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12:50 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 …
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  —  In its final forecast for the election cycle, The Cook Political Report expects a gain for Republicans of 50 to 60 seats in the House, with six to eight seats in the Senate.  Below are the final outlooks and latest ratings changes.
Geoff Earle / New York Post:
Voters to show ‘Dem’ no mercy
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Heated Campaign Ends as Votes Are Cast
Discussion: CNN
The Hill:
Predictions from lawmakers and the Obama administration on Election Day 2010
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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 …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
House Forecast: G.O.P. Plus 54-55 Seats; Significantly Larger …
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Caucus and Tuned In
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 …
Discussion: TalkLeft, POLISING and Swampland
John Sides / The Monkey Cage:
Seat Losses Everywhere
Discussion: Ezra Klein
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.
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 …
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:
Bryan Bender / Boston Globe:
Results may shrink president's agenda  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama will reduce the scope of his legislative ambitions if Republicans seize control of the House today as is widely predicted, jettisoning proposals to control greenhouse gases and overhaul immigration laws in favor …
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
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Debt Panel Pauses Until After Elections
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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 …
Ezra Klein:
What will a GOP win mean for health-care reform?  —  The question is not whether Republicans want to repeal the health-care overhaul.  They do.  “We offer a plan to repeal and replace the government takeover of health care,” reads the 2010 Republican Agenda.  —  The question is whether they'll succeed.
Discussion: National Review
Memorial Hospital cites Obama Health Care Reform on hospital layoffs
Discussion: Beltway Confidential
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.”
Urban Cowgirl /
The Battle of Harris County  —  A firsthand look at early voting in Houston  —  Voting signs outside a polling station in Harris County.  —  On Friday, Oct. 29, the last day of early voting in Houston, the walkway into Moody Park's polling station in Houston looked like a gauntlet.
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
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.
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% …
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 …
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.
The Huffington Post:
Could The Polls In Election 2010 Be Wrong?  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION? … WASHINGTON — Could the polls be wrong?  That's a question I've been asked often in recent months, mostly by Democrats hoping that the dire forecasts produced here and elsewhere turn out to be too pessimistic.
Discussion: Salon, and PostPartisan
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.
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?
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Obama Concedes a Poor Choice of Words on ‘Enemies’
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Myglesias / Yglesias:
Immigration and the Reddish Yellow Menace
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
Scott Wong / The Politico:
Rand Paul: ‘We will challenge’ Mitch McConnell
Discussion: CNN, Washington Monthly and The Hill
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