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6:50 AM ET, November 11, 2008

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Fox News:
Sarah Palin Defends Herself Against Criticism in FOX News Interview  —  FOX News' Greta Van Susteren is in Alaska to get Gov. Sarah Palin's reflections on the presidential election.  —  FOXNews.com  —  After a whirlwind campaign alongside Sen. John McCain, Sarah Palin is defending herself …
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David Hinckley / NY Daily News:
Sarah Palin says she'll ‘plow through the door’ …
Discussion: TIME.com
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Odd Lies Of Sarah Palin XXI: “Correcting The Record”
Discussion: Brian Beutler
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.”
Discussion: Donklephant
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Michael Crowley / The New Republic:
Even More Palin Cluelessness [UPDATED]  —  Update: Oy—this would appear to be a hoax.  Apologies.  —  After the original report that Palin didn't know whether Africa was a country or a continent, I complained that people were being too credulous about her foibles.  And then I committed the very same sin.
Marty / Martin Eisenstadt's Blog:
Eisenstadt the source for Sarah Palin Africa leak... and proud of it.  —  UPDATE (scroll down for original post).... MSNBC did a nice “Breaking News” piece on me with David Schuster interviewing my fellow pundits, “Republican strategist” Todd Boulanger and “Democratic strategist” …
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 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 …
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES
Discussion: Daily Kos, Open Left and MyDD
John R. Lott Jr / Fox News:
Minnesota Ripe for Election Fraud  —  Minnesota is becoming to 2008 politics what Florida was in 2000 or Washington State in 2006 — a real mess.  The outcome will determine whether Democrats get 58 members of the U.S. Senate, giving them an effective filibuster-proof vote on many issues.
Discussion: Hot Air, Roger Ailes and Election Law
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Scott / Power Line:
What's happening in Minnesota? part 4  —  The single most illuminating account of the shifting Coleman-Franken election results that I have found since the numbers started moving after 100 percent of precincts had reported Wednesday morning is this column by John Lott:
Washington Post:
Obamas Make Symbolic Visit to Future Home: White House  —  Barack Obama visited the White House yesterday for a long and cordial meeting with the man he will succeed, setting aside two years of withering criticism of President Bush's record to discuss the economy and tour the presidential living quarters.
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Brad Friedman / The BRAD BLOG:
Alaska Update: Thousands of Ballots ‘Found’, One-Third Remain Uncounted in the State's Still-Fishy '08 Election  —  This just in from Alaska, where thousands of new ballots continue to be found each day, since it was first reported that turnout in 2008 was 11% lower than in 2004.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Truthdig
John Heilemann / New York Magazine:
Let the Infighting Begin  —  He won by being No Drama Obama.  Should he now stir some up?  —  The mau-mauing of Barack Obama officially began less than 24 hours after he won the White House, when National Organization for Women president Kim Gandy piped up about the possibility …
Discussion: The New Republic and Brendan Nyhan
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 …
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.
Bryan Bender / Boston Globe:
Pentagon board says cuts essential  —  Tells Obama to slash large weapons programs  —  WASHINGTON - A senior Pentagon advisory group, in a series of bluntly worded briefings, is warning President-elect Barack Obama that the Defense Department's current budget is “not sustainable,” …
Discussion: The New Republic, TIME.com and Truthdig
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.
Simon Romero / New York Times:
Venezuela Positions Itself as a Salon for the Left  —  CARACAS, Venezuela — The Nepalese Maoist smiled as he glanced around the lobby of the Hotel Alba Caracas.  To his left, West African delegates to the World Meeting of Intellectuals and Artists in Defense of Humanity chatted in French.
Discussion: The New Republic and Wonkette
Lauren Shepherd / Associated Press:
Starbucks 4Q profit drops 97 pct on closure costs  —  Starbucks 4th-quarter profit falls 97 percent on costs for closing stores, slow US sales  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Fewer U.S. customers and venti-sized costs for closing poorly performing stores led to lower sales and profit in the fourth quarter …
Discussion: Don Surber and Gawker
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.
Discussion: TIME.com
Nikita Stewart / Washington Post:
Aloha State Moves to the A-List  —  Obama's Birthplace Sees Rush for Tickets To Inaugural Ball  —  Forget the cowboy hat.  Throw on a lei.  —  The Hawaii State Society Inaugural Ball — the first one ever — is suddenly the hottest ticket in town, replacing the Texas Black Tie and Boots ball …
Discussion: TIME.com
Paul Krugman:
Stimulus math (wonkish)  —  I wrote this morning's column partly because I had a hunch that the Obama people might be thinking too small on stimulus.  Now I have more than a hunch - I've heard an unreliable rumor!  So let's talk about stimulus math, as I see it.  —  Actually, before I get to the math, some concepts.
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.
Discussion: Commentary and Bark Bark Woof Woof
 
 
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Deroy Murdock / Real Clear Politics:
GOP Needs to Excommunicate Its Heretics
Discussion: VOTE, Eunomia and www.redstate.com
Rasmussen Reports:
Number of Black Voters Who View Society Fair and Decent Nearly Doubles …
Al Giordano / The Huffington Post:
Kerry Is the No Drama Option for Secretary of State
Discussion: Liberal Values and Newsweek Blogs
The Trail / Washington Post:
White House to Establish Office of Urban Policy
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and TIME.com
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Bush leaving office more unpopular than Nixon