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1:50 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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Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Obama and Bush: A Contrast in Popularity  —  Transition marked by sharp divergence in leaders' ratings  — USA - Election 2008 - Favorability - Government and Politics - Presidential Job Approval - Americas - Northern America  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Monday's White House meeting between …
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Why Obama Should Copy Bush (Really!)
Discussion: The Reaction and Althouse
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.
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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.
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Swamp
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.
Andrew / Red State, Blue State, Rich State, Poor State:
The myth of poor Democratic performance in House races in the 2008 election  —  There's an idea going around that the Democrats turned in a disappointing performance in Congressional races this year.  For example, a politically-minded friend of mine of the liberal persuasion wrote …
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,” …
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
Ross Douthat:
Regarding Douglas Kmiec  —  In response to those liberals who have written in taking me to task for refusing to give Douglas Kmiec's arguments the respectful consideration they supposedly deserve, I would suggest a thought experiment.  Imagine that John McCain had narrowly defeated Barack Obama last week …
Discussion: L'Hôte and Eunomia
Peter Kauffmann / The Politico:
Dems get new crop of military voters  —  An interesting subtext to John McCain's defeat last week is what it means for the future of the Republican Party with respect to veterans and military voters.  With McCain facing a diminished role in the GOP, and Chuck Hagel retiring from the Senate …
Monte Whaley / Denver Post:
Race in 4th is over, but not ill will  —  After a bitter campaign, the GOP's Marilyn Musgrave has yet to congratulate Democrat Betsy Markey or concede.  —  Bitterness generated by the bruising battle between Betsy Markey and Marilyn Musgrave apparently lingers days after voters decided the winner of the 4th Congressional District.
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Hume: Bush has put America on an ‘amazing’ foreign policy path.»  —  Reflecting on his final days as Fox News' Washington managing editor, Brit Hume tells the Miami Herald's Glenn Garvin that when people look back at the Bush era, they “will be a lot kinder to this president than the current scribes are being.”
 
 
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