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2:36 AM ET, November 4, 2010

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The Politico:
GOP senators fight over failure  —  Long-simmering tensions within the Republican Party spilled into public view Wednesday as the pragmatic and conservative wings of the GOP blamed each other in blunt terms for the party's failure to capture the Senate.  —  With tea party-backed candidates …
Discussion: New York Magazine and CNN
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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
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Mitch McConnell: Defeat Barack Obama in 2012
Discussion: ThinkProgress and SpeakEasy
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Reid is ‘begging’ for Republican input; criticizes GOP and the media
Discussion: The Politico
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Reid: 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' repeal depends on GOP cooperation
Discussion: Raw Story and TPMMuckraker
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Obama and Boehner: Mutual scorn?
Discussion: ABCNEWS and CNN
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Inside White House, calls for shake-up
First Read / msnbc.com:
Just 32% of Tea Party candidates win  —  A Don't Tred On Me flag flies above protesters at a rally in April in Macon, MO.  —  From NBC's Alexandra Moe  —  For all the talk of the Tea Party's strength - and there will certainly be a significant number of their candidates in Congress …
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Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Results Are In And Many Agree: Fox News Offered More Balanced Election Coverage Than MSNBC  —  If you believe that the cable news landscape is symptomatic of our two-party political system, then you also probably, and predictably, saw a different tone in last nights election results.
James Delingpole / blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
Tea Party: now for the Presidency  —  Rubio: hot wife, cute kid.  But does he have the ideological cojones?  —  Before we get too jubilant about the humiliating, crushing, thousands-of-floating-dead-Persians- at-Salamis-style defeat inflicted by the Tea Party movement on Democrats …
Discussion: CBS News and Samizdata.net
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
On Fox News, Election 2010 is cause for cheer
Discussion: News Hounds and Mediaite
The Daily Beast:
5 Best Moments from MSNBC's Apocalyptic Night
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Hot Air
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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Brad DeLong / Grasping Reality with Both Hands:
The Mountain Labored, and Gave Birth to a Mouse  —  The Federal Reserve says: … Greg Robb: … The five-year note carries an interest rate of 1.17% per year.  The Federal Reserve is thus changing the supply of assets by taking onto its own balance sheet... wait for it... wait for it …
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Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:   For immediate release  —  Information received since …
Alex Pareene / Salon:
The sad tale of the Democrats who hated the unemployed  —  Last summer, we met the Democrats who hated the unemployed — the 16 House votes from the majority party against an emergency extension of unemployment benefits.  They were:  —  John Adler, D-N.J.  —  Brian Baird, D-Wash.
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
What Liberals Never Learn  —  After winning in Kentucky last night, Rand Paul was talking to CNN's Wolf Blitzer, who dutifully repeated a Democrat talking point: “What if they just raised taxes on the richest, those making more than 250,000 dollars a year?”  In answering the question …
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Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:   Rand Paul Explains His Support For Plutocracy: 'There Are No Poor …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Democrats find common ground: It's the White House's fault  —  The bodies aren't even cold yet in the House, but the Democratic Party has already opened up a bitter debate over who's to blame.  —  The party's bloodied moderates Wednesday released two years of pent-up anger at a party leadership …
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.
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Steve Singiser / Daily Kos:
Rasmussen Being Rasmussen: The Evidence Is In  —  Now that the confetti has been swept up, and tears (of joy or anguish) have largely been dabbed dry, time for a little dispassionate analysis.  As the resident poll guy here, I have been fairly steadfast in my criticism of Rasmussen Reports, as have several of my colleagues.
Discussion: Salon and The Monkey Cage
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.
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
Obama Doesn't Get It  —  President Obama came close, but he still just cannot admit that his radical policies and their effects on the economy are the cause of his devastating political rebuke.  For most of his press conference, an oddly depressed Obama voted present, as he all but said that the problems …
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 …
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.”
A. G. Sulzberger / New York Times:
Ouster of Iowa Judges Sends Signal to Bench  —  DES MOINES — An unprecedented vote to remove three Iowa Supreme Court justices who were part of the unanimous decision that legalized same-sex marriage in the state was celebrated by conservatives as a popular rebuke of judicial overreach …
Discussion: Election Law
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: Dennis the Peasant and Hullabaloo
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 …
New York Post:
No time to celebrate  —  Tweet  —  The most remarkable thing about last night's over whelming GOP victory in the midterm elections is the utter lack of triumphalism.  —  “This is not a time for celebration,” said John Boehner, the main who'll become speaker of the House, last night.
New York Times:
Outside Groups on the Right Flexed Muscles in House Races  —  On the way to winning back the majority in the House on Tuesday, Republican challenger after Republican challenger overcame significant fund-raising gaps to beat their opponents, bolstered by a deluge of spending by independent groups.
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.
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.
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Argument recap: A Kennedy-Kagan axis?  —  Commentary  —  From the time Elena Kagan emerged as a likely nominee to the Supreme Court, the focus was on whether she would, sooner or later, have a strong influence among the Justices because of her acknowledged quickness of mind and good humor.
Discussion: Althouse
Rasmussen Reports:
Most Voters Think House GOP Likely To Disappoint By 2012  —  Hold the celebration.  Most voters expected Republicans to win control of the House of Representatives on Election Day, but nearly as many expect to be disappointed with how they perform by the time the 2012 elections roll around.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
 
 
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Jeffrey Lord / American Spectator:
The Winner: Rush Limbaugh
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Colby Hall / Mediaite:
MSNBC Anchors Debate And Deride Rep. John Boehner's ‘Weeping’ Speech
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More than half the Blue Dogs are out
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Barney Frank: I'm a victim of the media!
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Tenther Senate Candidates Get Thumped At The Polls
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Carrie Lukas / The Daily Caller:
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Dem wants House to ‘disavow’ Clinton impeachment
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Hillary in right place at right time
Discussion: blogs.telegraph.co.uk
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Florida districting fight heads to court, as expected
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Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Two Lessons From the Election