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10:35 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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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 …
Discussion: Commentary and Marathon Pundit
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!  —  In Ohio, citizens marched to the polls on Tuesday and voted to allow gambling casinos in the state.  This was a obviously a message to President Obama that independent voters are not happy with the way the health care bill is going.  —  Really, I don't see how else you can interpret it.
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 …
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Independent voters big for GOP; Democrats maintain black vote
Discussion: The Politico, Townhall.com and MyDD
James Pethokoukis:
‘Permanent Democratic majority’ begins to unravel
Discussion: Hot Air
Daniel Libit / The Politico:
Bachmann calls for ‘scare’ tactics  —  In a conference call Wednesday night with bloggers and activists for the advocacy group Americans for Prosperity, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) called on protesters to “scare” members of Congress into killing the proposed health care reform bill.
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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.
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.
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Hill
Patricia Murphy / Politics Daily:
Michele Bachmann's Capitol House Call: ‘Get Your Hands Off My Health Care!’
Discussion: Indecision Forever
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Michele Bachmann, Tea Partiers Prepare For Last Stand On Health Care
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Bachmann Watch  —  We've spent the day trying to get a handle …
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Lindsey Graham warns GOP against going too far right  —  The morning after Republicans lost an upstate New York House seat, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) warned that conservative activists will bring destruction to the Republican Party if they drive out moderate candidates across the country.
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Megan McArdle:
North and South in the Republican Party
Discussion: The Other McCain and Pajamas Media
Washington Post:
The center holds in Tuesday's elections
Discussion: Commentary and Capitol Briefing
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) …
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.
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.
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
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: The Mahablog
Michael Sokolove / New York Times:
Dick Armey Is Back on the Attack  —  I.  —  At sunset on a September evening, Dick Armey, the former House majority leader, strode to a lectern set up in the parking lot of a Harley-Davidson dealership in Hickory, N.C., where about 300 people had gathered to hear him speak.
New York Times:
Kerik Expected to Accept Prison Term in Corruption Case  —  Bernard B. Kerik, New York City's former police commissioner, is expected to plead guilty on Thursday to a single conspiracy charge in an agreement that would resolve the three pending federal criminal trials he faces in New York and Washington …
Fran Langum / Blue Gal:
That's NOT YOUR CAKE, Barack Obama!  —  That's BLUE GAL'S Anniversary Cake!  Her blog is five years old today!  —  I don't know how FOX News can claim they aren't a propaganda arm of the Republican Party after they sent you a half-eaten (Cavuto, natch) “aborted white babies” theme cake.
 
 
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