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9:25 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
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
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.
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.
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.
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Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
Democrats Win 18 More House Seats  —  Party Hoped for Gain of 30 but Will Be Close to 259 Seats It Held in 1994  —  House Democrats promised an agenda of improving the economy, ending the war in Iraq and expanding access to health care after gaining at least 18 additional seats in Tuesday's elections …
Discussion: Below The Beltway
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Turns to Building Leadership Team  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama offered the key post of White House chief of staff to Rep. Rahm Emanuel of Illinois, the first step in building a team that is expected to take shape in coming days.  —  The quick transition from campaign …
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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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Reuters:
California stops gay marriage amid Obama victory
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Josh Patashnik / The New Republic:
Notes on Stevens and Prop. 8
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: The BRAD BLOG and Roll Call
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 …
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: On Deadline and Jules Crittenden
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.
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
The Task Ahead  —  The celebration of Barack Obama's victory was genuine and heartfelt, as it should have been.  No one who has lived in this country and knows its history can be insensitive to the significance of his election.  —  Symbolically and substantively, it sends a message …
Discussion: TalkLeft
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.
Paul Krugman:
The monster years  —  Last night wasn't just a victory for tolerance; it wasn't just a mandate for progressive change; it was also, I hope, the end of the monster years.  —  What I mean by that is that for the past 14 years America's political life has been largely dominated by, well, monsters.
Elizabeth Stanton / Bloomberg:
U.S. Stocks Post Biggest Post-Election Drop on Economic Concern  —  Nov. 5 (Bloomberg) — The stock market posted its biggest plunge following a presidential election as reports on jobs and service industries stoked concern the economy will worsen even as President-elect Barack Obama tries to stimulate growth.
Discussion: Pajamas Media and www.redstate.com
MLive.com:
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 …
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Recount: The Coleman-Franken brawl drags on  —  Sen. Norm Coleman's narrow lead over DFL challenger Al Franken in the U.S. Senate race narrowed even more, guaranteeing a recount that would be the state's biggest ever and could stretch well into next month.  —  Sen. Norm Coleman's narrow lead …
 
 
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GOP in tatters, looks to regroup
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