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4:05 PM ET, November 13, 2008

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Frank Newport / Gallup:
No Clamoring for Palin to Become a National Political Figure  —  But she enjoys support of three-quarters of Republicans  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Just 45% of Americans would like to see Sarah Palin become a major national political figure for many years to come, while a slight majority of 52% say they would not.
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CNN:
Palin decries ‘extreme partisanship’  —  MIAMI, Florida (CNN) — Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Thursday argued that she and her fellow Republican governors were ready to put aside “extreme partisanship” and act if Washington fails to provide the leadership America needs.
Celeste Katz / NY Daily News:
Palin gets cold reception in Sunshine State GOP gathering
Clout St:
Obama will resign Senate seat Sunday  —  President-elect Barack Obama said today he will step down from his Senate seat effective this Sunday.  —  The decision adds to the pressure on Gov. Rod Blagojevich, a fellow Democrat, who under state law has the sole responsibility for naming a successor to Obama …
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Lynn Sweet:
Obama resigning Senate seat as of Sunday
Discussion: Think Progress and Don Surber
Vaughn Ververs / CBS News:
Who Were Those Clinton-McCain Crossover Voters?  —  CBS News' Election and Survey Unit's survey analyst extraordinaire Jennifer De Pinto goes inside the exit polls from last week's election and finds some interesting nuggets about those Hillary Clinton supporters who voted for John McCain:
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Marc Ambinder:
Transition Rumor Patrol: Political Office, Daschle's Role, Clinton For SoS?
Discussion: The Politico and The Raw Story
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Obama's Good Start
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and TIME.com
Thomas Erdbrink / Washington Post:
Facing Obama, Iran Suddenly Hedges on Talks  —  Since 2006, Iran's leaders have called for direct, unconditional talks with the United States to resolve international concerns over their nuclear program.  But as an American administration open to such negotiations prepares to take power …
Marc Ambinder:
The RNC Throws A Pie In John McCain's Face  —  Nine days after the election, the Republican National Committee is no longer interested in being friends with their nominee.  —  They've filed suit today in courts in Louisiana and Washington, D.C. claiming that the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act …
Discussion: Political Radar and Donklephant
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Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
GOP to file suit to undo McCain rules  —  McCain-Feingold limits hurt presidential efforts  —  The Republican Party will file federal lawsuits Thursday seeking to overthrow the McCain-Feingold federal campaign finance regulations, Republican National Committee Chairman Robert M.
Mark Benjamin / Salon:
Obama's plans for probing Bush torture  —  WASHINGTON — With growing talk in Washington that President Bush may be considering an unprecedented “blanket pardon” for people involved in his administration's brutal interrogation policies, advisors to Barack Obama are pressing ahead with plans …
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Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Obama Team Faces Major Task in Justice Dept. Overhaul  —  Goal Is to Restore Confidence in Law Enforcement Actions  —  As a transition team for the Obama administration begins work on a Justice Department overhaul, the key question is where to begin.  —  Political considerations affected every crevice …
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Post-partisan harmony vs. the rule of law
Discussion: Eunomia and The Confabulum
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
History Favors Republicans in 2010  —  The 2008 election numbers are not as stark as the results.  —  Political races are about candidates and issues.  But election results, in the end, are about numbers.  So now that the dust is settling on the 2008 presidential race, what do the numbers tell us?
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
An awkward press conference  —  After much anticipation from a room full of reporters and other curiosity-seekers, Sarah Palin this morning took four questions from reporters in a press conference that lasted 11 minutes.  —  Actually, taking away Texas Gov. Rick Perry's opening statement, the session lasted under 10 minutes.
Debbie Schlussel:
EXCLUSIVE: Did Next Commander-in-Chief Falsify Selective Service Registration?  Never Actually Register?  Obama's Draft Registration Raises Serious Questions  —  By Debbie Schlussel  —  **** Copyright 2008, Must Cite Debbie Schlussel and link to DebbieSchlussel.com ****  —  *** SCROLL DOWN FOR UPDATE ***
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Stephen Colbert / The Huffington Post:
O'Reilly Factor: Dennis Miller's Homophobic Joke About Barney Frank  —  Dennis Miller appeared on The O'Reilly Factor tonight (Miller is a frequent guest on Bill O'Reilly's show) and went on a rant regarding what Barack Obama should do to the executives of AIG when he takes office, namely …
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Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Bill O'Reilly and Dennis Miller make homophobic jokes about Barney Frank.»
Discussion: Brian Beutler
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
Tolerance fails T-shirt test  —  Catherine Vogt, 14, conducted an experiment in political tolerance at her Oak Park middle school and learned some valuable lessons.  (Tribune photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo / November 12, 2008)  —  As the media keeps gushing on about how America has finally adopted tolerance …
Tom LoBianco / Washington Times:
Gore says no to ‘Climate Czar’ role  —  President-elect Barack Obama's transition team is flirting with creating a White House “Climate Czar,” but climate change crusader Al Gore says he doesn't want the job.  —  The Obama team declined to comment on such a post, even as environmentalists …
Amanda Carpenter / Townhall.com:
Secret ballots for We, but not for Thee.  —  We all know the Democrats are frothing at the mouth at the chance to pass the Orwellien Employee Free Choice Act, a bill to eliminate the secret ballot process required to unionize workplaces.  So, this little bit of information should be thrown in their faces over and over again.
Discussion: protein wisdom and TPMCafe
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The Politico:   Hoyer steps in Waxman-Dingell fight
David Bauder / Associated Press:
MSNBC retracts false Palin story; others duped  —  NEW YORK (AP) — MSNBC was the victim of a hoax when it reported that an adviser to John McCain had identified himself as the source of an embarrassing story about former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, the network said Wednesday.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Saying anything about Sarah Palin
Times of London:
8,000 Beduin stake their claim as the lost tribe of Barack Obama  —  A sheikh in Galilee says he has evidence that he and his family are linked by blood to the new President  —  He has a host of relatives in exotic locations from Hawaii to Kenya, and during his run for the American presidency …
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Gingrich says GOP is outmatched  —  How bad off is the Republican Party right now?  Ask Newt Gingrich.  —  “The Republican Party right now is like a midsize college team trying to play in the Superbowl,” Gingrich told me Wednesday.  “It is pretty hard to say our losses were because of John McCain's campaign.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
After Taking Some Shots, She Fires Back  —  Palin Aims at Detractors In Remaking Her Image  —  Sarah Palin is fighting back against the “jerks.”  —  Cooking moose chili and slicing sandwiches for Matt Lauer and Greta Van Susteren, chatting up Larry King and Wolf Blitzer …
Michele Catalano / Pajamas Media:
Obama's Call for Community Service Is Not Marxism  —  It's not “slavery” either — and the comparison insults one's intelligence.  —  Is community service synonymous with slavery?  Whether that service is mandated or suggested, could it in any way be construed as enslaving citizens?
Yahoo! Finance:
Failure of auto industry could set off catastrophe  —  Advocates: Collapse of US auto industry could set off catastrophic chain reaction  —  DETROIT (AP) — Advocates for the nation's automakers are warning that the collapse of the Big Three — or even just General Motors …
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Theater Director Resigns Amid Gay-Rights Ire  —  SACRAMENTO — The artistic director of the California Musical Theater, a major nonprofit producing company here in the state's capital, resigned on Wednesday in the face of growing outrage over his support for a ballot measure this month that outlawed same-sex marriage in California.
Discussion: Reason and Althouse
 
 
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Discussion: Hot Air and Don Surber
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Washington's $5 Trillion Tab
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