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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.
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 …
Erik Wasson / Ballot Box:
Conservatives lambast Romney, vow to take over Republican Party
Discussion: CNN
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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Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Yes, Obama Won a Mandate
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
A big night for Democrats and liberals
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?” …
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
CIRCLE:
At Least 80 Electoral Votes Depended on Youth
Discussion: Reuters and Hot Air
Gregory Wallace / CNN:
Christie: Romney 'didn't get enough votes'  —  (CNN) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a strong backer of Mitt Romney's presidential bid who raised eyebrows praising President Barack Obama's disaster response after Superstorm Sandy hit his state, said Wednesday he was “extraordinarily disappointed” …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
'Now I'm Going to Offer You a Hamburger'
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Matt Higgins / CBS DC:
Muslim Brotherhood: Obama Needs To ‘Accept The Will Of The Arab People’
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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Manu Raju / Politico:
Harry Reid agenda: Filibuster crackdown, tax increases
Discussion: CNN, ABCNEWS and Wonkblog
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
Jonathan Martin / The Seattle Times:   Voters approve I-502 legalizing marijuana
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
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 …
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.
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.
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Poor recruitment, candidate gaffes doomed GOP hopes for Senate  —  Republicans began the 2012 election cycle expecting to win the four seats needed for Senate control.  Instead, they ended up down two seats, largely because of poor recruitment and candidate gaffes.
Discussion: CNN
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Patrick Marley / JSOnline:
GOP retakes state Senate and full control of state government
Dick / DickMorris.com:
Why I Was Wrong  —  I've got egg on my face.  I predicted a Romney landslide and, instead, we ended up with an Obama squeaker.  —  The key reason for my bum prediction is that I mistakenly believed that the 2008 surge in black, Latino, and young voter turnout would recede in 2012 to “normal” levels.
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
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.
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 …
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Obama's victory speech: Behind the return of the president's rhetoric  —  Judging from Twitter, President Obama's rousing victory speech left most everyone with the same question: Where's that guy been during the 2012 campaign?  —  There's an answer to that question.
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Washington Wire:
Transcript: Obama's Victory Speech
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.
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
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 …
Mary Matalin / National Review:
Mendacity and Malice Won  —  What happened?  A political narcissistic sociopath leveraged fear and ignorance with a campaign marked by mendacity and malice rather than a mandate for resurgence and reform.  Instead of using his high office to articulate a vision for our future …
Discussion: Spectator
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 …
 
 
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In a Nation of Children, Santa Claus Wins
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Mark Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
2012 Poll Accuracy: After Obama, Models And Survey Science Won The Day
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Latino Leaders Say They Gave Obama The Edge
Discussion: Hit & Run
David Gelernter / National Review:
Time's Up  —  We've seen an important (though far from decisive) …
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Condom requirement for porn filming approved by voters
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Ole Miss students' protest of Obama re-election sparks ‘riot’ rumors
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
A Few Concluding Thoughts
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Daniel W. Drezner:
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