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8:40 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 …
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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Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
EXCLUSIVE: Podesta Announces He Will Not Be Joining New Obama Administration  —  Today, President-elect Barack Obama announced his new transition team, which includes Center for American Progress Action Fund (CAPAF) President and CEO John Podesta as one of three co-chairs.
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: VentureBeat and GothamSchools
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.
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
Discussion: The Swamp
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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The Hill:
Sen. Lieberman likely to lose his gavel in massive reshuffle being discussed
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Bittersweet  —  As thrilled as I am that the country has begun to shake off the curse of the GOP, this still hurts: … And naturally, the first words out of many of the gasbags' mouths were that this means the country is still “center-right” and that there is no mandate for progressive change.
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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.
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.
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.
Jazz Shaw / The Moderate Voice:
Let's Make Sure We Keep it Clean in Oregon, Shall We?  —  Matt Lewis of Town Hall has caught wind of some questionable activity out in Oregon, where the tight, contested Senate race between Jeff Merkley and Gordon Smith is going to a recount this week.
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Matt Lewis / Townhall.com:   Fishy Development in Oregon?
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: Wizbang
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.
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: The Daily Dish
Newsweek:
How He Did It  —  A team of NEWSWEEK reporters reveals the secret battles and private fears behind an epic election.  —  Barack Obama had a gift, and he knew it.  He had a way of making very smart, very accomplished people feel virtuous just by wanting to help Barack Obama.
Discussion: The New Republic
Dan McLaughlin / www.redstate.com:
Obama Administration Survival Guide  —  Welcome To The Loyal Opposition  —  The nation awakens today to a grim day (although less grim than it might have been, as the late Senate races come in and the prognosis for a decent-sized GOP resistance looks much better).  But America has endured worse.
Discussion: Flopping Aces
Sarah Stephens / The Huffington Post:
History on Cuba - Hidden in Plain View - In Florida's Election Returns  —  Florida gave us all a gift last night.  —  In the election returns, hidden in plain view, is license for President-elect Obama to fundamentally rethink U.S. policy toward Cuba and expand on his incremental approach.
 
 
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Jules Crittenden:
Omerica  —  Just waking up.  It was an early election night …
PewResearch.org:
Inside Obama's Sweeping Victory
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Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Newspapers announcing Obama victory fly off the racks.»
Robert Novak / Chicago Sun Times:
No mandate for Obama, no lopsided Congress
Discussion: Think Progress and Gawker
Dr. Helen:
“It's the economy, stupid.”
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
The RNC Chair Fight Begins
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Stocks fall as investors ponder Obama presidency
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Tom Kizzia / Anchorage Daily News:
Palin faces questions, different landscape when she returns to Alaska
Discussion: Think Progress and Wonkette
The Onion:
Black Man Given Nation's Worst Job