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12:00 AM ET, November 8, 2008


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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.
Yahoo! News:   Obama telephones Mrs. Reagan (Politico)
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.
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?
Pam Spaulding / Pam's House Blend:
The N-bomb is dropped on black passersby at Prop 8 protests  —  UPDATE: the openly gay president of People for the American Way, Kathryn Kolbert, has released a statement.  It's below the fold.  —  You could see this coming, and this is what I'm talking about when you ignore the elephant in the room.
Marc Ambinder:
Rumor Patrol: Romney Camp Spreading Palin Stories?  —  Rumor: Aides and advisers to Mitt Romney are responsible for spreading most of the anti-Palin stories that have been going around; during the campaign, they pressured reporters to look into reports of tension between McCain and Palin factions.
Discussion: The Other McCain and Hot Air
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Palin on the media: ‘There have been some stinkers.’  —  Palin on the media: ‘There have been some stinkers.’»  —  Sarah Palin stopped tonight to answer a few questions from the Alaskan press in an attempt to dispel some of the recent damaging media reports about her involvement in the McCain campaign.
Associated Press:
Palin denounces her critics as cowardly
Discussion: Reuters and PoliBlog (TM)
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.
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.
Joe Klein / Swampland:
First Press Conference
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Spin Cycle
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Obama's First Press Conference: Mission Accomplished?
Discussion: The Raw Story
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
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 …
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.
Mark Huffman /
Obama Eyes Consumer Activists for Agency Posts  —  FDA, EPA targeted as needing reformers to lead  —  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and other government agencies that affect consumers, are likely to look very different under President Obama than they do under President Bush.
Discussion: Riehl World View and Firedoglake
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
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
“Irrelevant”  —  Thanks for the memories, but you were all completely “Irrelevant” during the historic victory that Barack Obama achieved during 2008 Presidential election.  All your smears failed to change the course of history.  —  “Irrelevant”  —  “Irrelevant”  —  “Irrelevant”  —  “Irrelevant”
Discussion: American Power
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.
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 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: “Governor Palin did nothing wrong,” says ... Nicolle Wallace?  Update: She's innocent, says Chris Wallace  —  Submitted for your approval and/or skepticism.  Either she's not the backbiter Kristol, Frum, et al. insist she is or else she's a particularly brazen liar …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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New York Times:
Palin Calls Criticism by McCain Aides ‘Cruel and Mean-Spirited’
Andy / Towleroad:
More Protests Planned Over Passage of Proposition 8: Schedule
Discussion: Slog and Pam's House Blend
Glenn Thrush / The Crypt's Blogs:
Schumer eyes exit from DSCC
Demetri Sevastopulo / Financial Times:
Chinese hack into White House network
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 …
Discussion: The Impolitic
 Earlier Items: 
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‘Compassionate’ Conservatism Was a Mistake
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Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Obama Comment of the Year
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Michael Luo / The Caucus:
Iowa Here We Come!  —  Mike Huckabee will be stumping in Iowa later …
Discussion: Donklephant
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The Campaign Autopsy  —  In my previous life, I witnessed far more difficult postmortems.
Discussion: Lean Left and The Daily Dish
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