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2:25 PM ET, November 2, 2010


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Wall Street Journal:
Pressure Builds on Obama to Shake Up Inner Circle  —  Some high-level Democrats are calling for President Barack Obama to remake his inner circle or even fire top advisers in response to what many party strategists expect to be a decisive defeat on Tuesday.  —  Tensions have come to the surface …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
5 Reasons Democrats Could Beat the Polls and Hold the House  —  It was hard to pinpoint exactly when in the night things started to go wrong.  But at some point, a trash can was knocked over in John Boehner's office in the Rayburn House Office Building.  A half-hour later on the other side of town …
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Second Marriage  —  The heavens rejoiced.  Two years ago as Democrats cruised to power, Washingtonians felt a jolt of electricity in the air.  News organizations published picture books celebrating the dawning of a new age.  I distinctly remember seeing angels and cherubs drunk at the bar …
The Cook /
The Cook Report Issues Final Forecast: GOP Gains 50 to 60 Seats in the House
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Record Midterm Enthusiasm as Voters Head to Polls  —  Republican enthusiasm exceeds that for either party in prior midterm election years  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans' enthusiasm about voting exceeds the recent midterm election high set four years ago, with 50% of Americans and 53% …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Final Gallup enthusiasm gap: nineteen points  —  Gallup released its final polling on voter enthusiasm today, and the bottom line is that it's record-breaking for midterm elections.  In fact, for Democrats and their leaners, it's the second-best enthusiasm level in a midterm election Gallup has seen at 44% …
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
DNC election day talking points
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Cornyn: GOP would ‘welcome’ party switch by Joe Lieberman  —  Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said Senate Republicans would “welcome” any Democrats who wish to switch parties and caucus with the GOP.  —  Cornyn, the head of Senate Republicans' campaign efforts, floated the possibility …
Geoff Earle / New York Post:
Voters to show ‘Dem’ no mercy
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Republicans set to win House, gain in Senate: Reuters/Ipsos poll
Discussion: The Plum Line, Hot Air and The Fix
The Hill:
Predictions from lawmakers and the Obama administration on Election Day 2010
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Washington Post:
Companies may have to make amends after midterm elections  —  Republicans have a message for the businesses that worked closely with the Obama administration over the past two years on key controversial issues: We won't forget.  —  Take the case of Wal-Mart, the behemoth big-box retailer that liberals have long loved to hate.
Max Read / Gawker:
'John Boehner: Stop Using My Dad's Name as a Punchline, You Asshat.'  —  Republican House minority leader John Boehner has been using a dumb—trust me, really dumb—line involving Johnny Cash in some recent speeches.  Cash's daughter Roseanne doesn't think much of that.  And she let Boehner know, by calling him “asshat.”
Michael Kinsley / The Politico:
U.S. is not greatest country ever  —  When foreign car companies started opening factories in the United States, back in the 1980s, it seemed like an act of obeisance.  The plants didn't make economic sense — Americans had to be paid so much more — but this was a tactful bit of tribute to Empire Central.
J.P. Freire / Beltway Confidential:
Crazed Democrats in Virginia attack opponents, throw signs  —  If you thought negative campaign ads were a problem in this election, perhaps you haven't spent enough time in Virginia's 5th district.  This video depicts two men unleashing a string of racial epithets at members of Americans for Prosperity, who took the video.
Discussion: Pirate's Cove and Instapundit
Michelle Malkin:
Unhinged Perriello/Obama supporter rips up GOP signs, screams …
Mytheos Holt / National Review:
Remember 2008...  When all those nauseating, over-produced faux-musical Obama ads came out?  Well, someone noticed a few discrepancies between what those slick ads promised and what actually happened in the intervening few years and pointed them out in this highly amusing video parody:
Paul Krugman:
Focus Hocus Pocus  —  If there's one piece of conventional pundit wisdom that annoys me most, it's the constant refrain that Obama was wrong to pursue health care, that he should have focused on the economy instead.  —  For the question people saying this never answer is, what would that focus have consisted of?
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Keith Olbermann Suspends ‘Worst Persons’ Segment Until Further Notice  —  Longtime fans of Countdown may have been disappointed to learn tonight that one of the franchise segments, “Worst Persons,” is no longer - at least for the time being.  Why?  Well as host Keith Olbermann explains in the segment below …
Nick Baumann / Mother Jones:
The Real Prize in Tuesday's Elections  —  The GOP is hoping to redistrict dozens of Dems out of their congressional seats—and if things go their way in the Rust Belt, they just might pull it off.  —  Post Comment  —  Forget the Senate and House.  That's short-term thinking.
