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10:00 PM ET, November 8, 2012

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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 …
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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 58,055 votes — or 49.92 percent to 49.22 …
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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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 …
Ashley Killough / CNN:
LaTourette: Tea party response to Romney loss is ‘crap’
Discussion: WEWS-TV, Politico, ABCNEWS and Hot Air
Philly.com:
Vote was astronomical for Obama in some Philadelphia wards  —  Some Philadelphia neighborhoods outdid themselves in Tuesday's presidential election.  —  In a city where President Obama received more than 85 percent of the votes, in some places he received almost every one.
Discussion: Sky Dancing
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Aurelius / Pundit Press:
Fraud in PA: Obama Got Over 99% of Vote at Polls Where GOP Inspectors were Removed; Turnout Somehow “30%” Above Gov't Numbers  —  Across Philadelphia, GOP poll inspectors were forcibly (and illegally) removed from polling locations.  Coincidentally (or not), Mr. Obama received “astronomical” …
ZIP / Weasel Zippers:
Philly Polling Stations Where GOP Inspectors Were Kicked Out Had 90% Voter Turnout, 99% Voted For Obama...
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Rove: Obama won ‘by suppressing the vote’  —  GOP strategist Karl Rove went on Fox News today to argue that President Barack Obama “succeeded by suppressing the vote” — an argument that directly contradicts the conventional wisdom that Romney failed to appeal to non-white and female voters.
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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 …
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ZIP / Weasel Zippers:
Christie Calls Obama To Congratulate Him, E-Mails Romney...
JohnE / Ace of Spades HQ:
The Unmitigated Disaster Known As Project ORCA  —  What is Project Orca?  Well, this is what they told us: … Pretty much everything in that sentence is false.  The “massive undertaking” is true, however.  It would take a lot of planning, training and coordination to be done successfully (oh, we'll get to that in a second).
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
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.
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 on November 1, the Pentagon disclosed on Thursday.  —  The incident, reported first by CNN, raised fresh concerns within the Obama administration …
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John Parkinson / ABCNEWS:
Boehner Exclusive: Raising Tax Rates ‘Unacceptable’ but Will Put New Revenue on Table  —  Raising tax rates is “unacceptable” to House Speaker John Boehner as he prepares to open negotiations on the looming “fiscal cliff” with the president and congressional Democrats, he told “World News” …
Jan Crawford / CBS News:
Adviser: Romney “shellshocked” by loss  —  Mitt Romney's campaign got its first hint something was wrong on the afternoon of Election Day, when state campaign workers on the ground began reporting huge turnout in areas favorable to President Obama: northeastern Ohio, northern Virginia, central Florida and Miami-Dade.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and Gawker
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 and Strange Bedfellows
Wall Street Journal:
How Race Slipped Away From Romney  —  BOSTON—Mitt Romney is one of the wealthiest men ever to run for president.  And yet the lack of money earlier this year stalled his campaign, and he never really recovered.  —  The GOP nominee emerged late last spring from a long and bruising Republican primary season …
Discussion: The New Republic and Hullabaloo
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Wall Street Journal:
¡Estimados Republicanos!  —  The GOP's immigration and Hispanic debacles.
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) …
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 …
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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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 …
Andrew Cohen / The Atlantic Online:
Federal Judge on Ohio's Ballot Order: ‘Democracy Dies in the Dark’  —  There are hundreds of thousands of ballots left to count in Ohio — and a federal judge is angry about how the secretary of state there plans to count them.  —  Reuters  —  On the day after Election Day …
Discussion: Plain Dealer
Michael Muskal / Los Angeles Times:
Jared Loughner sentenced to life in Tucson mass shooting  —  Jared Lee Loughner, who shot former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in the head, killed six and wounded 12 others in a 2011 Tucson rampage, was sentenced to life in prison without parole after listening to some of his victims berate him for damaging their lives.
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Giffords confronts her shooter in court: ‘Done thinking about you’
Jay Nordlinger / National Review:
Bitterfest 2012  —  Four years ago, at just this time, I wrote a column headed “Bitterfest '08.”  I pledged a couple of weeks ago that I would not write such a column this year.  I pledged to myself, I mean.  I said, “If Romney loses, I'm not going to write another Bitterfest column.
Discussion: Power Line and Balloon Juice
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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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Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Obama gets emotional talking to campaign staff
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
We Should Probably All Calm Down a Bit
Laurel Ramseyer / Firedoglake:
NOM: We Just Lost All of Our Anti-Gay Campaigns, so Buy Our Book!
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Exclusive: Clinton leads in Iowa '16 - poll
Discussion: The Argo Journal and LifeNews.com
Joel Benenson / New York Times:
Values, Not Demographics, Won the Election
Mark Hansel / Cincinnati.com:
Race tied after candidate's wife doesn't vote
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Gordon / Observer:
Obama re-election sends U.S. down ‘path of destruction,’ says Franklin Graham
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Sheldon Adelson's Paper Runs Headline “America Chose Socialism”
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Analysis: 20 states will run their health-law exchanges
David Simon:
Barack Obama And The Death Of Normal
Discussion: Mediaite and The Daily Caller