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11:40 AM ET, November 5, 2008

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Mike Allen / The Politico:
76 days to Inauguration - “A national catharsis”  —  Rahm Emanuel is top choice for chief of staff — Newsweek: Palin sprees worse than reported — Obama Day declared in Kenya — ABC's Jonathan Karl to Hill  —  Good Wednesday morning.  The New York Times banner is a single, capitalized word: “OBAMA.”
Discussion: Think Progress
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Coleman vs. Franken: Recount looms  —  Minnesotans likely will have to wait for a winner in the U.S. Senate contest between Norm Coleman and Al Franken.  —  One of the most bitter U.S. Senate races in Minnesota history continued to grind on early this morning, with Republican Sen. Norm Coleman …
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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.
Fox News:
Coleman Edges Franken in Minnesota Senate Race
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Senate race 100% counted: Coleman up; recount coming
Discussion: Hot Air
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Remarks of President-elect Barack Obama  —  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 …
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Washington Wire:   Powell Says He Wouldn't Serve in Obama Administration
Gerard Baker / Times of London:
Analysis: Barack Obama's victory is head-spinning stuff
Discussion: Guardian and Fausta's Blog
The Onion:
Nation Finally S**tty Enough To Make Social Progress
Discussion: FishBowlNY
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Obama Elected President as Racial Barrier Falls
Sean Cockerham / Anchorage Daily News:
Stevens leads Begich by thin margin  —  Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens was leading challenger Mark Begich with most of the election returns in hand Tuesday night, despite being found guilty of seven felonies and polls showing him in deep trouble.  —  With more than 80 percent of the precincts reporting …
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Los Angeles Times:
Gay marriage ban leading  —  Possible passage of Prop.8 throws thousands of same-sex unions into doubt.  —  A measure to once again ban gay marriage in California led Tuesday, throwing into doubt the unions of an estimated 18,000 same-sex couples who wed during the last 4 1/2 months.
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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 …
Jim Tharpe / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
No decision, no majority in Senate race  —  Chambliss, Martin waiting for final votes to be counted to see if runoff needed  —  Georgia's U.S. Senate race remained in doubt Wednesday morning as neither major party candidate had more than 50 percent of the vote.
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.
New York Times:
The Next President  —  This is one of those moments in history when it is worth pausing to reflect on the basic facts:  —  An American with the name Barack Hussein Obama, the son of a white woman and a black man he barely knew, raised by his grandparents far outside the stream of American power and wealth …
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.
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.
Discussion: Climate Progress
Tom Shales / Washington Post:
After a Night of Illusions, Television Records Reality  —  Just as one day was giving way to another, Barack Obama appeared before thousands of cheering supporters in Chicago's Grant Park and said, “Change has come to America” — which naturally made them cheer all the louder.
Discussion: Argghhh!
Brad DeLong / Grasping Reality with Both Hands:
God Save This Honorable Court  —  Duncan Black writes: … At the moment the Supreme Court consists of one very smart centrist-liberal Democrat, Ruth Bader Ginsburg; one very smart centrist-centrist Democrat, Stephen Breyer; one very old good-hearted Republican, John Paul Stevens …
Discussion: THE TOOT
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: THE 44TH PRESIDENT  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Domenico Montanaro, and Carrie Dann  —  *** The 44th President: In a just a little more than four years, an Illinois state senator who delivered a rousing speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention will now become …
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
2008 Election: Winners and Losers  —  Barack Obama will be the 44th president of the United States.  John McCain will not, likely capping a long and well-decorated political career with a loss.  —  Democrats will expand their majorities in the House and the Senate.
New York Times:
Russia Warns of New Missile Deployment  —  MOSCOW — In a wide-ranging attack on the United States as it elected a new president, the Russian leader Dmitri A. Medvedev warned on Wednesday that Moscow might deploy short-range missiles in the Baltic region to counter a perceived threat …
Discussion: QandO and Democracy in America
 
 
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Aaron Beard / Raleigh News & Observer:
N.C. presidential race too close to call
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What To Expect From The Obama Transition
CNN:
Transcript: McCain concedes presidency
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The Onion:
Black Man Given Nation's Worst Job
Discussion: Electoral-vote.com
John B. Judis / The New Republic:
America the Liberal  —  Obama's victory marks a radical realignment in American politics.
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Democrats' Impulse Test
Discussion: Open Left and Commentary
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Bill Turque / Washington Post:
Emotional Day Ends in Jubilation for Some, Stoicism for Others
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David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
Exit polls: How Obama won
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Scott / Power Line:
TEN THESES ON PRESIDENT-ELECT OBAMA
Discussion: Gateway Pundit