Ray Rahman / Mediaite:
Bill Maher Stands By Mohammed Remarks: 'I Don't Need To Apologize For Being A Proud Westerner'  —  Bill Maher showed up on CNN to talk about comments he made on Real Time regarding the ‘alarming’ number of ‘baby Mohammeds’ in England.  Maher told Wolf Blitzer that he felt no need to …
Dorothy Rabinowitz / Wall Street Journal:
Why Obama Is No Roosevelt  —  Roosevelt: ‘Your government has unmistakable confidence in your ability to hear the worst without flinching and losing heart.’ Obama: We don't 'always think clearly when we're scared.'  —  Whatever the outcome of today's election, this much is clear …
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Official Election Predictions Post  —  When all the votes are counted, I think there'll be 232 House Republicans.  They'll be joined by 49 Senate Republicans, which is going to set off an interesting frenzy of efforts to entice Senators Nelson, Lieberman, Landrieu, and Pryor to switch parties …
Paul Krugman:
Math Rage  —  A number of my recent blog posts have involved pointing out adding-up constraints: you can't have some people spending less than their income unless others spend more than their income, all the world's currencies can't devalue against each other, etc..
Discussion: Scripting News
James Hohmann / The Politico:
Third Way aims for front and center  —  The long-simmering battle between moderates and liberals for the soul of the Democratic Party is about to explode.  —  That presents a golden opportunity for Third Way, a five-year-old think tank that remains largely unknown outside the Beltway.
Jay Nordlinger / National Review:
Voting  —  Concerning my trip to the polls this morning, a few observations (remember how WFB would begin a column that way?):  —  1) I guess that, if I live to 112, I will always have the same memory, when waiting to cast my ballot.  It is of the first time I voted.  I was a freshman in college.
Discussion: alicublog
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
O'Donnell receives most coverage of 2010 candidates  —  Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell didn't get too much national media coverage before upsetting the Republican establishment and winning the Delaware primary in September.  But since then, O'Donnell's been all over the news …
Toby Harnden / Telegraph:
Midterms 2010: Americans aren't stupid - but they are angry with Barack Obama  —  Today's mid-term elections will highlight the divide between Barack Obama's big government and disaffected voters, says Toby Harnden.  —  It has been easy this year to present the American mid-term elections …
Discussion: The New Ledger and RedState
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Last-minute stops for Reid and Angle as Nev. decides day's top race  —  LAS VEGAS — Senate candidates Harry Reid and Sharron Angle are making last-minute campaign stops Tuesday with voting under way across Nevada.  —  Senate Majority Leader Reid is set to rally volunteers on Tuesday morning …
Discussion: CNN
Bcook / Fox Nation:
Rand Paul: ‘We Will Challenge’ McConnell  —  Rand Paul, the Republican Senate nominee in Kentucky, says that if he's elected he would not be an automatic vote for the state's senior senator, Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, who did not back him in the primary but supports him now.
Roger Catlin / The Huffington Post:
How Glenn Beck Spent the Day of Rally to Restore Sanity  —  What's Your Reaction:  —  It seemed the opposite of sanity that on the day of Jon Stewart's big rally with Steven Colbert on the National Mall that Glenn Beck, who inspired the gesture with his own late summer rally, that would be here …
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Deficit Commission Plots to Overhaul Social Security Behind Voters' Backs  —  That is what the NYT reported today, although it used somewhat different language.  It told readers that:  —  “The group, which has a Dec. 1 deadline for recommending how to reduce the annual deficits swelling the federal debt …
Discussion: Firedoglake and New York Times
Quin Hillyer / American Spectator:
Justice, Denied  —  By Quin Hillyer from the November 2010 issue  —  Under attorney general Eric Holder, the Obama Department of Justice (DOJ) is dangerously politicized, radically leftist, racialist, lawless, and at times corrupt.  The good news is that it's also often incompetent.
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Chrislhayes / Daily Kos:
Daily Kos GOTV: Margins Matter
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Adam Goodheart / Opinionator:
Head-Stompers, Wrench-Swingers and Wide Awakes
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
Bill O'Reilly Issues ‘Viewer Warning’ That MSNBC Hosts May ‘Commit Suicide’ Tomorrow
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Next Worry: A Restive Left Flank
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
QE2 risks currency wars and the end of dollar hegemony
Elisabetta Povoledo / New York Times:
Berlusconi Scandal Could Threaten Government
Lee Cary / American Thinker:
Palin v. Rove and the Battle for the GOP's Future
 Earlier Items: 
The Huffington Post:
Could The Polls In Election 2010 Be Wrong?
Discussion:, Salon and PostPartisan
Ezra Klein:
What will a GOP win mean for health-care reform?
Discussion: National Review
Bryan Curtis / The Daily Beast:
The Bush Rehab Begins
Bryan Bender / Boston Globe:
Results may shrink president's agenda
Urban Cowgirl /
The Battle of Harris County