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11:20 AM ET, November 8, 2008


 Top Items: 
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 …
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:   Palin on the media: ‘There have been some stinkers.’
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Palin-McCain: Van Susteren and Leno
Associated Press:
Palin denounces her critics as cowardly
Discussion: Reuters
Guy Adams / The Independent:
‘No More Mr Nice Gay’ as Mormons face vote backlash  —  Protesters vent fury after church funds successful effort to ban gay marriages  —  Daniel Ginnes carried a banner declaring: “No More Mr Nice Gay.”  Brian Lindsey held up a sign billing Joseph Smith, founder of the Church of the Latter Day Saints …
Los Angeles Times:
Gays, blacks divided on Proposition 8
Discussion: On Deadline
Andy / Towleroad:
More Protests Planned Over Passage of Proposition 8: Schedule
Discussion: Pam's House Blend, Slog and Calitics
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 …
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 …
Yahoo! News:
Obama telephones Mrs. Reagan (Politico)
Nate Silver /
Uncounted Votes May Push Begich Past Stevens  —  Although Ted Stevens currently holds a lead of approximately 3,200 votes in ballots counted to date in Alaska's senate contest, there is good reason to believe that the ballots yet to be counted — the vast majority of which are early and absentee ballots …
Discussion: Donklephant, Taylor Marsh and Mudflats
Deborah Howell / Washington Post:
An Obama Tilt in Campaign Coverage  —  The Post provided a lot of good campaign coverage, but readers have been consistently critical of the lack of probing issues coverage and what they saw as a tilt toward Democrat Barack Obama.  My surveys, which ended on Election Day, show that they are right on both counts.
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Byrd to Quit Powerful Senate Appropriations Post  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Robert C. Byrd, Democrat of West Virginia, and the senior member of the Senate, agreed on Friday to relinquish his chairmanship of the Appropriations Committee, as Democrats and President-elect Barack Obama prepare …
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Byrd to Step Down as Appropriations Chair
Discussion: CQ Politics
Mary Pat Flaherty / Washington Post:
Minn. Senate Race Far From Over  —  Incumbent Coleman Is Just 239 Votes Ahead of Al Franken  —  The U.S. Senate race in Minnesota is nowhere close to being decided, state officials said yesterday.  —  The recount in that election will not be completed until mid-December, and even then …
Discussion: Below The Beltway
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
‘Mutts like me’ - Obama shows ease discussing race  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - It popped out casually, a throwaway line as he talked to reporters about finding the right puppy for his young daughters.  —  But with just three offhanded words …
Discussion: Jules Crittenden and Yahoo! News
William Hershey / Dayton Daily News:
Jones-Kelley put on paid leave by governor  —  COLUMBUS — Helen Jones-Kelley, director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and former head of that department in Montgomery County, has been placed on paid administrative leave by Gov. Ted Strickland.
Justin Rood / ABCNEWS:
“Troopergate” Trooper Now Pushing Paper  —  After Palin's Public Comments, Trooper Hit With Threatening Phone Calls  —  The Alaska state trooper who was the subject of harsh allegations by Gov. Sarah Palin was taken off patrols recently for his own safety, after her comments allegedly prompted …
Discussion: and Balloon Juice
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
THE CASE AGAINST LIEBERMAN'S CHAIR.  —  “If you wield a congressional oversight gavel, and your buddy's in the White House, you might just conduct exactly zero investigations into presidential wrongdoing,” says Brian Beutler.  “But when the election comes, and your other buddy loses to a guy …
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: Group News Blog and Firedoglake
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Romney: Obama must be ‘educator-in-chief’
Discussion: Donklephant and Marc Ambinder
Adam Thompson / Athens Daily News:
Gun shop takes heat over sign
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
The Final Days  —  Obama was leading in the polls, even in red states like Virginia.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Kai Jackson / WJZ-TV:
AP: Kratovil Winner Of 1st District Seat
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Prop 8: Chill  —  I totally understand the anger …
 Earlier Items: 
Glenn Thrush / The Crypt's Blogs:
Schumer eyes exit from DSCC
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
“Irrelevant”  —  Thanks for the memories, but you were all completely …
Discussion: American Power
Brad Jacobson / MediaBloodhound:
The Wounded-Courier: Comedy World Devastated by Obama Victory
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Problems  —  “Democratic strategist” and uber-villager Michael …
Discussion: Open Left