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A yuuuge win

The Donald had one hell of an Election Day!

So, there it is. What began more than 500 days ago is now done.

Donald Trump's bid for the White House has reached its endgame.


Rise and shine

Appropriately, Trump began Election Day with a tweet*:

(* OK, we have no clue whether or not Trump is really the one behind his tweets anymore. But we're gonna go ahead and play the game assuming it's him.)

Trump was expected to split time between his Trump Tower home and the New York Hilton Midtown (a few blocks away). That's where his victory party was planned.


Hitting the polls

The New York Times reported that Trump seemed in good spirits as he arrived with wife Melania at a polling place in the Upper East Side of Manhattan just before 11 a.m.

The crowd outside wasn't as receptive as the billionaire is used to:

Yep, those are boos — the crowd is not chanting "Heeeeeeaaath!"

Inside, the cameras were rolling as Trump cast his ballot.

However, when he snuck a peek at Melania's screen, Twitter got an early treat.


And then there's Eric

Trump's second son Eric kinda got a bit overzealous with his voting and tweeted out his ballot. Uh, that would be a no-no, Eric. While he deleted the tweet, The Verge was able to screengrab it for everyone.

In New York, selfies of your ballot are illegal, although only a misdemeanor. An 1890 New York law bans voters from showing marked election ballots to others. A federal judge ruled last week that the law applies to social media posts. Reps for Eric Trump and the New York City Board of Elections did not immediately respond to calls seeking comment.

BTW, ballot pics are legal in Pennsylvania, but only after you go outside of the polling place.


Lookin' good

Meanwhile, his brother, Donald Jr., was keeping a close eye on those nice enough to cast a ballot for his father, retweeting:

Trump headed up to his office in Trump Tower to do some busy work, and to tweet out a message to voters:


Can't let 'em slide

From there, Trump rekindled his unsubstantiated concerns about a rigged election system. Asked Tuesday afternoon on Fox News if he would accept the election results, Trump continued to demur.

Issues with voting were being reported in several spots across the country.

ABC News reported that Election Protection, a non-partisan voter protection coalition, held a press conference in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday morning to report an increase in hotline calls about voter intimidation and harassment.

The group said about 80,000 voters have contacted them so far; they expect a total of about 175,000 by the end of the day.

Trump was on the voter issues like white on rice:


Bracing for impact

With an election this volatile, you have to always be prepared. To that end, protection showed up around Trump Tower in Manhattan.


Settling in for the results

Trump figured he would retreat to his lair to view the proceedings:


Somewhere after 6 p.m., Trump's Twitter feed got rather quiet, but his director of social media, Dan Scavino, happily reported the first results of the night.


Take the cake

And these bakers decided to get a head with this crazy-ass cake for a Trump victory:


Junior Pitchman

Donald Jr. took to Trump Tower Live to urge voters across the country to make sure they head to the polls:


A night's entertainment

Who doesn't love a serenading mariachi band:


The War Room

Tweets emerged from Trump's nerve center at Trump Tower:


Sensing the victory

As the night moved on, tensions at the Trump camp eased — as can be seen as Mike Pence and Eric Trump share a happy moment:

Even David Duke was feeling the joy of having a President Trump:

And Little Havana was popping the bubbly:


Prepping for The Speech


The moment he's been planning for

With a phone call, it happened:


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He's Hired

Trump elected 45th president in historic upset

The fight for the White House has been flipped on its head.

Poll after poll before Election Day predicted Democrat Hillary Clinton as the next U.S. president. They were wrong.

Donald Trump has been elected the 45th president of the United States.

"It is time for us to come together as one united people. It's time. I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans. And this is so important to me," he said to a crowd of supporters during his victory speech in New York at about 3 a.m. Wednesday.

He spoke of plans for doubled growth, urban renewal, improved infrastructure and caring for veterans during the speech.

President-elect Donald Trump shakes hands with Vice President-elect Mike Pence as he gives his acceptance speech at a rally in New York on Wednesday.(JOHN LOCHER/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Clinton got more of the popular vote than Trump -- 59,384,720 versus 59,211,893 -- but the Republican garnered more Electoral College votes.

Trump claimed 276 electoral votes, while Clinton won 218.

To win the White House, 270 electoral votes were needed.

