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6:10 PM ET, November 3, 2010

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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  —  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 and Boulder moved Bennet past Buck …
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Obama Should Move to the White House  —  Rather than plunge into the debate over whether Obama should “move to the center” or adopt tactics of high-intensity conflict with congressional Republicans let me suggest another tack.  A day contains 24 hours.  That's true for you, for me, for John Boehner, and for Barack Obama.
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Dennis the Peasant
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Ezra Klein:
What comes next in a universe where the government works  —  On Feb. 5, 2011, the president signed the Economic Growth and Deficit Reduction Act of 2011 into law.  The legislation lifted the employer-portion of the payroll tax for a year, approved more than $50 billion in infrastructure investments, and cut the deficit.
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: Ross Douthat and Pacific Views
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
What Now? An Epic Election Meets the Future
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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Michael Barone / Beltway Confidential:
Some random thoughts on the 2010 elections
Discussion: TigerHawk and No Left Turns
Ezra Klein:
Wonkbook: Welcome to gridlocked America
First Read / msnbc.com:   First thoughts: Historic night
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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Michelle Malkin:
Take Your Olive Branch and Shove It, Democrats
Discussion: AMERICAN DIGEST
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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Joe Miller for Senate:
Statement from Joe Miller
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: POWIP, theblogprof and Shakesville
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Des Moines Register:
Iowa Supreme Court Justices issue statement after being ousted
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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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Santorum headed to New Hampshire
Discussion: HotAirPundit
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 …
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The Daily Beast:
5 Best Moments from MSNBC's Apocalyptic Night  —  Matthews asked Bachmann if she was hypnotized.  Olbermann feared the Tea Party would eat away at the Earth's core.  O'Donnell prepared for the Rand Paul end times.  WATCH VIDEO of the liberal network's most distraught moments on Election Night.
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
On Fox News, Election 2010 is cause for cheer
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 …
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Darrell Issa: I'll investigate George W. Bush too
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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.
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 …
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in September confirms that the pace of recovery in output and employment continues to be slow.  Household spending is increasing gradually, but remains constrained by high unemployment, modest income growth …
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:
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Mike Pence resigns from GOP leadership  —  While his party basked in the afterglow of a historic House victory, Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) announced he would resign as House Republican Conference Chairman, and Texas Rep. Jeb Hensarling threw his hat in the ring.
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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 …
Paul Krugman:
Nobody Cares About Process  —  Urk.  I just gave up on the presidential press conference.  When Obama declared that Americans rejected Democrats in part because “We were in such a hurry to get things done that we didn't change how things got done,” I checked out.  —  Nobody cares about this stuff — they care about results.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
The White House:
Press Conference by the President East Room  —  THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody.  Last night I had a chance to speak to the leaders of the House and the Senate and reached out to those who had both won and lost in both parties.  I told John Boehner and Mitch McConnell that I look forward to working with them.
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 …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Dem wants House to ‘disavow’ Clinton impeachment  —  On the day after Republicans reclaimed control of Congress, a Democratic lawmaker said he will introduce a measure that would “disavow” the impeachment of former President Clinton.  —  Rep. Chaka Fattah (Pa.) said that the resolution …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
Rand Paul Explains His Support For Plutocracy: ‘There Are No Poor...We All Work For Rich People’  —  Last night, Kentucky elected Rand Paul (R-KY), the son of Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), to the U.S. Senate.  Speaking to CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Paul announced his intention to do anything it takes …
Mark Schmitt / American Prospect:
The “F-You” Election  —  Progressives lost this election — but conservatism and the Republican Party are hardly stronger for their success.  —  Six years ago, pollster and political scientist Stan Greenberg published a book, The Two Americas, in which he broke down the American electorate of the middle Bush era into new categories.
 
 
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Carrie Lukas / The Daily Caller:
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Tami Luhby / CNNMoney.com:
Major anti-tax measures fail
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Obama's Latest DADT Promise
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Colorado rejects fetal “personhood”
Michael Tomasky / Guardian:
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New York Times:
G.O.P. Leaders Vow to Repeal Health Care Law
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and The Caucus
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Hillary in right place at right time
Discussion: blogs.telegraph.co.uk
Ezra Klein:
The Cult of the President lives on
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Pelosi said that 200 House Dems would win easily
Ezra Klein:
Democrats lost big because young voters stayed home
Christina Wilkie / The Hill:
Bristol Palin: ‘I did not’ vote
Discussion: Wonkette
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Fingerpointing, Cont'd  —  Kevin Drum writes:
Discussion: Mother Jones