Tease the day: Obama's win sidelines news closer to home

The PM offers his congratulations from India, where he's midway through a trip

AP/Matt Rourke

You probably won’t find this photo gracing the front page of many newspapers this morning.  It’s a real photo, shot in Chicago soon after U.S. President Barack Obama won re-election last night. But no one’s suggesting, not by a long shot, that Obama’s victory will have people dancing in the streets for days on end. Most papers across America featured dignified shots of Obama’s family on stage; some fronted a smiling president; others dug out photos of a solemn president. Only a handful of Canadian papers had gleeful Obama supporters gracing their covers. Meanwhile, after a sea of election post-mortems, our national papers reminded us that Prime Minister Stephen Harper was still in India, where the topics du jour are warnings of Sikh extremism and the resumption of nuclear trade between the two nations.

What’s above the fold this morning?

[<a href=”″ target=”_blank”>View the story “Front pages: Nov. 7” on Storify</a>]The Globe and Mail, the National Post, the Toronto Star, the Ottawa Citizen and iPolitics all lead with U.S. President Barack Obama’s re-election. National Newswatch showcases a Sun Media story about Prime Minister Stephen Harper pledging to continue working with Obama.

Stories that will be (mostly) missed

1. Parental benefits. NDP MP Sana Hassainia will table a private members’ bill today that would double parental leave for parents of “multiples”—that is, twins, triplets, and so on. 2. PQ on Montreal mayor. The Parti Québécois expressed relief at former Montreal mayor Gérald Tremblay’s resignation. Quebec’s governing party hopes the city can move forward.
3. HIV prevention. A new preventative HIV vaccine has, according to the scientists behind it, cleared preliminary clinical trials. The next phase of testing starts next year. 4. Detroit bridge. Michigan voters yesterday rejected a controversial proposal that would make it much more difficult to build a new crossing between Detroit and Windsor.

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