Clinton wasn't ready to publicly concede early Wednesday morning, when her path to victory looked extremely slim. Instead, her campaign chairman, John Podesto, told supporters gathered at the Javits Center in New York that the campaign would wait until more votes were counted before making any announcements because some states were too close to call.

At about 2:45 a.m., however, Clinton called Trump to concede and congratulate him, CNN reported.

A bunch of people were caught off guard as the possibility of an upset neared Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning.


The numbers crunchers were forced readjust their projections, too. On Monday, economist Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight website had projected that Trump had a 32 percent chance of winning. By Tuesday night, that number had been bumped to 77 percent.

Trump captured crucial victories over Clinton on Tuesday night in Florida and Ohio, showing remarkable strength in two of the nation's most fiercely fought battleground states in an unexpectedly tight race for the presidency, the Associated Press reported.

At 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, the New York Times declared Trump had won another battleground state, Pennsylvania.

Clinton carried Virginia, Colorado and other highly coveted states. The Democrat's campaign had expected easy victories there, but the states took on new urgency as her Republican challenger picked up votes elsewhere.

As of about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, Trump had won the popular vote in 25 states, while Clinton had won 18.

The 45th president will inherit an anxious nation, deeply divided by economic and educational opportunities, race and culture. The economy has rebounded from the depths of recession, though many Americans have yet to benefit. New terror threats from home and abroad have raised security fears.

Several media outlets, including ABC News and NBC News, are live streaming election night coverage.


To help voters keep up with which states are going blue versus red -- and perhaps lighten the mood with some childhood nostalgia -- Mashable has provided an Election Night Lite Brite webpage.

Nearly 100 million people were expected to cast votes across the country Tuesday, ABC News reported.

Polls closed as early as 7 p.m. in some states.

Both Clinton and Trump planned to hold victory parties Tuesday in New York City, about 20 blocks apart, but those plans likely changed for over the course of the night.

Trump's team has unveiled an official cake.

Support for Trump also trickled down to Republicans in other races. The GOP held on to control of the U.S. House and and Senate.

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holding her breath

Hillary held out hope until the very end

We're still waiting for an answer, and it's increasingly feeling like 2000.

Here's what Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's day looked like.

Casting their ballots

Accompanied by her husband, Clinton voted at Douglas G. Grafflin Elementary School in her home of Chappaqua, N.Y., about 8 a.m. She didn't arrive home from a star-studded rally in Philadelphia until after 3 a.m., according to Daily Mail.



"It's a humbling feeling," Clinton told reporters as she shook hands with supporters outside the polling location, according to The New York Times. "I know how much responsibility goes with this, so many people are counting on the outcome of this election and what it means for our country."

She said she thought of her late mother, Dorothy Rodham, who was born on the day Congress approved women's right to vote.

Clinton's running mate, Tim Kaine, arrived at the polls at 5:50 a.m., but he found himself second in line.

Some of Clinton's other surrogates also cast their votes early in the day.


Seeing a suffragette

"Pantsuit Nation" — named for Clinton's favorite attire, of course — flocked to the gravesite of supreme suffragette Susan B. Anthony in Rochester, N.Y., throughout the day Tuesday, covering her tombstone with "I Voted" stickers.

"I'm voting for the first woman president. As a woman, I can vote because of the sacrifices she made," Gillian Paris of Brighton, N.Y., told USA Today as she affixed her sticker to Anthony's marker about 7 a.m. She said it was her first visit to Anthony's grave, which made the occasion "a little more special."


Heading to the Big Apple

Around 5 p.m., the Clinton motorcade left Chappaqua for the nearly 40-mile trip to New York City, where she'll have her election night party about a mile from where GOP opponent Donald Trump will have his.

Trump will be at the Midtown Hilton Hotel, across the street from the Museum of Modern Art, and just a few blocks from his home in Trump Tower, Vox reports.

Clinton will be at the Javits Center on the west side of Manhattan, which has hosted several large events over the years, including New York Comic Con and the 2005 NFL Draft. The Javits Center has a literal glass ceiling. We're guessing that was key in Clinton selecting it as her venue.

It's the first time in 72 years that the major party nominees are from the same state. In 1944, Franklin D. Roosevelt defeated fellow New Yorker Thomas Dewey.



Results trickle in

The first polls closed at 6 p.m., in Indiana and Kentucky.

