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12:30 PM ET, November 7, 2012

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New York Times:
Divided U.S. Gives Obama More Time  —  Barack Hussein Obama was re-elected president of the United States on Tuesday, overcoming powerful economic headwinds, a lock-step resistance to his agenda by Republicans in Congress and an unprecedented torrent of advertising as a divided nation voted to give him more time.
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BuzzFeed:
Welcome To Liberal America  —  Barack Obama, gay marriage, weed, and a new focus on climate change.  This is the country, and the Republican Party has to adapt.  —  Image by John Gress / Reuters  —  President Barack Obama's sweeping victory in the 2012 election, his party's wide win in the Senate …
Joel B. Pollak / BREITBART.COM:
COURAGE FOR THE LONG WAR AHEAD  —  On November 6, the people of the United States rejected President Barack Obama.  And re-elected him to a second term in office.  —  Though Obama failed to win a majority in the popular vote—and may even have lost the popular vote outright …
Jonathan Martin / Reuters:
Election aftermath: GOP soul-searching: ‘Too old, too white, too male’?  —  BOSTON — President Barack Obama's thrashing of Mitt Romney exposed glaring structural weaknesses in the GOP that will shut the Republicans out of the White House until they find a way to appeal to a rapidly changing America.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Republicans Bet Everything, and Obama Won It All  —  You remember the scene in Game Change, when John McCain's adviser tells him that selecting Sarah Palin is “high risk, reward”?  And McCain (or Ed Harris as McCain, or whatever) starts grinning uncontrollably?
Robert Stacy McCain / American Spectator:
Doomed Beyond All Hope of Redemption  —  Dark thoughts on the meaning of a catastrophic election.  —  GAHANNA, Ohio — Late Tuesday night, the pundits on TV began jabbering incomprehensibly along the lines of, “What does it mean?”  —  The American people — or, at the very least …
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Joe Von Kanel / CNN:
Exit polls: Abortion as an election issue
Joe Von Kanel / CNN:
Exit polls: Top issues for voters
Matt Ferner / The Huffington Post:
Amendment 64 Passes: Colorado Legalizes Marijuana For Recreational Use … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Denver News, Polls, Smoking, Video, 420, Marijuana, Colorado Amendment 64, Campaign To Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, Colorado Marijuana Legalization, Colorado Politics, Denver Colorado, Legal Weed, Marijuana, Marijuana, Denver News
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Jacob Sullum / Hit & Run:
Colorado and Washington Have Legalized Marijuana.  What Now?  —  As Mike Riggs noted earlier tonight, voters have approved marijuana legalization measures in Colorado and Washington—an unprecedented change that could help lead our country away from the unjust, cruel …
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Begun, These Marijuana Wars Have
Discussion: The Fix and Mother Jones
The Atlantic Wire:
The Sad Faces of Fox News on Election Night  —  The early election returns and exit polls had little good news for Mitt Romney, and you could see it on the Fox News election team's faces.  The reporters and pundits were not uniformly dejected, with Megyn Kelly sounding mostly like a regular reporter …
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Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Bill O'Reilly: ‘The white establishment is now the minority’
Discussion: CNN
Michael Scherer / TIME:
Inside the Secret World of Data Crunchers Who Helped Obama Win
Kevin Robillard / Reuters:
Rep. Allen West's race still undecided  —  Florida Rep. Allen West's bid for reelection remained too close to call on Wednesday, as the tea party Republican trailed his Democratic opponent by fewer than 3,000 votes.  —  Patrick Murphy has 160,328 votes, or 50.4 percent, to West's 157,782 votes …
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Wall Street Journal:
Hope Over Experience  —  A divided country gives Obama a second chance.  —  President Obama won one of the narrower re-elections in modern times Tuesday, eking out a second term with a fraction of his 7.3% margin of 2008, in a polarized country with the opposition GOP retaining and still dominating the House.
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Ashley Fetters / The Atlantic Online:
Same-Sex Marriage Wins on the Ballot for the First Time in American History  —  Maine, Washington, and Maryland voted to legalize gay unions, while Minnesota struck down a measure that would have outlawed them.  —  It was a pretty good night for marriage equality.
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BuzzFeed:
Marriage Equality Wins Big: Headed Toward A Four-State Clean Sweep
Associated Press:
In historic votes, Maine, Maryland back same-sex marriage; Washington, Colorado OK legal pot
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Status Quo Ante  —  Like when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object, we now know what happens when a candidate so weak anybody can beat him meets a candidate so weak he cannot beat anybody.  Americans vote for the status quo. $6 billion later, Americans voted for the status quo.
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Rick Klein / ABCNEWS:
Analysis: For Obama, a Win But No Mandate
Discussion: CNN and ABCNEWS
Linda Feldmann / Christian Science Monitor:
Election results 2012: Does Obama's historic victory give him a mandate?
