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1:30 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 …
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.
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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
Tyler Whitley / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Nation watches Virginia
Discussion: DonkeyRising
Associated Press:
GOP says Rumsfeld is stepping down  —  WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, architect of an unpopular war in Iraq, intends to resign after six stormy years at the Pentagon, Republican officials said Wednesday.  —  Officials said Robert Gates, former head of the CIA, would replace Rumsfeld.
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and QandO
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The Allen Report:
President Bush's Opening Gambit for Surviving Divided Government  —  Despite his dramatically weakened political position, the President plans to stand up to Democrats and challenge them to work with him on issues he has been promoting.  But the opposition now has little reason to cave.
Discussion: Political Radar and Think Progress
Washington Post:
Democrats Reclaim House; Control of Senate Pending
Discussion: Instapundit.com and INDCJournal
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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Belle Waring / Crooked Timber:
If It's Not Close They Can't Cheat
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Bush extends Democrats congratulations
Discussion: Shakespeare's Sister
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 …
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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."
Discussion: Reason Magazine
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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:
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.
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.
 
 
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Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Post Mortem  —  THIS ONE IS PRETTY EASY TO EXPLAIN.
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Calvin Woodward / Associated Press:
Democrats win House; Senate now tied
John Fund / Opinion Journal:
Grapes of Rathke  —  Acorn, a liberal activist group, comes under scrutiny.
Ibrahim Barzak / Associated Press:
Hamas urges attacks on U.S. targets
Tom Zeller Jr / New York Times:
Blogs Take Lead in Reporting Polling Problems, With Supporting Evidence on YouTube
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Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Hatch concedes to Pawlenty
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Netroots Victories  —  The media and the right-wing blogospehre used …
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Washington Post:
The Voters' Message  —  SIX YEARS OF nearly unbroken one-party rule …
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Campfield beats back challenge
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