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6:25 PM ET, November 4, 2010

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The Politico:
Michele Bachmann bid adds drama to the GOP leadership race  —  House Republicans look like they've largely been spared any uncomfortable leadership races as they cruise into their robust new majority, except for one little speed bump: Michele Bachmann.  —  The often fiery and always …
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New York Times:
Democrats Outrun by a 2-Year G.O.P. Comeback Plan  —  The PowerPoint slides presented to House Republicans in January 2009 seemed incongruously optimistic at a time when the very word “hope” belonged to the newly ascendant Democrats and their incoming president, Barack Obama.
George F. Will / Washington Post:
A recoil against liberalism  —  Unwilling to delay until tomorrow mistakes that could be made immediately, Democrats used 2010 to begin losing 2012.  Trying to preemptively drain the election of its dangerous (to Democrats) meaning, all autumn Democrats described the electorate as suffering a brain cramp …
Rasmussen Reports:
GOP Voters Like Three Candidates Best for 2012  —  OK, the election's over, and the message from most voters was that they didn't care much for President Obama's agenda.  Now the focus is on the race for the presidency in 2012.  —  On the Republican side, it's a dead heat between the ex-governors …
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Jsimoncnn / CNN:
CNN Poll: Obama vs. Palin in 2012?  —  Washington (CNN) - His party got its clock cleaned in Tuesday's midterm elections, but according to a new national poll President Obama remains competitive in hypothetical 2012 presidential election matchups, especially against Sarah Palin.
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Looking at the 2012 Presidential Field
Discussion: CNN and Outside the Beltway
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Harkin warns: No repealing or defunding healthcare reform on my committees  —  A well-placed Senate Democrat warned Thursday that efforts to scale back the new healthcare reform law will hit a brick wall in the upper chamber.  —  Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) — chairman of both the Senate Health Committee …
Discussion: CNN and JOSHUAPUNDIT
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Patrick O'Connor / Washington Wire:
McConnell: No Mood for Compromise
Discussion: Moe Lane
David Jackson / USA Today:
Obama, McConnell dispute the meaning of Tuesday's election
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:   Senate Dems warn GOP not to block legislation
The Politico:
Top Blue Dog calls for Pelosi to quit  —  An elder statesman of the moderate Blue Dog Coalition is calling on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to step down from party leadership after a historic election in which she presided over the loss of 60 seats and control of the House.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Gateway Pundit
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Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
Rep. John Boehner Says President Obama and Democrats in ‘Denial’  —  Slurpee Summit?  Future Speaker Boehner Says He'd Prefer Merlot  —  Republican Rep. John Boehner, the likely next speaker of the House of Representatives, says he believes President Obama does not fully comprehend the meaning …
Kathleen Hunter / Roll Call:
Shuler Threatens to Challenge Pelosi for Minority Leader  —  Rep. Heath Shuler predicted Thursday that Speaker Nancy Pelosi would act in the “best interest” of the Democratic Caucus and bow out of leadership, but said he would challenge the California Democrat for Minority Leader if she tried …
Cubachi:
Governor Christie to cut 1,200 public sector jobs, saving NJ millions  —  When Governor Christie set his sights on reducing the size of government and the debt in the Garden State, he is keeping that promise.  —  The governor announced that beginning January, he'll cut 1,200 state jobs saving New Jersey taxpayers $8.8 million.
