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7:20 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.
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
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.
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.
Jared Allen / The Hill:
New Pelosi team shifts to the left  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has promised to govern from the middle next year, but her new House leadership team is shaping up to be more liberal than her old one.  —  The departure of Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.), coupled with left-leaning additions …
Discussion: Open Left
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Pelosi's power reigns supreme
Discussion: Truthdig
Associated Press:
Obama team expected to broker subpoena deal
Discussion: Emptywheel
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 …
Discussion: Gawker, D-Day and The Swamp
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.
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!
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.
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
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
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Palin not letting Ayers go  —  From the Alaska governor's interview with Wolf Blitzer to air today on The Situation Room:
Associated Press:
‘Why Believe in a God?’  Ad Campaign Launches on D.C. Buses  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — You better watch out.  There is a new combatant in the Christmas wars.  —  Ads proclaiming, “Why believe in a god?  Just be good for goodness' sake,” will appear on Washington, D.C., buses starting next week and running through December.
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Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama Transition Team Staffs Up Internet Outreach Crew
Discussion: MyDD, AMERICAblog News and ATTACKERMAN
The New Republic:
Go For It  —  Now that Barack Obama has won the presidency …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Lyndsey Layton / Washington Post:
Group Seeks Web-Savvy, More Open Government
Discussion: techPresident and The Raw Story
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
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Neil Sears / Daily Mail:
Council ranks term ‘British’ …
Discussion: QandO and Right Wing News
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?
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Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Dear Mr. President-elect, please take me off your spam list.

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Ashley Belanger / Ars Technica:
A House committee report claims the Global Alliance for Responsible Media colluded to cut Twitter revenue after Musk's acquisition; GARM guidance is non-binding

Financial Times:
Sources: Axel Springer CEO Mathias Döpfner and KKR are in talks to break Axel Springer in two, separating media assets from its digital classifieds business

Phil Lewis / What I'm Reading:
CNN says it has integrated its Race and Equality team of reporters in other areas across its platforms, instead of the team existing in an “organizational silo”

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