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5:50 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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On Politics:
Gallup: 68% ‘favorable rating’ for Obama  —  President-elect Barack Obama comes away from Election Day with a 68% “favorable rating,” the latest USA TODAY/Gallup Poll shows.  That's up from 62% who said they think favorably of him just before the election.  The poll numbers were released just moments ago.
The Politico:
Bush is less popular than Nixon in final days
Discussion: Spin Cycle
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Why Obama Should Copy Bush (Really!)
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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 …
Adam Nagourney / The Caucus:
Dean Steps Down as D.N.C. Chair
Discussion: Campaign Silo and Corrente
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  —  A high-level senate Democratic source tells me former President Clinton is making calls on Sen. Lieberman's behalf.  —  I can also confirm, on the same basis, what Huffington Post has already reported, that President-elect Obama is signaling to Senate leadership …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Open Left
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
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Franken's Odds of Winning Recount May Be Long — or Short  —  Votes counted in Minnesota's senate race: 2,833,089  —  Votes separating Norm Coleman and Al Franken: 221  —  Determining a candidate's odds of winning a recount is a function of three parameters.
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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.
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
Brian Knowlton / New York Times:
As Transfer of Power Begins, Obamas Visit White House  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, were welcomed at the White House shortly before 2 p.m. Eastern time by the current occupant, President George W. Bush, a man with whom he expressed a sea of differences during the just-ended election campaign.
Discussion: Washington Post, Gawker and Althouse
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Washington Post:
President Bush Greets Obama at White House
Discussion: Hotline On Call
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Odd Lies Of Sarah Palin XXI: “Correcting The Record”  —  Just to get back to her looniness.  A classic quote from the KTUU interview: … Proven?  Where?  And where in the MSM did anyone report that Trig was not her biological son?  All I did was ask questions - and never received any proof of anything.
Discussion: Brian Beutler
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.
Michael Yon / Pajamas Media:
Afghan Quicksand Awaits Obama  —  The president-elect will face escalating violence, feckless allies, and time that's quickly running out.  —  The Iraq war is over.  Barring the unforeseen, the darkest days are behind, though we are still losing soldiers to low-level fighting with enemies that are true “dead-enders.”
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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Keeping Gates?  —  I totally understand the anger, hurt and pain now roiling the gay community and our families, especially in California.  But it's important to keep our heads.  —  Tolerant and inclusive Mormons should not be forgotten; the Mormon tradition of church-state separation should not be forgotten either.
Discussion: Greg's Opinion
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: TIME.com
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 …
Associated Press:
Obama plans US terror trials to replace Guantanamo  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - President-elect Obama's advisers are crafting plans to close the Guantanamo Bay prison and prosecute terrorism suspects in the U.S., a plan that the Bush administration …
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.
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: At-Largely
 
 
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Bryan Bender / Boston Globe:
Pentagon board says cuts essential
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Alex Campbell / North by Northwestern:
Rev. Wright gives the keynote address at FMO's State of the Black Union
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Glenn Thrush / The Crypt's Blogs:
Lawsuit: Pal tried to steer cash to Coleman first
Discussion: Think Progress and Campaign Silo
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Who Will Take Up the Gauntlet to Lead the GOP Out of the Wilderness?
Discussion: Townhall.com
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
DELAY PRESENTS HIMSELF AS THE SOLUTION.... Disgraced former House …
Discussion: The New Republic
John P. Avlon / The Politico:
The path out of the wilderness
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Ross Douthat:
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Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Finding Fame With a Prescient Call for Obama
Discussion: Minnesota Independent and Gawker
The Trail / Washington Post:
Michelle Obama Visits Georgetown Day School
Discussion: MoJoBlog
The Huffington Post:
Obama Hires Progressive Liaison For Transition Team
Discussion: TalkLeft