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9:40 AM ET, November 8, 2008

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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 …
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New York Times:
Palin Calls Critics Among McCain Aides ‘Jerks’  —  ANCHORAGE — Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska fired back Friday at the unnamed McCain campaign aides who have been maligning her in recent days, saying that their criticism was “cruel and it's mean-spirited, it's immature, it's unprofessional, and those guys are jerks.”
Marc Ambinder:
Rumor Patrol: Romney Camp Spreading Palin Stories?
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:   Palin on the media: ‘There have been some stinkers.’
Associated Press:
Palin denounces her critics as cowardly
Discussion: Reuters
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Palin-McCain: Van Susteren and Leno
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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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 …
Yahoo! News:   Obama telephones Mrs. Reagan (Politico)
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 …
Discussion: Harry's Place, marbury and The Corner
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Pam Spaulding / Pam's House Blend:
The N-bomb is dropped on black passersby at Prop 8 protests
Andy / Towleroad:
More Protests Planned Over Passage of Proposition 8: Schedule
Discussion: Pam's House Blend, Slog and Calitics
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
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 …
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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Byrd to Step Down as Appropriations Chair
Discussion: CQ Politics
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Byrd steps down as Appropriations panel chairman
Discussion: Washington Wire
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: Yahoo! News
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.
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
Adam Thompson / Athens Daily News:
Gun shop takes heat over sign  —  A local gun shop that used Barack Obama's name to hawk weapons has backed down, saying the message was meant to champion gun rights, not threaten violence.  —  Georgia Outdoor Sports owner Carrie Mentel said she advertised an “OBAMA SALE!”
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Fortune:
Romney: Obama must be ‘educator-in-chief’  —  Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney offers his advice to Barack Obama, and his views on labor unions, federal bailouts, Detroit, protectionism, and America's debts.  —  NEW YORK (Fortune) — Mitt Romney, former Massachusetts governor …
Discussion: Donklephant and Marc Ambinder
Newsweek:
The Final Days  —  Obama was leading in the polls, even in red states like Virginia.  But McCain almost seemed to glory in being the underdog.  —  This is part seven of a seven-part in-depth look behind the scenes of the campaign, consisting of exclusive behind-the-scenes reporting …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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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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.
 
 
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Kai Jackson / WJZ-TV:
AP: Kratovil Winner Of 1st District Seat
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Prop 8: Chill  —  I totally understand the anger …
Glenn Thrush / The Crypt's Blogs:
Schumer eyes exit from DSCC
 Earlier Items: 
Brad Jacobson / MediaBloodhound:
The Wounded-Courier: Comedy World Devastated by Obama Victory
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Problems  —  “Democratic strategist” and uber-villager Michael …
Discussion: Open Left