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10:50 PM ET, November 5, 2008

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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
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Palin: ‘Cannot even imagine’ 2012 bid
Discussion: The Swamp
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
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 and Agence France Presse
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:   The RNC Chair Fight Begins
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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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.
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The Hill:
Sen. Lieberman likely to lose his gavel in massive reshuffle being discussed
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs
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?
Shira Toeplitz / Roll Call:
Stevens Says Victory Is at Hand  —  Embattled Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens' (R) campaign stopped just short of declaring victory Wednesday afternoon, releasing a statement declaring it is “almost mathematically impossible” for Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich (D) to win the Senate race as vote tallies stand.
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Tom Kizzia / Anchorage Daily News:
Palin faces questions, different landscape when she returns to Alaska
Discussion: Think Progress and Wonkette
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.
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.
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 and NewsBusters.org
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.
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
Robert Novak / Chicago Sun Times:
No mandate for Obama, no lopsided Congress  —  WASHINGTON — The national election Tuesday was not only historic for the election of the first African-American president in the nation's history but also for how little the avalanche of Democratic votes changed the political alignment in Congress.
Steven Den Beste / chizumatic.mee.nu:
Not the end of the world  —  It's easy to let yourself go in despair and start thinking things like “We are well-and-truly f**ked” or “This is the worst of all possible outcomes”.  But it isn't true.  —  I think this election is going to be a “coming of age” moment for a lot of people.
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
Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
Obama to Name Napolitano, Peña, Daley to Transition Team  —  In addition to the three people who will be running President-elect Barack Obama's transition team — former White House chief of staff John Podesta, Obama family friend/businesswoman Valier Jarrett, and Obama campaign chief …
 
 
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Missy Ryan / Reuters:
Iraq confident Obama won't withdraw troops too quickly
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The Trail / Washington Post:
Bush Immigration Chief Julie Myers Out
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Alan Cowell / New York Times:
Election Unleashes a Flood of Hope Worldwide
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106-year-old that Obama cited has led active life in Atlanta
Sarah Stephens / The Huffington Post:
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Jules Crittenden:
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PewResearch.org:
Inside Obama's Sweeping Victory
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Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
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Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
President Fraud  —  I have my ideas and strategies for the next phase …
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Sarah Lai Stirland / Threat Level:
Propelled by Internet, Barack Obama Wins Presidency
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Newsweek:
How He Did It  —  A team of NEWSWEEK reporters reveals …
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