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10:05 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.
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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 …
White House:
Press Conference by the President  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you.  I say, why all the glum faces?  —  Yesterday, the people went to the polls and they cast their vote for a new direction in the House of Representatives.  And while the ballots are still being counted in the Senate …
CNN:
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.
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 …
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 …
William Branigin / Washington Post:
Rumsfeld to Step Down as Defense Secretary  —  Bush Taps Former CIA Director Robert Gates as Successor  —  President Bush today announced he is replacing Donald H. Rumsfeld as secretary of defense, saying a "fresh perspective" is needed at the Pentagon to deal with the war in Iraq.
David Stout / New York Times:
Rumsfeld Resigns as Defense Secretary After Big Election Gains for Democrats  —  Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, the hard-driving and super-confident Pentagon boss who came to symbolize President Bush's controversial Iraq policy, is resigning, President Bush announced today.
Associated Press:
Bush says Rumsfeld is stepping down  —  WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld stepped down as defense secretary on Wednesday, one day after midterm elections in which opposition to the war in Iraq contributed to heavy Republican losses.  —  President Bush said he would nominate Robert Gates …
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
I Question The Timing, And The Sanity
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Blue Crab Boulevard
Kristin Roberts / Reuters:   Democrats' win alone won't drive Rumsfeld out
Associated Press:
Democrats take control of the Senate  —  WASHINGTON - Democrats wrested control of the Senate from Republicans Wednesday with an upset victory in Virginia, giving the party complete domination of Capitol Hill for the first time since 1994.  —  Jim Webb's squeaker win over incumbent Sen. George Allen …
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Howard Schneider / Washington Post:
Challenger Maintains Lead Over Sen. Burns  —  Nearly All Precincts Reporting in Montana Senate Race  —  Montana elections officials continued working today to sort out the result in a closely fought race that could determine control of the U.S. Senate, with software problems forcing …
Monica Davey / New York Times:
South Dakotans Reject Sweeping Abortion Ban  —  Voters in South Dakota yesterday rejected the most sweeping abortion ban proposed in the nation in more than a decade, turning back an effort by the ban's authors to set up a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 United States Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal.
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David Crary / Guardian:
Losses on Ballot Measures Jolt Religious
Discussion: The Road to Surfdom
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.
James Taranto / Opinion Journal:
Best of the Web  —  Always Look on the Bright Side of Life  —  This column is scrupulously nonpartisan, but we will bend the rules for a moment and acknowledge that last night's outcome was not what we were hoping for.  As of now, the Democrats have picked up 28 House seats, giving them at least 228 (a majority is 218).
Discussion: Inactivist, Gay Patriot and Daimnation!
rushlimbaugh.com:
I Feel Liberated  —  RUSH: Just to reiterate, ladies and gentlemen: "It's going to get worse before it gets better."  I'm not trying to be negative.  I'm trying to prepare you here for what is coming.  It is obvious from the president's press conference that his view is …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
 
 
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Specter urges GOP to re-evaluate priorities after election losses
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Mike Allen / Time:
Hastert Will Step Down  —  Exclusive: The Speaker bows …
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Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
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Calvin Woodward / Associated Press:
Democrats win House; Senate now tied
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Netroots Victories  —  The media and the right-wing blogospehre used …
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