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7:30 PM ET, November 3, 2010

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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
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 …
Ray Sanchez / ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: Speaker Nancy Pelosi Says She Has ‘No Regrets’  —  Pelosi Tells Diane Sawyer She Hasn't Thought About Her Future Yet  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said today she has “no regrets” one day after a Republican landslide stripped her of the power that defined her historic tenure as the first female Speaker of the House.
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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Some Implications
Michelle Malkin:
Take Your Olive Branch and Shove It, Democrats
Discussion: AMERICAN DIGEST
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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First Read / msnbc.com:
Just 32% of Tea Party candidates win
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
On Fox News, Election 2010 is cause for cheer
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  —  The campaign remains optimistic that Joe Miller will be the next U.S. Senator from the state of Alaska.  —  Previous write-in campaigns in Alaska have demonstrated that as much as 5 to 6% of returned ballots have not met the standard to be counted as a valid vote.
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, POWIP and Shakesville
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Des Moines Register:
Iowa Supreme Court Justices issue statement after being ousted
Ken Tucker / EW.com:
George Bush really does not ‘appreciate’ Kanye West's Katrina criticism: ‘The worst moment of my presidency’  —  President George W. Bush says that when he heard Kanye West say, “George Bush doesn't care about black people,” “it was one of the most disgusting moments in my presidency.”
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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.
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 …
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 …
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
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:
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
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 …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Barney Frank: I'm a victim of the media!  —  Didn't Barney Frank win his race?  In this train wreck of a victory speech, Frank spent more time attacking the media and his opponent, Sean Bielat, than most losing candidates do in conceding their races.  Its closest analogue, in my recollection …
Discussion: Mediaite, Instapundit and Pajamas Media
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.
New York Times:
G.O.P. Leaders Vow to Repeal Health Care Law  —  Fresh off their sweeping victories in the midterm elections, Congressional Republican leaders on Wednesday said that they would use their new majority in the House and bolstered ranks in the Senate to pursue a vision of smaller government and lower spending …
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.
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 …
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 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.
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 …
Ezra Klein:
Democrats lost big because young voters stayed home  —  I basically agree with Kevin Drum's take on the overall election results: Most of the losses were predicted by structural factors, but not all of them.  Democrats lost at least 15 more seats than the basic model would've predicted …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Tenther Senate Candidates Get Thumped At The Polls  —  For over a year, ThinkProgress has been tracking “tentherism”, the radical view that pretty much everything the federal government does is unconstitutional.  A shockingly large number of the GOP's Senate candidates this cycle embraced tentherism …
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
 
 
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Youth Turnout About 20%, Comparable to Recent Midterm Years
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Most Voters Think House GOP Likely To Disappoint By 2012
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Reid: 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' repeal depends on GOP cooperation
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
Carrie Lukas / The Daily Caller:
Stiletto Nation: Women in the 2010 Election
Discussion: Dr. Helen and Vox Popoli
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Dem wants House to ‘disavow’ Clinton impeachment
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Tracy Clark-Flory / Salon:
Colorado rejects fetal “personhood”
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Tomasky / Guardian:
Turnout: explains a lot | Michael Tomasky
Discussion: Daily Kos and Outside the Beltway
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Hillary in right place at right time
Discussion: blogs.telegraph.co.uk
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Santorum headed to New Hampshire
Discussion: HotAirPundit
Ezra Klein:
The Cult of the President lives on
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Fingerpointing, Cont'd  —  Kevin Drum writes:
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Mother Jones
Ezra Klein:
Wonkbook: Welcome to gridlocked America
Michael Barone / Beltway Confidential:
Some random thoughts on the 2010 elections
Discussion: TigerHawk and No Left Turns