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6:50 PM ET, November 5, 2008

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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 …
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 …
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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.
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: The New Republic, Gristmill and Hot Air
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The Trail / Washington Post:   Obama Announces Transition Team — and Web Site
Los Angeles Times:
Gay-rights advocates to challenge Proposition 8 in court  —  Supporters of the measure, which passed Tuesday by a margin of about 52%, are outraged and say the voters have spoken.  —  After losing at the polls, gay-rights advocates filed a legal challenge today in California Supreme Court to Proposition 8 …
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CNN:
California ban on same-sex marriage undecided
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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 and The Raw Story
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Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Palin: ‘Cannot even imagine’ 2012 bid  —  (CNN) — Hours after John McCain and Sarah Palin conceded defeat to Barack Obama, the Alaska governor told CNN she can't imagine running for the top job herself in 2012.  —  “Right now I cannot even imagine running for national office in 2012,” she told CNN's Dana Bash.
Discussion: The Swamp
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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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.
American Issues Project:
American Issues Project Releases Issue Autopsy '08
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The Hill:
Sen. Lieberman likely to lose his gavel in massive reshuffle being discussed  —  Kennedy spokesman Anthony Coley said Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) offered Kennedy S-219, a room adjacent to Reid's office, which Democratic leaders currently use for press conferences.
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
2008 turnout shatters all records  —  More than 130 million people turned out to vote Tuesday, the most ever to vote in a presidential election.  —  With ballots still being counted in some precincts into Wednesday morning, an estimated 64 percent of the electorate turned out, making 2008 the highest percentage turnout in generations.
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Seth Borenstein / Associated Press:
Voter turnout best in generations, maybe a century
Discussion: The Swamp, Threat Level and Guardian
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.
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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.
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 McCormick / The Swamp:
Obama names transition team leaders  —  John Podesta, a former White House chief of staff who was tapped by President-elect Barack Obama fall to head his transition planning.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)  —  by John McCormick, updated  —  President-elect Barack …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and 24Ahead
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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.
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.
Roll Call:
Waxman to Take On Dingell  —  Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) plans to challenge Rep John Dingell (D-Mich.) for chairmanship of the influential Energy and Commerce Committee, senior Democratic sources confirmed Wednesday.  —  The move marks a major showdown between two Democratic powerhouses …
Discussion: Wonk Room
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Patrick O'Connor / The Crypt's Blogs:
Waxman to challenge Dingell
Discussion: Think Progress
New York Times:
McCain's Concession Speech  —  The following is a transcript of Senator John McCain's Concession Speech in Phoenix, Ariz, as provided by Federal News Service.  —  SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN: Thank you.  Thank you, my friends.  (Cheers, applause.)  Thank you for coming here on this beautiful Arizona evening.
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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.
 
 
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Jennifer Bendery / Roll Call:
Boehner Wants to Continue as Leader
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
The Man in the Arena
Discussion: The Daily Dish
CNN:
Under Obama, Dark Days Seen Ahead For Fossil Fuels
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Gristmill
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Bittersweet  —  As thrilled as I am that the country has begun …
Sara Lepro / Associated Press:
Stocks fall as investors ponder Obama presidency
Discussion: Gawker
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Condoleezza Rice ‘especially proud’ of Obama victory.»
 Earlier Items: 
Newsweek:
How He Did It  —  A team of NEWSWEEK reporters reveals …
Tom Kizzia / Anchorage Daily News:
Palin faces questions, different landscape when she returns to Alaska
Discussion: Think Progress and Wonkette
Aaron Beard / Raleigh News & Observer:
N.C. presidential race too close to call
The Onion:
Black Man Given Nation's Worst Job
Discussion: The Moderate Voice