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11:25 AM ET, November 5, 2009

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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 …
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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.
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.
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:
CNN:
Gibbs dismisses losses as ‘local elections’  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs dismissed Democratic electoral defeats in New Jersey and Virginia as “two very local elections” that say nothing about President Barack Obama's standing with the American people right now.
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Hark! The Voters Speak!
Michael Barone / Wall Street Journal:
Tuesday's Biggest Loser: the Union Agenda
Discussion: Commentary and Marathon Pundit
Ruy Teixeira / New York Times:
Relax, Democrats  —  TO hear Republicans tell it …
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
Jill Lawrence / Politics Daily:   Florida, Texas, California?  Conservative Activists Mull Their Next Stand
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Independent voters big for GOP; Democrats maintain black vote
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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.
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
House leaders prepare for rare Saturday vote on health-care bill  —  CBO: GOP measure would cover few uninsured  —  House leaders put in motion the machinery to hold a rare Saturday vote on the most far-reaching expansion of the health-care system in more than 40 years.
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Michele Bachmann, Tea Partiers Prepare For Last Stand On Health Care
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.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Commentary
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Senate climate bill moving without GOP  —  Democrats on a key Senate committee bypassed a Republican boycott and this morning approved a sweeping plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions, a move meant to reassure other nations as the world prepares for global warming treaty hearings next month …
Discussion: The Politico
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Sunlen Miller / ABCNEWS:   Obama Hosts Native American Leaders
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 …
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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.
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) …
Discussion: TPMDC, The Plum Line and Swampland
TMZ.com:
Prejean Sex Tape Triggers Settlement  —  Carrie Prejean demanded more than a million dollars during her settlement negotiations with Miss California USA Pageant officials — that is, until the lawyer for the Pageant showed Carrie an XXX home video of her handiwork.
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.
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.
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Administration missteps hamper Mideast efforts  —  President Obama came into office insisting that his administration would press hard and fast to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  But after nine months, analysts and diplomats say, the administration's efforts have faltered in part because of its own missteps.
David Rogers / The Politico:
Dems want to seize historic moment  —  Health care is big for House Democrats: big like Social Security in the '30s and civil rights in the '60s, big like the war stories retold now in party caucuses as lawmakers grapple with the floor vote that is just days away.
Discussion: Althouse
 
 
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Michael Powell / New York Times:
The Morning After, Democrats Regret Lost Chances to Win
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Associated Press:
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Tony Romm / The Hill:
Collins to introduce czar amendment again
Adam D. Krauss / Foster's Daily Democrat:
Fresh on the heels of repeal in Maine, N.H. may reconsider gay marriage
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Dan Gerstein / Forbes:
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Discussion: Michelle Malkin
New York Times:
Haggling Over Abortion Deal in Health Bill
Discussion: The Hill, The Politico and msnbc.com
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Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Unhealthy America  —  The moment of truth for health care is at hand …
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Anthony Tommasini / New York Times:
Classical Music Takes Center Stage at the White House
Discussion: The Page
Fran Langum / Blue Gal:
That's NOT YOUR CAKE, Barack Obama!
Matthew Gagnon / Pine Tree Politics:
How Gay Marriage Lost In Maine
Discussion: The Reaction and The Daily Dish