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6:15 PM ET, November 11, 2008


 Top Items: 
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.
White House:
Press Gaggle by Press Secretary Dana Perino  —  MS. PERINO: All right, so, sorry that we couldn't do this on the plane, but I — as I told you I ran out of time and doing the gaggle on ascent — or on descent has proved dangerous in the past.  So thanks for gathering here.
Foon Rhee / Boston Globe:
Obama puts leash on lobbyists for transition  —  After bashing rival John McCain for surrounding himself with lobbyists, Barack Obama announced today what his transition team calls the strictest lobbying rules ever during a presidential transfer of power.  —  But it could also be viewed …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Obama Lays Out Ethics Rules  —  President-elect Barack Obama today released a series of ethics guidelines for those working in the transition operation, a continuation of the anti-lobbying policies adopted by the Illinois Senator during his primary and general election campaigns.
The Atlantic Online:   Obama Transition Announces Rules for Lobbyists in Transition
Drudge Report:
BUSH ANGER: OBAMA AIDES LEAK CHAT DETAILS  —  Just hours after President Bush and President-elect Obama met in the Oval Office of the White House, details of their confidential conversation began leaking out to the press, igniting anger from the president, sources claim.
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Obama likely to escape campaign audit  —  The Federal Election Commission is unlikely to conduct a potentially embarrassing audit of how Barack Obama raised and spent his presidential campaign's record-shattering windfall, despite allegations of questionable donations and accounting that had the McCain campaign crying foul.
Hotline On Call:
Brownstein On The Palin Dilemma  —  Sarah Palin, who started her post-campaign bid for rehabilitation with a series of high profile interviews this week, emerged from the 2008 election in an even more politically damaged condition than previously understood, new data show.
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
How the Palin debate helps McCain  —  Want an idea of how popular Sarah Palin was among Southern Republicans?  You can check her numbers in exit polls or just see which element of the party is defending her the loudest.  GOP state chairs in North Carolina, South Carolina and now Tennessee …
Discussion: Hot Air and NY Daily News
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
The onset of ODS  —  For the past seven-plus years, the Left has suffered from Bush Derangement Syndrome.  Well, actually, the rest of us have suffered from their embrace of BDS, which one might think would inoculate us from any related maladies.  As Jake Tapper notes, though …
Jay Bookman / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, R-Crazy
Poll finds most Americans welcome Dem control  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — It was one of John McCain's closing arguments: “We're getting a glimpse of what one-party rule would look like under Obama, Pelosi, and Reid.  Apparently it starts with lowering our defenses and raising our taxes,” …
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
It's Official: Full Dem Caucus Will Vote On Lieberman's Fate  —  The full Democratic caucus will vote on whether Joe Lieberman is allowed to keep his chairmanship of the Homeland Security committee at its caucus meeting next week, a leadership aide confirms to us.
James Boyce / The Huffington Post:
Saxby Chambliss Seeks Deferment From Runoff - Cites “Bum Knee”  —  Never one to let an opportunity to mislead the people of Georgia, Saxby Chambliss has requested that he actually be excused from the December 2nd runoff against Jim Martin and just be declared the winner.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
From Tiny Sect, Weighty Issue for Justices  —  PLEASANT GROVE CITY, Utah — Across the street from City Hall here sits a small park with about a dozen donated buildings and objects — a wishing well, a millstone from the city's first flour mill and an imposing red granite monument inscribed with the Ten Commandments.
TChris / TalkLeft:
Supreme Court to Hear Argument on Religious Monument Case
Discussion: Hullabaloo
James Pethokoukis / US News:
Why Obama Looks Like a One Termer  —  Just “one and done” for Barack Obama's presidency?  Recall an ominous passage in his otherwise joyous election-night speech: “The road ahead will be long.  Our climb will be steep.  We may not get there in one year or even in one term.”
Megan McArdle:
Invidious comparisons  —  Why bail out Wall Street and not GM, demand many people.  Why do we care about bankers and not ordinary folks?  —  I think this misses the point of the financial bailout.  Whether or not it works—and I sure hope it will—I don't think very many people wanted …
Jen Dimascio / The Politico:
Anti-war camp urges Obama to dump Gates  —  Arms control advocates and anti-war activists are ratcheting up pressure on President-elect Barack Obama to dump Defense Secretary Robert Gates and replace him with a more strident anti-war voice.  —  Nominating Gates to stay …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Commentary
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Racism Rears Its Head in European Remarks on Obama  —  Europe erupted in cheers to celebrate Barack Obama's election as president, but the continent is seeing its share of insensitive racial blunders, too.  —  Over the past week, a number of European lawmakers and journalists have made foot …
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Uh, Sarah....You Sure You Want To Go There?  —  Sarah Palin seems to have a special place in her heart for bloggers: … For the record: … I have a masters' degree in film business from USC, produced major motion pictures and wrote a best selling book.
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Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
The End of ‘Objectivity’ in New Era: A Good Thing?
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Joe Klein / Swampland:
Today in the Northwest Frontier Province
Discussion: Eunomia and Weekly Standard
Sources: Jarrett headed to White House, not Senate
Discussion: TPM Election Central
Bob Geiger:
A Vet's Message To The GOP on Veterans Day — Shove It
Discussion: Washington Post and Firedoglake
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
U.S. Bishops Urged to Challenge Obama
 Earlier Items: 
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National Obama Holiday hits some road bumps
Dan Walters / Sacramento Bee:
Surge for Obama sealed Prop. 8's victory
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
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Discussion: Kevin Drum
‘My Life with Obama Senior’
Discussion: PoliGazette and The Moderate Voice
Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
For South, a Waning Hold on National Politics