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6:50 AM ET, November 6, 2008

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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.
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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.
Michelle Malkin:
The McCain campaign's classless cowards; Update: Palin reacts  —  Scroll down for updates...1:29am Eastern Palin holds press conference in Anchorage after arriving late on her flight from Arizona...refuses to comment on gossip spread by unnamed sources and “small, bitter” people saying …
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: Guardian and Kevin Drum
Erick Erickson / www.redstate.com:
Operation Leper  —  RedState is pleased to announce it is engaging in a special project: Operation Leper.  —  We're tracking down all the people from the McCain campaign now whispering smears against Governor Palin to Carl Cameron and others.  Michelle Malkin has the details.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Fox News drops another load of dirty laundry on Palin  —  Unlike the first clip, this one does corroborate some of the details in the Newsweek report — sort of.  Newsweek claims Palin appeared to McCain's aides in a bath towel; Cameron says it's a bathrobe.
The Huffington Post:
Palin Didn't Know Africa Is A Continent, Says Fox News Reporter (VIDEO)  —  Read More: 2008 Election, Fox News Reporter On Sarah Palin Video, Palin Africa Video, Palin Fox News Reporter Africa Video, Sarah Palin, Sarah Palin Africa Continent Video, Sarah Palin Didn't Know Africa Continent, Video, Politics News
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 …
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Los Angeles Times:
Gay rights backers file 3 lawsuits challenging Prop.  8  —  Lawyers for same-sex couples argue that the anti-gay marriage measure is an illegal constitutional revision.  Backers of the measure attack the suits.  —  REPORTING FROM SAN FRANCISCO AND LOS ANGELES — After losing at the polls …
Josh Patashnik / The New Republic:
Notes on Stevens and Prop. 8
Reuters:
California stops gay marriage amid Obama victory
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
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?
Discussion: www.redstate.com
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.
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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.
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.
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Dems lower expectations  —  Democratic leaders are tamping down on expectations for rapid change and trying to signal they will place a calm hand on the nation's tiller.  —  “The country must be governed from the middle,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Wednesday.
Discussion: The Politico and Hullabaloo
Alex Altman / Time:
Guy Fawkes Day  —  Revellers celebrate Guy Fawkes Day.  In 1605 Fawkes unsuccessfully attempted to commit the infamous act of terror of blowing up King James I and the Houses of Parliament.  —  The English, among other talents, are adept at nurturing their grudges.
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
The Onion:
Nation Finally S**tty Enough To Make Social Progress  —  WASHINGTON—After emerging victorious from one of the most pivotal elections in history, president-elect Barack Obama will assume the role of commander in chief on Jan. 20, shattering a racial barrier the United States is, at long last, s**tty enough to overcome.
Candace Rondeaux / Washington Post:
End Civilian Deaths, Karzai Tells Obama  —  Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday called on President-elect Barack Obama to end U.S. airstrikes that risk civilian casualties after coalition forces allegedly killed dozens of people at a wedding party in southern Afghanistan this week.
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 …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
What In The Hell Happened in Alaska?  —  Although Ted Stevens holds a small lead in Alaska and is the favorite to retain his seat, the outcome is not as inevitable as it might appear to be.  Stevens currently holds a lead of 3,353 votes, or about 1.5 percent of the votes tallied so far.
Discussion: Roll Call and The BRAD BLOG
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.
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 …
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Exit Polls Show Huge Increase In Incomes Since '04, Will Media Care?  —  For years, and certainly throughout this campaign, the media contention has been that only the rich have done well since Bush was elected, and that his economic policies did nothing for lower and middle income wage earners.
 
 
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Michael McAuliff / NY Daily News:
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‘Joe the Plumber’ makes plans to take his politics online
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Missy Ryan / Reuters:
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GOP in tatters, looks to regroup
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Discussion: First Draft and Balloon Juice
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