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11:15 AM 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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: TAPPED and Suburban Guerrilla
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
Timothy Dwyer / Washington Post:
Webb, Allen Race Too Close to Call  —  Same-Sex Marriage Ban Wins Approval by Substantial Margin  —  Democratic challenger James H. Webb and Republican incumbent George F. Allen were locked in a dead heat in the race to represent Virginia in the U.S. Senate.  The race remains too close to call and appears headed for a recount.
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 and
John O'Neil / New York Times:
A Virginia Recount Would Not Come Soon
Discussion: A Tiny Revolution
Democrats to take control of House, CNN projects … (CNN) — Democrats picked up 14 seats in their bid to take control of the House of Representatives on Tuesday.  —  Races in Arizona, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Kentucky and Indiana were among those where Republicans lost seats, according to CNN projections.
Dems take House, CNN projects; Senate still undecided
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 …
Discussion: Is That Legal?
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.
Discussion: Maggie's Farm
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.
Des Moines Register:   30-year veteran Leach concedes to Loebsack in 2nd Congressional race
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.
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:
The Wausau Daily Herald Latest Headlines News:
Hotel yanks CNN; says network is pro-terrorist  —  Wausau Daily Herald  —  ROTHSCHILD — Guests at one local hotel who switch on the TV in search of the latest news no longer have CNN as an option.  —  The Stoney Creek Inn, 1100 Imperial Ave., in Rothschild has dropped the 24-hour news channels CNN …
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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Saddam's Conviction  —  Josef Stalin died in power …
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
THE REPUBLICAN MELTDOWN.... It looks like a Democratic gain of 30 …
Discussion: Bring it On! and Kiko's House
Rhonda Schwartz Reports / The Blotter:
Payback Time: Who the Democrats Will Target
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard and QandO
Knoxville News-Sentinel:
Campfield beats back challenge
...a somewhat popular blogger:
Suddenly nobody is talking about John Kerry anymore...
Discussion: Firedoglake
Associated Press:
South Dakota abortion ban rejected
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Final Thoughts  —  I'm back at the hotel after the CNN blogger bash …
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
"In the grand Althouse plan, keeping everybody humble..."
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Ortega Wins Back Presidency of Nicaragua
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Voter Turnout Strong for Midterm Elections
Aaron Rutkoff / Wall Street Journal:
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Vanity Party Wins in CT
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Sample Ballots in Pr. George's Misidentify Candidates
Los Angeles Times:
L.A. Times editor to leave the paper