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3:40 PM ET, November 5, 2008

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Nitya / Political Punch:
Obama Offers Rahm Emanuel Job of White House Chief of Staff  —  ABC News has learned that President-elect Obama has offered the White House chief of staff job to Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill.  —  Emanuel, a knowledgeable source tells ABC News, has not yet given his answer.
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama considers stars for Cabinet  —  President-elect Barack Obama is strongly considering Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to head the Environmental Protection Agency, a Cabinet post, Democratic officials told Politico.  —  Obama's transition planners are weighing several other celebrity-level political stars …
Discussion: Hot Air
MSNBC:
Obama turns to building administration
Discussion: Think Progress
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Rahm Emanuel Mulling Obama Job Offer
Discussion: The Raw Story and Gawker
John McCormick / The Swamp:
Obama names transition team leaders
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Newsweek:
Hackers and Spending Sprees … The computer systems of both the Obama and McCain campaigns were victims of a sophisticated cyberattack by an unknown “foreign entity,” prompting a federal investigation, NEWSWEEK reports today.  —  At the Obama headquarters in midsummer …
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Nicholas Watt / Guardian:
McCain's verdict on Palin: more trouble than a pitbull  —  The British ambassador reveals what the defeated presidential candidate really thinks of his running mate  —  So now we know what John McCain really thinks of his running mate Sarah Palin - and that's not just because of the awkward …
Discussion: Hot Air, The Raw Story and Don Surber
Los Angeles Times:
California voters approve Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriages  —  The measure was the most divisive on the state ballot.  Its passage throws into doubt the unions of thousands of recently wed couples.  —  A measure to once again ban gay marriage in California was passed by voters in Tuesday's election …
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Oh, No, You Don't  —  Heart-breaking news this morning: a terribly close vote has stripped gay couples in California of their right to marry.  The geographic balance shows that the inland parts of California voted for the Proposition and the coast and urban areas voted against it.
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Coleman vs. Franken: Recount looms  —  Minnesotans likely will have to wait for a winner in the U.S. Senate contest between Norm Coleman and Al Franken.  —  One of the most bitter U.S. Senate races in Minnesota history continued to grind on early this morning, with Republican Sen. Norm Coleman …
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Associated Press:
AP Uncalls Minnesota Senate Race  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Associated Press is uncalling the Minnesota Senate race.  —  Republican Sen. Norm Coleman finished ahead of Democrat Al Franken early Wednesday in the final vote count, but his 571-vote margin falls within the state's mandatory recount law.
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Franken not conceding  —  (CNN) - Minnesota Senate challenger …
Discussion: Fox News and Outside The Beltway
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Notes from the collapse  —  This morning, after having absorbed the substantial victory of Barack Obama, I noticed a couple of interesting items in the data.  Barack Obama certainly won this race, but he won it with just a little more votes than George Bush won in his re-election bid, and the turnout models came up short.
Discussion: QandO and Prometheus 6
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The Onion:
Black Man Given Nation's Worst Job  —  WASHINGTON—African-American man Barack Obama, 47, was given the least-desirable job in the entire country Tuesday when he was elected president of the United States of America.  In his new high-stress, low-reward position, Obama will be charged …
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Washington Wire:   Powell Says He Wouldn't Serve in Obama Administration
The Onion:
Nation Finally S**tty Enough To Make Social Progress
Discussion: The Reaction and FishBowlNY
New York Times:
The Next President  —  This is one of those moments in history when it is worth pausing to reflect on the basic facts:  —  An American with the name Barack Hussein Obama, the son of a white woman and a black man he barely knew, raised by his grandparents far outside the stream of American power and wealth …
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White House:
President Bush Discusses Presidential Election
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Heretik
Kevin Merida / Washington Post:
America's History Gives Way to Its Future
Andrew / Red State, Blue State, Rich State, Poor State:
Election 2008: what really happened  —  After a quick look at the election results and exit polls (from www.cnn.com), some thoughts:  —  1. The election was pretty close.  Obama won by about 5% of the vote, consistent with the latest polls and consistent with his forecast vote based on forecasts based on the economy.
CNN:
Reid, Lieberman to meet  —  (CNN) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will likely meet later this week with Joe Lieberman to discuss whether the Democrat-turned-Independent will be stripped of his Senate committee chairmanship, a senior Democratic leadership aide tells CNN.
Jim Tharpe / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
No decision, no majority in Senate race  —  Chambliss, Martin waiting for final votes to be counted to see if runoff needed  —  Georgia's U.S. Senate race remained in doubt Wednesday morning as neither major party candidate had more than 50 percent of the vote.
Associated Press:
Medvedev: Russia to Deploy Missiles in Response to U.S. Missile Shield  —  MOSCOW — Russia will deploy missiles near NATO member Poland in response to U.S. missile defense plans, President Dmitry Medvedev said Wednesday in his first state of the nation speech.
Discussion: Right Wing News
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New York Times:
Russia Warns of New Missile Deployment
Discussion: QandO
Jeff Flake / Washington Post:
A Way Out of the Wilderness  —  Well, we Republicans have just made history.  Not the type of history we wanted to make, mind you, but history nonetheless.  Not only did we lose the White House but, after losing our House and Senate majorities in 2006, we followed it up last night with even steeper losses in Congress.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Three huge, immediate reasons to be happy about last night  —  There are all sorts of reasons to view last night's events as an extremely positive development, including the fact that it was a truly crushing repudiation of the right-wing faction that has dominated the Republican Party for the last two decades.
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
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Brad DeLong / Grasping Reality with Both Hands:
God Save This Honorable Court
Discussion: THE TOOT
Peter Kirsanow / The Corner:
Fight  —  Now back to the real world.  It's traditional that a new president get a honeymoon of some indefinite length.  It's also traditional for Republicans (and many conservatives) to act as Charlie Brown to Lucy with the football.  —  Obama will get the most lavish and extended honeymoon in history.
John / Power Line:
No Landslide  —  Barack Obama's victory last night was no doubt historic, and the Democrats, as expected, extended their leads in the House and the Senate.  But their victory was no landslide, despite what appeared to be overwhelming advantages.  —  Obama won around 52 percent of the popular vote …
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Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:   Condoleezza Rice ‘especially proud’ of Obama victory.»
Jeffrey Scott Shapiro / Wall Street Journal:
The Treatment of Bush Has Been a Disgrace  —  What must our enemies be thinking?  —  Earlier this year, 12,000 people in San Francisco signed a petition in support of a proposition on a local ballot to rename an Oceanside sewage plant after George W. Bush.
 
 
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Phil Klinkner / The Monkey Cage:
Crisis?  What Crisis?  —  Lots of chatter, especially …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Palin: ‘Cannot even imagine’ 2012 bid
Robert Stacy McCain / American Spectator:
You Did Not Lose  —  Tears streaked the faces of the young …
Discussion: PrestoPundit and Right Wing News
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
CNN FORGETS THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION.... Remember, these folks …
Discussion: Daily Kos
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Kizzia / Anchorage Daily News:
Palin faces questions, different landscape when she returns to Alaska
Discussion: Wonkette
Aaron Beard / Raleigh News & Observer:
N.C. presidential race too close to call
Tom Shales / Washington Post:
After a Night of Illusions, Television Records Reality
Discussion: Argghhh!