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11:50 AM ET, November 8, 2012

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Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Jon Stewart Gleefully Rips Into Fox News Election Coverage: ‘There Was An 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 …
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Rove's On-Air Rebuttal of Fox's Ohio Vote Call Raises Questions About His Role  —  It was 11:13 p.m. on Tuesday, the moment that Fox News had called Ohio for President Obama.  Karl Rove stood just off camera, his phone glued to his ear.  On the other end was a senior Romney campaign official …
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Life after defeat for Mitt Romney: Public praise, private questions  —  BOSTON — Mitt Romney began his retreat from public life Wednesday at a private breakfast gathering with a couple hundred of his most loyal and affluent campaign benefactors.  The former Massachusetts governor …
Discussion: Wonkblog and New York Magazine
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New York Times:
Obama Campaign Clawed Back After a Dismal Debate  —  Seven minutes into the first presidential debate, the mood turned from tense to grim inside the room at the University of Denver where Obama staff members were following the encounter.  Top aides monitoring focus groups …
Discussion: GOP 12 and Business Insider
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) …
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Axelrod: Talk of mandate ‘foolish, generally untrue’  —  Obama senior campaign adviser David Axelrod downplayed talk of an election mandate on the “fiscal cliff” on Thursday.  —  Axelrod said presidents always talk after an election about a mandate, but he called such talk “foolish.”
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Weasel Zippers
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Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:   Amid new challenges, Boehner stresses unity at leadership table
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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Bill Carter / New York Times:
No Method Acting: On Sitcom, Biden Plays Biden
Politico:
Romneyworld reckoning begins  —  BOSTON — Advisers to Mitt Romney insisted Wednesday that they were surprised by the scale of their loss to President Barack Obama, while big-time GOP donors griped about the campaign's unflinching confidence in the final stretch.
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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Alex Seitz-Wald / Salon:
GOP civil war: Herman Cain calls for third party  —  As the GOP fights itself in the wake of Mitt Romney's loss, calls for a third party emerge  —  It's been less than 24 hours since the polls closed and already the first shots in an emerging civil war within the conservative movement are being fired.
Anne Sorock / rebelpundit:
Obama supporters celebrate: No more Israel; kill those motherf***ers  —  Obama supporters out celebrating his win on election night gathered on State Street Tuesday evening.  I asked one man why he was celebrating Obama, and what that meant to him.  He said, “It really means to me …
Jon Ward / The Huffington Post:
Republican Reckoning Begins After Revealing Defeat … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Elections 2012, Barack Obama , Mitt Romney, Elections 2012, Natural Disasters, Republican Party, Video, Ground Game, Turnout, Politics News  —  BOSTON — Republican Party leaders on Wednesday began picking …
New York Times:
Little to Show for Cash Flood by Big Donors  —  At the private air terminal at Logan Airport in Boston early Wednesday, men in unwrinkled suits sank into plush leather chairs as they waited to board Gulfstream jets, trading consolations over Mitt Romney's loss the day before.
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 …
Michael Sneed / Chicago Sun Times:
Sneed exclusive: Jesse Jackson Jr. in plea deal talks with feds: sources  —  Sneed has learned U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who handily won re-election Tuesday despite a lengthy stay at Mayo Clinic for depression and bipolar disorder, is in the midst of plea discussions with the feds probing his alleged misuse of campaign funds.
Michael Isikoff / Open Channel:
Karl Rove's election nightmare: Super PAC's spending was nearly for naught  —  Karl Rove was the political genius of the George W. Bush era — the architect of the last Republican president's two electoral victories.  But this week, he may have had the worst election night of anybody in American politics.
Los Angeles Times:
Blue reign in Sacramento: Democrats dominate California voting  —  The Democrats' historic gains position them for unchecked power in the form of two-thirds majorities in both houses.  —  Gov. Jerry Brown could have two-thirds Democratic majorities in both houses of California's Legislature.
Discussion: Politico and American Power
cure.convio.net:
Slash the 'Stache!  —  The Goal: To raise the cash  —  David Axelrod's mustache is safe... for now.  President Obama won PA, MI, and MN.  —  But that famous mustache is on the line again.  David has promised to shave it, this time in support of another of his favorite causes - epilepsy research.
Joe Tacopino / New York Post:
BAD SIGN: FEMA office on Staten Island closes ‘due to weather’  —  Looks as if FEMA is just a fair- weather friend.  —  Yesterday's nor'easter proved too much for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's aid location in Tottenville, SI — which hung a sign reading “Closed due to weather” as the wintery storm blew into town.
Discussion: protein wisdom and Moonbattery
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
A Silver Lining and a Conundrum [Updated]  —  I can see only one good outcome from yesterday's election: the fact that Barack Obama will be the president who inherits the mess left by Barack Obama.  The economy is in awful shape; it won't get much better given Obama's policies, and may get worse.
Politico:
2016 election: Hillary Clinton vs. Jeb Bush?  —  BOSTON — American politics may be headed back to the future.  —  Four years after the country elected a 40-something African-American newcomer named Barack to the presidency, a more familiar political order is poised to reassert itself …
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: Washington Monthly and Power Line
New York Post:
Chris Matthews' ode to joy  —  Is there a smaller, more unprincipled man in the national political debate than Chris Matthews of MSNBC?  —  No, there is not.  —  Bereft of decency and devoid of soul, what mattered most for Matthews is that his candidate — in this case, President Obama — somehow was boosted over the top.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Associated Press:
Obama re-election protest escalates at Univ. of Mississippi; racial slurs, 2 arrests reported  —  JACKSON, Miss. — A protest at the University of Mississippi against the re-election of President Barack Obama grew into crowd of about 400 people with shouted racial slurs as rumors of a riot spread on social media.
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Obama's Victory Presents G.O.P. With Demographic Test  —  A couple of decades ago, Prince William County was one of the mostly white, somewhat rural, far-flung suburbs where Republican candidates went to accumulate the votes to win elections in Virginia.  —  Since then, Prince William has been transformed.
 
 
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Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Analysis: 20 states will run their health-law exchanges
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National Review:
Now What?  —  Conservatives suffered a terrible defeat last night …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
BuzzFeed:
20 Incumbent Members Of Congress Who Lost Reelection
Ryan J. Reilly / Talking Points Memo:
Voting Limits Caused Less Chaos This Year Than Epic Lines
Discussion: Reuters and American Prospect
Rebecca Berg / BuzzFeed:
Republicans Prepare For Soul-Searching After Senate Rout
Lindsay Young / Sunlight Foundation Reporting Group:
Outside spenders' return on investment
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How Ridiculous Gerrymanders Saved the House Republican Majority
Erin McPike / Real Clear Politics:
Rubio Declines McConnell's Request to Run NRSC
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Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
Poll: Latino Vote Devastated GOP Even Worse Than Exits Showed
Louis Charbonneau / Reuters:
After Obama win, U.S. backs new U.N. arms treaty talks
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Kay Bailey Hutchison: GOP can't ‘throw away’ women
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Lizette Alvarez / New York Times:
Florida's Votes Go Unclaimed, but This Time Less Depends on Them
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