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12:55 PM ET, November 5, 2009

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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WEAK KNEES KEEP SHAKING.... In Tuesday's congressional races, voters sent two more House Democrats to Congress, expanding an already-large Democratic majority on the Hill.  In 2008, the electorate made a House Democratic majority bigger, and in 2009, Dems went five for five in special elections, making that majority bigger still.
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The Politico:
‘We got walloped’  —  Two big questions loom in the wake of the 2009 elections.  The first is whether Barack Obama learned anything new about American voters.  The second is whether American voters will soon learn something new about Obama.  —  For a president who likes always …
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Energized G.O.P. Looking to Avoid an Intraparty Feud  —  WASHINGTON — Republicans emerged from Tuesday's elections energized by victories in Virginia and New Jersey, but their leaders immediately began maneuvering to avoid a prolonged battle with conservative activists over what the party stands for and how to regain power.
Washington Post:
Democrats debate Obama agenda's impact on Democratic Party  —  Democrats on Capitol Hill began a nervous debate Wednesday about the course President Obama has set for their party, with some questioning whether they should emphasize job creation over some of the more ambitious items on the president's agenda.
Larry J. Sabato / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Sabato's Fun Facts—Election '09  —  The following “fun facts” are presented as instant analysis of the November 3 election for the Crystal Ball's readers, straight from the mouth of U.Va. Center for Politics Director Larry J. Sabato, with the editorial assistance of Isaac Wood:
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Tuesday's Suburban Vote Swing  —  Even a five-point shift would mean big Democratic losses in 2010.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Tuesday's elections should put a scare into red state Democrats—and a few blue state ones, too.  —  Barack Obama was said to have redrawn the electoral map …
Michael Barone / Wall Street Journal:
Tuesday's Biggest Loser: the Union Agenda  —  The GOP victories reveal fissures in the coalition that elected Barack Obama.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  If you were watching television on Tuesday night as the election returns came in showing Republicans capturing the governorships …
Ruy Teixeira / New York Times:
Relax, Democrats  —  TO hear Republicans tell it …
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
CNN:
Gibbs dismisses losses as ‘local elections’
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Patricia Murphy / Politics Daily:
Michele Bachmann's Capitol House Call: ‘Get Your Hands Off My Health Care!’  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann's message for conservatives traveling to Washington to attend her Capitol Hill House Call event Thursday is simple: “Go into the Capitol and find members of Congress,” she told activists Wednesday night.
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:   Michele Bachmann Rallies Troops Before Massive DC Protest (Audio-Video)
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
House leaders prepare for rare Saturday vote on health-care bill
Ezra Klein:
Congressional Budget Office Thrashes Republican Health-Care Plan  —  Republicans are learning an unpleasant lesson this morning: The only thing worse than having no health-care reform plan is releasing a bad one, getting thrashed by CBO and making the House Democrats look good in comparison.
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Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:
CBO: Republican health plan would reduce premiums, cut deficit  —  The Congressional Budget Office Wednesday night released its cost analysis of the Republican health care plan and found that it would reduce health care premiums and cut the deficit by $68 billion over ten years.
Douglas Elmendorf / Director's Blog:
A Preliminary Analysis of a Substitute Amendment to H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act  —  This evening, CBO released a preliminary analysis of a substitute amendment to H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act, proposed by Representative John Boehner …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Huckabee, Romney, Palin See Most Republican Support for '12  —  Huckabee, Romney viewed as most qualified of possible Republican presidential candidates  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Looking ahead to the 2012 presidential election, 71% of Republicans say they would seriously consider voting for Mike Huckabee.
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Adam D. Krauss / Foster's Daily Democrat:
