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3:40 PM ET, November 7, 2012

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BuzzFeed:
Welcome To Liberal America  —  Barack Obama, gay marriage, weed, and a new focus on climate change.  This is the country, and the Republican Party has to adapt.  —  Image by John Gress / Reuters  —  President Barack Obama's sweeping victory in the 2012 election, his party's wide win in the Senate …
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Jonathan Martin / Reuters:
Election aftermath: GOP soul-searching: ‘Too old, too white, too male’?  —  BOSTON — President Barack Obama's thrashing of Mitt Romney exposed glaring structural weaknesses in the GOP that will shut the Republicans out of the White House until they find a way to appeal to a rapidly changing America.
First Read:
First Thoughts: Obama's demographic edge
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
A big night for Democrats and liberals
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Yes, Obama Won a Mandate
New York Times:
Divided U.S. Gives Obama More Time  —  Barack Hussein Obama was re-elected president of the United States on Tuesday, overcoming powerful economic headwinds, a lock-step resistance to his agenda by Republicans in Congress and an unprecedented torrent of advertising as a divided nation voted to give him more time.
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Joel B. Pollak / BREITBART.COM:
COURAGE FOR THE LONG WAR AHEAD  —  On November 6, the people of the United States rejected President Barack Obama.  And re-elected him to a second term in office.  —  Though Obama failed to win a majority in the popular vote—and may even have lost the popular vote outright …
Hugh Hewitt / Hugh Hewitt's TownHall Blog:
With A Deep Sadness And No LIttle Fear
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
How Conservative Media Lost to the MSM and Failed the Rank and File  —  Nate Silver was right.  His ideological antagonists were wrong.  And that's just the beginning of the right's self-created information disadvantage.  —  Before rank-and-file conservatives ask, “What went wrong?” …
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
'Now I'm Going to Offer You a Hamburger'  —  I'm traveling overseas, so posting will be light, but a few quick things:  —  1) I want to play poker with Sheldon Adelson.  —  2) The Atlantic has excellent post-election coverage.  You should read it all.  —  3) I asked Ron Brownstein via Twitter …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Clarion-Ledger:
Ole Miss students' protest of Obama re-election sparks ‘riot’ rumors
Matt Higgins / CBS DC:
Muslim Brotherhood: Obama Needs To ‘Accept The Will Of The Arab People’
Robert Stacy McCain / American Spectator:
Doomed Beyond All Hope of Redemption  —  Dark thoughts on the meaning of a catastrophic election.  —  GAHANNA, Ohio — Late Tuesday night, the pundits on TV began jabbering incomprehensibly along the lines of, “What does it mean?”  —  The American people — or, at the very least …
Kevin Robillard / Reuters:
Rep. Allen West's race still undecided  —  Florida Rep. Allen West's bid for reelection remained too close to call on Wednesday, as the tea party Republican trailed his Democratic opponent by fewer than 3,000 votes.  —  Patrick Murphy has 160,328 votes, or 50.4 percent, to West's 157,782 votes …
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Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Tea Party favorite West calls for a recount
Discussion: National Review
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
I was wrong-where it counted … The results are in and I was wrong when I predicted that Mitt Romney would win 315 electoral votes.  For those of you who sent in nasty emails and for those who sent in reasoned arguments that I was wrong, please be assured that I will be on a diet of crow for some time.
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Bloomberg:
Nate Silver-Led Statistics Men Crush Pundits in Election
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Kyle Leighton / Talking Points Memo:
Fordham Study: Public Policy Polling Deemed Most Accurate National Pollster In 2012  —  Fordham University has published a ranking of the most accurate pollsters of the 2012 in terms of national trends, and (both) top spots were held by Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling, the North Carolina-based firm.
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Status Quo Ante  —  Like when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object, we now know what happens when a candidate so weak anybody can beat him meets a candidate so weak he cannot beat anybody.  Americans vote for the status quo. $6 billion later, Americans voted for the status quo.
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Daniel W. Drezner:
Quick hits on the 2012 U.S. election
Discussion: Mother Jones
CNN:
Transcript: Obama's victory speech  —  (CNN) - President Barack Obama delivered remarks Wednesday in Chicago.  Read below for a transcript of Obama's remarks.  —  OBAMA: Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you so much.  —  Tonight, more than 200 years after a former colony won the right …
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Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:   Obama's victory speech: Behind the return of the president's rhetoric
Jacob Sullum / Hit & Run:
Colorado and Washington Have Legalized Marijuana.  What Now?  —  As Mike Riggs noted earlier tonight, voters have approved marijuana legalization measures in Colorado and Washington—an unprecedented change that could help lead our country away from the unjust, cruel …
