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12:55 AM ET, November 5, 2008

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Alex Johnson / MSNBC:
Obama elected 44th president  —  ‘Change has come to America,’ first African-American leader tells country  —  Supporters of Barack Obama celebrate as they await his victory address at Grant Park in Chicago.  —  ‘End of a long journey’  —  Nov. 4: John McCain concedes to Barack Obama …
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Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
Obama Beats McCain to Become First Black President  —  McCain Graciously Concedes to Obama  —  Barack Obama cruised to victory Tuesday night in an historic triumph that promised change, overcame centuries of prejudice and fulfilled Martin Luther King's dream that a man be judged not by the color …
Mark Silva / Chicago Tribune:
Barack Obama, our next president  —  Sen. Barack Obama holds a rally at the Prince Williams County Fairgrounds in Manassas, Virginia on Monday, November 3, 2008.  (Tribune photo by Zbigniew Bzdak / November 3, 2008)  —  Barack Obama, who launched an admittedly improbable campaign …
Forbes:
Full Text: Obama's Victory Speech  —  Remarks of President-Elect Barack Obama, as prepared for delivery  —  If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time …
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Fox News:
RAW DATA: Text of John McCain's Concession Speech  —  John McCain delivers his concession speech after losing the presidential election to Barack Obama  —  JOHN MCCAIN: Thank you.  Thank you, my friends.  Thank you for coming here on this beautiful Arizona evening.
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:   McCain's Concession Speech
Scott / Power Line:
TEN THESES ON PRESIDENT-ELECT OBAMA  —  The historic election of Barack Obama to the presidency of the United States calls for reflections far beyond these provisional thoughts, but here are ten:  —  1. The original thesis of the Obama candidacy was that, in a multiparty field …
Discussion: The Anchoress
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Orin Kerr / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Memo to Political Commentators for the Next Four Years: With a switch from Republican to Democratic control of the White House a few weeks away, I thought I would remind political commentators of the new ground rules.  —  1) Republicans Must Now Oppose Executive Power; Democrats Must Be In Favor Of It.
Discussion: The Opinionator and Hyscience
Tom Matzzie / The Huffington Post:   What Obama's Win Means
Satyam Khanna / Think Progress:
Lieberman: ‘I Fear’ That ‘America Will Not Survive’ If Democrats Get 60 Senate Seats  —  With the possibility that Democrats might soon gain a filibuster proof majority in the Senate, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) has been openly flirting with thoughts of voting with his conservative colleagues.
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Carrie Dann / MSNBC:
EMANUEL OFFERED TOP OBAMA SLOT  —  Three House Democratic sources confirmed Rep. Rahm Emanuel has been offered a Chief of Staff job with an Obama White House and is currently “agonizing” over whether to take the job.
Market Wire:
Republican National Committee Prepares for Computerized Voting Fraud Legal Battle  —  Forensicon, Inc., a Chicago-based computer forensics company, was contacted last Thursday by a security firm lining up vendors to assist the Republican National Committee with consulting related to potential allegations of computerized voter fraud.
Discussion: Townhall.com
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Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Fox's Nina Easton: 'I think there's a real possibility' that this is now a ‘center-left’ country.»  —  This evening on Fox News, host Brit Hume commented, “It has been conventional wisdom for some time, and I certainly thought it was true, that this is a center right country.”
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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Peter Slevin / Washington Post:
Bill Ayers Speaks  —  CHICAGO — In his first interview since he became an issue in the 2008 presidential campaign, Bill Ayers, the former Weather Underground leader, said today that he had a distant relationship with Barack Obama and that Obama's opponents had turned him into “a cartoon character.”
Jim Manzi / The Corner:
Overcome  —  I have argued in this space that I believe that neither of this year's nominees was likely to be a successful President.  I continue to believe that Barack Obama is likely to be a poor President who will attempt to implement policies that will be detrimental to the national interest.
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
John Wildermuth / San Francisco Chronicle:
Battle over same-sex marriage ending  —  (11-04) 21:45 PST SAN FRANCISCO — After a heated, divisive campaign, fueled by a record $73 million of spending, California voters Tuesday were backing Prop. 8, which would change the state Constitution to ban same-sex marriage.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Good for Obama, bad for same-sex marriage?
Discussion: Reason
TMZ.com:
Tim Robbins Couldn't Vote — Cops Called  —  Tim Robbins tried voting at his NYC polling place earlier today.  There was some kind of ruckus and the cops were called.  —  Apparently Robbins has been voting at that polling place for more than a decade, but today his name wasn't on the register.
