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10:20 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 …
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
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.
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
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.
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
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:   GOP in dire straits
New York Times:
Democrats Vow to Pursue an Aggressive Agenda
Discussion: Althouse
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 …
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
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Washington Post:
Obama Team Shifts to Transition Mode
Max Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
Lawrence Summers: Africa Is “UNDER-Polluted”
Discussion: MSNBC and Get Energy Smart!
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 …
Marcus Wohlsen / Associated Press:
Exit poll: Black voters back Calif. marriage ban  —  California's black and Latino voters, who turned out in droves for Barack Obama, provided key support for a state ban on same-sex marriage.  Christian, married and older voters also helped give the measure the winning edge, according to exit polls for The Associated Press.
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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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Guy Faulconbridge / Reuters:
Putin may return to Kremlin in '09: report  —  MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev could resign from his post in 2009 to pave the way for Vladimir Putin to return to the Kremlin, Vedomosti newspaper reported on Thursday, citing an unidentified source close to the Kremlin.
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Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
For GOP, Boehner and chaos remain  —  As House Republicans assessed the wreckage after a second consecutive electoral bloodbath, this much was clear:  —  Members are willing to spare their leader, Ohio Rep. John A. Boehner.  His No. 2, Minority Whip Roy Blunt, might not be that lucky …
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
Wall Street Journal:
We Need Sustainable Capitalism  —  Nature does not do bailouts.  —  When greeting old friends after a period of absence, Ralph Waldo Emerson used to ask: “What has become clear to you since we last met?”  —  What is clear to us and many others is that market capitalism has arrived at a critical juncture.
Discussion: Moonbattery
 
 
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Jim Lindgren / The Volokh Conspiracy:
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Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Danger Room
Jeanne Meserve / CNN:
Bush immigration chief resigns
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
The Task Ahead  —  The celebration of Barack Obama's victory …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
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