Trump won both states, CNN reports. Indiana is the home of his running mate, Gov. Mike Pence.

All eyes are on battleground states Florida and New Hampshire, where polls closed at 7 p.m. Should Trump lose Florida, his path to the presidency becomes much tougher.

Uh, does Bernie Sanders know something we don't?


Some levity while we wait


Trump starts to surge


It's official

The beginning of the end came at 1:36 a.m.

Hillary aide John Podesta traveled to the Javits Center to tell her supporters that she wouldn't be speaking until later today.

Clinton called Trump before 3 a.m. to concede, according to reports.


baseball's new odd couple

Jeb, Jeter hook the Marlins

Baseball's fish have been reeled in by the GOP's one-time presumed presidential nominee and one of those damn Yankees.

A group led by Jeb Bush and Derek Jeter won an auction for the Miami Marlins, a person with knowledge of the deal told Bloomberg News. The person requested anonymity because the sale contract hasn't been signed.

The Marlins are currently owned by Jeff Loria, a New York art dealer. He purchased the team for $158 billion in 2002.

Forbes had estimated the Marlins' value at $940 million.

Other bidders were Quogue Capital LLC founder Wayne Rothbaum, and Solamere Capital co-founder Tagg Romney (son of 2012 Republican nominee Mitt), whose group included former All-Star pitcher Tom Glavine. Loria had been close to a deal with the Kushner family, relatives by marriage to President Donald Trump, but no agreement was reached.

Loria bought the team in 2002 for $158 million. Forbes said the franchise is valued at $940 million.

Any change of ownership requires approval from MLB. It probably won't be an issue for Bush, a former presidential candidate whose brother, former President George W. Bush, once owned the Texas Rangers, and Jeter, a future Hall-of-Famer and Florida resident who has said for years that he wanted to own a baseball team.

For complete details of the Marlins sale, please read this story on Bloomberg's site

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Rejected

Come January, your Pa. driver's license won't get you on a plane

The nation's top airline executives are backing an effort by state officials to bring Pennsylvania driver's licenses in to compliance with federal ID requirements.

If those efforts fail, Pennsylvanians starting Jan. 22, 2018, will no longer be able to board commercial aircraft — or enter federal facilities and nuclear power plants — using licenses, which currently don't comply with the REAL ID Act, a law Congress passed in 2005 to establish minimum security standards for state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards.

Actually, it's serious business.

A letter signed last week by executives from nine airlines, an airline trade group, FedEX and United Parcel Service said more than 60 percent of the 27.7 million passengers who used Pennsylvania airports in 2016 would not have complied with the federal law.

Those passengers rely on air travel to reach vacations, business meetings, funerals and more. Businesses rely on air travel to access customers and markets, while parcel and cargo carriers need access to federal facilities as they move goods around the nation and state.

"REAL ID compliance will lead to larger profits, more cargo and products being moved around the world — and, in the end, more tax revenue being generated by the commonwealth," the letter stated.

In 2012, Pennsylvania lawmakers passed a law that prohibited participation in the REAL ID program, citing among other concerns an estimated $140 million cost to come into compliance, which some officials characterized as an unfunded federal mandate.

Homeland Security officials in October said Pennsylvania identifications failed to meet several REAL ID requirements, such as including DHS-approved markings, prohibiting remote renewals and requiring in-person reissuance when personally identifiable information changes.

Federal authorities have deemed four states as non-compliant with the REAL ID Act: Maine, Minnesota, Missouri and Montana. Pennsylvania is one of 21 states granted a limited extension to come into compliance, while 25 states — including neighboring Ohio and West Virginia — and Washington D.C. already have complied with the law.

Read more about the situation and the cost of compliance at the Tribune-Review.

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a justin labar wrestling column

Jinder Mahal's push a smart buy for WWE

Questions I have about the what's going on in the world of professional wrestling...

More on this Big Red Machine in a bit. (WWE.com)

Why Jinder?

Part-timers taking the big spots on the big shows. Proven performers again carrying the championship. These are just two topics driving criticism voiced by WWE fans on various social-media platforms.

Maybe the points are fair? If so, it's time for the critics to back a bold move by wrestling's top promotion.

