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3:45 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 …
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:
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.
Ezra Klein:
Wonkbook: Welcome to gridlocked America
First Read / msnbc.com:
First thoughts: Historic night
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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
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
Discussion: TigerHawk and No Left Turns
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.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Hot Air
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
On Fox News, Election 2010 is cause for cheer
Discussion: Mediaite
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Bachmann To MSNBC's Matthews: That Thrill Isn't Tingly Anymore
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Santorum headed to New Hampshire
Discussion: HotAirPundit
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Obama Should Move to the White House
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Des Moines Register:
Iowa Supreme Court Justices issue statement after being ousted  —  The Iowa Supreme Court justices issued the following statement moments ago:
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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
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 …
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
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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Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Pelosi said that 200 House Dems would win easily  —  Democrats failed on Tuesday night to win the “more than 200” seats a confident Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) had said in the spring that they would “easily” retain.  —  “One thing I know for sure is that Democrats will retain their majority …
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The Hill:
Pelosi to discuss her future in interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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Mark Mellinger / WANE-TV:
Pence will run for governor
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 …
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Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Fingerpointing, Cont'd  —  Kevin Drum writes:
Discussion: Mother Jones
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).
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:
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: Raw Story and The Atlantic Online
 
 
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Florida districting fight heads to court, as expected
Discussion: Election Law
Paul Krugman:
Nobody Cares About Process
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Ezra Klein:
The Cult of the President lives on
Discussion: Fox News and Balloon Juice
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Hispanics saved the Dems
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
No shelter in health care opposition
Discussion: Swampland and Balloon Juice
George Packer / Interesting Times:
The Era of the Disappearing Era  —  Tom Perriello went …
Discussion: TPMCafe
Peter Beinart / The Daily Beast:
Last Night's Big Loser
Discussion: Pajamas Media, normblog and Eunomia
 Earlier Items: 
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
The GOP House Gain Floor Is 60, the Ceiling Is 71
John B. Judis / The New Republic:
A Lost Generation  —  Obama deserved to lose—but the country …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Pacific Views
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Rick Scott wins Florida governor's race
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 …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Oklahoma bans Sharia law
Jim Brunner / Seattle Times:
Murray leads Rossi on strong King County vote
Michelle Malkin:
Take Your Olive Branch and Shove It, Democrats
Discussion: AMERICAN DIGEST