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The Civil War Ended Last Night; Time for Reconstruction

Already a historic prez, Obama can be great

(Newser) - The American Civil War finally ended last night, writes Thomas Friedman in the New York Times. The struggle that began at Bull Run was brought to a close when white America elected a black American president—the ‘Bradley effect” trumped by the “Buffett effect” of rich whites secretly... More »

Obama Taps Emanuel as He Moves Into Transition

President-elect expected to move 'quickly, but not hastily' to fill top jobs

(Newser) - The president-elect has offered the job of White House chief of staff to Rep. Rahm Emanuel, Jake Tapper reports this morning. Emanuel, who Tapper calls a "sharp-tongued, sharp-elbowed, keenly intelligent veteran of the Clinton White House," hasn't given his answer, Tapper's source says. Meanwhile, campaign insiders tell the... More »

Six Ways for Obama to Walk It Like He Talks It

Embrace Mac, appoint Repubs, work free, urges Slate scribe

(Newser) - Barack Obama has promised a new kind of presidency, and John Dickerson of Slate has six ways for the president-elect to transform that promise into action.
  • Embrace John McCain. A meeting with McCain would show graciousness in victory and could gain Obama a powerful ally for bipartisan action.
  • Appoint Republicans.
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'This Is Our Moment. This Is Our Time.'

(Newser) - President-elect Barack Obama addressed the country and the world for the first time tonight, vowing to unite a nation beset by trouble at home and abroad, the Chicago Tribune reports. "Change has come to America," Obama told a crowd of tens of thousands at Chicago's Grant Park and... More »

McCain Graciously Concedes

Senator warmly congratulates Obama, calls for national unity

(Newser) - John McCain ended his long fight for the presidency with a generous concession speech, warmly congratulating Barack Obama and hailing a historic moment for America. “I wish Godspeed to the man who was my former opponent and will be my president,” McCain told a crowd of supporters in... More »


Early results likely to set tone

(Newser) - Barack Obama won the crucial battleground states of Florida, Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania to clinch victory over John McCain and secure his place in history, MSNBC reports. The 47-year-old Illinois senator will become the nation's first black president when he succeeds George W. Bush in January. Obama reached the 270... More »

Jubilant Obama Supporters Swarm Grant Park

Obama supporters collect in Chicago; McCain staff relaxed and confident

(Newser) - Hundreds of thousands of Barack Obama supporters have been collecting in Chicago's Grant Park, watching results come in on a Jumbotron screen while they await the candidate's rally tonight. The Lollapalooza-like atmosphere includes blankets spread out on the grass and vendors offering t-shirts and buttons, reports the Chicago Tribune. Obama... More »

State Polling Results You're Not Seeing on TV

Obama has most leads, but take these with a big chunk of salt

(Newser) - Huffington Post got its hands on the exit polling information shared with media outlets at 5pm but not reported by television networks. They show Barack Obama leading in most swing states, though the HuffPo cautions that the numbers are extremely unreliable; believe at your own risk. The list has Obama... More »

Campaign Buzzwords We'll Be Happy to Discard

The pitbull with lipstick might've been a game-changer, but enough already

(Newser) - It's an inevitability of any election season: Some phrases will get bandied around so much that the hapless American, simply trying to do his civic duty by paying attention, will be crushed under the sheer weight of political verbiage. The Red Eye lists the worst offenders:
  • Change: As in, change
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An Obama Win Would Belong to LBJ

Run is confirmation of slow change since Civil Rights Act

(Newser) - Unless the polls are wrong, the winner of today’s election is clear: Lyndon Baines Johnson. “We have lost the South for a generation,” Johnson said when he signed the Civil Rights Act. Well, “for that generation, time’s up,” Richard Cohen writes in the Washington ... More »

Oprah, Obama in Last-Minute Strategy Session

Conference call included key black leaders

(Newser) - Talk-show queen Oprah Winfrey participated in a top-level phone conference yesterday with Barack Obama and key black leaders to pull out the stops in the campaign's home stretch, reports the New York Daily News. Rapper Diddy Combs, strategist Donna Brazile and House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn were also in on... More »

Obama's Grandmother Loses Battle With Cancer

Madelyn Dunham passes away at 86 on eve of historic election

(Newser) - On the eve of Election Day, Barack Obama's maternal grandmother died today in Honolulu after a long struggle with cancer. Madelyn Dunham, who helped raise Obama, had been in hospice care, the Chicago Tribune reports. The senator and his sister Maya Soetoro-Ng released a statement calling their 86-year-old grandmother "... More »

Aide: Mac 'Greatest Closer of All Time'

Davis predicts McCain surprise win

(Newser) - McCain campaign manager Rick Davis told Fox News Sunday that the Republicans will seize Pennsylvania and the Southwestern states for a come-from-behind finish on Tuesday, the Hill reports. “John McCain may be the greatest closer politician of all time,” he said. Other highlights from the talk shows:
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Silver: Only 5 States Matter Now

(Newser) - The campaigns would have you believe that lots of states are still in play, but only five really matter at this point, writes Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight.com. They are Pennsylvania, Virginia, Colorado, Nevada, and Ohio. Silver emphasizes that "by far the most likely scenario" is that Barack Obama... More »

McCain-Endorsing Papers Lose Seats on Air Obama

But Fox News keeps its spot

(Newser) - The Obama campaign has kicked reporters from the New York Post, Washington Times, and Dallas Morning News off its campaign plane, and as the Drudge Report was quick to note, all three papers endorsed McCain. An Obama spokesman confirmed the report, but said it was not politically motivated, noting that... More »

Obama Camp Likes Emanuel for Chief of Staff

Looking ahead, Democrats approach Illinois congressman

(Newser) - Barack Obama's campaign has approached Illinois Rep. Rahm Emanuel about serving as White House chief of staff, say anonymous Democratic sources. An aide to the congressman says he "has not been contacted to take a job in an administration that does not yet exist. Everyone is focused on Election... More »

Economist: Obama Is Worth the Risk

McCain was a great senator but a poor candidate

(Newser) - Barack Obama and John McCain are both great contenders, the Economist writes, but “the Democratic candidate has clearly shown that he offers the better chance of restoring America’s self-confidence.” Given Obama’s inexperience and decidedly left-wing outlook, “voting for him is a risk. Yet it is... More »

'B' Hoaxer Avoids Jail Sentence

McCain volunteer who lied about mugging agrees to counseling

(Newser) - The woman who claimed a Barack Obama supporter carved a “B” into her cheek has agreed to probation and counseling and won't serve time, the AP reports. Ashley Todd was released from jail in Pittsburgh today, and her record will be scrubbed clean if she completes a psychiatric treatment... More »

Frampton's Obama Signs Stolen

Pro-GOP Cincinnati suburb unfriendly to naturalized citizen's Dem tendencies

(Newser) - Peter Frampton is ticked that vandals in his GOP-leaning Cincinnati suburb keep stealing his Barack Obama lawn signs, he tells the Enquirer. The British-born naturalized US citizen wore an Obama shirt at his last local concert in protest, and has installed security cameras. “They are frustrating my attempt to... More »

23% of Texans Say Obama Is Muslim

Fraction under mistaken impression much greater than 5-10% nationally: poll

(Newser) - Nearly a quarter of Texas voters still believe Barack Obama is a Muslim, the Houston Chronicle reports. Polling shows 23% of registered voters there buy internet-fueled rumors the Democrat is hiding his Islamic faith—compared to just 5-10% of voters nationwide. The same poll gives John McCain a comfortable lead... More »

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