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3:25 AM ET, November 8, 2008

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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 …
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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.
CNN:
Obama apologizes to Nancy Reagan for seance remark  —  CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) — President-elect Barack Obama called Nancy Reagan on Friday to apologize for a remark about seances he made during his first news conference earlier in the day.  —  When a reporter asked Obama if he had spoken …
Discussion: Truthdig
Yahoo! News:   Obama telephones Mrs. Reagan (Politico)
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.
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Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:   Palin on the media: ‘There have been some stinkers.’
New York Times:
Palin Calls Critics Among McCain Aides ‘Jerks’
Discussion: Buck Naked Politics
Associated Press:
Palin denounces her critics as cowardly
Discussion: The Caucus, Reuters and PoliBlog (TM)
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.
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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.
Scott Horton / The Daily Beast:
Palin's Mole at The Times  —  Exclusive: Palin's Mole at the New York Times By Scott Horton  —  Did Bill Kristol use the Gray Lady to fight the McCain campaign's civil war?  —  Was John McCain's senior foreign policy advisor Randy Scheunemann fired for leaking sensitive information to his friend …
Joe Klein / Swampland:
First Press Conference  —  Well, if the presidential campaign didn't convince you that Barack Obama is one disciplined fellow, his first public appearance as President-elect certainly should have.  The press conference was notable for several things:  —he did not stray from or change …
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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 …
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David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Byrd to Quit Powerful Senate Appropriations Post
Discussion: TalkLeft
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.
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Mark Hemingway / The Corner:
Hey Joe, Where You Goin with that Chairmanship in Your Hand?
Emily Heffter / Seattle Times:
Reichert wins tight race for 8th District  —  U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert has survived a second Democratic wave election, bucking a national trend that flipped at least 24 Republican congressional seats to Democrats.  His opponent, Darcy Burner, conceded tonight after The Associated Press determined tonight …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Group News Blog
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Reichert wins re-election in 8th District  —  Republican U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert has won re-election in Washington's 8th Congressional District, defeating two-time Democratic challenger Darcy Burner in a close race.  —  With almost 80 percent of the expected vote counted from Tuesday's election …
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
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 …
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.
Mark Huffman / ConsumerAffairs.com:
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
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Prop 8: Chill  —  I totally understand the anger, hurt and pain now roiling the gay community and our families, especially in California.  But it's important to keep our heads.  I've been in the middle of this fight for two decades.  It's important to remember that we have never had this level …
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 …
 
 
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Gun shop takes heat over sign
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Newsweek:
The Final Days  —  Obama was leading in the polls, even in red states like Virginia.
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AP: Kratovil Winner Of 1st District Seat
Glenn Thrush / The Crypt's Blogs:
Schumer eyes exit from DSCC
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Problems  —  “Democratic strategist” and uber-villager Michael …
Discussion: Open Left
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Palin-McCain: Van Susteren and Leno
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
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Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Obama Comment of the Year
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Michael Luo / The Caucus:
Iowa Here We Come!  —  Mike Huckabee will be stumping in Iowa later …
Discussion: New York Times and Donklephant