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Chris Christie: ‘Zero chance’ for 2012 bid
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Chris Megerian / New Jersey Online:   Gov. Christie says N.J. to shed at least 1,200 public employees by next year
Gail Collins / New York Times:
The Day After the Day After  —  O.K., you poor little Democrats.  Stop sobbing.  Lift up your little liberal heads and shout.  There's gonna be. ...  Umm.  —  Harry Reid!  There's gonna be more Harry Reid!  Nobody thought it could happen, but the charisma-challenged Senate majority …
Discussion: Vox Popoli and Cafe Hayek
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Defining “compromise”  —  Can we please bag this idea …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Booman Tribune
Jeremy P. Jacobs / Hotline On Call:
Devastation: GOP Picks Up 680 State Leg.  Seats  —  While the Republican gains in the House and Senate are grabbing the most headlines, the most significant results on Tuesday came in state legislatures where Republicans wiped the floor with Democrats.  —  Republicans picked up 680 seats …
Joe Klein / Swampland:
Blue Dogs Dumped  —  Bill Galston has an elegant statistical analysis of what happened on Tuesday: it wasn't so much that Republican enthusiasm was up or Democratic fervor was down—there was a near symmetrical shift from blue to red among independents.  This stands to reason …
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William Galston / The New Republic:
It's the Ideology, Stupid
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Rep. Grayson: Dems lost because of ‘appeasement’  —  House Democrats were swept out of power because party leaders tried to hard to “appease” Republicans on major issues, said a high-profile member Thursday who lost his seat.  —  Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) said Democratic leaders …
Discussion: Hot Air
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Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Alan Grayson blames Dem ‘appeasement’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
NDTV.com:
34 warships sent from US for Obama visit  —  New Delhi: The White House will, of course, stay in Washington but the heart of the famous building will move to India when President Barack Obama lands in Mumbai on Saturday.  —  Communications set-up, nuclear button, a fleet of limousines …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Pulling a Clinton?  —  John Harris, the noted Clinton biographer, considers the notion of a 1994 repeat:  —  [T[he widespread speculation that what Obama needs to do now is simply “pull a Clinton”—replicating Bill Clinton's comeback after being trounced by Newt Gingrich in 1994 …
Discussion: CNN and TalkLeft
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Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Mr. Obama, It's Time for Some Poetry
Sarah Palin / National Review:
The Midterms: Lessons Learned and the Way Forward  —  Now that the dust has settled on the 2010 midterm elections, it's slowly becoming clear just how monumental the results really are.  We saw an extreme left-wing agenda suffer a crushing defeat.  At the ballot box, voters took Obamacare …
R. Jeffrey Smith / Washington Post:
In new memoir, Bush makes clear he approved use of waterboarding  —  Human rights experts have long pressed the administration of former president George W. Bush for details of who bore ultimate responsibility for approving the simulated drownings of CIA detainees, a practice …
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
You think '10 was tough?  Check out '12  —  For the first time in two cycles, Democrats will have more seats up for grabs than the Republicans, and the party could see its shrunken majority erased altogether.  —  Several of the senators up for reelection came in on the 2006 Democratic wave …
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:
Fuzzy Math Dogs Obama's Asia Trip  —  As if Tuesday's shellacking wasn't enough, President Barack Obama is getting pilloried by the right on the cost of his 10-day trip to Asia, with outlandish hyperventilation going directly from suspect Indian media reports to conservative U.S. media outlets …
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Ian Katz / Bloomberg:
Geithner Visited Jon Stewart in April, Though Not for Laughs  —  In the midst of debates on financial regulation and China's currency in April, Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner sat down to discuss the U.S. economy — with comedian Jon Stewart.  —  Geithner and Stewart, host of Comedy Central's …
truth-out.org:
Bill Moyers: “Welcome to the Plutocracy!”  —  Bill Moyers speech at Boston University on October 29, 2010, as a part of the Howard Zinn Lecture Series.  —  I was honored when you asked me to join in celebrating Howard Zinn's life and legacy.  I was also surprised.  I am a journalist, not a historian.
Discussion: SpeakEasy and Shakesville
Nicholas Stephanopoulos / The Huffington Post:
A Rare Progressive Success  —  What's Your Reaction:  —  Tuesday was a disaster for Democrats, of course, but it was perhaps the best day ever for a cause that many progressives hold dear: redistricting reform.  In California, Proposition 20 passed with over 60 percent of the vote …
John Thune / CNN:
America to Democrats: Stop what you're doing  —  Editor's note: Sen. John Thune, a Republican, represents South Dakota and serves as chairman of the Republican Policy Committee.  —  (CNN) — Two years ago, shortly after Barack Obama won his historic election and Democrats were in control …
Clay Dillow / Popular Science:
Tired of Repetitive Arguing About Climate Change, Scientist Makes a Bot to Argue For Him  —  Getting into a climate change debate on Twitter could be even more exhausting than it sounds now that a software developer named Nigel Leck has automated the process.
Discussion: Watts Up With That? and Raw Story
 
 
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Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
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Keach Hagey / The Politico:
Kondracke: Palin's a ‘joke’
Sam Schechner / Washington Wire:
ABC Tops Broadcast Rivals on Election Night
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 Earlier Items: 
Oregonian:
Portland area tips scales for John Kitzhaber in Oregon governor's …
Discussion: msnbc.com, Ezra Klein and TPMDC
The Politico:
In 2012, could Dean beat Obama?
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
DNC memo on health care reform
Mark Weiner / Syracuse Post-Standard:
Ann Marie Buerkle surges into lead over Dan Maffei in NY-25 congressional race
Discussion: Ballot Box
Ben S. Bernanke / Washington Post:
What the Fed did and why: supporting the recovery and sustaining price stability