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12:55 PM ET, November 8, 2006

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Washington Post:
A Voter Rebuke For Bush, the War And the Right  —  The political pendulum in American politics swung away from the right yesterday, putting an end to the 12-year Republican Revolution on Capitol Hill and delivering a sharp rebuke of President Bush and the Iraq war.
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Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
No.  —  I ask you, considering the margins that we are looking at this morning in a whole lot of the races that the Democrats won yesterday, in both the House and the Senate, what was Rahm Emmanuel thinking saying this: … Let me get this straight, we have just taken back the House and …
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Democratic House Win And Changed Senate Suggests GOP Lost Independents And Moderates  —  The votes — and possible recounts — aren't totally in yet from the landmark 2006 mid-term elections but this much is clear:  —  The Democrats will take control of the House.
Peter Wallsten / Los Angeles Times:
Bush likely to resist calls for major change  —  Statements during the campaign suggest there is little that House Democrats and the president can be expected to agree on.  —  WASHINGTON — With increasing fervor, President Bush spent the final weeks of the 2006 campaign castigating Democrats …
CNN:   White House extends olive branch to House
Hugh Hewitt / Hugh Hewitt's TownHall Blog:
The Good News And The Bad  —  I have to assume that the Dems will get the Senate as well as the House, though Conrad Burns may be able to pull off an upset, in which case I hope the GOP in the Senate reject the silly rules they agreed to the last time the body was 50/50.
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Washington Post:
Democrats Reclaim House; Control of Senate Pending
Discussion: Instapundit.com and INDCJournal
The Allen Report:   President Bush's Opening Gambit for Surviving Divided Government
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Webb Has a Slim Edge Over Allen, But Recount Likely  —  Democratic challenger James Webb held a slim lead over Republican Sen. George Allen early today in Virginia's U.S. Senate race, a dramatic and nasty battle that almost certainly will be decided by a recount next month.
Discussion: Bark Bark Woof Woof and Wonkette
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John O'Neil / New York Times:
A Virginia Recount Would Not Come Soon  —  Virginia's election laws allow an apparent loser to request a recount if a contest's margin is less than 1 percent — and the margin in the preliminary results of the state's Senate election stood this morning at about one-third of 1 percent.
Tyler Whitley / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Nation watches Virginia  —  Allen-Webb race could help tilt control of U.S. Senate  —  Democrat Jim Webb leads George Allen in a Senate race that appears headed to a recount, but his margin grew as more returns were tallied early this morning.  —  Allen led for most of the night …
Discussion: DonkeyRising
Associated Press:
South Dakota abortion ban rejected  —  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A ballot measure that would ban nearly all abortions in South Dakota was rejected on Tuesday.  —  With 59% of the precincts reporting, opponents of the ban had 55%, or 98,182 votes, to the supporters' 45%, or 79,444 votes.
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Inside Higher Ed:
Michigan Votes Down Affirmative Action  —  Michigan voters on Tuesday approved a ban on affirmative action at the state's public colleges and in government contracting.  The vote came despite opposition to the ban from most academic and business leaders in the state — and the history …
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Rogers, Chandler re-elected in Kentucky  —  WASHINGTON - Democrats pursued their best chance in a dozen years to take control of the House from scandal-scarred Republicans on Tuesday in a midterm election marked by voter frustration with the Iraq war and President Bush.
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Josephine Hearn / The Hill:
Hoyer, Clyburn Get Early Start on Leadership Campaigns  —  In the wake of their decisive victory Tuesday night, House Democrats turned their sights toward their next electoral challenge: leadership races.  —  These races for the five top posts in Democratic leadership will be the first test of unity for the new majority.
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Hotline On Call:   Hoyer Letter Announces Candidacy
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Bush extends Democrats congratulations
Discussion: Shakespeare's Sister
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William Branigin / Washington Post:
Voter Turnout Strong for Midterm Elections
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Jennifer Medina / New York Times:
'Liberated' Lieberman Likely to Be Courted by Both Sides  —  Throughout his career, Senator Joseph I. Lieberman has proudly proclaimed himself an "independent-minded Democrat."  But in the closing days of this campaign, Mr. Lieberman added a superlative, promising to be a "very independent Democrat."
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Bull Moose:   KOSenfreude*  —  The Moose gloats and kvells.  —  There is great joy in Mooseland.
Michelle Malkin:
Conservatism did not lose  —  I'm hanging it up for the night, er, morning.  Unlike Michael Moore in 2004, however, I will not be staying in bed for three days in a catatonic state.  I will not need PEST shock therapy.  I will not move to Australia.  —  A moonbat reader e-mailed a taunt earlier this evening:
Chris Bowers / MyDD:
Netroots Victories  —  The media and the right-wing blogospehre used to brag aobut how Dailykos and MyDD candidates never won, even though they might have heard of Barack Obama, Stephanie Herseth, and Ben Chandler.  Well, welcome to our new generation of victorious netroots candidates:
Discussion: Lean Left and Daily Kos
Reuters:
Minnesota sends first Muslim to Congress -media  —  Source: Reuters  —  MINNEAPOLIS, Nov 7 (Reuters) - Voters elected a black Democrat as the first Muslim in Congress on Tuesday after a race in which he advocated quick U.S. withdrawal from Iraq and made little mention of his faith.
Matthew Yglesias:
Sign of the Times  —  Veteran congressman Jim Leach (R-IA) went down to defeat in the massacre of 2006.  I'm no apologist for "moderate Republicans" but it is worth saying that Leach was, in my estimation, fairly clearly the best House Republican.  Nevertheless, one can only be thrilled with his defeat.
 
 
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