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12:20 PM ET, November 6, 2008

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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.
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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 …
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.
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.
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
CNN:
McCain aide disputes sources, denies firing  —  (CNN) — In another sign of drama and disarray inside camp McCain, former campaign senior adviser Randy Scheunemann responded late Wednesday to CNN and insisted he was “not fired and never [have] been fired.”  —  In addition, Michael Goldfarb …
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Kristol Attacks Anonymous McCain Aides Dishing To The Press …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Fox News drops another load of dirty laundry on Palin
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New York Times:
Obama Aides Tamp Down Expectations
Discussion: TPM Election Central
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Nancy Gibbs / Time:
The Meaning of Obama's Win: How He Rewrote the Book
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Talent Show
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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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:   GOP in dire straits
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
Democrats Win 18 More House Seats
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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Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Obama's Choice  —  The next Larry Summers ... or Larry Summers.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Jerusalem Post:
Obama names Emanuel chief of staff
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Max Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
Lawrence Summers: Africa Is “UNDER-Polluted”
Roger Simon / The Politico:
McCain at ease after loss  —  On the day after his victory, Barack Obama faced a world in financial crisis, shooting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and a nation that expected him to deliver on all his promises.  —  John McCain faced a barbecue.  —  “I got nine racks of ribs,” McCain told his closest aide and co-author, Mark Salter.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Wonkette
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Michael Scherer / Time:
McCain Aide Mark Salter Reflects on the Defeat  —  The morning after defeat, Mark Salter, McCain's closest aide and biographer, sipped his coffee in the courtyard of the Biltmore Resort and Spa, explaining why the national political press tipped the scales for Obama.
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.
Discussion: Don Surber
Ryan Grim / The Crypt's Blogs:
Blunt steps down  —  House GOP whip Roy Blunt is stepping down, he announced to his colleagues in a letter today.  —  After sending out the letter, he met with reporters.  “I just called Joe Barton [R-Texas] and told him I was looking forward to coming back to the energy committee,” Blunt told reporters today.
Discussion: Swampland and On Deadline
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Washington Post:
Young Republicans Jockey in the House
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and The RBC
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
For GOP, Boehner and chaos remain
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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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
An answer to Proposition 8: Repealing DOMA
Discussion: Group News Blog
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 …
Discussion: Commentary and Spin Cycle
Klaus Marre / The Hill:
DNC touts success of 50-state strategy  —  The Democratic National Committee (DNC) on Wednesday touted its 50-state strategy, which sought to expand the party's competitiveness deep into red states, as one of the reasons for Democrats' success on Election Night.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
MoveOn — How Do You Like them Now?  —  It was only a short time ago that every Democrat in the Senate was trashing MoveOn, refusing to stand up for them as the right tore them apart.  Many of us argued that it was really stupid and irresponsible to help dismantle a critically important part …
 
 
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David S. Broder / Washington Post:
The Task Ahead  —  The celebration of Barack Obama's victory …
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