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11:40 AM ET, November 7, 2012

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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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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 …
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 …
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.
Joe Von Kanel / CNN:
Exit polls: Top issues for voters  —  (CNN) - What issues are on voters' minds?  —  The exit polls give some insights.  — Follow the Ticker on Twitter: @PoliticalTicker  — Check out the CNN Electoral Map and Calculator and game out your own strategy for November.
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Joe Von Kanel / CNN:
Exit polls: Abortion as an election issue
Halimah Abdullah / CNN:
Big gains for women in 2012
Discussion: Guardian, ABCNEWS and Taylor Marsh
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Joe Donnelly upsets Richard Mourdock in Indiana
Dan Merica / CNN:
Baldwin outlasts Thompson, wins open Wisconsin Senate seat
Discussion: Politico and ABCNEWS
Laurie Ure / CNN:
The Kennedys are back in Congress  —  (CNN) - After a two-year absence …
Fox News:
Republicans keep House, as Democrats close to locking down Senate majority
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
Matt Ferner / The Huffington Post:
Amendment 64 Passes: Colorado Legalizes Marijuana For Recreational Use … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Denver News, Polls, Smoking, Video, 420, Marijuana, Colorado Amendment 64, Campaign To Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, Colorado Marijuana Legalization, Colorado Politics, Denver Colorado, Legal Weed, Marijuana, Marijuana, Denver News
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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 …
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Begun, These Marijuana Wars Have
Discussion: Mother Jones
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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John Lantigua / Palm Beach Post:   West, Murphy race too close to call
Rick Klein / ABCNEWS:
Analysis: For Obama, a Win But No Mandate  —  President Barack Obama arrives on stage after winning the 2012 US presidential election, Nov. 7, 2012 in Chicago, Ill. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)  —  A divided nation did not hand President Obama a mandate in his re-election victory.
Discussion: CNN and ABCNEWS
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Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Bill O'Reilly: ‘The white establishment is now the minority’
Discussion: CNN
Linda Feldmann / Christian Science Monitor:
Election results 2012: Does Obama's historic victory give him a mandate?
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and The Reaction
BuzzFeed:
Karl Rove Freaks Out About Fox News Calling The Election For Obama  —  “We've got to be careful about calling things when we have like 991 vote separating the two candidates and a quarter of the vote left to count.”  —  Dorsey Shaw  —  an hour ago  —  76 responses
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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.
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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 …
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?” …
Discussion: Duck of Minerva
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 …
Discussion: BuzzFeed
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 …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Republicans Bet Everything, and Obama Won It All  —  You remember the scene in Game Change, when John McCain's adviser tells him that selecting Sarah Palin is “high risk, reward”?  And McCain (or Ed Harris as McCain, or whatever) starts grinning uncontrollably?
Patrick Marley / JSOnline:
GOP retakes state Senate and full control of state government  —  By Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison - Republicans recaptured the state Senate on Tuesday, once again giving them the complete control of state government that they used to enact sweeping changes in the last legislative session.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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 …
Matt K. Lewis / The Daily Caller:
If Mitt Romney had lost the election solely because of Ohio, I would be lamenting Romney's lack of a populist appeal.  Or, if he had lost Florida narrowly, I might be writing about how Gary Johnson played spolier.  —  Instead, I'm writing about an identity crisis.
Discussion: Hot Air
BuzzFeed:
The New Most Popular Tweet Of All Time  —  Via @BarackObama.  —  John Herrman  —  an hour ago  —  99 responses
Ashley Fetters / The Atlantic Online:
Same-Sex Marriage Wins on the Ballot for the First Time in American History  —  Maine, Washington, and Maryland voted to legalize gay unions, while Minnesota struck down a measure that would have outlawed them.  —  It was a pretty good night for marriage equality.
Michelle Malkin:
Election 2012: Obama gets his “revenge,” but conservatives must stand tall  —  Ohio has been called for Barack Obama.  Iowa went for Obama.  Colorado went for Obama.  Florida and Virginia have not been called yet, but those don't look good, either.  The Romney camp is disputing the Ohio call.
Sean Sullivan / The Fix:
Republican Mia Love concedes to Democrat Jim Matheson in Utah  —  Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah) survived a tough challenge from Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love (R), edging out the challenger by little more than a single percentage point.  —  (Rick Bowmer/AP)  —  With all precincts reporting …
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Dunkirk  —  I'll have more in the morning, but my quick thoughts.  —  Of course it was a bad defeat tonight.  Let's not kid ourselves.  —  We had a chance to stop the decline, and we didn't.  —  We held the House pretty strongly, so that's good, and a reflection that candidates and ideology matter.
Ron Fournier / NationalJournal.com:
Obama Victory Comes With No Mandate  —  Barack Obama won a second term but no mandate.  Thanks in part to his own small-bore and brutish campaign, victory guarantees the president nothing more than the headache of building consensus in a gridlocked capital on behalf of a polarized public.
 
 
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney concedes race for the White House
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Politico
CNN:
Transcript: Romney's concession speech
Discussion: Politico
Deirdre Walsh / CNN:
Boehner lays down a marker on taxes
Discussion: Politico and Reuters
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
NBC's Chuck Todd: Sources On Both Sides Expect Romney To Win Florida By Under 100k
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Power Line