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4:40 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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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 …
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.
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: Kevin Drum
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.
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.
Nicholas Watt / Guardian:
McCain's verdict on Palin: more trouble than a pitbull  —  The British ambassador reveals what the defeated presidential candidate really thinks of his running mate  —  So now we know what John McCain really thinks of his running mate Sarah Palin - and that's not just because of the awkward …
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
Discussion: Dynamist Blog and The Daily Dish
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Los Angeles Times:
Gay rights backers file 3 lawsuits challenging Prop. 8
Discussion: Towleroad and TalkLeft
Josh Patashnik / The New Republic:
Notes on Stevens and Prop. 8
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Bittersweet  —  As thrilled as I am that the country has begun …
Reuters:
California stops gay marriage amid Obama victory
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Mike Allen / The Politico:
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 …
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The Trail / Washington Post:
Obama Announces Transition Team — and Web Site
Discussion: VentureBeat, MSNBC and GothamSchools
Michael McAuliff / NY Daily News:
Rahm Emanuel, Larry Summers, Robert Gates lead buzz for Obama cabinet roles
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Jazz Shaw / The Moderate Voice:   Let's Make Sure We Keep it Clean in Oregon, Shall We?
Matt Lewis / Townhall.com:   Fishy Development in Oregon?
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The McCain Belt  —  Interesting map available on the NYT home page shows the places where McCain did better than Bush did in 2004:  —  You can see why John McCain's principled stand against higher taxes on the wealthy would have a special resonance in this region.
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.
Carrie Dann / MSNBC:
EMANUEL ACCEPTS TOP SLOT IN OBAMA WH  —  From NBC's Andrea Mitchell  —  A senior Obama advisor confirms to NBC News that Illinois Rep. Rahm Emanuel has accepted the job of Chief of Staff for the Obama White House.  —  *** UPDATE *** In an email to NBC News, Emanuel spokeswoman Sarah Feinberg denies …
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 …
The Onion:
Nation Finally S**tty Enough To Make Social Progress  —  WASHINGTON—After emerging victorious from one of the most pivotal elections in history, president-elect Barack Obama will assume the role of commander in chief on Jan. 20, shattering a racial barrier the United States is, at long last, s**tty enough to overcome.
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: Jules Crittenden
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.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Kelly McParland / Full Comment:
David Frum: Republicans face fraught choice between two roads to revival  —  In the wake of yesterday's bruising result, the Republican party faces an excruciating and divisive choice between two very different futures.  —  The first choice is the choice on display at the excited rallies that cheered Sarah Palin all through the fall.
William J. Kole / Associated Press:
Suddenly, it may be cool to be an American again  —  VIENNA, Austria - She was a stranger, and she kissed me.  Just for being an American.  —  It happened on the bus on my way to work Wednesday morning, a few hours after compatriots clamoring for change swept Barack Obama to his historic victory.
Chandler Brown / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
106-year-old that Obama cited has led active life in Atlanta  —  ‘Now I see that things can change,’ Ann Nixon Cooper says  —  About 11 a.m. Wednesday, Ann Nixon Cooper emerged from her second-floor bedroom, descended the stairs of her stately Atlanta home to the kitchen and enjoyed …
 
 
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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Hard Choices And Challenges Follow Triumph
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Exit Polls Show Huge Increase In Incomes Since '04, Will Media Care?
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‘Joe the Plumber’ makes plans to take his politics online
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The Trail / Washington Post:
Bush Immigration Chief Julie Myers Out
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PewResearch.org:
Inside Obama's Sweeping Victory
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The Man in the Arena
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President Fraud  —  I have my ideas and strategies for the next phase …
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Sara Lepro / Associated Press:
Stocks fall as investors ponder Obama presidency
 

 
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BBC:
A Russian court convicts Evan Gershkovich of espionage and sentences him to 16 years in prison; Wall Street Journal calls the trial a “sham”

Rick Porter / The Hollywood Reporter:
Nielsen: the Republican National Convention's final night averaged 25.38M US viewers over 14 outlets, up 7% from 2020; people 55+ were about 72% of the audience

Connor Mycroft / South China Morning Post:
Media orgs, WSJ union, and a congressional panel express support for Selina Cheng, who says WSJ fired her for assuming Hong Kong Journalists Association's chair

 
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