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3:50 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.
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
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 …
Satyam Khanna / Think Progress:
Bayh: Democrats ‘Should Have a Spirit Of Forgiveness With Regard To Joe Lieberman’  —  Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) met with Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) to discuss Lieberman's future in the Democratic party.  An aide said Reid was leaning toward removing Lieberman as chair of the Homeland Security Committee.
Lieberman not happy with Reid's offer, flirting with Republicans
Discussion: Firedoglake
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Lieberman and Reid at a Standoff?
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs
Kenneth R. Bazinet / NY Daily News:
Joe Lieberman begs to keep chair of Homeland Security Committee
Discussion: The Corner and AMERICAblog News
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 …
Ben Joravsky / American Prospect:
Does Rahm Emanuel's Pick Mean the Chicago Machine Is Coming to Washington?
Tina Daunt / Los Angeles Times:
Ari Emanuel's brother has clout too
Discussion: The E&P Pub
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 …
Ewen MacAskill / Guardian:
‘Rock-bottom’ Republicans begin inquest
Discussion: VOTE, CQ Politics and AMERICAblog News
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   BROTHER, CAN YOU SPARE A POLICY IDEA?.... Given this week's results …
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 …
Michael Luo / The Caucus:   Iowa Here We Come!  —  Mike Huckabee will be stumping in Iowa later …
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Friday Line: Republican Governors on the Rise
Discussion: Hot Air
Patricia Lopez / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Franken's deficit: 236 votes  —  Sen. Norm Coleman's Democratic challenger is vowing to push ahead with a recount.  —  Just as Secretary of State Mark Ritchie was explaining to reporters the recount process in one of the narrowest elections in Minnesota history, an aide rushed in with news …
John / Power Line:
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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 …
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Plouffe to the Senate?  —  Obama campaign manager David Plouffe speaks to the media in the spin room after the vice presidential debate at the Field House of Washington University's Athletic Complex on October 2, 2008 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Discussion: Real Clear Politics and Don Surber
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: The Sideshow and On Deadline
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: The Daily Dish
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Fox News Blames Obama For Stock Market Fall  —  The last two days on Wall Street “were the worst in the American stock market since 1987.”  The Dow Jones industrial average lost nearly 1,000 points and the S&P 500 “a broader measure of stocks, lost nearly 10 percent of its value.”
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Melissa Etheridge / The Daily Beast:
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