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3:25 PM ET, November 11, 2006


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Hindrocket / Power Line:
ARE TERRORISTS THE DEMOCRATS' BIGGEST FANS?  THE DEBATE CONTINUES  —  Last night I posted al Qaeda: "Democrats Are Reasonable"!.  That post discussed the support for the Democrats in the midterm elections that has been voiced by terrorists around the world.
Discussion: Associated Press
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Still Not Biting  —  Yesterday, I responded to John at Power Line about holding Democrats accountable for terrorist propaganda statements of delight at the midterm elections.  In an update, after kindly linking back to me, John asks this question: … My response is lengthy again, so I decided to make it a separate post.
Marcus Mabry / Newsweek:
Feeling Blue?  —  After the Democratic sweep of Congress, President Bush's approval reaches a new low.  But voters want Democrats to chart a moderate course.  —  Brendan Smialowski / Getty Images  —  Can They Work Together?  Pelosi has 34 percent approval ratings, slightly better than Bush's 31 percent
RJ Eskow / The Huffington Post:
What a Mandate!  Popular Vote For Senate Was 55%-43% Democratic  —  Look how easily the media manipulates everyone's perceptions, including our own.  An hour of vote tabulation reveals a stunning fact: Democrats won the popular vote for the Senate by an overwhelming 12.6% margin - 55%/42.4%.
Discussion: Liberal Values
Alan Cooperman / Washington Post:
Democrats Win Bigger Share of Religious Vote  —  Parties Disagree on Why The Gap Has Narrowed  —  As the results of the midterm elections sank in this week, religious leaders across the ideological spectrum found something they could agree on: The "God gap" in American politics has narrowed substantially.
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
RELIGIOUS VOTERS....Why do I keep writing about the exit polls?
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Alternative Minimum Tax Targeted  —  Democrats Seek Fix For Middle-Class Families  —  Democratic leaders this week vowed to make the alternative minimum tax a centerpiece of next year's budget debate, saying the levy threatens to unfairly increase tax bills for millions of middle-class families by the end of the decade.
New York Times:
Democrats, Engaging Bush, Vow Early Action on Iraq  —  Democrats sought on Friday to put their new political power to use in shaping the debate over Iraq, promising stepped-up Congressional oversight of the war and a resolution demanding a schedule for reducing the number of troops there.
Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:   Bush Pledges Bipartisan Cooperation
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Great Revulsion  —  I'm not feeling giddy as much as greatly relieved.  O.K., maybe a little giddy.  Give 'em hell, Harry and Nancy!  —  Here's what I wrote more than three years ago, in the introduction to my column collection "The Great Unraveling": "I have a vision — maybe just a hope …
Brent Budowsky / The Huffington Post:   George Bush Should Fire Karl Rove, And Democrats Can Build …
Ian Fisher / New York Times:
Hamas Offers to End Rule if Aid Resumes  —  Hamas committed today to folding its eight-month government if that would restore the international assistance that was cut off after it won national elections earlier this year.  —  In a shrewd and dramatic speech, the Hamas prime minister …
Michelle Malkin:
Veterans Day: Remember  —  Marine Cpl. Jason Dunham, recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor  —  President Bush awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously this week to Marine Cpl. Jason Dunham for his heroism in Iraq.  Chuck Simmins has chronicled Cpl. Dunham from May 2004 through the present here.
2006 Election Analysis:  —  Incumbents Linked to Corruption Lose, but Money Still Wins  —  WASHINGTON—While voters in some states are still waiting to see who will represent them in Congress, one thing is certain: Money was a clear winner in the 2006 elections.
Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Post-Election 2006: Playing the Numbers Game
Investor's Business Daily:
John Conyers And The Muslim Caucus  —  Congress: The likely new chairman of the House Judiciary Committee says he's just fighting bigotry in leading a Democrat jihad to deny law enforcement key terror-fighting tools.  But he is in the pocket of Islamists.  —  John Conyers, son …
Matthew Yglesias:
Health Care Strategies  —  Mark Kleiman observes that "since its reform under Bill Clinton" the Veterans' Administration health care system "now has the best medical-records system going and produces high-quality health care at a reasonable cost" and wonders if we couldn't …
Discussion: The RBC and Ezra Klein
Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
Anti-Foley blogger speaks out  —  The man who first posted the now-resigned congressman's e-mails says he was angry about a culture of corruption.  —  WASHINGTON — Lane Hudson had no idea he would bring down a congressman when he sat in his living room and turned on his laptop one Sunday morning nearly seven weeks ago.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:   StopSexPredators blogger: Foley hit on me ten years ago
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
MYTH BUSTING....You're probably all a little tired of exit poll wonkery by now, but I want to follow up on my earlier post showing that the Democratic win was a broad-based victory, not one based on appealing to any particular demographic group.  Several demographic myths have turned out to be pretty hardy …
Bob Barr / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
House Democrats won't repeat GOP mistakes  —  On Wednesday, Nov. 9, 1994, after learning in the wee hours that morning that I was then a U.S. representative-elect, I had the opportunity at the Waverly Hotel to appear at a news conference with new Speaker-elect Newt Gingrich.
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Billmon / Whiskey Bar:
The Toe Sucker Gets It
Anne E. Kornblut / New York Times:
Another Layer of Winners and Losers
Mark Kleiman / The RBC:
The carbon-for-payroll tax trade
Discussion: Bradford Plumer and Ezra Klein
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
Nat'l Guard units face 2nd tours in Iraq
Discussion: Firedoglake and All Spin Zone
Bob Cesca / The Huffington Post:
Time For A Big Ol' Cup Of 'Shut The F*** Up'
Colbert I. King / Washington Post:
Lawmakers Who Won't Be Missed
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Associated Press:
Dean criticizes Maryland Democrats on diversity
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
McCain to launch 2008 exploratory panel
Discussion: MyDD and GOP Bloggers
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Waldman / Boston Globe:
The Democratic center  —  CONSERVATIVES searching desperately …
John / Argghhh!:
PROJECT VALOUR-IT  —  Today marks the observance of Veteran's Day.
Tougher race hate laws considered
Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
Concession Stands  —  Politicians are at their best when acknowledging defeat.
Art Notes /
Clark considering presidential bid
Discussion: MyDD
Jack Palance dies at 87
Charles Krauthammer / Real Clear Politics:
Only a Minor Earthquake
Discussion: Decision '08
Phil Gunson / Miami Herald:
Chávez attacks Bush as a 'genocidal' leader