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1:55 AM ET, November 9, 2012

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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).
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: Pundit Press and 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
Marc Caputo / MiamiHerald.com:
VIDEO: Obama to win Florida; becomes emotional during thank you speech  —  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 …
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney adviser concedes Florida vote to Obama
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.
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...
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” …
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Susan Davis / USA Today:
Boehner sees short-term budget fix
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’
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.
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.
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Obama gets emotional talking to campaign staff  —  (CNN) - Video of President Barack Obama's visit Wednesday to his campaign headquarters in Chicago shows the newly re-elected commander in chief becoming emotional while heralding the hard work of his young staffers.
Fox News:
Iran fired at unarmed US drone, Pentagon says  —  Iran fired on an unarmed U.S. drone last week as it was hovering in international airspace, the Pentagon announced Thursday.  —  Spokesman George Little said the incident occurred Nov. 1 at 4:50 a.m. ET.  He said the unarmed …
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Alexander Burns / Politico:
Exclusive: Clinton leads in Iowa '16 - poll  —  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would start out as a dominant favorite in the 2016 Iowa caucuses if she chooses to run for president, a new survey from Public Policy Polling finds.  —  The PPP poll, which was shared exclusively with POLITICO …
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:
¡Estimados Republicanos!  —  The GOP's immigration and Hispanic debacles.  —  In 2004, George W. Bush—an immigration-friendly Republican who spoke semi-passable Spanish—won re-election with about 40% of the Hispanic vote.  This year, immigration hardliner Mitt Romney got about 27% …
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Wall Street Journal:
How Race Slipped Away From Romney
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Ron Paul: Election shows U.S. ‘far gone’  —  Rep. Ron Paul, whose maverick presidential bids shook the GOP, said in the wake of this week's elections that the country has already veered over the fiscal cliff and he sees no chance of righting ship in a country where too many people are dependent on government.
Discussion: Politico and BuzzFeed
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
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 …
Brian Vastag / Washington Post:
Warmer still: Extreme climate predictions appear most accurate, report says  —  NOAA/REUTERS - Hurricane Sandy is seen churning northwards in this NOAA handout satellite image taken on October 25, 2012.  According to climate scientists, the world could be in for a devastating increase …
Discussion: The Agonist
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
We Should Probably All Calm Down a Bit  —  I am going to be a killjoy tonight.  I have two things to say:  — Liberals, you should rein in the triumphalism.  Obama won a narrow 51-49 percent victory and the composition of Congress changed only slightly.
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
Dan Amira / New York Magazine:
Democrat-Boycotting Libertarian Eric Dondero on Whether He Would Let a Democrat Drown  —  Republicans around the country are responding to President Obama's reelection in a variety of ways — among them: anger, depression, finger-pointing.  But nobody had the same reaction as Eric Dondero …
Joseph G. Cote / The Telegraph:
With state representive win, Laughton state's first openly transgender lawmaker  —  NASHUA - Overshadowed by the wave of historic results that emerged from Tuesday's election, including women taking the governor's office as well as two congressional seats and making New Hampshire the first state …
Discussion: Poliglot and BuzzFeed
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 …
 
 
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Timothy Stenovec / The Huffington Post:
Legal Weed: Marijuana More Popular Than Barack Obama In Colorado
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
And the winner is: The status quo
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Laurel Ramseyer / Firedoglake:
NOM: We Just Lost All of Our Anti-Gay Campaigns, so Buy Our Book!
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
Michael Muskal / Los Angeles Times:
Jared Loughner sentenced to life in Tucson mass shooting
Perry Chiaramonte / Fox News:
Forgotten by FEMA: Staten Island's Sandy victims vent over lack of aid
Joel Benenson / New York Times:
Values, Not Demographics, Won the Election
Jacob Soboroff / The Huffington Post:
Obama Said “Fix That,” But Will He?  —  President Obama said something …
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Mark Hansel / Cincinnati.com:
Race tied after candidate's wife doesn't vote
Brady McCombs / Arizona Daily Star:
Barber, McSally agree to wait for official count in close CD2 race
David Simon:
Barack Obama And The Death Of Normal
Discussion: Mediaite and The Daily Caller
Dan Snierson / EW.com:
Vice President Joe Biden to guest on ‘Parks and Recreation’ — EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
Jason Wallace / CBS Las Vegas:
Vegas Employer: Obama Won, So I Fired 22 Employees