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and The Reaction
Paul Krugman:
The Real Real America  —  So, for a while there during the campaign it seemed very iffy.  But in the end, discipline and being on the right side of the issues prevailed.  Yes, Elizabeth Warren won!  —  Oh, and that guy Obama too.  —  Tomorrow — or I guess today — comes the cleanup …
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
How Conservative Media Lost to the MSM and Failed the Rank and File  —  Nate Silver was right.  His ideological antagonists were wrong.  And that's just the beginning of the right's self-created information disadvantage.  —  Before rank-and-file conservatives ask, “What went wrong?” …
Discussion: Duck of Minerva
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Chris Matthews: “I'm So Glad We Had That Storm Last Week”  —  CHRIS MATTHEWS: I am so proud of the country.  To reelect this president and overcoming — not because of the partisanship or even the policies.  Here's an African-American guy with an unusual background — part immigrant background …
BuzzFeed:
Karl Rove Freaks Out About Fox News Calling The Election For Obama  —  “We've got to be careful about calling things when we have like 991 vote separating the two candidates and a quarter of the vote left to count.”  —  Dorsey Shaw  —  an hour ago  —  76 responses
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CNN:
Transcript: Obama's victory speech  —  (CNN) - President Barack Obama delivered remarks Wednesday in Chicago.  Read below for a transcript of Obama's remarks.  —  OBAMA: Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you so much.  —  Tonight, more than 200 years after a former colony won the right …
Patrick Marley / JSOnline:
GOP retakes state Senate and full control of state government  —  By Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison - Republicans recaptured the state Senate on Tuesday, once again giving them the complete control of state government that they used to enact sweeping changes in the last legislative session.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
‘Hillary2016’ trending worldwide  —  Hillary Clinton is likely still celebrating the reelection of President Obama, but on Twitter her fans are plotting her election in 2016.  —  #Hillary2016 was trending across the world on Twitter early Wednesday morning just a few minutes after Mitt Romney delivered his concession speech.
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Jon Tester triumphs over Rehberg in Mont.  —  Montana Sen. Jon Tester has defeated Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg to win a second term — another Democratic Senate triumph in a conservative-leaning Mountain state.  —  With 84 percent of precincts reporting, Tester had 48.8 percent to 44.7 percent for Rehberg.
Discussion: Mother Jones and The PJ Tatler
Michelle Malkin:
Election 2012: Obama gets his “revenge,” but conservatives must stand tall  —  Ohio has been called for Barack Obama.  Iowa went for Obama.  Colorado went for Obama.  Florida and Virginia have not been called yet, but those don't look good, either.  The Romney camp is disputing the Ohio call.
Mathew Carr / Bloomberg:
Obama May Levy Carbon Tax to Cut U.S. Deficit, HSBC Says  —  Barack Obama may consider introducing a tax on carbon emissions to help cut the U.S. budget deficit after winning a second term as president, according to HSBC Holdings Plc.  —  A tax starting at $20 a metric ton of carbon dioxide equivalent …
Discussion: protein wisdom and Weasel Zippers
BuzzFeed:
The New Most Popular Tweet Of All Time  —  Via @BarackObama.  —  John Herrman  —  an hour ago  —  99 responses
Matt K. Lewis / The Daily Caller:
If Mitt Romney had lost the election solely because of Ohio, I would be lamenting Romney's lack of a populist appeal.  Or, if he had lost Florida narrowly, I might be writing about how Gary Johnson played spolier.  —  Instead, I'm writing about an identity crisis.
Discussion: Hot Air
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
In Boston, stunned Romney supporters struggle to explain defeat  —  More Photos Related Videos Popular in Politics  —  BOSTON — About an hour after Mitt Romney delivered his brief, graceful concession speech at the Boston Convention Center, a group of his top aides — Beth Myers …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
First Read:
First Thoughts: Obama's demographic edge  —  Obama's demographic edge... And the GOP's demographic dilemma... Breaking down last night's results... Do status-quo election results = status-quo governing?... Obama's swing-county swagger...His tactical dominance... And lots of history was made last night.
 
 
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Rebecca Sinderbrand / CNN:
HIDE CAPTION  —  Election 2012: The best photos
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
A Few Concluding Thoughts
Daniel W. Drezner:
Quick hits on the 2012 U.S. election
Discussion: Mother Jones
Bob Moser / American Prospect:
Obama Wins the Future
Discussion: The Raw Story
Kim Chandler / Real-Time News from Birmingham:
Roy Moore wins chief justice race
Hugh Hewitt / Hugh Hewitt's TownHall Blog:
With A Deep Sadness And No LIttle Fear
 Earlier Items: 
Ron Fournier / NationalJournal.com:
Obama Victory Comes With No Mandate
Harry J Enten / Guardian:
How the pollsters won the 2012 US election, mostly
Discussion: The Daily Dish
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Dunkirk  —  I'll have more in the morning, but my quick thoughts.
Alexander Burns / Politico:
It's official: New Hampshire governor, House and Senate delegations all women
Discussion: Guardian, CNN and Outside the Beltway
Emanuella Grinberg / CNN:
Wisconsin's Baldwin makes history twice in Senate race
Discussion: Politico and The Week
CNN:
Transcript: Romney's concession speech
Discussion: Politico
Deirdre Walsh / CNN:
Boehner lays down a marker on taxes
Discussion: Politico, Reuters and Hullabaloo