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2:40 PM ET, November 10, 2008

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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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On Politics:
Gallup: 68% ‘favorable rating’ for Obama
Discussion: USA Today and TIME.com
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Why Obama Should Copy Bush (Really!)
Discussion: The Reaction and Althouse
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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The Trail / Washington Post:
Dean to Step Down as DNC Chair  —  Former Vermont governor Howard Dean, who rose to national prominence during a failed bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004, will not seek a second term as chairman of the Democratic National Committee, clearing the way for a loyalist …
Discussion: TIME.com
Sean Cockerham / Anchorage Daily News:
Palin reflects on her run  —  The defeat, the future and the critics are all addressed  —  Gov. Sarah Palin blames the Bush administration for the failure of the McCain-Palin ticket, thinks people need to move on from the so-called “Troopergate” controversy and has no regrets about state per diem …
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The Trail / Washington Post:
Palin to Speak at RGA Meeting This Week
Discussion: TIME.com
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Palin: GOP ticket was too ‘status quo’
Discussion: MoJoBlog
Associated Press:
Obama plans Guantanamo closure, US terror trials  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - President-elect Obama's advisers are quietly crafting a proposal to ship dozens, if not hundreds, of imprisoned terrorism suspects to the United States to face criminal trials …
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E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Bold Is Good  —  Just about everyone is giving President-elect Barack Obama advice based on one interpretation or another of what his victory really means.  Obama should be wary of any counsel that the advice-givers had in mind before a single vote was counted.
Paul Walsh / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
From tight to tighter: Franken now just 204 votes behind  —  Al Franken's deficit just keeps on shrinking as the state adjusts the unofficial tally in the U.S. Senate election last week.  —  Today's latest results show the DFL challenger is now trailing Republican incumbent Norm Coleman by 204 votes.
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Bloomberg:
Fed Defies Transparency Aim in Refusal to Identify Bank Loans  —  Nov. 10 (Bloomberg) — The Federal Reserve is refusing to identify the recipients of almost $2 trillion of emergency loans from American taxpayers or the troubled assets the central bank is accepting as collateral.
Scott Rasmussen / Wall Street Journal:
The Polls Show That Reaganism Is Not Dead  —  Barack Obama won the White House by campaigning against an unpopular incumbent in a time of economic anxiety and lingering foreign policy concerns.  He offered voters an upbeat message, praised the nation as a land of opportunity …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Franklin Delano Obama?  —  Suddenly, everything old is New Deal again.  Reagan is out; F.D.R. is in.  Still, how much guidance does the Roosevelt era really offer for today's world?  —  The answer is, a lot.  But Barack Obama should learn from F.D.R.'s failures as well as from his achievements …
Bob Lewis / Associated Press:
Former DNC chief files candidate papers in Va  —  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe signed papers Monday signaling a possible run for governor next year in Virginia.  —  McAuliffe told The Associated Press he set up a campaign committee …
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Biden's new role: Good cop  —  A few days before the election, a Democratic strategist privately worried that a Vice-President Joe Biden was destined for a White House career of dissatisfaction and idle-hands mischief.  —  “You can't just have a guy like him at loose ends, he'd go crazy,” …
William Kristol / New York Times:
G.O.P. Dog Days?  —  Just before midnight on Nov. 4, I wasn't that worried.  —  Sure, the election results had been bad — but they weren't devastating.  Obama wasn't winning the popular vote by double-digit margins, as some polls had suggested he might.  Republican losses in the Senate …
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Agenda disappears from Obama Web site  —  Over the weekend President-elect Barack Obama scrubbed Change.gov, his transition Web site, deleting most of what had been a massive agenda copied directly from his campaign Web site.  —  Gone are the promises on how an Obama administration …
Nonny Mouse / Crooks and Liars:
Want to Win the War in Afghanistan?  Forget Guns - Think Pomegranates.  —  James Brett is an Englishman who, in 1999 while on a business trip to Peshawar in the north west province of Pakistan, had his first glass of pomegranate juice, and fell in love with it.
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Amit R. Paley / Washington Post:
A Quiet Windfall For U.S. Banks  —  With Attention on Bailout Debate, Treasury Made Change to Tax Policy  —  The financial world was fixated on Capitol Hill as Congress battled over the Bush administration's request for a $700 billion bailout of the banking industry.
The Huffington Post:
Obama Hires Progressive Liaison For Transition Team  —  Veteran Democratic official Mike Lux has been tapped by Barack Obama to serve as an adviser and progressive liaison during the transition period, the Huffington Post has learned.  —  Lux, who worked on the Clinton administration transition efforts …
Discussion: TalkLeft
 
 
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Ross Douthat:
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The Trail / Washington Post:
Michelle Obama Visits Georgetown Day School
Discussion: MoJoBlog
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