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3:35 PM ET, November 10, 2006


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Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
Extremely odd behavior from the Washington Post re: the President's Rumsfeld lie  —  (updated below)  —  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.
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.
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
After Rumsfeld: Bid to Reshape the Brain Trust  —  Robert M. Gates, President Bush's choice to become defense secretary, has sharply criticized the Bush administration's handling of the Iraq war and has made it clear that he would seek advice from moderate Republicans who have been largely frozen …
Discussion: The News Blog and Think Progress
Martin Fletcher / Times of London:
Troops fear Rumsfeld's exit will end their Iraq mission  —  Half of America and the upper echelons of the US military may be cheering Donald Rumsfeld's resignation from the post of Defence Secretary, but there was no rejoicing yesterday among those most directly affected by his decisions: the frontline soldiers in Iraq.
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Troops Fear The Loss Of Rumsfeld  —  American troops concerned with the loss of Donald Rumsfeld spoke to Martin Fletcher of the Times of London, worried that the new Secretary of Defense would pull them out of Iraq before they could complete the mission: … The American troops believe in the mission they serve.
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.
Glenn Reynolds /
I NOTED EARLIER that Ann Althouse is depressed about the elections, and looking around it seems that a lot of people feel that way.  Well, I understand that, God knows.  But one iron rule of elections is that you win some and you lose some.  And people tend to exaggerate their importance and …
James Mann / Washington Post:
Understanding Gates  —  It's Not as Simple as Father's Team vs. Son's  —  In the early months of 1989, the overriding foreign policy issue for the new George H.W. Bush administration was how to deal with Mikhail Gorbachev.  Did the Soviet leader represent fundamental change, or was he merely a new face for the same old policies?
Discussion: Democracy in America
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
With Power Set to Be Split, Wiretaps Re-emerge as Issue  —  The Bush administration escalated its defense of the National Security Agency's domestic wiretapping program on Thursday, even as Democrats in Congress vowed to investigate the program aggressively once they assume power.
Los Angeles Times:
Democrats are set to subpoena
Discussion: Whiskey Bar and NO QUARTER
Jeanne Cummings / Wall Street Journal:
Redistricting: Home to Roost  —  How Republicans'  —  Gerrymandering Efforts  —  May Have Backfired  —  WASHINGTON — Gerrymandering was supposed to cement Republican control of the House of Representatives, offering incumbents a wall of re-election protection even as public opinion turned sharply against them.
Joe Conason / Salon:
Howard Dean, vindicated  —  The DNC chairman's "crazy" strategy of rebuilding the Democratic Party across all states helped it ride the national wave against the GOP.  —  Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean laughs during a news conference Wednesday in Washington.
Jon Hemming / Reuters:
Khamenei calls elections a victory for Iran  —  TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Friday called U.S. President George W. Bush's defeat in congressional elections a victory for Iran.  —  Bush has accused Iran of trying to make a nuclear bomb …
Media Matters for America:
Ignoring widespread agreement on core issues, media suggested wins by "conservative Democrats" will cause intraparty strife … In the wake of the November 7 midterm elections, numerous media figures have attributed the Democratic gains in the House and Senate to the number of wins by conservative or moderate Democratic challengers.
Discussion: Slog, Think Progress and Oliver Willis
Bret Hayworth /
Local GOP chairman blasts own party  —  As Dems celebrate, Salem cites Republican schism  —  A day after the Democratic sweep of the midterm elections, Woodbury County Republican Chairman Steve Salem had harsh words for his own party, lambasting the influence of the conservative Christian right wing.
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.
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.
Washington Wire:
Republicans Lead in Most House Races That Remain Undecided  —  Narrow margins for some candidates, such as Buchanan in Florida and incumbent Rep. Hayes in North Carolina, make recounts likely.  But "it's very unusual for recounts to alter races," says Carl Forti of House Republican campaign committee …
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.
Rusty Shackleford /
Jon Stewart: Democratic majority kingmaker  —  Forget left of center bloggers, Jon Stewart is this year's kingmaker.  Without him and The Daily Show, the Democrats would not have made such large inroads in the midterm elections.  Let me explain why.  —  In 1994 Republicans swept to victory …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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.
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
2006 Elections Hit Lockstep Conservative Talk Show Hosts' Credibility (UPDATED)  —  You can add another casualty to the 2006 elections: the credibility of lockstep conservative talk show radio hosts.  —  There's a difference between a conservative talk show host and a lockstep talk show host.
Discussion: PoliBlog (TM) and PSoTD
Jack E. Jett / RADAR:
CONFESSIONS OF AN ANGRY HUSTLER  —  Ted Haggard's bitter boy toy tells all  —  HEAVEN CAN WAIT Reverend Ted Haggard begs forgiveness  —  On November 3, all-American family man Ted Haggard resigned as head of the 30-million strong National Association of Evangelicals after a male prostitute …
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Gain for Same-Sex Marriage in Massachusetts
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GOP Moderates' Ouster Widens House Divide
Radley Balko / Reason Magazine:
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After 2 Decades in Ascent, A Stunning Breakdown
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
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Discussion: TalkLeft
Opinion Journal:
Bridge to Somewhere  —  The House GOP needs a new generation of leaders.
Discussion: Brendan Nyhan
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Dan Whitcomb / Reuters:
Students at Calif. College ban Pledge of Allegiance
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Hoyer, Murtha Battle
We Fight On  —  WELCOME HOME TO REDSTATE  —  If you noticed …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Jon Swift
Times of London:
Handover to Iraqi Army 'set for the end of next year'
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
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