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3:45 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 …
Washington Post:
Obama Makes History  —  U.S. Decisively Elects First Black President; Democrats Expand Control of Congress  —  Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois was elected the nation's 44th president yesterday, riding a reformist message of change and an inspirational exhortation of hope to become the first African American to ascend to the White House.
Mark Silva / Chicago Tribune:
Barack Obama, our next president
Jennifer Brown / Denver Post:
Musgrave unseated by Markey
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Murtha wins reelection despite controversial remarks
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
McCain concedes presidency, congratulates Obama
Bill Nichols / The Politico:
History happens: Obama wins
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and War and Piece
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 …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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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.
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 …
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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
Tom Matzzie / The Huffington Post:   What Obama's Win Means
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
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.”
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David Remnick / New Yorker:
MR. AYERS'S NEIGHBORHOOD  —  Early this morning, the Obama family voted …
Discussion: Salon
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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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.
Michelle Malkin:
Gird your loins, conservatives  —  There is no time to lick wounds, point fingers, and wallow in post-election mud.  —  I'm getting a lot of moan-y, sad-face “What do we do now, Michelle?” e-mails.  —  What do we do now?  We do what we've always done.  —  We stand up for our principles …
Discussion: PrestoPundit
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Obama to Assemble Transition Team  —  Barack Obama will take office in 76 days, but the moves he begins making tomorrow will immediately begin to define his presidency.  —  He is expected to name a White House chief of staff in the next day or two, and the clear front-runner is Rep. Rahm Emanuel …
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
For Obama, No Time for Laurels; Now the Hard Part
Discussion: Below The Beltway
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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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.
David Bernstein / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Looking for a Post-Election Republican Agenda?:  Here's something I think the vast majority of Republicans/conservatives/libertarians can agree on: holding Obama to this pledge, made to the American public during the third debate: … UPDATE: Not that I expect this to happen …
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.
 
 
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Truthdig:
A New Pride in Our Country
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Reuters:
Abortion bans lose, Florida stops gay marriage
Ross Douthat:
Congratulations, President-Elect Obama
Discussion: Hot Air and Macsmind
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
I THINK THIS IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING.... Obama appears …
Jennifer Parker / George's Bottom Line:
McCain's Path to 270 Hard to See
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org:
MSNBC Promo: ‘Experience the Power of Change’
Discussion: Moonbattery and Michelle Malkin
The Corner:
Vote Early, Vote Often
Discussion: Commentary
 Earlier Items: 
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Why No Bin Laden Tape?
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
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
Jim DeFede / CBS4:
DeFede: An Interview With Jeb Bush
Discussion: Donklephant and Below The Beltway