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November 8, 2012
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National Pulse 
  • How Obama won
      
    Reuters
    President Barack Obama won on Tuesday thanks to a carefully crafted and executed re-election strategy put into place not long after the president's 2008 election -- and also thanks to his campaign's ability to bounce back from a disastrous first debate. The victory highlights the Democratic Party's dramatic evolution into a competent, highly organized and focused political organization, experts say. "Democrats have proved themselves better -- more disciplined, rigorous, serious, and forward-looking -- at nearly every aspect of the project of winning elections," writes Sasha Issenberg. Slate (11/7) , The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/7) , TIME (subscription required) (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Why Romney lost:   Advisers to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney say they were stunned by the scale of their defeat, but analysts and party insiders say the campaign struggled to adjust to broad demographic trends and to the realities of modern political campaigning. "They ran a 20th century campaign in the 21st century," says one GOP fundraiser. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (11/7) , The Washington Post/Wonkblog (11/7) , The New Republic/The Plank blog (free registration) (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Agenda Items 
  • U.S. lawmakers turn to threat of "fiscal cliff"
      
    Boehner/Reuters
    With the question of who will be president answered, the U.S. must now confront the "fiscal cliff" of tax hikes and spending cuts that economists say could return the economy to decline. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, gave a speech on Capitol Hill that struck a conciliatory tone but seemed to flatly reject any compromise that included an increase in taxes. CNN (11/8) , The Washington Post (11/7) , The Hill/Hill Tube (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Data Points 
  • Exit polls offer overview of Obama's winning coalition
      
    Reuters
    The Washington Post offers up an interactive infographic drawing on exit polls to show how President Barack Obama achieved victory by racking up huge margins with minority voters, unmarried women and those with relatively positive views of the economy. A follow-up infographic highlights the way Obama's coalition changed between the 2008 and 2012 elections. The Washington Post (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

The Conversation 
Daily Chuckle 
  • Surreal moments from the networks' election-night coverage
      
    Rove/Reuters
    The media's election coverage got pretty weird Tuesday night. Among the most surreal moments: ABC's Diane Sawyer exhaustedly slurring her words; Fox's Karl Rove leading an on-air insurrection against the network's own analysts; and MSNBC's Rachel Maddow missing President Barack Obama's win in Colorado while on a bathroom break. CNN (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

SmartQuote 
In America, any boy may become president, and I suppose it's just one of the risks he takes."
--Adlai Stevenson, American statesman
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