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7:30 PM ET, November 7, 2008


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Ryan Grim / The Politico:
McConnell reaches out to Lieberman  —  Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has reached out to Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) about the prospect of joining the Republican Conference, but Lieberman is still bargaining with Democratic leaders to keep his chairmanship, according to Senate aides in both parties.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WHAT LIEBERMAN FINDS ‘UNACCEPTABLE’.... As political theater goes, the exploits of Joe Lieberman really are odd. … Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), according to multiple reports and sources, has no intention of allowing Lieberman to stay on as chairman of Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
The Politico:
Byrd will voluntarily give up chairmanship  —  Senate legend Robert Byrd, approaching 91 this month and hailing a “new day in Washington,” said he would voluntarily give up the chairmanship of the Senate Appropriations Committee with the new Congress.  —  “To everything there is a season …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
IT'S NOT A NEGOTIATION  —  Joe Lieberman is putting out word that if the Democrats don't allow him to keep his chairmanship, he'll take up Mitch McConnell's invitation to join the Republican caucus.  I think the answer has to be, go for it.  —  Says a Lieberman staffer …
Discussion: Dependable Renegade
Mark Hemingway / The Corner:
Hey Joe, Where You Goin with that Chairmanship in Your Hand?
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Reid Spokesperson: Democratic Senators May Vote On Lieberman's Fate …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Lieberman not happy with Reid's offer, flirting with Republicans
Discussion: Firedoglake
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama has spoken only to living presidents  —  Obama says in his first post-election press conference that he's spoken to all the former presidents — Carter, Bush, Clinton, as well as the current Bush — and, looser than he's been in months, dares a joke at the expense of the widow of the most recently deceased.
Transcript: 'I'm going to confront this economic crisis,' Obama says  —  CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) — Sen. Barack Obama spoke at a his first news conference as president-elect Friday afternoon.  The following is a transcript of the conference:  —  Obama: Thank you very much, everybody.
Text of Obama's statement on the economy  —  President-elect addresses economic concerns before first press conference  —  The following is a statement read by President-elect Barack Obama before his first press conference since Election Day.  —  This morning, we woke to more sobering news about the state of our economy.
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Obama's First Press Conference: Mission Accomplished?
Discussion: and Runnin' Scared
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Discussion: The Impolitic
Robynn Tysver / Omaha World-Herald:
Breaking News: Obama wins electoral vote in Nebraska  —  Barack Obama made history today in Nebraska.  —  The Democratic presidential candidate claimed an electoral vote in the Omaha-based 2nd Congressional District — the first time in more than four decades a Democrat won any of Nebraska's electoral votes.
John / Power Line:
WHAT'S HAPPENING IN MINNESOTA?  —  When the polls closed Tuesday evening, Minnesota's Secretary of State's office showed that Norm Coleman had a 725-vote win in his closely contested race against Al Franken.  By the next morning, however, Coleman's victory was already shrinking.
Patterico's Pontifications:
Examples of Obama's Decency  —  I've had some people demanding evidence — any evidence — that Obama is a decent or good man.  I've learned as a lawyer and a blogger that you can't convince someone who resists being convinced, and on the issue of Obama's positive qualities …
Scott J. Anderson / CNN:
Conservatives blame moderates for GOP losses  —  (CNN) — A conservative leader Friday laid the Republican Party's poor showing at the polls at the feet of moderates who, he argues, led the party away from its core principles.  —  Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council told CNN …
Alissa J. Rubin / New York Times:
Obama Victory Alters the Tenor of Iraqi Politics  —  BAGHDAD — Barack Obama may have been elected only three days ago, but his victory is already beginning to shift the political ground in Iraq and the region.  —  Iraqi Shiite politicians are indicating that they will move faster toward …
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The Campaign Autopsy  —  In my previous life, I witnessed far more difficult postmortems.  This one is easy.  The patient was fatally stricken on Sept. 15 — caught in the rubble when the roof fell in (at Lehman Brothers, according to the police report) — although he did linger until his final, rather quiet demise on Nov. 4.
Discussion: Lean Left and The Daily Dish
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Focus on the Family compares Obama victory to Nazi bombing.»  —  Yesterday evening, James Dobson's Focus on the Family Action sent out a fundraising e-mail lamenting the victory of Barack Obama.  (Dobson had personally endorsed the McCain-Palin ticket.)
Emanuel Was Director Of Freddie Mac During Scandal  —  New Obama Chief of Staff, Others on Board, Missed “Red Flags” of Alleged Fraud Scheme  —  President-elect Barack Obama's newly appointed chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, served on the board of directors of the federal mortgage firm Freddie Mac …
David Brooks / New York Times:
Change I Can Believe In  —  I have dreams.  I may seem like a boring pundit whose most exotic fantasies involve G.A.O. reports, but deep down, I have dreams.  And right now I'm dreaming of the successful presidency this country needs.  I'm dreaming of an administration led by Barack Obama …
Wil Haygood / Washington Post:
A Butler Well Served by This Election  —  For 34 Years, Eugene Allen Carried White House Trays With Pride.  Now There's Even More Reason to Carry Himself That Way.  —  For more than three decades Eugene Allen worked in the White House, a black man unknown to the headlines.
Discussion: Achenblog, The Sideshow and Gawker
Rasmussen Reports:
69% of GOP Voters Say Palin Helped McCain  —  Sixty-nine percent (69%) of Republican voters say Alaska Governor Sarah Palin helped John McCain's bid for the presidency, even as news reports surface that some McCain staffers think she was a liability.  —  Only 20% of GOP voters say Palin hurt …
Dick Armey / Wall Street Journal:
‘Compassionate’ Conservatism Was a Mistake  —  The liberal pundits who embraced the candidacy of Barack Obama are also eager to issue a death certificate for free market capitalism.  They're wrong, and they remind me of what the great Willie Nelson once said: “I'm ragged but I'm right.”
Discussion: Debbie Schlussel and Cold Fury
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Palin-McCain: Van Susteren and Leno  —  Sarah Palin, calling the campaign aides spreading rumors about are “a bunch of jerks,” told CNN today that it's “not true” that she didnt know Africa is a continent.  —  Palin will get a chance to talk about African geography and anything else …
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Obama Comment of the Year  —  “With respect to the dog ... we have two criteria that have to be reconciled..."*  —  Update: A reader offers some useful advice:  —  The Obamas should get a retired racing Greyhound.  Tens of thousands are available.  They come already housebroken …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
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Demetri Sevastopulo / Financial Times:
Chinese hack into White House network
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Nine questions  —  Obama's first press conference as president …
Marc Ambinder:
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Josh / Right Wing Watch:
Senator Polliwog (aka Lindsey Graham) …
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Michael Luo / The Caucus:
Iowa Here We Come!  —  Mike Huckabee will be stumping in Iowa later …
Discussion: Donklephant
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
O'Reilly throws down the gauntlet in the War on Christmas.»
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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