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Michelle Malkin:
Obama's civilian security force: Billy club-wielding security guards at Philly polls  —  Here's the vid of billy club-wielding “security” guards at the 1221 Fairmount Ave. polling place in Philly from Election Journal.  Just as I suspected, these guys look like NBPP from the emblem on one of the “guard's” jackets.
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama Volunteer On Scene Disputes Fox News' Suggestions That Black …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Live-Blogging Election Night  —  10.54 pm.  Initiatives easing marijuana laws are outpolling Obama in Massachusetts and Michigan.  People are less afraid than politicians.  —  10.52 pm.  You drinking yet?  Stupid question.  I haven't touched a drop.  Honest.  But I'm close.
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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Live-blogging the election returns!
Discussion: Forbes and Sadly, No!
Stephen Green / Pajamas Media:
Drunkblogging Election Night
Discussion: Classical Values and The Anchoress
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Why O Why O Why  —  from our David Kahane's amanuensis:
Discussion: www.redstate.com
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
What Freaks Me Out About This Election  —  is how oblivious to facts people have been.  Everything about Obama's judgment and radicalism — whether Sean Hannity or Stanley Kurtz or Andy McCarthy etc. is telling you about it — was essentially deemed irrelevant (including largely by the McCain campaign …
Discussion: Macsmind and The Heretik
Associated Press:
Democrats unseat GOP House incumbents  —  'It's the night we have been waiting for,' says House Speaker Nancy Pelosi  —  Democratic challenger Jim Himes defeated U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Conn., on Tuesday to give Democrats every House seat from New England.  —  DeLay: Dems will cause damage
David Owens / Hartford Courant:
Shays Concedes  —  New England's last remaining Republivan in the U.S. House of Representatives was swept out of office today, largely by Democratic surge in his hometown of Bridgeport and an Obama wave throughout the 4th Congressional District.  —  U.S. Rep. Chris Shays conceded defeat …
Mark R. Levin / The Corner:
Obama's Night  —  On FOX, they're giddy about the Barack Obama election.  On MSNBC, they're crying.  This country faces serious challenges with an Obama election and such a large Democrat majority.  I can't get caught up in Obamamania — I couldn't before and I can't now.
The Corner:
Vote Early, Vote Often  —  An Obama voter in Pennsylvania admits to CNN that he voted multiple times:
Discussion: Commentary
Washington Wire:
Fox Says Dole Defeated in N.C., Shaheen Unseats Sununu In N.H. … Reports indicate that Democrats appear close to ousting two incumbent Republican senators, as the party continues in its efforts to build a dominant majority in the Senate.  —  Around 8:15 p.m. Reuters and Dow Jones both reported …
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Marc Ambinder:
Watching Florida: Real Vote Confirms Obama Lead  —  Bush won the huge swing county of Pinellas — [Sarasota ]— the St. Petersburg-Clearwater are — by a narrow margin in 2004.  Obama won it by 8 pts in 2008 — 35,000 votes.  Bush won Seminole County in central Florida with ease; Obama's leading McCain with half of the vote in.
Dawson Bell / Detroit Free Press:
Nader out, predicts Obama landslide  —  Ralph Nader, the self-styled consumer crusader and perennial third-party presidential candidate, has conceded, telling the Free Press about 7 tonight that there was going to be “a landslide” for Barack Obama.  —  “The streets are going to be filled with revelry …
Discussion: MoJoBlog and Harry's Place
 
 
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Ross Douthat:
Congratulations, President-Elect Obama
Discussion: Hot Air
John Derbyshire / The Corner:
Waneth the Trembling Moon
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Murtha wins reelection despite controversial remarks
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and A Blog For All
CNN:
Exit polls: Obama wins big among young, minorities
Discussion: Outside The Beltway and Wizbang
Tim Blair:
VOTES IN  —  Sarah Palin votes informally:  —  Barack Obama is all Mr Suit-and-Tie:
Discussion: The Corner
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Waiting for a Concession  —  Phoenix, Arizona — A somber mood …
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org:
MSNBC Promo: ‘Experience the Power of Change’
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Moonbattery
Michaelscherer / Swampland:
Steve Schmidt Talks On The Final McCain Flight
Discussion: Firedoglake
 Earlier Items: 
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Why No Bin Laden Tape?
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
Julian Walker / Virginian-Pilot:
McCain campaign sues over overseas military ballots
Rob Crilly / Times of London:
Barack Obama's Kenyan family to celebrate by slaughtering bulls, chicken and goats
Discussion: The Corner
The Huffington Post:
“Fox & Friends” Host Steve Doocy Falsely Identifies Barack …
Discussion: Think Progress and Comedy Central
Boyd Reed / eastside93's Blog:
I Didn't Vote For Obama Today