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3:40 PM ET, November 8, 2008


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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: TalkLeft and The Impolitic
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.
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Most Implausible Palin Story of the Week?  —  Via Isaac Chotiner, Newsweek reports: … So according to the hatchet man/woman who talked to Newsweek, Palin is such an ideologue about drilling in ANWR that she won't stand next to Bradley, even though John McCain has the exact same position?
New York Times:
Palin Calls Criticism by McCain Aides ‘Cruel and Mean-Spirited’
Schadenfest 08 — The Hits Just Keep On Comin'  —  Nigh on 72 hours later and I am still bouncing off the walls here in the ol FDL Wheelhouse - little gifts everywhere, some unclaimed.  —  By now we are all well versed in the We Eat Our Own Drama that is McCrazy/Palin, but did you know. . .
Discussion: The Impolitic
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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 …
Adam Thompson / Athens Daily News:
Gun shop takes heat over sign
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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
Robert Pear / New York Times:
New U.S. Rule Pares Outpatient Medicaid Services  —  WASHINGTON — In the first of an expected avalanche of post-election regulations, the Bush administration on Friday narrowed the scope of services that can be provided to poor people under Medicaid's outpatient hospital benefit.
Discussion: Wonk Room
Tim Arango / New York Times:
Before Obama, There Was Bill Cosby  —  Some theorists argue that political and social change is preceded by shifts in popular culture.  So it's not surprising that the debate has heated up over who, or what, in arts and entertainment presaged Barack Obama's election as president.
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 …
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Byrd to Step Down as Appropriations Chair
Discussion: CQ Politics
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