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4:00 PM ET, November 10, 2008

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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: Marc Ambinder and TIME.com
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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
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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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Palin: GOP ticket was too ‘status quo’  —  Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said Sunday that she and running mate John McCain lost because the Republican ticket “represented too much of the status quo.”  —  In an interview with the Anchorage Daily News posted on the paper's site Monday morning …
Discussion: Associated Press and MoJoBlog
The Trail / Washington Post:
Palin to Speak at RGA Meeting This Week
Discussion: TIME.com
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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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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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.
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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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 …
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Tim Craig / Washington Post:   McAuliffe Files Papers To Run for Governor
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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 …
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.
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,” …
John P. Avlon / The Politico:
The path out of the wilderness  —  History is clear about how political parties emerge from the wilderness.  —  Legendary newspaper columnist James Reston laid down the law more than a half -century ago: “The decisive battleground of American politics lies in the center and cannot be captured …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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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Discussion: Kevin Drum
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Finding Fame With a Prescient Call for Obama
Discussion: Minnesota Independent and Gawker
The Trail / Washington Post:
Michelle Obama Visits Georgetown Day School
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Ross Douthat:
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