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4:10 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 …
Discussion: Marc Ambinder and
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Tim Craig / Washington Post:   McAuliffe Files Papers To Run for Governor
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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
‘NO COHERENT BELIEF SYSTEM’ AND ‘NO LEADERS’.... David Brooks' election analysis has been hit or miss, but his take on the state of the Republican Party on “Face the Nation” yesterday sounded pretty compelling. … He added, “[F]undamentally, the conservative movement failed …
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Jindal: Never Vetted for VP
Discussion: Hot Air
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
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.”
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Discussion: The New Republic
Marc Ambinder:
Palin To Speak At RGA Event
New York Times:
Talk to the Newsroom: White House Correspondent
Discussion: FishBowlDC
Ross Douthat:
Closing Ranks  —  One thing that struck me while reading …
Discussion: Kevin Drum
Nonny Mouse / Crooks and Liars:
Want to Win the War in Afghanistan? Forget Guns - Think Pomegranates.
Discussion: At-Largely
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Finding Fame With a Prescient Call for Obama
Discussion: Minnesota Independent and Gawker
 Earlier Items: 
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