Fresh on the heels of repeal in Maine, N.H. may reconsider gay marriage  —  DOVER — Now that gay marriage has been defeated in Maine, attention again shifts to New Hampshire, where lawmakers say momentum from Tuesday's vote may fuel legislation to repeal the state's law and give voters a say.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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New York Times:
The Vote for Mayor, Block by Block  —  Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg won re-election Tuesday, but voters were less enthusiastic about him than the last time he ran in 2005.  The mayor did well in high-income white areas of Manhattan and Queens, and also in election districts dominated by immigrants, like Flushing and Brighton Beach.
Discussion: The Awl and New York Magazine
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Sen. Snowe: Tuesday's results ‘certainly gives pause on how you approach’ health reform - Yanks are world champs  —  BIRTHDAYS: Autumn Hanna VandeHei, the hottest and smartest wife-mother-friend (boot tip: Jimmy) ... Sloan Rappaport big 4-0 birthday (hat tip: Margaret and Freddie) …
The Note:
Protesters Arrested at Lieberman's Office  —  ABC's Z. Byron Wolf reports:  —  It is protest day, for the Left and the Right, on Capitol Hill.  —  First out of the gate - 8 Protesters backing a universal health care system briefly occupied Sen. Joe Lieberman's office this morning.
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Major National Ad Buy Ties Vaccine Shortage to Health Care, Gitmo  —  A major national ad campaign is set to launch tomorrow tying the Obama administration's failure to provide flu vaccine on time and in quantity to fears of a government takeover of healthcare.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
NYC Population By Borough  —  I forget what I was trying to prove when I started working on this chart yesterday morning, but late yesterday afternoon I realized there was a 90 percent finished visual display of data on my computer so I figured I might as well finish it:
Discussion: Megan McArdle
Paul Thompson / Daily Mail:
Michelle Obama to star with Nigella Lawson as she becomes first presidential wife to appear on a reality show  —  Michelle Obama is to be the first presidential wife to appear on a reality TV series.  —  The First Lady will make a guest appearance on ‘Iron Chef America’ which features British cook Nigella Lawson as a judge.
thenational.ae:
The decision  —  General Stanley McChrystal, who was chosen earlier this year as the top commander in Afghanistan.  It will take 12 to 18 months, he has suggested, just to determine whether it is possible to reverse the Taliban's momentum.  Paula Bronstein / Getty Images
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
AARP endorses House healthcare reform bill  —  Democrats scored a huge coup Thursday when the AARP announced its endorsement of the House healthcare bill.  —  The public support from the seniors' lobby comes just two days before House members are set to vote on the landmark legislation.
Discussion: The Swamp
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Crist says he never backed stimulus measure  —  (CNN) - Florida Gov. Charlie Crist tells CNN he never endorsed President Obama's $787 billion stimulus measure, in what appears to be the latest effort by the Florida Republican to distance himself from the president as he seeks his party's Senate nomination.
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Unhealthy America  —  The moment of truth for health care is at hand, and the distortion that perhaps gets the most traction is this: … That self-aggrandizing delusion may be the single greatest myth in the health care debate.  In fact, America's health care system is worse than Slov—er, oops, more on that later.
Discussion: DailyHowler.com and The Mahablog
 
 
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Nicholas Ballasy / CNSNews:
Constitution Tells Congress ‘to Provide for the Health’ …
Lisa Lerer / The Politico:
Climate bill passes without GOP
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Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Pentagon Expected to Request More War Funding
Discussion: Truthdig
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / Wall Street Journal:
Media Criticism, Chicago-Style
Discussion: Hit & Run
Joe Klein / Time:
The State of Hillary: A Mixed Record on the Job
Discussion: Wonk Room
City Journal:
Revolt in Westchester  —  Other issues, especially taxes …
Discussion: Overlawyered
Michael Powell / New York Times:
The Morning After, Democrats Regret Lost Chances to Win
Discussion: New York Magazine and Gothamist
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Collins to introduce czar amendment again
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David Rogers / The Politico:
Dems want to seize historic moment
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Fran Langum / Blue Gal:
That's NOT YOUR CAKE, Barack Obama!
 

 
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Peter White / Deadline:
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