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A New America?

Will Tuesday’s results signal a realignment in American politics? “A big Obama win,” The Boston Globe reports, “could be read as a mandate for just the kind of liberalism” conservatives like David Brooks fear…And it could signal a much longer-term political realignment.” Having a black president would also “force a reconsideration of almost all assumptions about race relations in America.” But don’t expect any seismic changes on November 5: The election’s impact on America will take time to be felt, the Globe reports.