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8:05 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 …
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
Josh Orton / MyDD:
Let's Outflank Lieberman
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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama apologizes to Nancy Reagan for ‘careless’ joke  —  President-elect Barack Obama called Nancy Reagan this afternoon to apologize for a joke about her having held “séances” in the White House, an Obama aide said.  —  “President-elect Barack Obama called Nancy Reagan today …
Discussion: Riehl World View
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Obama's First Press Conference: Mission Accomplished?
Discussion: and Runnin' Scared
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Discussion: The Impolitic
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Problems  —  “Democratic strategist” and uber-villager Michael …
Discussion: Open Left
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 …
Pam Spaulding / Pam's House Blend:
The N-bomb is dropped on black passersby at Prop 8 protests  —  You could see this coming, and this is what I'm talking about when you ignore the elephant in the room.  Rod McCullom of Rod 2.0 blogs reports on the escalation of the “blame the blacks” meme that has been swirling about the blogosphere and the MSM.
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
Brad Jacobson / MediaBloodhound:
The Wounded-Courier: Comedy World Devastated by Obama Victory  —  Comedy World Devastated by Obama Victory  —  As the majority of Americans continue to bask in the glow of Barack Obama's landslide victory on Tuesday, comedians nationwide have suddenly fallen on hard times.  Some literally.
Discussion: Alternate Brain
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 …
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
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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Chinese hack into White House network
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Palin-McCain: Van Susteren and Leno
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Nine questions  —  Obama's first press conference as president …
Marc Ambinder:
Mark Foley Prepares For First Interview...
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Josh / Right Wing Watch:
Senator Polliwog (aka Lindsey Graham) …
Michael Luo / The Caucus:
Iowa Here We Come!  —  Mike Huckabee will be stumping in Iowa later …
Discussion: Donklephant
America Serves … The Obama Administration will call on Americans …