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11:25 AM ET, November 11, 2008

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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.
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
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Sparring Starts as Republicans Ponder Future
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
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 …
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” …
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 …
The Politico:
Obama-Clinton soap opera takes new turn  —  Michelle Obama wasn't always an admirer of Hillary Clinton, but last Wednesday the soon-to-be first lady dialed up the former first lady for pointers on protecting her two young daughters from the media maelstrom of the White House.
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.
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.
Wall Street Journal:
McCain Owes Sarah Some Straight Talk  —  Where's John McCain's honor when we need it?  —  We'll find out tonight, when the Arizona Republican appears on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno.  In the week since the election, Mr. McCain's campaign team has leaked some nasty stuff about Sarah Palin.
Kyle Hopkins / Anchorage Daily News:
Most uncounted ballots will be tallied Wednesday  —  90,000 VOTES: Stevens vs. Begich isn't the only race in question.  —  khopkins@adn.com  —  Look for the needle to move on Alaska's landmark U.S. Senate race and other tight contests this week, with the Division of Elections planning …
Siobhan Gorman / Wall Street Journal:
Intelligence Policy to Stay Mostly Intact  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama is unlikely to radically overhaul controversial Bush administration intelligence policies, advisers say, an approach that is almost certain to create tension within the Democratic Party.
Associated Press:
John Edwards returns to public stage in Indiana  —  BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards is returning to the public stage for a speech at Indiana University, three months after he acknowledged an affair with a woman hired to produce videos of him in 2006.
PR Newswire:
IAVA and Ad Council Launch National PSA Campaign for Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan  —  In Time for Veterans Day, Campaign Directs Veterans to the First and Only Online Community Created Exclusively for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans  —  New York, NY (November 10, 2008) /PRNewswire …
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Christian Davenport / MSNBC:   Iraq, Afghan war vets find a voice
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
IRRATIONAL FEAR OF THE FAIRNESS DOCTRINE.... Over the weekend, my friend Hilzoy had a terrific piece highlighting the need to ignore lazy, intellectually-dishonest conservatives.  —  There was a point at which it made sense to read the arguments at National Review's “The Corner,” and probably even take them seriously.
Discussion: The Corner, Eschaton and Wizbang
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.
Scott / Power Line:
What's happening in Minnesota? part 5  —  As of this morning, Norm Coleman leads Al Franken by 206 votes in the results reported for the Minnesota Senate seat at issue this year.  The mandatory recount is to begin next week.  —  Hennepin County includes the city of Minneapolis and its suburbs.
Discussion: Hot Air
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
 
 
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Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
Tax Rates During the Great Depression
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Will Congress cede its powers to the Obama administration?
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Swamp
Keith B. Richburg / Washington Post:
In Northeast, Lost in a Blue Wave
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Campaigns gear up for recounts, runoff
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
ATTACK IRAN!  —  Without getting into the argument over what …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Jack Shafer / Slate:
Don't Count Drudge Out  —  His demise is overreported once again.
Discussion: Gawker
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Paul Krugman:
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