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5:15 PM ET, November 9, 2008

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Daily Mail:
The night we waved goodbye to America... our last best hope on Earth … Anyone would think we had just elected a hip, skinny and youthful replacement for God, with a plan to modernise Heaven and Hell - or that at the very least John Lennon had come back from the dead.
P.J. O'Rourke / Weekly Standard:
We Blew It  —  A look back in remorse on the conservative opportunity that was squandered.  —  Let us bend over and kiss our ass goodbye.  Our 28-year conservative opportunity to fix the moral and practical boundaries of government is gone—gone with the bear market and the Bear Stearns …
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
Obama vs. Pelosi  —  The president-elect meets the enemy.  —  Barack Obama obviously has thought carefully about mistakes made by previous Democratic presidential winners who wrongly believed a Congress controlled by their own party would help make them a success.
Associated Press:
Coleman loses attempt to block 32 votes from count  —  ST. Paul, Minn. (AP) - Sen. Norm Coleman failed Saturday in an attempt to block 32 absentee ballots from Hennepin County from being counted in his close race with Democrat Al Franken.  —  Coleman's campaign asked Ramsey County Chief Judge Kathleen Gearin …
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Sarah Wheaton / The Caucus:
A New Day, a New Day in Court in Minnesota  —  Florida 2000, meet Minnesota 2008.
Al Gore / New York Times:
The Climate for Change  —  THE inspiring and transformative choice by the American people to elect Barack Obama as our 44th president lays the foundation for another fateful choice that he — and we — must make this January to begin an emergency rescue of human civilization from the imminent …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
GOP gears up for 2012  —  Votes are still being counted in some races in last Tuesday's election, but no matter: Talk of the potential Republican field in the 2012 presidential election is already underway.  —  Too early?  —  Too bad — just look around.
Jules Crittenden:
(Hot) Reporter Investigated For Looting  —  No, not me this time.  In case the (Hot) part and the Bond girl art didn't make that clear.  It's CBS correspondent Lara Logan, now being investigated by federal agents for taking trashy Saddam propaganda from the wreckage of bombed-out Iraqi government buildings …
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Obama and the War on Brains  —  Barack Obama's election is a milestone in more than his pigmentation.  The second most remarkable thing about his election is that American voters have just picked a president who is an open, out-of-the-closet, practicing intellectual.
Topeka Capital-Journal:
Planning under way for Obama holiday  —  The Capital-Journal  —  Plans are being made to promote a national holiday for Barack Obama, who will become the nation's 44th president when he takes the oath of office Jan. 20.  —  “Yes We Can” planning rallies will be at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. every Tuesday …
Discussion: Moonbattery and Never Yet Melted
Fox News:
Farrakhan Says Obama Presidency Will Bring ‘New Beginning’  —  Americans can expect a “new beginning” when Barack Obama officially takes over the White House, Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan said on Sunday.  —  Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan says the U.S. can expect a …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Atlas Shrugs
Lee Ferran / ABCNEWS:
America's First Transgender Mayor  —  Stu Rasmussen Became Mayor With Implants, Dresses and Ideas for Improving Her Town  —  The first time Stu Rasmussen was elected mayor of Silverton, Ore., he wore shirts and pants.  This time around, after a landslide victory, he will be stepping into office donning a dress and makeup.
Discussion: PoliGazette and The Impolitic
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
That huge voter turnout?  Didn't happen  —  Despite widespread predictions of record turnout in this year's presidential election, roughly the same portion of eligible voters cast ballots in 2008 as in 2004.  —  Between 60.7 percent and 61.7 percent of the 208.3 million eligible voters cast ballots …
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Fareed Zakaria to Obama: Think Big.  —  ABC's “This Week” just had a terrific roundtable about Obama's legislative ambition.  —  For the last few weeks, most of the A-list pundits have been arguing that Obama needs to jettison some of his grandiose plans, given the high budget deficits …
Discussion: Kevin Drum
David Barboza / New York Times:
China Unveils $586 Billion Economic Stimulus Plan  —  SHANGHAI — China announced on Sunday a huge economic stimulus package aimed at bolstering its weakening economy and perhaps helping fight the effects of a global economic slowdown.  —  In a bold move at a time when major projects …
Frank Rich / New York Times:
It Still Felt Good the Morning After  —  ON the morning after a black man won the White House, America's tears of catharsis gave way to unadulterated joy.  —  Our nation was still in the same ditch it had been the day before, but the atmosphere was giddy.  We felt good not only because we had breached …
 
 
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Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
BATTLE PLANS  —  How Obama won.  —  Obama's strategy worked …
Discussion: The Heretik and Gawker
Peter Bernstein / New York Times:
Put Away the Wish List, and Help Households Bounce Back
Discussion: The Agonist
Christopher Keating / Capitol Watch:
Dodd: Obama Would Avoid Messy Fight on Lieberman
Ronald Brownstein / National Journal Election …:
Bush's Failing Final Grade
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and TalkLeft
Patrick O'Connor / The Crypt's Blogs:
Reid: Stevens “not going to survive”
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Put on a Happy Face
Neil Roland / FinancialWeek.com:
Stiffer bailout terms eyed
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Barack Obama radio address — full text and video
Discussion: The Dish Rag
Scott Horton / Harper's:
Something's Odd in Alaska
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Governors Know Best
Discussion: Commentary
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
After Push for Obama, Unions Seek New Rules
Discussion: www.redstate.com and PoliGazette
Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
High Court May Consider Legality of Detention
Discussion: Salon and Balloon Juice