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7:35 PM ET, November 8, 2008

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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.
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Stinging Talk About Obama?  Never Mind Now  —  That whole anti-American, friend-to-the-terrorists thing about President-elect Barack Obama?  Never mind.  —  Just a few weeks ago, at the height of the campaign, Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota told Chris Matthews of MSNBC that …
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Is reported here: A McCain campaign postmortem.  —  Las Vegas As she dealt one losing hand after another at Mandalay Bay's $10 blackjack tables early Wednesday evening, Trisha, a chatty dealer from Bloomington, Minnesota, changed the subject from cards to Barack Obama.
Discussion: Riehl World View
Jeffrey Bell / Weekly Standard:
A Guide to Elite Opinion  —  California's Prop.  8, Alaska's governor, and other abominations.  —  In times like these, when conservatives are licking their wounds and trying to figure out what comes next, a helpful framework exists.  It starts with a simple, self-evident fact …
Discussion: Townhall.com
Rachel E. Stassen-Berger / TwinCities.com:
Coleman campaign requests halt of absentee ballot count  —  Republican Sen. Norm Coleman sought an injunction to stop the opening and counting of 32 absentee ballots in Minneapolis, according to a copy of the court documents filed today provided to the Pioneer Press by Democrat Al Franken's campaign.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Power Line
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
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 …
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).
Brock Vergakis / Associated Press:
Utah Boycott Urged After Calif. Vote  —  Utah's growing tourism industry and the star-studded Sundance Film Festival are being targeted for a boycott by bloggers, gay rights activists and others seeking to punish the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for its aggressive promotion of California's ban on gay marriage.
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Brian Bakstassociated / Associated Press:
Most ‘undervotes’ cast in counties won by Obama  —  An analysis of ballots that had a vote for president but no vote for U.S. senator could have recount implications.  —  An Associated Press analysis of the nearly 25,000-vote difference in Minnesota presidential and U.S. Senate race tallies shows …
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Mary Pat Flaherty / Washington Post:
Minn. Senate Race Far From Over
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Palin allies: She's no diva  —  After enduring three days of brutal postmortem attacks, Sarah Palin and a group of Republicans who worked with her during the presidential race are pushing back hard against claims that she was a “diva” who helped tank John McCain's campaign.
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Senate runoff a test for Obama  —  President-elect Barack Obama may risk some of his newly earned political capital in Georgia, where a Dec. 2 Senate runoff could move Democrats a step closer towards a veto-proof, 60-vote majority in the upper chamber.  —  The race is between Republican …
Discussion: The Marathon Blog
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
2012 SPECULATION?  ALREADY?.... As far as I can tell, there was very little positioning among Republicans for the next presidential race for about 48 hours after Barack Obama became the president-elect.  But with only 1,460 or so shopping days until Election Day 2012, that apparently didn't last long.
Jason L. Riley / Wall Street Journal:
‘Do What You Got Elected to Do’  —  The incoming chief of staff says expect a pragmatic White House.  —  Detroit  —  In Rahm Emanuel's telling, the Democratic victories on Tuesday were a continuum of what began in the 2006 midterm elections, when his party won majorities in the House and the Senate for the first time in 12 years.
Ana Marie Cox / The Daily Beast:
McCain Campaign Autopsy  —  Chief strategist Steve Schmidt talks about the moment—back in September—when he knew McCain was doomed.  Plus, his surprising view on gay marriage, and more scoop on leaks.  —  Reached on a long-planned vacation outside the country, former McCain campaign chief …
Discussion: Donklephant
William Yardley / New York Times:
Back Home, Palin Finds a New Landscape  —  ANCHORAGE — Gov. Sarah Palin has returned to Alaska fully recast and amplified.  —  Adored by many national conservatives, Ms. Palin is a prospect for a presidential run in 2012, supporters say.  Caricatured by opponents, she is a candidate for political oblivion, say others.
Discussion: Rising Hegemon and THE TOOT
Dena Potter / Associated Press:
Fears of a Dem crackdown lead to boom in gun sales  —  MIDLOTHIAN, Va. - When 10-year-old Austin Smith heard Barack Obama had been elected president, he had one question: Does this mean I won't get a new gun for Christmas?  —  That brought his mother, the camouflage-clad Rachel Smith …
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Adam Thompson / Athens Daily News:   Gun shop takes heat over sign
 
 
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