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3:05 PM ET, November 3, 2010

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Jim Demint / Wall Street Journal:
Welcome, Senate Conservatives  —  Remember what the voters back home want—less government and more freedom.  —  Congratulations to all the tea party-backed candidates who overcame a determined, partisan opposition to win their elections.  The next campaign begins today.
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Ezra Klein:
Wonkbook: Welcome to gridlocked America
Ezra Klein:
What comes next in a universe where the government works
First Read / msnbc.com:
First thoughts: Historic night
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
What Now? An Epic Election Meets the Future
Denver Post:
Bennet wins in Senate race  —  Appointed U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet will be elected to the U.S. Senate after pulling ahead of challenger Ken Buck this morning.  —  Long after most Coloradans — including the candidates and their supporters — had gone to bed, returns from Denver …
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Denver Post:
Bennet wins Senate race
Discussion: TPMDC and Lawyers, Guns & Money
Sean Cockerham / Anchorage Daily News:
Write-in vote lead has Murkowski smiling  —  ELECTION COULD MAKE HISTORY: Final counts may be weeks away; parnell, young post strong results.  —  scockerham@adn.com  —  Election returns Tuesday night showed Lisa Murkowski with a chance to become only the second candidate to run …
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Christina Wilkie / The Hill:
Bristol Palin: ‘I did not’ vote  —  Bristol Palin admitted Tuesday that she failed to vote in this year's mid-term elections.  —  “I did not send in my absentee ballots to Alaska,” she told “Inside Edition” during an interview set to air Wednesday.  —  Palin, currently competing on …
Discussion: Wonkette
William Yardley / New York Times:
In Alaska, ‘Write-In’ Leads
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Some Implications  —  First thoughts.  —  1. Nancy Pelosi will presumably step down as Democratic leader in the House.  Steny Hoyer could be challenged from the left as he seeks to move up to replace her, and he could lose—partly because the defeat of Democrats in swing districts throughout …
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Michael Barone / Beltway Confidential:
Some random thoughts on the 2010 elections  —  In my Wednesday Washington Examiner column, which had to be filed before the full returns were available, I tried to set the Republicans' historic gains in the House of Representatives in historic perspective, keeping in mind that the exit polls suggested …
Discussion: TigerHawk and No Left Turns
Evan Bayh / New York Times:
Where Do Democrats Go Next?  —  DEMOCRATS can recover from the disappointments of this election and set the stage for success in 2012.  But to do so we must learn from Tuesday's results.  —  Many of our problems were foreseeable.  A public unhappy about the economy will take it out on the party in power …
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Mitt Romney / Washington Post:
Obama must slay the job-killing beast
Discussion: The Hill, GOP 12 and Commentary
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:   Evan Bayh Argues That Democrats Can Only Win If They Do The Opposite …
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Inside White House, calls for shake-up  —  Some of the calls for a White House shake-up are now coming from inside the building.  —  Frustrated current and former West Wing staffers, speaking on condition of anonymity, told POLITICO they hoped Tuesday night's humbling losses …
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Myglesias / Yglesias:
Obama Should Move to the White House
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
In 2009 the White House Underestimated the Economic Devastation …
Discussion: msnbc.com and AMERICAblog News
John Nolte / Big Journalism:
Michele Bachman Humiliates Chris Matthews: How's That Leg Tingle Doing Tonight?  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann went on MSNBC for an interview with Chris Matthews tonight and handled him with dismissive tone the hack deserved.  All he wanted to do was bait her with unprofessional journolisty questions …
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The Daily Beast:
5 Best Moments from MSNBC's Apocalyptic Night
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Bachmann To MSNBC's Matthews: That Thrill Isn't Tingly Anymore
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Don Surber
Mallory Simon / CNN:
Iowa voters oust justices who made same-sex marriage legal  —  (CNN) — Voters in Iowa chose to remove three high court justices who helped make Iowa the first Midwestern state to permit same-sex marriage.  —  The vote marks the first time a member of the Iowa Supreme Court has been rejected …
Discussion: theblogprof and Shakesville
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Des Moines Register:
Iowa Supreme Court Justices issue statement after being ousted  —  The Iowa Supreme Court justices issued the following statement moments ago:
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Live Blogging the Election Returns  —  We will be covering tonight's election returns beginning at around 5 p.m. Eastern, an hour before the first polls close in Kentucky and Indiana.  —  You can follow along here and check out our hour-by-hour, district-by-district guide for watching the returns.
