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1:05 AM ET, November 6, 2008

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Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Internal Battles Divided McCain and Palin Camps  —  PHOENIX — As a top adviser in Senator John McCain's now-imploded campaign tells the story, it was bad enough that Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska unwittingly scheduled, and then took, a prank telephone call from a Canadian comedian posing as the president of France.
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Michelle Malkin:
The McCain campaign's classless cowards  —  The anonymous trashing of Sarah Palin by blabbermouth McCain aides who are leaking to Fox News is disgusting.  Absolutely disgusting.  —  Allah's got the vid clip of a report citing unnamed McCain staffers accusing Palin of lacking, in Carl Cameron's words, “knowledgeability.”
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
TRYING TO BURY HER  —  Part of me thinks I shouldn't be watching Fox News reporter and sometimes fabulist Carl Cameron dishing the McCain campaign's dirt on Sarah Palin.  But well, when Mothra goes up against Godzilla, how can you not watch?  Here's Cameron telling Fox's Shep Smith …
Discussion: Kevin Drum
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 …
CNN:
Sources: McCain aide fired for ‘trashing’ staff  —  (CNN) — Randy Scheunemann, a senior foreign policy adviser to John McCain, was fired from the Arizona senator's campaign last week for what one aide called “trashing” the campaign staff, three senior McCain advisers tell CNN.
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 …
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The Trail / Washington Post:
Obama Announces Transition Team — and Web Site  —  CHICAGO — President-elect Barack Obama unveiled his transition operation today, as Democratic sources said Rep. Rahm Emanuel, the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House, was seriously considering an offer to serve as White House chief of staff.
Discussion: MSNBC, VentureBeat and GothamSchools
Michael McAuliff / NY Daily News:
Rahm Emanuel, Larry Summers, Robert Gates lead buzz for Obama cabinet roles
Dale Carpenter / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Losing California: Last night I stood in the heart of San Francisco's Castro district, the epicenter of the gay-rights movement.  Around me were thousands of people cheering and dancing for Barack Obama's victory and for the promise it brings gay America.  Meanwhile, on a large screen …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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Digby / Hullabaloo:
Bittersweet  —  As thrilled as I am that the country has begun …
Los Angeles Times:
Gay rights backers file 3 lawsuits challenging Prop. 8
Discussion: TalkLeft and Towleroad
Josh Patashnik / The New Republic:
Notes on Stevens and Prop. 8
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 …
Harry Esteve / Elections Blog:
Oregonian projection: Merkley defeats Smith to take U.S. Senate seat  —  Democrat Jeff Merkley has leapt from Oregon's statehouse to the U.S. Senate, ousting two-term Republican Gordon Smith after an expensive, high-stakes contest that will help shift the balance of power in Washington.
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Jazz Shaw / The Moderate Voice:   Let's Make Sure We Keep it Clean in Oregon, Shall We?
Matt Lewis / Townhall.com:   Fishy Development in Oregon?
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The McCain Belt  —  Interesting map available on the NYT home page shows the places where McCain did better than Bush did in 2004:  —  You can see why John McCain's principled stand against higher taxes on the wealthy would have a special resonance in this region.
Carrie Dann / MSNBC:
EMANUEL ACCEPTS TOP SLOT IN OBAMA WH  —  From NBC's Andrea Mitchell  —  A senior Obama advisor confirms to NBC News that Illinois Rep. Rahm Emanuel has accepted the job of Chief of Staff for the Obama White House.  —  *** UPDATE *** In an email to NBC News, Emanuel spokeswoman Sarah Feinberg denies …
Elizabeth Stanton / Bloomberg:
U.S. Stocks Post Biggest Post-Election Drop on Economic Concern  —  Nov. 5 (Bloomberg) — The stock market posted its biggest plunge following a presidential election as reports on jobs and service industries stoked concern the economy will worsen even as President-elect Barack Obama tries to stimulate growth.
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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Sara Lepro / Associated Press:
Stocks fall as investors ponder Obama presidency
Discussion: Power Line and Gawker
Lynn Bonner / Raleigh News & Observer:
Obama unoffical winner in North Carolina  —  Democrat Barack Obama is the unofficial winner in North Carolina, but the victory over Sen. John McCain won't be sealed until provisional ballots are counted and certified next month.  —  Unofficial returns show Obama ahead by 13,746 votes.
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.
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Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
GOP in tatters, looks to regroup
Discussion: Reuters
Kelly McParland / Full Comment:
David Frum: Republicans face fraught choice between two roads to revival  —  In the wake of yesterday's bruising result, the Republican party faces an excruciating and divisive choice between two very different futures.  —  The first choice is the choice on display at the excited rallies that cheered Sarah Palin all through the fall.
William J. Kole / Associated Press:
Suddenly, it may be cool to be an American again  —  VIENNA, Austria - She was a stranger, and she kissed me.  Just for being an American.  —  It happened on the bus on my way to work Wednesday morning, a few hours after compatriots clamoring for change swept Barack Obama to his historic victory.
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
The Man in the Arena  —  McCain concedes.  —  John McCain seemed oddly self-assured as he walked to the podium to deliver the final address of his 2008 presidential campaign—a concession speech.  He wore a blue suit, a light blue shirt and a gold tie that matched his wife's dress.
Discussion: Spin Cycle and The Daily Dish
Chandler Brown / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
106-year-old that Obama cited has led active life in Atlanta  —  ‘Now I see that things can change,’ Ann Nixon Cooper says  —  About 11 a.m. Wednesday, Ann Nixon Cooper emerged from her second-floor bedroom, descended the stairs of her stately Atlanta home to the kitchen and enjoyed …
PewResearch.org:
Inside Obama's Sweeping Victory  —  Barack Obama captured the White House on the strength of a substantial electoral shift toward the Democratic Party and by winning a number of key groups in the middle of the electorate.  Overall, 39% of voters were Democrats while 32% were Republicans …
Discussion: The Swamp
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.
 
 
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Alexander Mooney / CNN:
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Newsweek:
How He Did It  —  A team of NEWSWEEK reporters reveals …
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