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10:05 AM ET, November 11, 2008

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Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Gingrich, Steele duel privately for RNC job  —  A behind-the-scenes battle to take the reins of the Republican National Committee is taking off between former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele.  —  Neither man will acknowledge his interest in the post …
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
It's on: Gingrich versus Michael Steele for RNC chair  —  A follow-up to Ed's post from earlier today: The Washington Times spies a gathering storm. … I'm partial to Newt just because he seems at times to be the only man left in the party with any new policy ideas, but you can't go wrong either way.
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:   Sparring Starts as Republicans Ponder Future
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Obama to Explore New Approach in Afghanistan War  —  The incoming Obama administration plans to explore a more regional strategy to the war in Afghanistan — including possible talks with Iran — and looks favorably on the nascent dialogue between the Afghan government and “reconcilable” …
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN and TIME.com
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New York Times:
Pakistanis Mired in Brutal Battle to Oust Taliban
Discussion: Swampland
David Hinckley / NY Daily News:
Sarah Palin says she'll ‘plow through the door’ if there's an opening in 2012 or beyond  —  That gosh-darned mainstream media.  Can't live with 'em, can't campaign without 'em.  —  Less than a week after she and John McCain lost their bid for the White House, a combative Sarah Palin …
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Ben Evans / Associated Press:
Georgia congressman warns of Obama dictatorship  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican congressman from Georgia said Monday he fears that President-elect Obama will establish a Gestapo-like security force to impose a Marxist or fascist dictatorship.  —  “It may sound a bit crazy and off base …
Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
For South, a Waning Hold on National Politics  —  VERNON, Ala. — Fear of the politician with the unusual name and look did not end with last Tuesday's vote in this rural red swatch where buck heads and rifles hang on the wall.  This corner of the Deep South still resonates with negative feelings …
David Brooks / New York Times:
Darkness at Dusk  —  It's only been a week since the defeat, but the battle lines have already been drawn in the fight over the future of conservatism.  —  In one camp, there are the Traditionalists, the people who believe that conservatives have lost elections because they have strayed from the true creed.
Mark J. Penn / The Politico:
Most affluent voters key to Obama sweep  —  Barack Obama promised he would lower taxes for 95 percent of Americans and presumably raise them for the 5 percent who benefited most under President Bush's tax policies.  But, remarkably, the most affluent 5 percent supported Obama and that was perhaps the key to his victory last week.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST  —  John Hinderacker, arguably the most influential conservative blogger in the country ...  At the feet of masters.
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Campaigns gear up for recounts, runoff  —  Nearly a week since Election Day, the fate of six House and Senate races remained unclear Monday as heated recounts and a runoff were underway in contested races across the country.  —  In Georgia, Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R) was gearing …
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Scott / Power Line:   What's happening in Minnesota? part 4
John R. Lott Jr / Fox News:
Minnesota Ripe for Election Fraud
Discussion: Hot Air, Roger Ailes and Election Law
PBS:
Airs Tuesday, November 11, at 9 pm  —  In the wake of yet another hard-fought and bitter presidential campaign, FRONTLINE presents a spirited and revealing biography of Lee Atwater, the charming, Machiavellian godfather of modern take-no-prisoners Republican political campaigns.
ABCNEWS:
Another AIG Resort “Junket”: Top Execs Caught on Tape  —  KNXV Discovers $343,000 Secret Gathering, AIG Signs and Logos Hidden  —  Even as the company was pleading the federal government for another $40 billion dollars in loans, AIG sent top executives to a secret gathering at a luxury resort in Phoenix last week.
Discussion: Hot Air and Daily Kos
Jack Shafer / Slate:
Don't Count Drudge Out  —  His demise is overreported once again.  —  At the beginning of the summer, the press considered the Drudge Report so influential that its proprietor, Matt Drudge, was thought to be in position to determine the fall election's results.
Discussion: Gawker
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
ATTACK IRAN!  —  Without getting into the argument over what “Taqiya” actually is, I'm fascinated by the conservative attempt to make a simple concept — “lying” — sound much more sinister and essential by giving it an Islamic name, which sounds rather like one of the notes Jews blow on the Shofar.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama Asks Bush to Provide Help for Automakers  —  WASHINGTON — The struggling auto industry was thrust into the middle of a political standoff between the White House and Democrats on Monday as President-elect Barack Obama urged President Bush in a meeting at the White House to support immediate emergency aid.
Paul Ryan / Wall Street Journal:
Take Some Political Risks  —  After two straight electoral defeats, it is time for a substantial party shake-up.  We don't need a feather duster; we need a fire hose.  —  We need to be honest about the root causes of our current financial crisis: loose money, crony capitalism and a lack of market transparency and information.
Discussion: Commentary
Yochi J. Dreazen / Wall Street Journal:
Obama May Ask Gates to Keep Post  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama is leaning toward asking Defense Secretary Robert Gates to remain in his position for at least a year, according to two Obama advisers.  A senior Pentagon official said Mr. Gates would likely accept the offer if it is made.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: MSNBC falls for Palin/Eisenstadt hoax  —  Specifically, this hoax.  I'd love to throw stones at them and TNR, but people on our own side were taken in too.  —  Guys?  The post at Shakespeare's Sister revealing the hoax is linked on the first page of the Google results for “Martin Eisenstadt.”
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Christian Davenport / MSNBC:
Iraq, Afghan war vets find a voice
Nikita Stewart / Washington Post:
Aloha State Moves to the A-List
Discussion: TIME.com
Paul Bibby / Sydney Morning Herald:
Republicans ‘must change to survive’
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and 24Ahead
The Week Magazine:
‘Make my decade’  —  Across the post-election landscape …
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Amity Shlaes / New York Post:
DON'T REPEAT ERRORS OF NEW DEAL
Paul Krugman:
Stimulus math (wonkish)
Discussion: Kevin Drum
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