The Hill:
GOP likely to urge Obama officials not to shred documents  —  Republicans are likely to urge the Obama administration not to shred documents as they transition to the House majority.  —  Before the election, GOP officials on Capitol Hill privately discussed the issue but refrained from publicly tackling it …
Discussion: The Politico and New York Times
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The Hill:
Pelosi to discuss her future in interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer  —  Outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) will sit for an interview Wednesday with ABC News as House Democrats wait for a decision on her future in Congress.  —  The decimated Democratic caucus is “in a holding pattern,” …
Discussion: The Note and JammieWearingFool
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Elise Viebeck / The Hill:   Pelosi said that 200 House Dems would win easily
Jim Brunner / Seattle Times:
Murray leads Rossi on strong King County vote  —  Democratic U.S. Sen. Patty Murray held a lead Tuesday night over challenger Dino Rossi, raising hopes among her supporters that she would survive the national GOP wave.  —  Hundreds of Democrats who gathered at the Westin Hotel …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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David Catanese / The Politico:
Patty Murray, Dino Rossi both confident of win in Washington
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Fingerpointing, Cont'd  —  Kevin Drum writes: … I think that the model Drum relied upon is flawed in that our economic statistics understate the level of misery in the country.  I could point to tactical and strategic political errors that exacerbated the result a bit …
Discussion: Mother Jones
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Ezra Klein:
Democrats lost big because young voters stayed home
Erick Erickson / RedState:
The Morning Briefing: The Tsunami  —  [UPDATE]: The whole of the Maine legislator has flipped to the GOP.  Several people I have talked to said such a deep and thorough shift to any one party has not happened in one election in the past 100 years.  —  This is an unusual Morning Briefing …
The Huffington Post:
Blue Dog Coalition Crushed By GOP Wave Election  —  What's Your Reaction: … WASHINGTON — Tuesday was a tough night for Democrats, as they watched Republicans win enough seats to take back the House in the next Congress and began to ponder life under a likely House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Pence steps down as No. 3 in House GOP  —  Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) will step down from his position as chairman of the House Republican Conference, he announced on Wednesday.  —  Pence informed fellow House Republicans in a “Dear Colleague” letter that he would leave his third-ranking position within …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and GOP 12
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Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Mike Pence resigns from GOP leadership
Discussion: Iowa Independent
Christina Wilkie / The Hill:
Prank!  GOP leaves a gift at Democratic HQ  —  In 1992, a life sized donkey was placed at the front door of the Republican National Committee offices.  It was a fitting prank in a year when Democrats took the White House and retained majorities in the House and Senate.  —  Last night, Republicans got payback.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and RedState
John B. Judis / The New Republic:
A Lost Generation  —  Obama deserved to lose—but the country doesn't deserve the consequences.  —  Asked on Monday to assess the significance of the coming Democratic defeat, Tim Kaine, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, tried to portray this election as fairly typical.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Pacific Views
Telegraph:
Barack Obama sex doll for sale in China  —  Americans may have fallen out of love with Barack Obama, but the president of the United States is still an object of affection for the Chinese, who have remodelled him as a blow-up sex doll.  —  A doll wearing a dark blue suit and red tie …
Myglesias / Yglesias:
The Changing Electorate  —  One reason it's difficult to read midterm elections as reflecting shifts in the “national mood” is that the actual set of voting people is quite different.  According to exit polls, for example, the relative proportion of youth voters and senior voters shifted quite dramatically:
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Morning Jay: Special “The Morning After” Edition  —  Last night, the Republicans made history in the House of Representatives.  As of this writing, the GOP has been declared the winner in or is winning in 243 House districts.  If this number holds, it would exceed any Republican majority since 1946.
Discussion: Grim's Hall
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David Jackson / USA Today:
Boehner pledges repeal of Obama health care law
The Huffington Post:
Bush NBC Interview: Being Called A Racist By Kanye West The Worst Moment Of My Presidency  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION? … The first excerpts of former President George W. Bush's interview with NBC New's Matt Lauer were released on Tuesday night.  And what stands among the noteworthy bits …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Raw Story
 
 
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BDN projects LePage to win governor's race
George Packer / Interesting Times:
The Era of the Disappearing Era  —  Tom Perriello went …
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Peter Beinart / The Daily Beast:
Last Night's Big Loser
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
The GOP House Gain Floor Is 60, the Ceiling Is 71
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Rick Scott wins Florida governor's race
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Did the “Tea Party” lose the Senate for the GOP?
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Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Creative Destruction  —  A historic loss for the Democrats …
Discussion: Open Left
Denis / Gay Politics:
Record number of LGBT candidates elected to office
Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
Rand Paul Explains His Support For Plutocracy: 'There Are No Poor …
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Michelle Malkin:
Take Your Olive Branch and Shove It, Democrats
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