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9:00 AM ET, November 10, 2006


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Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
RNC asks Steele to replace Mehlman  —  Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman, whose party just lost both chambers of Congress, will leave his position in January, and the post as party chief has been offered to Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele.
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Mehlman to step down from RNC post  —  WASHINGTON - Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman, whose party lost both chambers of Congress in the midterm elections, will step down from his post when his two-year term ends in January, GOP officials said Thursday.
Mark / CNN Political Ticker:
Mehlman likely to leave RNC  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Several Republican sources tell CNN that Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman is all but certain to step down at the end of the year, and the White House already is searching for a replacement or replacements to lead the party into the 2008 presidential campaign cycle.
John / AMERICAblog:
CNN tells YouTube to pull down video outing GOP party head Ken Mehlman
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
Extremely odd behavior from the Washington Post re: the President's Rumsfeld lie  —  It is now conclusively clear that President Bush lied last week, several days before the election, when he vowed definitively to reporters that Donald Rumsfeld would remain as Defense Secretary for the next two years.
David Stout / New York Times:
Bush to Ask Lame Duck Congress to Confirm Gates  —  The White House said today that it would seek Senate confirmation of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's successor in the lame duck Congress that is about to reconvene, and that it would seek confirmation of United Nations Ambassador John R. Bolton as well.
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Removal of Rumsfeld Dates Back to Summer  —  Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld walking back to his motorcade Thursday after touring the Eisenhower Museum in Abilene, Kan.  —  President Bush was moving by late summer toward removing Donald H. Rumsfeld as defense secretary, people inside and outside the White House said Thursday.
Discussion: Washington Post, The Heretik and Salon
Dafna Linzer / Washington Post:
Bolton May Not Return As U.N. Envoy
Discussion: The Washington Note
Oskar Garcia / Associated Press:
McGovern to Meet With Congress on War  —  George McGovern, the former senator and Democratic presidential candidate, said Thursday that he will meet with more than 60 members of Congress next week to recommend a strategy to remove U.S. troops from Iraq by June.
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:   The New Guru, Same As The Old Guru
C. J. Chivers / New York Times:
Marines Get the News From an Iraqi Host: Rumsfeld's Out.  'Who's Rumsfeld?'  —  Hashim al-Menti smiled wanly at the marine sergeant beside him on his couch.  The sergeant had appeared in the darkness on Wednesday night, knocking on the door of Mr. Menti's home.
Michelle R. Smith / Associated Press:
Chafee unsure of staying with GOP after losing election  —  PROVIDENCE, R.I. —Two days after losing a bid for a second term in an election seen as a referendum on President Bush and the Republican Party, Sen. Lincoln Chafee said he was unsure whether he'd remain a Republican.  —  "I haven't made any decisions.
Times of London:
Handover to Iraqi Army 'set for the end of next year'  —  American and Iraqi officials have set a date for giving Iraq's forces responsibility for security across the country.  —  Under a plan to be presented to the UN Security Council next month, the Iraqi Government would assume authority …
Discussion: and Pajamas Media
Bill Roggio / The Fourth Rail:
The Future of the Iraq Strategy
Discussion: Associated Press
Webb promises 'diplomatic solution' in Iraq  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Less than an hour after Virginia Republican Sen. George Allen conceded and the U.S. Senate was handed to the Democrats, Jim Webb addressed a cheering crowd.  —  Before he spoke, Webb waved a pair of combat boots in the air …
Discussion: Donklephant and Pharyngula
Alexander Mooney / CNN Political Ticker:
Senior staffer: Allen 'not emboldened to fight this'
Discussion: The Sundries Shack, Wizbang and TBogg
Kate Ackley / Roll Call:
Out-of-Work GOP Aides Face Tough Road Ahead  —  The hundreds of Republican staffers — not to mention more than a few Members — who will lose their jobs in the next few weeks are going to face a hostile marketplace on K Street as unemployed Republicans flood the market.
Jon Henke / QandO:
ELECTION 2006: REPUBLICANS BINGE AND PURGE  —  The election … The lesson … The opportunity … Many have questioned the merits of voting out wayward Republicans, only to replace them with a Democratic Party even less interested in limited government and libertarian ideals.
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Pence, Shadegg Gain Support For House GOP Leadership
Associated Press:
NY congressman says no offense intended with Mississippi remark  —  JACKSON, Miss. - A Democratic congressman from New York says he wasn't trying to insult Mississippi in published remarks Thursday, but a Republican colleague from Mississippi says Rep. Charles Rangel should apologize to the state.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Only a Minor Earthquake  —  How serious is the "thumpin' " the Republicans took on Tuesday?  Losing one house is significant but hardly historic.  Losing both houses, however, is defeat of a different order of magnitude, the equivalent in a parliamentary system of a vote of no confidence.
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Harry Reid, an Infighter With a Sharp Jab  —  Harry Reid began Election Day with 50 situps and 80 push-ups (very red state of him) and 40 minutes of yoga (very blue state of him).  —  He spent most of the momentous day in his Senate office, waiting.  Just after 2 p.m., he finally heard some actual news …
Bernard Hibbitts / JURIST - Forum:
Donald Rumsfeld: The War Crimes Case  —  JURIST Contributing Editor Marjorie Cohn of Thomas Jefferson School of Law, president of the National Lawyers Guild, says that although Donald Rumsfeld is resigning as US Secretary of Defense, steps should be and will be taken to hold him accountable …
Discussion: protein wisdom
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We Fight On  —  WELCOME HOME TO REDSTATE  —  If you noticed …
Discussion: Jon Swift
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Mission Accomplished At The Times
Another Al Qaeda Victory
Associated Press:
Iraqi president says Democrats told him they will not pull out quickly
Discussion: USS Neverdock
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Nancy Pelosi Is Ready to Be Voice of the Majority
Discussion: Opinion and Washington Post
Times of London:
Just like old times: realists from the first Bush era return to power
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
TODAY'S LESSON: THERE IS NO LESSON....I finally got around …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and TalkLeft
 Earlier Items: 
Schwarzenegger says Democratic win is healthy
Argentina seeks Rafsanjani arrest
Discussion: It Shines For All
Jim Wallis / The Huffington Post:
A Defeat for the Religious Right and the Secular Left
Discussion: Making Light and Hullabaloo
Kirk Johnson / New York Times:
In Statehouses, Too, Democrats Post Sizable Gains
Associated Press:
AP: Startling findings in Tillman probe
Lynn Sweet Washington / Chicago Sun Times:
Emanuel in line for No. 4 Dem spot in House
Stephen Fitzpatrick / The Australian:
Beheaded girls were Ramadan 'trophies'