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1:15 PM 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.
Conservative reform won't come soon
Discussion: The Corner
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama Spokesperson: He Doesn't “Hold Any Grudges” Against Lieberman, Won't Take Position On Whether To Oust Him From Committee  —  President-Elect Barack Obama doesn't “hold any grudges” against Senator Joe Lieberman for opposing his presidential candidacy, and will not take any position …
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Brave New Films: Strip Lieberman of his gavel.»  —  Last summer, Brave New Films delivered a petition with 43,000 signatures to congressional leadership with the message, “Lieberman must go.”  Today, the project released a new film emphasizing that Lieberman is no progressive.  Watch it:
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs and Hullabaloo
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Schumer and Durbin Want Lieberman Stripped of Homeland Security Chair
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Will Congress cede its powers to the Obama administration?
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
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.
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 …
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.
Digby / Hullabaloo:
My God
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.
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” …
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.
Discussion: Donklephant and Atlas Shrugs
Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
For South, a Waning Hold on 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 about the race of President-elect Barack Obama.
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 …
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Sparring Starts as Republicans Ponder Future
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Jed Report
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.
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.
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.  —  —  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 …
Wall Street Journal:
(D.) for Vendetta  —  The champagne is barely off the ice and Democrats are already celebrating their new majorities by punishing a few heretical colleagues.  In almost every sense, John Dingell and Joe Lieberman are loyal Democrats.  But Mr. Dingell is holding down the party's right flank on energy …
Discussion: protein wisdom and Moonbattery
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.
Discussion: and Hotline On Call
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Goodbye and Good Riddance  —  After eight years of President Bush, we almost don't know how to function without him — almost.  But before we move on, we should pause to remember just what we're leaving behind.  —  Just over two years into George W. Bush's presidency …
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
Keith B. Richburg / Washington Post:
In Northeast, Lost in a Blue Wave  —  Region's GOP Moderates Alienated by Party Agenda, Some Leaders Say  —  BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Among the biggest casualties from last week's election here in the Northeast may be the Republican Party itself.  —  A map of the states won by President-elect Barack …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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 …
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
From Tiny Sect, Weighty Issue for Justices
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Gareth Porter / The Raw Story:
Documents linking Iran to nuclear weapons push may have been fabricated
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Argument analysis: As Kennedy goes...
Discussion: Althouse
Keith Olbermann / MSNBC:
Gay marriage is a question of love
Discussion: Feministing and Shakesville
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
Obama's victory didn't magically eliminate America's problems and enemies.
Discussion: PoliGazette
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Obama's Cabinet: Start With Al Gore
Discussion: Salon and
Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
Tax Rates During the Great Depression
Discussion: Power Line
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Scott / Power Line:
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
ATTACK IRAN!  —  Without getting into the argument over what …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Paul Ryan / Wall Street Journal:
Take Some Political Risks  —  After two straight electoral defeats …
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Another AIG Resort “Junket”: Top Execs Caught on Tape
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