fox News:
Sarah Palin Defends Herself Against Criticism in FOX News Interview  —  FOX News' Greta Van Susteren went to 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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Odd Lies Of Sarah Palin XXI: “Correcting The Record”
Discussion: Brian Beutler
Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Gingrich, Steele duel privately for RNC job  —  A behind-the-scenes battle to take the reins of the Republican National Committee is taking off between former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele.  —  Neither man will acknowledge his interest in the post …
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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.
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Sparring Starts as Republicans Ponder Future
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
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 …
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Obama to Explore New Approach in Afghanistan War  —  The incoming Obama administration plans to explore a more regional strategy to the war in Afghanistan — including possible talks with Iran — and looks favorably on the nascent dialogue between the Afghan government and “reconcilable” …
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN and TIME.com
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New York Times:   Pakistanis Mired in Brutal Battle to Oust Taliban
Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
For South, a Waning Hold on National Politics  —  VERNON, Ala. — Fear of the politician with the unusual name and look did not end with last Tuesday's vote in this rural red swatch where buck heads and rifles hang on the wall.  This corner of the Deep South still resonates with negative feelings …
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.”
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David Brooks / New York Times:
Darkness at Dusk  —  It's only been a week since the defeat, but the battle lines have already been drawn in the fight over the future of conservatism.  —  In one camp, there are the Traditionalists, the people who believe that conservatives have lost elections because they have strayed from the true creed.
Discussion: Commentary and Bark Bark Woof Woof
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama Asks Bush to Provide Help for Automakers  —  WASHINGTON — The struggling auto industry was thrust into the middle of a political standoff between the White House and Democrats on Monday as President-elect Barack Obama urged President Bush in a meeting at the White House to support immediate emergency aid.
Mark J. Penn / The Politico:
Most affluent voters key to Obama sweep  —  Barack Obama promised he would lower taxes for 95 percent of Americans and presumably raise them for the 5 percent who benefited most under President Bush's tax policies.  But, remarkably, the most affluent 5 percent supported Obama and that was perhaps the key to his victory last week.
Discussion: Townhall.com
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:
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John R. Lott Jr / Fox News:
Minnesota Ripe for Election Fraud
Discussion: Hot Air, Roger Ailes and Election Law
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.
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
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 …
Yochi J. Dreazen / Wall Street Journal:
Obama May Ask Gates to Keep Post  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama is leaning toward asking Defense Secretary Robert Gates to remain in his position for at least a year, according to two Obama advisers.  A senior Pentagon official said Mr. Gates would likely accept the offer if it is made.
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: 43 MEETS 44  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Domenico Montanaro, and Carrie Dann  —  *** 43 meets 44: At 2:00 pm ET, the current president and first lady welcome the incoming president and first lady at the White House.  Then, minutes later, Bush and Obama will meet together.
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ABCNEWS:
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Discussion: Hot Air and Daily Kos
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Nikita Stewart / Washington Post:
Aloha State Moves to the A-List
Discussion: TIME.com
Paul Bibby / Sydney Morning Herald:
Republicans ‘must change to survive’
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and 24Ahead
The Week Magazine:
‘Make my decade’  —  Across the post-election landscape …
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Amity Shlaes / New York Post:
DON'T REPEAT ERRORS OF NEW DEAL
Lauren Shepherd / Associated Press:
Starbucks 4Q profit drops 97 pct on closure costs
Discussion: Don Surber and Gawker
Raymond / Jihad Watch:
Raymond Ibrahim: “Islam's Doctrines of Deception”
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Deroy Murdock / Real Clear Politics:
GOP Needs to Excommunicate Its Heretics
Discussion: VOTE, Eunomia 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: Liberal Values and Newsweek Blogs