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12:45 PM 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 …
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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.
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Mitch McConnell doubles down against 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.
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
The First War of the Next Congress: The Debt Ceiling  —  The day after a historic Republican victory, President Obama and soon-to-be House Majority Leader John Boehner both expressed an interest in bipartisan solutions to America's economic woes.  But in a conversation with Mike Franc …
Discussion: TPMDC
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Senate Dems warn GOP not to block legislation  —  The top three Senate Democrats said the onus was on the newly strengthened GOP conference to cooperate on legislation next year.  —  Republicans picked up six Senate seats Tuesday night, not enough to take control of the chamber …
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
Patrick O'Connor / Washington Wire:
McConnell: No Mood for Compromise
Discussion: Moe Lane
The Politico:
Michele Bachmann bid adds drama to the GOP leadership race
Discussion: The Note
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
McConnell: GOP's ‘only’ option is to defeat Obama in 2012
Discussion: The Politico
Jeremy P. Jacobs / Hotline On Call:
Starting Lineup: McConnell's Moment
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
The Road Ahead Turns Right
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Golf and banter won't suffice for Boehner, Obama relationship
Discussion: The Note, Time and First Draft
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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Washington Post:   For tea party, victories may trigger identity crisis
Seumas Milne / Guardian:
Obama needs a Tea Party of his own to deliver change
Discussion: New York Times
Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:   The Tea Party Takes On Washington
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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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 …
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 …
The Politico:
John Boehner's boys: The new power club  —  John Boehner has no plans — or capacity — to rule the House like Nancy Pelosi did.  It's neither his style to centralize power in the speaker's office like she did nor his strength to win his way through brute force or fear.
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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 …
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.
Discussion: CNN
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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 …
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 …
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Sarah Palin takes victory lap  —  Former Alaska GOP Gov. Sarah Palin is out with a new video Thursday touting the victories of her chosen candidates — and brushing aside the many who fell to defeat on Tuesday.  —  “Across the country, everyday Americans are standing up and they're speaking out …
Discussion: CNN, New York Magazine and The Awl
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Corky Siemaszko / NY Daily News:
‘Sorry, mom!’ …
CNN:
Poll: GOP candidates top Obama in hypothetical 2012 race  —  Washington (CNN) — His party got its clock cleaned in Tuesday's midterm elections, but President Barack Obama still remains competitive in some hypothetical 2012 presidential election matchups, especially against Sarah Palin, a new poll shows.
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Erin McPike / Real Clear Politics:
FOX News Debuts 12 in '12 Series; Romney Declines Interview
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 …
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.
 
 
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William Galston / The New Republic:
It's the Ideology, Stupid
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Rep Spencer Bachus (R-Alabama) …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Did Polls Underestimate Democrats' Latino Vote?
Paul Krugman:
The Strange Death of Fiscal Policy
Mark Weiner / Syracuse Post-Standard:
Ann Marie Buerkle surges into lead over Dan Maffei in NY-25 congressional race
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The Right Scoop:
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The Politico:
GOP senators fight over failure
Mark Hemingway / Beltway Confidential:
You know who was a big loser in this election? George Soros.
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San Francisco Bans the Happy Meal — With Veto-Proof Majority
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Alex Pareene / Salon:
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