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11:20 AM ET, November 5, 2010

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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Rasmussen Polls Were Biased and Inaccurate; Quinnipiac, SurveyUSA Performed Strongly  —  Every election cycle has its winners and losers: not just the among the candidates, but also the pollsters.  —  On Tuesday, polls conducted by the firm Rasmussen Reports — which released more than 100 surveys …
Jim Brunner / Seattle Times:
Sen. Patty Murray wins fourth term  —  Democrat Patty Murray has won a fourth term to the U.S. Senate.  Her Republican challenger, Dino Rossi, conceded the race Thursday evening after new vote totals showed Murray widening her lead.  —  Sen. Patty Murray has won a fourth term …
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New York Times:
A Democrat Is the Winner in Washington
Discussion: Washington Monthly
JDill / Dino Rossi for Senate:
Rossi Statement On Washington State Senate Race
Discussion: msnbc.com and Seattle Times
Curt Woodward / Associated Press:
US Sen. Murray of Washington state wins 4th term
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Republicans try to keep it simple  —  1. Incoming House Speaker John A. Boehner (Ohio) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) seem to have quickly adopted a strategy for their swelled congressional ranks: Keep it simple.  —  Both Boehner, in an interview with Fox News Channel …
Discussion: Slate and Ballot Box
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The Huffington Post:
Mitch McConnell: Dumping Obama In 2012 Is The Only Way To Achieve The GOP Agenda
Discussion: Mother Jones and Salon
Doyle McManus / Los Angeles Times:
It's not 1994 again  —  Democrats are apt to prettify recollections …
Discussion: Hot Air
Calculated Risk:
October Employment Report: 151,000 Jobs, 9.6% Unemployment Rate  —  From the BLS: … Both August and September payroll employment were revised up.  —  Click on graph for larger image.  —  This graph shows the unemployment rate vs. recessions.  The unemployment rate has been stuck at 9.6% for three straight months.
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Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
U.S. Added Jobs Last Month for First Time Since May  —  The United States economy added 151,000 jobs in October, a welcome change after four months of job losses but still not enough to make a dent in unemployment.  —  Private companies have been slowly growing their payrolls throughout 2010 …
Christopher S. Rugaber / Associated Press:
Employers add 151K jobs, most since May
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Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
For G.O.P., Big Ambitions Face Daunting Obstacles
Discussion: CNN and The Future of Capitalism
Matt Kibbe / live.washingtonpost.com:
Election 2010: Tea Party results
Discussion: RedState, Weigel and National Review
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
ABC News Exclusive: Nancy Pelosi Seriously Considers Staying as Democratic Leader  —  In the Wake of Tuesday's Shellacking, the Current Speaker May Remain in Congress and in Leadership  —  In the wake of Tuesday's shellacking, outgoing Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-CA …
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Great, great news: Pelosi might stay on as House minority leader
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
A return to the norm  —  For all the turmoil, the spectacle, the churning - for all the old bulls slain and fuzzy-cheeked freshmen born - the great Republican wave of 2010 is simply a return to the norm.  The tide had gone out; the tide came back.  A center-right country restores …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Focus Hocus-Pocus  —  Democrats, declared Evan Bayh in an Op-Ed article on Wednesday in The Times, “overreached by focusing on health care rather than job creation during a severe recession.”  Many others have been saying the same thing: the notion that the Obama administration erred …
CBS News:
Obama: “Leadership Isn't Just Legislation”  —  Tells Steve Kroft About His Administration's Failure In His First 1-on1 Interview Since The Midterm Elections  —  (CBS) President Obama tells “60 Minutes” correspondent Steve Kroft that one of the reasons the electorate has become disenchanted …
Discussion: CBS New York and JammieWearingFool
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CBS News:
Obama: “Leadership Isn't Just Legislation”
Discussion: NPR Topics
Renee / Renee Ellmers for Congress:
Conservative Recount Alert!  — Etheridge Asks for Recount  —  Dear Supporters, Election night, after the ten counties in my district had reported their votes, I led Bob Etheridge by 2,100 votes.  (That number is crucial because under North Carolina law Congressman Etheridge is not entitled …
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The Huffington Post:
Sarah Palin Complains About Invasion Of Her Privacy On First Episode Of Her Reality Show (VIDEO)  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION? … WASHINGTON — The first episode of Sarah Palin's new show, “Sarah Palin's Alaska,” has been placed online and it starts with what is now a familiar lament …
Felix Salmon:
How QE works  —  Gawker's John Cook asks me a question about how the Fed's quantitative easing is supposed to work: … John has a few of the details wrong, but at heart he's absolutely right.  The way that QE works is that the Fed will publish a schedule of how many Treasury bonds it intends to buy and when.
Discussion: Yglesias
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James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The Empire Strikes Back  —  The GOP picks up six Senate seats.  Let the recriminations begin!  —  Incumbent Democrat Michael Bennet has been called the winner of Colorado's Senate race, which puts the Republican gain at six seats, assuming Sen. Patty Murray of Washington holds on to her lead over Republican Dino Rossi.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Rep. Van Hollen done as chairman of DCCC  —  Rep. Chris Van Hollen (Md.) said he's finished at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) after two terms as its chairman.  —  Van Hollen said he wasn't interested in serving another two years as the leader of House Democrats' campaign efforts …
Discussion: The Politico
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
No, Obama's not taking 34 Navy ships to India with him  —  I'm relieved to say that we didn't bite on this one, notwithstanding Drudge's touting of it today.  I did, though, link in Headlines the stories about his trip allegedly costing $200 million(!!!) per day and his team booking every room in a five-star hotel in Mumbai.
Jonathan Capehart / PostPartisan:
GOP: Gay Old Party?  More gays voted Republican than in 2008  —  If you want more data that gay men and lesbians are pretty much just like everyone else — worried about the economy, freaked out about the direction of the country and perhaps ticked at the slow pace of change with regard …
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goproud.org:
Exit Polling Shows Gay Voters Played Important Role in Republican …
Discussion: GayPatriot, Gateway Pundit and Advocate
 
 
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Diane C. Lade / Sun-Sentinel:
New questions being raised about court filings in foreclosure cases
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
PRIVATE-SECTOR JOB GROWTH.... In the previous post …
Stan Collender / Capital Gains and Games blogs:
Can The GOP Really Wait Until Next Year To Shut Down The Government?
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Addressing Social Security's Adequacy Problem
Jim Forsyth / WOAI-TV:
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Richard Wolffe / The Daily Beast:
Team Obama Blaming Rahm
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Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Democratic leader in Iowa Senate vows he'll block vote on gay marriage
Fhardingj / CNN:
BREAKING in Illinois: CNN projects Democratic Gov. win
Ian Katz / Bloomberg:
Geithner Visited Jon Stewart in April, Though Not for Laughs