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1:05 PM ET, November 8, 2008


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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 …
Victoria McGrane / The Politico:
Bailout plans at odds
Discussion: The Caucus and
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama apologizes to Nancy Reagan for ‘careless’ joke
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.
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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
AN ADVANCE LOOK AT THE REPUBLICAN OPPOSITION.... It's only been a couple of days since Barack Obama was declared the president-elect, but it's hard not to notice that congressional Republicans are already striking a confrontational pose.  Take these ridiculous comments from Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl (R).
Discussion: The Impolitic
New York Times:
Palin Calls Criticism by McCain Aides ‘Cruel and Mean-Spirited’  —  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.”
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: The Other McCain
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:   Most Implausible Palin Story of the Week?
Robert Novak / Washington Post:
Newt in 2012?  —  In serious conversations among Republicans since their election debacle Tuesday, what name is mentioned most often as the Moses, or Reagan, who could lead them out of the wilderness before 40 years?  —  To the consternation of many Republicans, it is none other than Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the House.
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
A Darfur-supporting, time-tithing, self-deprecating newcomer becomes Virginia's big electoral surprise.  —  CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.—It's been more than 72 hours since the polls opened on Tuesday, and Tom Perriello is only 19 minutes away from the official declaration that he has won …
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: Taylor Marsh, Donklephant and Mudflats
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
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 …
Mustang Bobby / Bark Bark Woof Woof:
Five Years  —  Today marks the fifth anniversary of the launch of Bark Bark Woof Woof.  —  A lot has happened since that Saturday afternoon when I hesitantly clicked the “Publish Post” button and came up with this first post.  Back then I was living in a little apartment out by Miami's Metrozoo …
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.
New York Times:
Jihadi Leader Says Radicals Share Obama Victory  —  DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The leader of a jihadi group in Iraq argued Friday that the election of Barack Obama as president represented a victory for radical Islamic groups that had battled American forces since the invasion of Iraq.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and TigerHawk
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 …
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