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4:25 PM ET, November 8, 2006


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Associated Press:
GOP officials: Rumsfeld stepping down  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Donald H. 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.
Rumsfeld quitting as defense secretary  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Bush announced Wednesday that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is stepping down from his post.  —  "The timing is right for new leadership at the Pentagon," Bush said at the White House Wednesday afternoon.
Fox News:
DONALD RUMSFELD RESIGNING AS DEFENSE SECRETARY  —  WASHINGTON — Donald H. Rumsfeld is stepping down as defense secretary and former CIA Director Robert Gates will be nominated to take his place.  —  Rumsfeld, President Bush's sole defense secretary in six years of leadership …
Think Progress:
VIDEO: Bush Admits He Lied About Rumsfeld For Political Purposes »  —  Last week, President Bush unequivocally told a group of reporters that Defense Secretary Rumsfeld and Vice President Cheney would "remain with him until the end of his presidency, extending a job guarantee …
Jim Young / MSNBC:
Bush announces Rumsfeld stepping down  —  President taps ex-CIA chief Gates to replace embattled defense secretary  —  After six years on the job, U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld will resign, President said Wednesday.  —  NBC VIDEO … WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld …
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.
William Branigin / Washington Post:
Rumsfeld to Step Down as Defense Secretary
Discussion: Sound Politics
Kristin Roberts / Reuters:   Democrats' win alone won't drive Rumsfeld out
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Calvin Woodward / Associated Press:
Democrats on brink of controlling Senate  —  WASHINGTON - Democrats won a cliffhanger race in Montana on Wednesday that took them to the brink of control of the Senate, after Americans sick of scandal and weary of war brought down the Republican House majority.
Howard Schneider / Washington Post:
Challenger Maintains Lead Over Sen. Burns
Discussion: Whiskey Bar and The Caucus
Belle Waring / Crooked Timber:
If It's Not Close They Can't Cheat
Bull Moose:
KOSenfreude*  —  The Moose gloats and kvells.  —  There is great joy in Mooseland.  The nutroots have struck out.  Joe Lieberman has prevailed.  The vital center is victorious!  —  Read and weep, dear nutroots, … Yes, there is justice.  Joe took a brave stand by putting country before party.
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
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
Discussion: Washington Post and DonkeyRising
Austin Bay Blog:
Rumsfeld resigns- with analysis  —  Jim Dunnigan and I will be discussing the resignation on the Glenn and Helen podcast for pajamas media — to be recorded later this afternoon.  So stay tuned.  —  A few thoughts:  —  (1) I think the resignation wasn't entirely contingent on the election- though …
Ibrahim Barzak / Associated Press:
Hamas urges attacks on U.S. targets  —  GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Hamas' military wing called Wednesday on Muslims around the world to attack American targets following reports that an Israeli tank strike killed 18 people in the Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun.
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Post Mortem  —  THIS ONE IS PRETTY EASY TO EXPLAIN.  Republicans lost the House and probably the Senate because of Iraq, corruption, and a record of taking up big issues and then doing nothing on them.  Of these, the war was by far the biggest factor.  Unpopular wars trump good economies and everything else.
Discussion: TIME and The Corner
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Mike Allen / Time:
Hastert Will Step Down  —  Exclusive: The Speaker bows …
Discussion: Wonkette
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Ronald Brownstein / Los Angeles Times:
GOP ceded the center and paid the price
Monica Davey / New York Times:
South Dakotans Reject Sweeping Abortion Ban
John Fund / Opinion Journal:
Grapes of Rathke  —  Acorn, a liberal activist group, comes under scrutiny.
Tom Zeller Jr / New York Times:
Blogs Take Lead in Reporting Polling Problems, With Supporting Evidence on YouTube
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Alex Massie / Telegraph:
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Netroots Victories  —  The media and the right-wing blogospehre used …
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