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5:50 PM ET, November 8, 2012

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Marc Caputo / Naked Politics:
Why Obama wins Florida  —  Though votes are still being tallied, President Obama is all but assured a victory in Florida because the lion's share of the outstanding ballots come from Democratic-heavy counties.  —  Obama leads Republican Mitt Romney by 55,825 votes — or 49.9 percent to 49.24 …
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Marc Caputo / MiamiHerald.com:
Romney campaign: We lost Florida  —  President Obama will win Florida when all votes are counted, judging from the makeup of the ballots still outstanding from heavily Democratic counties.  —  MCAPUTO@MIAMIHERALD.COM  —  Though votes are still being tallied, President Obama is all but assured …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney adviser concedes Florida vote to Obama
Discussion: Ballot Box and New York Magazine
Joshua Green / Business Week:
Obama's Holding the Cards  —  At first glance, the results of the 2012 election look like a return to the status quo: President Obama was reelected, Democrats retained the Senate, and Republicans held on to the House.  But don't be fooled.  The political dynamic of the next four years …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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Ashley Killough / CNN:
LaTourette: Tea party response to Romney loss is ‘crap’
Discussion: WEWS-TV, Politico and ABCNEWS
Jay Nordlinger / National Review:
Bitterfest 2012  —  Four years ago, at just this time …
Discussion: Power Line and Balloon Juice
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
The Case of the Missing White Voters  —  One of the more intriguing narratives for election 2012 was proposed by political scientist Brendan Nyhan fairly early on: that it was “Bizarro 2004.”  The parallels to that year certainly were eerie: An incumbent adored by his base …
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Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
The Case of the Missing White Voters  —  But most importantly, the 2012 elections actually weren't about a demographic explosion with non-white voters.  Instead, they were about a large group of white voters not showing up.  —  As of this writing, Barack Obama has received a bit more than 60 million votes.
Jason Wallace / CBS Las Vegas:
Vegas Employer: Obama Won, So I Fired 22 Employees  —  LAS VEGAS (CBS Las Vegas) — A Las Vegas business owner with 114 employees fired 22 workers today, apparently as a direct result of President Obama's re-election.  —  “David” (he asked to remain anonymous for obvious reasons) …
Erick Erickson / RedState:
We Forget  —  There is no permanence in politics.  All is fleeting.  All is cyclical.  We find comfort in our cycle and distress when others rise to the top.  —  Right now, conservatives are bitterly disappointed.  Some choose to check out mentally.  Some have decided to throw in the towel.
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Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Jon Stewart Gleefully Rips Into Fox News Election Coverage: ‘Avalanche On Bullsh*t Mountain’  —  Jon Stewart recapped all the big news from last night's election, but saved his harshest criticisms for Fox News, Karl Rove, and in particular, five fateful minutes of the network in near-pandemonium …
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Barbara Starr / CNN:
FIRST ON CNN: Iranian jets fire on U.S. drone  —  Two Iranian Su-25 fighter jets fired on an unarmed U.S. Air Force Predator drone in the Persian Gulf last week, CNN has learned.  —  The incident raises fresh concerns within the Obama administration about Iranian military aggression in crucial Gulf oil shipping lanes.
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Julian Walker / Virginian-Pilot:
McAuliffe tells Dems he's running for governor  —  Terry McAuliffe's head fakes about his widely presumed 2013 run for governor have come to an end.  —  The Northern Virginia businessman is now formalizing plans for his second gubernatorial bid and has begun the process of phoning key Democrats to inform them of his plans.
Dan Snierson / Inside TV:
Vice President Joe Biden to guest on ‘Parks and Recreation’ — EXCLUSIVE VIDEO  —  Next week's episode of Parks and Recreation is going to have a VIP: the VP.  —  Joe Biden — yes, the very guy who was re-elected Vice President of the United States less than 24 hours ago …
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First Read:
The last days of Romneyland  —  BOSTON — From the moment Mitt Romney stepped off stage Tuesday night, having just delivered a brief concession speech he wrote only that evening, the massive infrastructure surrounding his campaign quickly began to disassemble itself.
