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4:05 AM ET, December 3, 2008

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sos.georgia.gov:
Georgia Election Results Unofficial And Incomplete Results of the Tuesday, December 02, 2008 General Election Runoff  —  The results displayed are UNOFFICIAL AND INCOMPLETE until certified by both county election superintendents and the Secretary of State, a process that will not be completed until the week of December 8.
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New York Times:
Republican Wins Runoff for Senator in Georgia  —  ATLANTA — Saxby Chambliss, a first-term Republican senator, was re-elected by Georgia voters on Tuesday in a substantial victory, ending Democratic hopes for a 60-vote majority in the Senate that would make it difficult for Republicans …
Curt Brown / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
171 uncounted ballots turn up in Ramsey County; Franken nets gain  —  The final day of recounting in Ramsey County in the U.S. Senate race kicked up controversy today when 171 uncounted ballots from Maplewood turned up.  The ballots apparently had been uncounted because of a ballot-counting-machine malfunction on Election Day.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Statistical Models Now Show Coleman as Slight Favorite  —  With in excess of 90 percent of Minnesota's votes now having been recounted, our statistical models now show Norm Coleman as the favorite to retain his senate seat, although with a high degree of uncertainty and without accounting …
Shannon McCaffrey / Associated Press:
Chambliss wins US Senate runoff in Georgia  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  ATLANTA - Relieved Republicans celebrated a resounding win in Georgia's hard-fought U.S. Senate runoff, a victory that denied Democrats a filibuster-proof majority and cemented the state's reputation as a GOP bastion.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:   Chambliss gets the last word: ‘Georgia values matter’
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
New Signs That Recount Momentum May Be Swinging Back To Franken
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Chambliss wins, denies Democrats 60 seats
Hotline On Call:
Chambliss Wins; 60 Eludes Dems
Discussion: Hot Air and The Political Carnival
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Franken camp claims margin at 50; new ballots found
Discussion: Senate Guru
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Saxby Chambliss wins Georgia runoff
Discussion: Townhall.com, Gawker, The Swamp and TIME.com
Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: Obama earning high marks  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama gets soaring marks for his handling of the transition and his choices for the Cabinet, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, even at a time the public is downbeat over the economy.  —  More than three of four Americans …
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama National Security Picks Get High Marks  —  Sixty-nine percent approve of Obama choosing Hillary Clinton as secretary of state  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans widely approve of Barack Obama's decisions, announced on Monday, to name Hillary Clinton secretary of state and to ask Robert Gates to stay on as secretary of defense.
David Stout / New York Times:
Gates Says He and Obama on the Same Page on Iraq
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
NIXON TAPES: RUTHLESS, CYNICAL, PROFANE  —  From NBC's John Rutherford  —  Richard Nixon's reputation takes a fresh pounding every time the National Archives releases another batch of audio tapes from his presidency, and today's opening of nearly 200 hours of Nixon White House recordings is no exception.
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Marc Ambinder:
Jeb Bush Ponders Florida Senate Run  —  Two sources close to Jeb Bush, including one who has spoken to the former Florida governor within the past few hours, say he is seriously considering a run for Senate now that incumbent Republican Mel Martinez has retired.
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Damien Cave / New York Times:
Republican Senator Opts Against Run for 2nd Term
Discussion: The Politico
Daily Mail:
Jewish mother killed in Mumbai attacks ‘was pregnant’... and her son, 2, may have been beaten by militants … The Jewish mother murdered in the brutal Mumbai terror attacks last week was six month pregnant, her father revealed today at her funeral.  —  And Rivkah Holtzberg's two-year-old son …
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Tim Butcher / Telegraph:
Mumbai attacks: Rabbi's wife killed in attacks was pregnant
Discussion: Seraphic Secret and American Power
iowahawk:
Apologetic Mumbai Killers: “We Didn't Get the Memo About Obama”  —  MUMBAI - Ajmal Amir Kasab, the sole surviving member of the 10-man team of Pakistani gunmen that left hundreds dead or wounded after a bloody three day rampage in Mumbai, today blamed the mayhem on an “email mixup” …
Discussion: TigerHawk
Mirror.co.uk:
Mumbai bombers ‘took cocaine and LSD’ before carrying out attacks  —  Terrorist Azam Ameer Qasab lies dazed after his capture (Pic:Getty)  —  The Mumbai terrorists may have pumped themselves full of drugs to keep going during their murderous three-day rampage.
The Trail / Washington Post:
Holbrooke Under Consideration for South Asia Diplomatic Role  —  President -elect Barack Obama is seriously considering giving former ambassador Richard Holbrooke a key role in handling diplomacy in south Asia, a move that would put one of America's most prominent international troubleshooters …
Discussion: FP Passport and ATTACKERMAN
Tom Gross / Wall Street Journal:
If this Isn't Terrorism, What Is?  —  Last week in Mumbai we witnessed as clear a case of carefully planned mass terrorism as we are ever likely to see.  —  The seven-venue atrocity was coordinated in a highly sophisticated way.  The terrorists used BlackBerrys to stay in touch with each …
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
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Associated Press:
AP: Gregory to replace Russert, NBC exec says  —  Chief White House correspondent would take over ‘Meet the Press’  —  NEW YORK - NBC News is close to naming chief White House correspondent David Gregory as Tim Russert's replacement on the top-ranked Sunday political talk show “Meet the Press,” a network executive said Tuesday.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Gregory to host ‘Meet the Press’
New York Times:
After Sharp Words on C.I.A., Obama Faces a Delicate Task  —  WASHINGTON — For two years on the presidential campaign trail, Barack Obama rallied crowds with strongly worded critiques of the Bush administration's most controversial counterterrorism programs, from hiding terrorism suspects …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Anxiety among Democrats as Pelosi tightens her grip  —  Rep. Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) moves since the November elections have shaken up some of her colleagues, with some looking over their shoulders and others worried about how the Speaker will lead her expanded majority in 2009.
Discussion: Don Surber
The Audacious Epigone:
Contrary the WSJ, GOP restrictionists fared relatively well this election  —  ++Addition++John Derbyshire and Ramesh Ponnuru weigh in at NRO.  Ponnuru takes issue: … Describing data in as transparent a way as possible is something I pride myself on.  I didn't realize the majority …
Discussion: ParaPundit and The Corner
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Cam Simpson / Wall Street Journal:
Chertoff Pushes Use of ‘Soft Power’
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CBC News:
Carleton student council reinstates cystic fibrosis fundraiser
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John Kerry / The Huffington Post:
Keep the Momentum Going  —  One thing we know about politics …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
‘Political Archaeologists’ Find Surprises During the Transition
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