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7:10 PM ET, November 12, 2008


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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.
Discussion: CNN and Washington Monthly
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 …
The Huffington Post:
Podesta Sketches Out Vision For Assertive Presidency  —  Before it was clear that Barack Obama would be elected, John Podesta, the current co-chair of the White House transition team, laid out an agenda for the next president that was aggressive, assertive but politically practical.
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Obama Team Moves to Keep Its Distance From Lobbyists
Wall Street Journal:
Mischief in Minnesota?  —  Al Franken's recount isn't funny.  —  You'd think Democrats would be content with last week's electoral rout.  But judging from the odd doings in Minnesota, some in their party wouldn't mind adding to their jackpot by stealing a Senate seat for left-wing joker Al Franken.
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 and TPMMuckraker
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE NEXT PHASE BEGINS IN MINNESOTA.... With the razor-thin margin …
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Senator Takes Initiative on Health Care  —  WASHINGTON — Without waiting for President-elect Barack Obama, Senator Max Baucus, the chairman of the Finance Committee, will unveil a detailed blueprint on Wednesday to guarantee health insurance for all Americans by facilitating sales of private insurance …
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:
Discussion: The New Republic and Wonk Room
The Politico:
Dem senators try to save Lieberman  —  Several top Democratic senators have launched a behind-the-scenes effort to save Sen. Joe Lieberman's chairmanship, despite calls from a Democratic base seeking retribution for Lieberman's vocal support of John McCain's presidential campaign.
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.
Discussion: Wonkette
David Stout / New York Times:
Paulson Says Treasury Is Shifting Focus of Bailout  —  WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. announced a major shift in the thrust of the $700 billion financial-rescue program on Wednesday, at the same time joining several agencies in prodding banks to speed up the thaw in the country's credit system.
Sewell Chan / City Room:
Liberal Pranksters Hand Out Times Spoof  —  Sorry, folks, the paper isn't free.  And the Iraq war isn't over, at least not yet.  —  In what appears to be an elaborate hoax, pranksters distributed hundreds or possibly thousands of free copies of a spoof edition of The New York Times …
No Bailout Without Big Changes in Detroit  —  There is little doubt but that the political fix is in, thanks to those meetings late last week among Big Three auto executives, United Auto Workers union officials and leading Democrats.  The outgoing Bush administration has already set …
Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Car Puzzle
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Camille Paglia / Salon:
Obama surfs through  —  The Obamas are a warm vision for the White House — but he should strive toward full transparency.  Plus: Yes, I still like Sarah Palin!  —  Dazed and confused.  A week after the election of Barack Obama, millions of American news junkies are in serious cold turkey …
Carrie Dann / MSNBC:
ANUZIS JUMPS INTO RNC CHAIR RACE  —  From NBC's Chuck Todd, Carrie Dann, and Abby Livingston  —  Michigan Republican Party Chair Saul Anuzis watched his state slip from a tossup to a 16-point slam-dunk for Barack Obama, after the McCain campaign dropped its ads there.
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.
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Luntz's straight talk  —  Frank Luntz, kicking off an RGA panel session looking back at '08, promised candor — and then delivered.  —  “I understand how Dr. Kevorkian feels at an AARP convention,” Luntz proclaimed at the top of his presentation to a darkened and quiet ballroom of Republicans, drawing scattered laughs.
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Paul Bass / New Haven Independent:
Dodd Interview Censored  —  Tom Scott conducted the interview.  WELI killed it.  Now you can hear it.  —  Scott, one of Connecticut's leading conservative voices of the past three decades, was the last local on-air voice at WELI-AM, once a fully-staffed Greater New Haven news station turned …
Discussion: and Pajamas Media
The New Republic:
Go For It  —  Now that Barack Obama has won the presidency, a swath of the Washington establishment is pressing him to answer what it considers an urgent question: How will he scale back his plans—for tax cuts, for health care reform, for education—in response to the economic emergency?
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Alex Koppelman / Salon:
Shep Smith tells it like it is  —  Via Hot Air, an interesting video — Fox News anchor Shepard Smith goes off on comedian Nick Di Paolo for claiming that the media is responsible for Barack Obama's victory.  Not only is it good (and a little surprising, even for Smith) …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Wonkette
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Lyndsey Layton / Washington Post:
Group Seeks Web-Savvy, More Open Government
Discussion: techPresident and The Raw Story
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Palin not letting Ayers go
Dan Savage / New York Times:
Anti-Gay, Anti-Family  —  COUNTLESS Americans, gay and otherwise …
Discussion: konagod
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Rules for Navy in Sonar Case
Jack Healy / New York Times:
Dow Down 411 on Investor Worries
Jared Allen / The Hill:
New Pelosi team shifts to the left
Discussion: Open Left
Neil Sears / Daily Mail:
Council ranks term ‘British’ …
Discussion: QandO and Right Wing News
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama absent in GOP ad
Discussion: Hotline On Call, MSNBC and MyDD
David Corn / MoJoBlog:
Was Obama Economic Envoy Part of the Problem?
Discussion: Pajamas Media and
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Dear Mr. President-elect, please take me off your spam list.