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10:10 AM ET, November 4, 2010

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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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Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
The Tea Party Takes On Washington  —  The full measure of the Tea Party's electoral triumph won't become clear until Alaska tallies its write-in ballots, which could take several weeks.  But the movement's impact on Tuesday's elections has been unmistakable.
Washington Post:   For tea party, victories may trigger identity crisis
James Delingpole / blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
Tea Party: now for the Presidency
Discussion: CBS News and Samizdata.net
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 …
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The Politico:
GOP senators fight over failure  —  DeMint's actions have enraged many Republican senators, aides and consultants, many of whom were exchanging cutting emails about him late Tuesday and early Wednesday as it became clear the party would fall short in the Senate.
Wall Street Journal:
The Boehner Evolution  —  House Republicans and the challenge of divided government.  —  John Boehner is no Newt Gingrich, which suits the current public mood.  Americans have had their fill of triumphalism and revolution in a House Speaker.  But Barack Obama is also no Bill Clinton …
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Booman Tribune
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Manu Raju / The Politico:
Mitch McConnell doubles down vs. President Obama  —  An emboldened Sen. Mitch McConnell on Thursday will declare that President Barack Obama must be defeated in 2012 because Republicans “can't plan” on the White House to listen to voters and cooperate on some of his party's top political priorities.
Discussion: SpeakEasy
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Golf and banter won't suffice for Boehner, Obama relationship
Discussion: The Note, Time and First Draft
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
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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The Politico:
John Boehner's boys: the new power club
Ben S. Bernanke / Washington Post:
What the Fed did and why: supporting the recovery and sustaining price stability  —  Two years have passed since the worst financial crisis since the 1930s dealt a body blow to the world economy.  Working with policymakers at home and abroad, the Federal Reserve responded with strong …
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Brad DeLong / Grasping Reality with Both Hands:
The Mountain Labored, and Gave Birth to a Mouse
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.
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James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Donk Depression
Discussion: IMAO, Guardian and National Review
Wall Street Journal:
How the Rout Was Won: Careful Plans, Timely Wave
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 …
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 …
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
Washington, Alaska races not over  —  One of the lingering, unresolved Senate races was taken off the board late Wednesday afternoon, when Sen. Michael Bennet was declared the winner in his agonizingly close Colorado matchup with tea party Republican Ken Buck.
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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.
Discussion: Chicago Sun Times and The Mahablog
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: The Snitch, GayPatriot and Election Law
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 …
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 …
New York Times:
Outside Groups on the Right Flexed Muscles  —  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.
Discussion: Bloomberg
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Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
GOP groups coordinated spending
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Mark Hemingway / Beltway Confidential:
You know who was a big loser in this election?  George Soros.  —  While Democrats went out of their way to portray the Koch brothers as evil billionaires puppeteering this election, I'd venture they feel pretty good about the outcome.  However, after last night I'd venture that that George Soros is one unhappy Hungarian.
Discussion: Bloomberg
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 …
 
 
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Jason Horowitz / Washington Post:
Whitman, Fiorina and McMahon: Spending big, failing bigger
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William Branigin / Washington Post:
Obama reflects on ‘shellacking’ in midterm elections
The Right Scoop:
Glenn Beck: Happy days are here again!
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New York Times:
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Daniel Foster / National Review:
Social Security's $32.2 Billion Mistake
Los Angeles Times:
Bysiewicz: Malloy Winner Of Governor's Race; AP Now Shows Foley Ahead
Discussion: National Review and TPMDC
Joe Eskenazi / The Snitch:
San Francisco Bans the Happy Meal — With Veto-Proof Majority
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
What Liberals Never Learn
 Earlier Items: 
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Argument recap: A Kennedy-Kagan axis?
Discussion: Althouse
Steve Singiser / Daily Kos:
Rasmussen Being Rasmussen: The Evidence Is In
Discussion: The Monkey Cage and Salon
Paul Krugman:
Nobody Cares About Process
Discussion: Dennis the Peasant and Hullabaloo