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5:55 PM ET, November 6, 2008

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The Politico:
EXCLUSIVE: Emanuel accepts White House job  —  Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.), a wily, aggressive West Wing strategist under President Bill Clinton, has accepted the post of White House chief of staff for President-elect Barack Obama, Democratic officials tell Politico.
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Exclusive: Gibbs will be WH press secretary  —  Robert Gibbs, a top aide to Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) on his campaign and in his Senate office, will be named the White House press secretary, a top Democratic official said.  —  Gibbs was usually the senior official on Air Obama, the campaign plane.
Jennifer Parker / George's Bottom Line:
Axelrod, Emanuel to Obama White House; Gibbs, Jarrett to Play Key Roles  —  Former Obama chief strategist David Axelrod has accepted the position of Senior Adviser in the White House, sources tell ABC News.  —  Robert Gibbs is also likely to join Obama's White House as Press Secretary …
David Corn:
Is Rahm Emanuel Right for Obama's White House of Change?  —  As I wrote yesterday, it's hard to depict Representative Rahm Emanuel, who has been picked by President-elect Barack Obama to be his White House chief of staff, as an agent of change.  After all, Emanuel has been a Washington player for years and …
The Trail / Washington Post:
Barney Gets Territorial
Discussion: Gawker and Needlenose
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Emanuel Accepts Job as Obama's Chief of Staff
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Fox News
Radley Balko / Reason:
Rahm Emanuel's Universe
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
GOP in dire straits
Discussion: HorsesAss.Org and New York Times
Jane Hamsher / Campaign Silo:
Lieberman After Meeting with Reid - Video  —  Reid and Lieberman won't say what happened in the meeting.  —  My guess?  Reid told him he can stay in the caucus if he steps down from his committee chairmanship (a campaign we started shortly after the 2006 election, thanks to everyone who participated with pitchforks and torches).
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:   Sign the Petition: Strip Joe
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Jeremy Brilliant / WALV-TV:
Obama campaign workers angry over unpaid wages  —  Updated:  —  Indianapolis - Lines were long and tempers flared Wednesday not to vote but to get paid for canvassing for Barack Obama.  Several hundred people are still waiting to get their pay for last-minute campaigning.
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
How the President-Elect Did It  —  The new voters changed the game.  —  Intense and gripping, the 2008 election was also historic.  The son of a Kenyan immigrant and an American mother has risen to the presidency of history's most powerful nation.  Who was not moved by the sight …
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iowahawk:   Election Analysis: America Can Take Pride In This Historic, Inspirational Disaster
Elaine Quijano / CNN:
Obama's first priority: Fixing the economy
Discussion: www.redstate.com
Pat / BelchSpeak:
Reason 142 to Homeschool: Obama Teachers Won't Bully Kids Who Support McCain  —  Welcome, HotAir Readers!  —  And Welcome Michelle Malkin Readers!  —  This is a video of Diantha Harris, a lifelong democrat and avid Barack Obama supporter.  She is also a lousy schoolteacher, as is evidenced by the mushmouthed kids in her class.
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Michelle Malkin:
Child abuser: Obama-supporting teacher bullies soldier's daughter
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
The Palin knives come out  —  The quadrennial Newsweek special post-election edition, Elisabeth Bumiller and Campaign Carl Cameron all break new ground on the internecine feuding between Palin and McCain forces.  —  There were, of course, ritualistic denials from aides to both candidates that such sniping …
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Paul Walsh / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Franken says recount is needed  —  The Democrat's deficit is down to 341 votes in his Senate battle with Norm Coleman.  —  Democrat Al Franken, locked in an overtime election battle with incumbent Republican Sen. Norm Coleman, said today that he is pushing ahead with the recount of Tuesday's voting.
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org:
Matthews: My Job Is To Make Obama Presidency a Success  —  Just in time for the new James Bond movie, Chris Matthews has earned himself a new moniker: Odd Job.  Matthews says he sees his job as a journalist as doing everything he can to make the Obama presidency a success.
Discussion: Moonbattery and Hot Air
ABCNEWS:
No Criminal Charges Against Spitzer in Prostitution Case  —  Former NY Governor Cleared of Wrongdoing as “Client #9”; Ashley Dupree “Pleased”  —  Federal prosecutors said today they will not bring criminal charges against former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer for his involvement as …
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Sewell Chan / City Room:
No Federal Charges Against Spitzer
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
An answer to Proposition 8: Repealing DOMA  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  The most potent ingredient making Tuesday's election bittersweet is the apparent passage of Proposition 8 in California.  It's one thing for a state to decide in advance not to allow same-sex marriages.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Gay Marriage Backlash
Robynn Tysver / Omaha World-Herald:
Obama's odds of getting Nebraska electoral vote increase  —  Good news for Barack Obama supporters.  —  His odds of bagging an electoral vote in Nebraska grew stronger this morning, with word that 10,000 to 12,000 early ballots and 5,200 provisional ballots are left to count in Douglas County.
Noelle Crombie / Oregonian:
Sen. Gordon Smith calls to concede to Jeff Merkley … Republican Gordon Smith, who has represented Oregon in the U.S. Senate for the last 12 years, this morning called Jeff Merkley, his Democratric challenger, to concede their race.  —  Jon Isaacs, an aide to Merkley …
Quin Hillyer / American Spectator:
Saul Alinsky Takes the White House  —  Conservatives may not realize just how difficult it might be to recover from this week's elections.  —  The day after the big defeat, the conservative chatter everywhere was about how the “movement” and the Republican Party (two different things) …
Agence France Presse:
‘Impeach Obama’ groups pop up on Facebook … Barack Obama has not even been sworn in yet as the 44th president of the United States but groups are springing up online calling for his impeachment.  —  On Facebook, an “Impeach Barack Obama” group has attracted more than 700 members …
 
 
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Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Want a Security Post? Say Nothing.
Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Real Opposition
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Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
For your own good: How media bias saved America!
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Alice Walker / Times of London:
Mind your language, Mr President-elect
Discussion: Guardian, normblog and Harry's Place
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Right Turn in July Put McCain on Unfamiliar Path
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Equating Clinton's “scandals” with Bush's
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The Trail / Washington Post:
Robert F. Kennedy Eyed to Head EPA
Discussion: Reason and MyDD
Andy Serwer / Fortune:
Captain's Blog: Once and future Treasury Secretary?
Discussion: StephenBainbridge.com and Wonkette
Hillel Italie / Associated Press:
Writers welcome a literary president-elect
NY Daily News:
Gang angry at Obama win beat me, says teen
Roger Simon / The Politico:
McCain at ease after loss