Political chatter from DC and NYC, the amNewYork way

$100+ for Wednesday's history-marking NYT?

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Unable to find a copy of Wednesday’s New York Times with news of Barack Obama's historic victory on the cover?

You're not alone: Copies flew off newsstands as fast as they arrived and the paper was sold out at stores throughout the city by mid-morning.

Copies of the Daily News, New York Post, and amNewYork were also in short supply, quickly snapped up by New Yorkers looking...

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Hope, and some skepticism, in NYC about Obama

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Sherri Wright of Harlem celebrates Obama’s victory. (RJ Mickelson/amNY)

By Benjamin Sarlin

Special to amNewYork

As election night excitement gave way to thoughts of how Barack Obama would govern as president, New Yorkers expressed their hopes and fears for the next administration, often divided along lines of age and race.

In his victory speech, Obama proclaimed that...

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Obama win could open other doors for minorities

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By Ryan Chatelain

For many civil rights leaders, electing a black president was the pinnacle in their fight for equality. But Barack Obama’s historic victory Tuesday may spur political breakthroughs for other minority groups, observers say.

An Obama presidency could open the door for more minorities in public office, prompt the rest of the world to re-evaluate perceptions of African-Americans...

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Political junkies, aren't you sick of hearing ...

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By Emily Ngo

The election season has passed as one of history’s longest and most memorable, but not without catchphrases and buzzwords voters wish they could forget. Here are amNewYork’s top 10:

10. “You betcha”

Paired with a wink, this Sarah Palin affirmation caught the nation’s attention — and proved she couldn’t annunciate.

9. “18...

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Because people DO care what the 'first dog' is

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By Lauren Johnston

There’s one promise President-elect Barack Obama must make good on ASAP.

Get his daughters a puppy.

Obama had pledged that — win or lose — he would get Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, a dog after the election. But what sort of pooch should Washington’s new “first dog” be?

More than 42,000 people voted in an online American...

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Winners and losers of the election season

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GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin came out as both a winner and a loser in amNY's list. (AP)

By Emily Ngo

The grueling 21-month presidential campaign claimed many victors and victims. Here are amNewYork’s post-election picks:


Joe Biden

The vice presidential run recharged his career. The everyday senator became a hero to everyday blue-collar...

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Obama love on NYC transit

On my commute to work this morning, the C train conductor: "On behalf of the MTA and New York City Transit, we'd like to congratulate president-elect Obama and his family."

The whole subway car broke out into applause.

— Emily Hulme...

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Apathy is Dead

I’ve seen a lot of people walking around with newspapers today. My co-worker bought a copy of every paper she could because she wants to save them for her grandkids. There’s a good vibe in New York today.

— Meg Boyle...

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Obama wins

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and the Boyles are cracking open the champagne.

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A good night

Hooray for small victories! I'm home in NJ tonight and I've convinced my parents to switch away from the hysteria on MSNBC. If you knew my parents, you'd know how big this is; MSNBC is on near constantly in the Boyle Abode.

I'm stricken with an ear infection so I played the invalid card. Still works!

We compromised on plain old NBC (direct quote from my mother: "If the world ends, I'd...

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