The elevation of Jinder Mahal to No. 1 contender status was a shocking decision by WWE. His victory on Smackdown Live! was his first on television since 2012, but it was met with complaints by many of the same social-media "experts" who bemoan Randy Orton as WWE champion.

Pick a side, people. If Orton's 13th title reign is boring you, don't dog the unexpected push of Mahal (the epitome of a fresh face in the main-event picture).

WWE is playing it smart by moving Mahal up on the card. The booking of him on Tuesday night was great, too. He won with the help of two other wrestlers. They were the Bollywood Boyz, though they'll be the Singh Brothers moving forward, and they're the missing piece of the puzzle people are trying to put together.

Would have been a stretch to buy into Mahal winning clean in a match involving five other opponents. Giving him assistance made the victory at least seem plausible.

Giving him a push seems like it should be profitable, as WWE can target India's 1.3 billion citizens as a new market. Mahal's sudden shift into the spotlight should move WWE toward selling merchandise and Network subscriptions to that huge audience.

Is Paige finished?

We haven't seen Paige in a WWE ring since she was injured last June. Doesn't mean she's out of sight/out of mind, however.

We've read her name in headlines to reports about suspension, along with boyfriend Alberto Del Rio. We've heard her name involved in road-rage incidents against civilians, along with boyfriend Alberto Del Rio. We've seen her associated with alcohol-fueled, profanity-laced online rants directed at WWE, along with boyfriend Alberto Del Rio.

Remember when Paige seemed like fresh air to the former Divas division?

Her past year feels like a downward spiral that will culminate in her dismissal from WWE, where she should be among the growing group of female superstars. There is a movie about her wrestling family that is in development, and The Rock is one of its producers.

For a performer who debuted after the night after WrestleMania 30, winning the title on the year's most-watched Monday Night RAW, Paige needs this biography to begin the rally of a career that sadly needs help to reach a happy (if not safe) ending.

Is this part of John Cena's house rules?

Nikki Bella's YouTube channel has hit 500,000 subscribers. As a reward, her and boyfriend John Cena stripped naked on camera.

No idea what that plan is for 1,000,000 subsribers... but let's get her there as soon as possible, right?

Is Kane the hero wrestling needs?

A character that debuted two decades ago as the lost brother of The Undertaker, Kane has been through a lot.

Burned alive. Thought to be dead. Dug up The Undertaker's deceased parents caskets. Set men on fire.

Now the man who kept audiences captivated in spite of some of those angles is a long way from using a voice box to get across his character's message. Glenn Jacobs is running to be mayor of Knox County, Tenn., intent on making his beloved area more attractive for businesses.

Jacobs might not need all that much good luck. Many people with ties to wrestling have gone after public office.

Jesse "the Body" Ventura served as Minnesota's governor. Arnold Schwarzenegger (a WWE Hall of Famer) held the same post for California. Linda McMahon tried a couple of senatorial runs, and currently serves a certain President of the United States who's WrestleMania resume includes serving as host to Nos. 4 and 5, and shaving the head of McMahon's husband at No. 23.

Anything you can do, Vince, I can do better. (WWE.com)

Is this all a 'Fast' work?

For months, we heard about The Rock and Vin Diesel having beef with each other filming The Fate of the Furious. Seemed like publicity stunt to get box office numbers up.

Well, the movie smashed records upon its release.

Mission accomplished. But was it mission completed?

There is new word from Vin, who is saying he could whoop The Rock's ass. Seems like a publicity stunt for another box-office smash.

It doesn't matter what The Rock's (real) name is. (WWE.com)

Well, WWE loves crossing over into the mainstream. That obsession dates to the original WrestleMania, and I suspect that is where WWE would like to stage a match between Vin and The Rock.

Don't suspect convincing either guy agreeing to lose, especially via pinfall, will be easy. When it comes to egos, Hollywood action stars tend to make Hulk Hogan seem like Gandhi.

Justin LaBar is our wrestling columnist

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This is bonkers

Check out North Korea's all-out birthday bash for a dead man

North Korea, ever the bastion of insanity, held its annual birthday celebration (this one the 105th) for its founder, Kim Il Sung (current leader Kim Jong Un's late grandfather).

And it was out-of-this-world bonkers.

There was military. Oh, there was military.

Singers and musicians in their best dress unis performed under a giant screen of patriotic images — including a missile attack on the U.S. (fake, of course).

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