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Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Begun, These Marijuana Wars Have
Discussion: CNN, The Fix and Mother Jones
Wall Street Journal:
Hope Over Experience  —  A divided country gives Obama a second chance.  —  President Obama won one of the narrower re-elections in modern times Tuesday, eking out a second term with a fraction of his 7.3% margin of 2008, in a polarized country with the opposition GOP retaining and still dominating the House.
The Atlantic Wire:
The Sad Faces of Fox News on Election Night  —  The early election returns and exit polls had little good news for Mitt Romney, and you could see it on the Fox News election team's faces.  The reporters and pundits were not uniformly dejected, with Megyn Kelly sounding mostly like a regular reporter …
Andrew Cohen / The Atlantic Online:
Why Mitt Romney Lost: A Simple, Overriding Theory  —  If last night proved anything, it's that no serious political party in America can win an election by suppressing votes.  —  Philip Andrews/Reuters  —  Mitt Romney lost because he was too conservative.  Mitt Romney lost because he wasn't conservative enough.
Mariano Castillo / CNN:
Puerto Ricans favor statehood for first time  —  Puerto Ricans were asked about their desires in two parts.  First, by a 54% to 46% margin, voters rejected their current status as a U.S. commonwealth.  In a separate question, 61% chose statehood as the alternative, compared with 33% for the semi-autonomous …
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Associated Press:
Puerto Rico Statehood Vote Wins Largest Share And Governor Luis Fortuno Concedes Defeat
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Reid moves to limit GOP filibusters  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday that he will try to push through a change to Senate rules that would limit the GOP's ability to filibuster bills.  —  Speaking in the wake of Tuesday's election, which boosted Senate Democrats' numbers slightly …
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David Firestone / Taking Note:
A Liberal Fantasy  —  It's rarely wise to make upbeat predictions …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Paul Krugman:
The Real Real America  —  So, for a while there during the campaign it seemed very iffy.  But in the end, discipline and being on the right side of the issues prevailed.  Yes, Elizabeth Warren won!  —  Oh, and that guy Obama too.  —  Tomorrow — or I guess today — comes the cleanup …
BuzzFeed:
The Sasha And Malia Obama Aging Timeline  —  Watch them grow up before your eyes.  —  August 2004.  —  Source: Getty Images  —  November 2004.  —  Source: Getty Images  —  November 2004.  —  Source: Getty Images  —  January 2005.  —  Source: Getty Images  —  View Entire List ›
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Chris Matthews: “I'm So Glad We Had That Storm Last Week”  —  CHRIS MATTHEWS: I am so proud of the country.  To reelect this president and overcoming — not because of the partisanship or even the policies.  Here's an African-American guy with an unusual background — part immigrant background …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
In Boston, stunned Romney supporters struggle to explain defeat  —  More Photos Related Videos Popular in Politics  —  BOSTON — About an hour after Mitt Romney delivered his brief, graceful concession speech at the Boston Convention Center, a group of his top aides — Beth Myers …
Michael Scherer / TIME:
Inside the Secret World of Data Crunchers Who Helped Obama Win  —  “The cave” at President Obama's Election headquarters in Chicago  —  In late spring, the backroom number crunchers who had powered Barack Obama's campaign to victory noticed that George Clooney had an almost gravitational tug on West Coast females ages 40 to 49.
Shelby Grad / L.A. NOW:
Condom requirement for porn filming approved by voters  —  A measure that would require porn performers to wear condoms while filming in Los Angeles County was approved by voters.  —  The measure garnered 55.9% of the vote after a hard-fought campaign,  —  “This is a major referendum …
 
 
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Washington Post:
Spending by independent groups had little election impact, analysis finds
Discussion: Taking Note and Election 2012
Jesse Jackson Jr / nbcchicago.com:
Jesse Jackson Jr. Wins Reelection From Mayo Clinic
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David Gelernter / National Review:
Time's Up  —  We've seen an important (though far from decisive) …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Mercury News:
Obama's new Cabinet: 7 candidates, plus 4 Supreme Court options
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Obama 2.0: Deficit Deal Tops Day-One Agenda
Discussion: CNN, Politico and ABCNEWS
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Don't Lose Heart  —  America, don't lose heart.
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Dennis Romboy / Deseret News:
Jim Matheson claims victory over Mia Love in very close 4th District race
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
A Few Concluding Thoughts
Mathew Carr / Bloomberg:
Obama May Levy Carbon Tax to Cut U.S. Deficit, HSBC Says
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Jon Tester triumphs over Rehberg in Mont.
Discussion: Mother Jones and The PJ Tatler
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
‘Hillary2016’ trending worldwide
Patrick Marley / JSOnline:
GOP retakes state Senate and full control of state government
Matt K. Lewis / The Daily Caller:
If Mitt Romney had lost the election solely because of Ohio …
Discussion: Hot Air
 

 
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