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12:05 AM ET, November 13, 2008


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Sean Cockerham / Anchorage Daily News:
Stevens-Begich vote count narrows  —  It's just getting started, but early results from this afternoon's ballot counting in the contest for U.S. Senate show Mark Begich gaining ground against incumbent Sen. Ted Stevens.  —  The elections division still has tens of thousands of ballots left …
Nate Silver /
Stevens' Lead Shrinks to 971 Votes, With Many Yet to be Counted
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Why Palin Still Matters  —  Some readers think my continuing attempt to expose all the lies and flim-flam and bizarre behavior of Sarah Palin is now moot.  She's history - they argue.  Move on.  I think she probably is history.  Even Bill Kristol and his minions in the McCain-Palin campaign …
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
What Just Happened  —  WHAT JUST HAPPENED....Despite all the grief she's gotten, I continue to think that the selection of Sarah Palin as John McCain's running mate represents the breaking of a consensual cultural barrier far more fundamental than most people realize.
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Palin not letting Ayers go  —  From the Alaska governor's interview with Wolf Blitzer to air today on The Situation Room:
Marc Ambinder:
The Biggest Lesson Obama Learned From The Clinton Transition  —  Democrats who survived the transition from George H.W. Bush to William Jefferson Clinton are a bit in awe these days of what Barack Obama is doing and how he is doing it.  —  Of the Clinton transition, one very senior …
National Enquirer:
WORLD EXCLUSIVE: CINDY MCCAIN CAUGHT CHEATING ON J-MAC!  —  The ENQUIRER's exclusive bombshell expose as Sen. John McCain's wife, Cindy, is caught with another man!  —  Not only that but multiple witnesses have caught the pair lip locking on several other occasions.
Paul Krugman:
Hopeful signs on health care  —  This is very big news.  One of the key questions about the new Democratic majority was whether Congress would try to play it safe, backing down on big ideas about reform, especially on health care.  You can view the whole chorus about how we're still a …
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Senator Takes Initiative on Health Care
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
MN Secretary of State: Coleman's goal ‘to win at any price’  —  The Democratic Secretary of State of Minnesota, Mark Ritchie, was just on MSNBC talking about the recount in the Minnesota Senate race between Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) and Democrat Al Franken, and his comments will likely upset Coleman's campaign.
Discussion: Hot Air, Macsmind and TPMMuckraker
Andy Barr / Yahoo! News:
Cleland ad causes trouble for Chambliss  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  With Sen. John McCain returning to the campaign trail on Thursday on stump for Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss in his runoff race in Georgia, Democrats are reminding voters and donors …
Discussion: Associated Press
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Saxby Chambliss says he'd vote to expel Alaska senator, and Sarah …
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs
Ted Nugent / Human Events:
Rino Season Is Now Open  —  Like any entity that abandons basic quality control, political parties rot from within.  It happened to the Democrats long ago, and now has become the case with the Republican Party, which has strayed from its conservative underpinnings.
David Stout / New York Times:
Paulson Says Treasury Is Shifting Focus of Bailout  —  WASHINGTON — The Treasury Department on Wednesday officially abandoned the original strategy behind its $700 billion effort to rescue the financial system, as administration officials acknowledged that banks and financial institutions were as unwilling as ever to lend to consumers.
Victoria McGrane / The Politico:
Treasury transition team has strong connections
Discussion: New York Times
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Maddow wears pajamas on air in solidarity with bloggers, says she sees herself as ‘a blogger on TV.’  —  Last night, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow showed a clip of Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) complaining about being criticized by “some blogger” sitting “in their parents' basement.”
Discussion: Writes Like She Talks
Lindsey Tanner / Associated Press:
Allergists' dander up about Obama quest for dog  —  CHICAGO - Not to put a damper on the Obama family's canine quest, but allergists have a news flash: There's no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog.  —  So Malia and Sasha, how about a fish instead?  —  President-elect Barack …
Discussion: Althouse
Dexter Hill / Editor and Publisher:
Local Newspapers Cover Rising Number of Racist Anti-Obama Actions in Small Towns  —  NEW YORK Many conservative pundits and Republican officeholders on the national stage have reacted to the election of Barack Obama as a promising step forward in the history of race relations and democracy …
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Pelosi's power reigns supreme  —  After delivering a 20-seat pickup for House Democrats on Election Night, Rep. Chris Van Hollen wanted out of his grinding campaign job and into a more powerful leadership post.  —  “The one option I am not exploring is continuing as the chairman” …
Discussion: Truthdig
Jared Allen / The Hill:
New Pelosi team shifts to the left
Discussion: Open Left
Ron Rosenbaum / Slate:
The Good Life of a New-Media Guru  —  Is Jeff Jarvis gloating too much about the death of print?  —  Take a look at this, from Jeff Jarvis' blog BuzzMachine: … Jeff Jarvis is living the good life.  (But he's still humble—he says so himself!)  Jeff Jarvis is the very model of a modern new-media guru.
The Raw Story:
Idaho students chant ‘assassinate Obama’ on school bus: Report  —  Madison County, Idaho was once dubbed “the reddest place in America” by Salon, but that didn't make it any less shocking when elementary school children started chanting “assassinate Obama on the school bus.
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama Transition Team Staffs Up Internet Outreach Crew  —  Now this is a good sign: The Obama transition team has just signed up two leading Web types for the transition's Internet outreach team, a welcome indication that the Obama team is moving to transfer its astonishing online successes during …
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
A Senior Fellow at the Institute of Nonexistence  —  It was among the juicier post-election recriminations: Fox News Channel quoted an unnamed McCain campaign figure as saying that Sarah Palin did not know that Africa was a continent.  —  Who would say such a thing?
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Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
For a Washington Job, Be Prepared to Tell All
Discussion: Unfogged
Ron Radosh / Pajamas Media:
The Chutzpah of Bill Ayers
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Gareth Porter / IPS Inter Press Service:
POLITICS-US: Obama Pressured to Back Off Iraq Withdrawal
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Cheney, Biden to meet privately at VP residence
Discussion: Agence France Presse
Satyam Khanna / Think Progress:
O'Hanlon: Obama needs an Iraq hawk in his cabinet.»
Discussion: Brian Beutler
Sam Dagher / New York Times:
Iraqi Soldier Reportedly Kills 2 G.I.'s
Discussion: The E&P Pub
 Earlier Items: 
The New Republic:
Go For It  —  Now that Barack Obama has won the presidency …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Luntz's straight talk
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Alex Koppelman / Salon:
Shep Smith tells it like it is
Discussion: Wonkette and Washington Monthly
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Rules for Navy in Sonar Case
Discussion: Don Surber
Paul Bass / New Haven Independent:
Dodd Interview Censored
Discussion: Pajamas Media

From Mediagazer:

Mike Vorkunov / New York Times:
Sources: the WNBA's media rights deals mirror the NBA's, and the league is set to get at least $2.2B over 11 years or $200M/year, up from the current ~$50M/year

Hong Kong Free Press:
Hong Kong-based reporter Selina Cheng says she was fired by The Wall Street Journal for taking up the position of chair of the Hong Kong Journalist Association

Peter White / Deadline:
Emmy nominations numbers: Netflix took top spot with 107; FX, 93; HBO/Max, 91; Apple TV+, 72; ABC and CBS, 38 each; Prime Video, 37; Hulu, 26; and Disney+, 19

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