Terrence Dopp / Political Capital:
Obama's Congrats Caller: Christie  —  President Barack Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie look at storm damage along the coast of New Jersey from Marine One, on Oct. 31, 2012.  —  Chris Christie, who last year dashed many Republicans' hopes by turning down pleas to challenge President Barack Obama …
Lindsay Young / Sunlight Foundation Reporting Group:
Outside spenders' return on investment  —  Tuesday's elections produced some big winners — and some really big losers — whose names never appeared on any ballot.  After outside groups spent more than $1.3 billion in independent expenditures to influence the outcome of the election …
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Michael Isikoff / Open Channel:
Karl Rove's election nightmare: Super PAC's spending was nearly for naught
Glen Johnson / Boston Globe:
Mitt Romney planned Boston Harbor fireworks show that was scotched by election loss  —  Mitt Romney had planned to celebrate his election as the nation's 45th president with an eight-minute fireworks display over Boston Harbor.  —  The same company that does some of the illuminations …
Marc Ambinder / GQ:
How the Secret Service Said Goodbye to Mitt Romney  —  At some point, early Wednesday morning, when Gov. Mitt Romney and family were tucked into bed, a quiet call went out on the radio channel used by his Secret Service agents: “Javelin, Jockey details, all posts, discontinue.”
Discussion: Politicker
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Giffords confronts her shooter in court: ‘Done thinking about you’  —  Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and her husband confronted the man who nearly took her life at an emotional court session on Thursday in Arizona.  —  Giffords's husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly …
Discussion: Associated Press
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Gabrielle Giffords / This Just In:
‘Gabby would trade her own life to bring back any one of those you savagely murdered’
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
As Nation and Parties Change, Republicans Are at an Electoral College Disadvantage  —  Two more presidential elections, 2016 and 2020, will be contested under the current Electoral College configuration, which gave Barack Obama a second term on Tuesday.  This year's results suggest …
Discussion: Donklephant and CNET
Mark Hansel / Cincinnati.com:
Race tied after candidate's wife doesn't vote  —  Robert McDonald learned the hard way that every vote counts.  —  McDonald, who is known to most people as Bobby, finished in a dead heat Tuesday with Olivia Ballou for the sixth and final seat on the Walton City Council.
Manu Raju / Politico:
John Thune clears way for John Cornyn ascension  —  John Cornyn's path to become the Senate GOP's No. 2 Republican is now clear after a potential challenger decided against challenging the Texas Republican for the plum spot.  —  South Dakota Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) informed his colleagues Thursday …
Discussion: CNN, The Hill and LifeNews.com
Jacob Soboroff / The Huffington Post:
Obama Said “Fix That,” But Will He?  —  President Obama said something in his election night speech that had election reform advocates like me overjoyed.  The president, apparently off the cuff as HuffPost's Dan Froomkin reported, called for election reform.
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Sheldon Adelson's Paper Runs Headline “America Chose Socialism”  —  The headline runs over an analysis piece in the billionaire's Israeli paper, Israel Today.
Michael Gordon / Observer:
Obama re-election sends U.S. down ‘path of destruction,’ says Franklin Graham  —  CHARLOTTE, N.C. — On the day of his father's 94th birthday, and the day after the country re-elected President Barack Obama president, evangelist Franklin Graham gave two-pronged advice to the American people:
Ben White / Politico:
Will CEOs come to Obama's aid?  - Markets keep sliding - Boehner bending?  - Obama claims mandate - More Elizabeth Warren speculation  —  WILL CHIEF EXECUTIVES COME TO OBAMA'S AID?  — One smart former top GOP operative emails: “You should start a pool — what day will the 80 CEOs who signed …
 
 
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Brady McCombs / Arizona Daily Star:
Barber, McSally agree to wait for official count in close CD2 race
Washington Post:
For U.S. Chamber of Commerce, election was a money-loser
Discussion: Hot Air and Outside the Beltway
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
Cuomo Fires New York's Emergency Management Chief
Discussion: Runnin' Scared, Gothamist and U.S. News
Michael Grunwald / TIME:
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan campaign in Findley, Ohio …
Discussion: LightBox
Fox News:
House panel invites Clinton to testify at Libya hearing
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