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5:20 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 …
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
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 …
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:
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 …
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 …
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 …
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, Hot Air and MoJoBlog
Nate Silver /
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.
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.
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
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.
Marc Ambinder:
Palin To Speak At RGA Event  —  Just got the schedule for the Republican Governors Association conference later this week in Miami.  A non-surprise-surprise: Gov. Sarah Palin is now speaking, in public, and she'll give a press avail:
The Trail / Washington Post:
Palin to Speak at RGA Meeting This Week
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.
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 …
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.”
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 …
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Agenda disappears from Obama Web site  —  Over the weekend President-elect Barack Obama scrubbed, 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 …
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 …
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
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
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Keeping Gates?  —  I totally understand the anger …
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Odd Lies Of Sarah Palin XXI: “Correcting The Record”
Discussion: Brian Beutler
Alex Campbell / North by Northwestern:
Rev. Wright gives the keynote address at FMO's State of the Black Union
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
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?
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Discussion: The New Republic
New York Times:
Talk to the Newsroom: White House Correspondent
Discussion: FishBowlDC
 Earlier Items: 
Ross Douthat:
Closing Ranks  —  One thing that struck me while reading …
Discussion: Kevin Drum
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
Mark Schmitt / American Prospect:
Grading the Election Theories
The Huffington Post:
Obama Hires Progressive Liaison For Transition Team
Discussion: TalkLeft
Ross Douthat:
Regarding Douglas Kmiec
Discussion: L'Hôte and The Other McCain