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1:30 PM ET, November 5, 2008

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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.
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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:   Rahm Emanuel Mulling Obama Job Offer
Albert R. Hunt / Bloomberg:
Summers, Emanuel Candidates for Obama Administration
Discussion: Wonkette
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.
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Franken not conceding  —  (CNN) - Minnesota Senate challenger …
Discussion: Fox News and Outside The Beltway
CNN:
Key races still too close to call
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Senate race 100% counted: Coleman up; recount coming
Discussion: Hot Air
John Leicester / Associated Press:
Obama victory sparks cheers around the globe  —  PARIS - Barack Obama's election as America's first black president unleashed a renewed love for the United States after years of dwindling goodwill, and many said Wednesday that U.S. voters had blazed a trail that minorities elsewhere could follow.
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Washington Wire:   Powell Says He Wouldn't Serve in Obama Administration
The Onion:
Nation Finally S**tty Enough To Make Social Progress
Discussion: FishBowlNY
Gerard Baker / Times of London:
Analysis: Barack Obama's victory is head-spinning stuff
Discussion: Guardian and Fausta's Blog
Los Angeles Times:
Voters approve Proposition 8 banning same-sex marriages  —  Passage of Prop.8 throws thousands of same-sex unions into doubt.  —  UPDATE: Voters approve Proposition 8 banning same-sex marriages.  With more than 95% of the vote counted, the measure leads 52.1% to 47.9%.
Associated Press:
Medvedev: Russia to Deploy Missiles in Response to U.S. Missile Shield  —  MOSCOW — Russia will deploy missiles near NATO member Poland in response to U.S. missile defense plans, President Dmitry Medvedev said Wednesday in his first state of the nation speech.
Discussion: Right Wing News
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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.”
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Rose Garden / White House:
President Bush Discusses Presidential Election
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Heretik
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Three huge, immediate reasons to be happy about last night  —  There are all sorts of reasons to view last night's events as an extremely positive development, including the fact that it was a truly crushing repudiation of the right-wing faction that has dominated the Republican Party for the last two decades.
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
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Brad DeLong / Grasping Reality with Both Hands:
God Save This Honorable Court
Discussion: THE TOOT
CNN:
Reid, Lieberman to meet  —  (CNN) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will likely meet later this week with Joe Lieberman to discuss whether the Democrat-turned-Independent will be stripped of his Senate committee chairmanship, a senior Democratic leadership aide tells CNN.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Marc Ambinder and Hot Air
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 …
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!
 
 
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Notes from the collapse  —  This morning, after having absorbed …
Robert Stacy McCain / American Spectator:
You Did Not Lose  —  Tears streaked the faces of the young …
Discussion: PrestoPundit
Peter Kirsanow / The Corner:
Fight  —  Now back to the real world.  It's traditional …
John / Power Line:
No Landslide  —  Barack Obama's victory last night …
 Earlier Items: 
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
CNN FORGETS THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION.... Remember, these folks …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Tom Kizzia / Anchorage Daily News:
Palin faces questions, different landscape when she returns to Alaska
Discussion: Wonkette and MSNBC
Aaron Beard / Raleigh News & Observer:
N.C. presidential race too close to call
Discussion: Scripting News
Marc Ambinder:
What To Expect From The Obama Transition
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
2008 Election: Winners and Losers
Michelle Malkin:
Gird your loins, conservatives
 

 
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