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2:05 PM ET, November 4, 2010

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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.
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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 …
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.
Patrick O'Connor / Washington Wire:
McConnell: No Mood for Compromise  —  An emboldened Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell isn't in the mood to compromise following the party's historic gains in the House.  —  The Kentucky Republican is expected to tell a conservative audience later today that the White House can either …
Discussion: Moe Lane
Wall Street Journal:
The Boehner Evolution  —  House Republicans and the challenge of divided government.
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Booman Tribune
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:   Senate Dems warn GOP not to block legislation
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 and Booman Tribune
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
The First War of the Next Congress: The Debt Ceiling
Discussion: TPMDC
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
McConnell doubling down on Obama attack
Discussion: Firedoglake
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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The Huffington Post:
Gibbs: Obama Will Listen To GOP Pitch On Extending Tax Cuts For Wealthy
Washington Post:   For tea party, victories may trigger identity crisis
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Golf and banter won't suffice for Boehner, Obama relationship
Discussion: Time, The Note, ABCNEWS and First Draft
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 …
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 …
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Telegraph:
Coconuts removed from trees in preparation for Barack Obama's India trip
Discussion: Moonbattery and theblogprof
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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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 …
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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Chris Megerian / New Jersey Online:   Gov. Christie says N.J. to shed at least 1,200 public employees by next year
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 …
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 …
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Mr. Obama, It's Time for Some Poetry  —  On my blog, a Times reader named Eddie asked about President Obama: “Where is the man I voted for?”  —  “Does he ever sweat?”  Eddie continued.  “We're in desperate times and I don't see a man who is really affected by it.”
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:   Pulling a Clinton?  —  John Harris, the noted Clinton biographer …
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 …
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.
The Politico:
In 2012, could Dean beat Obama?  —  While today it looks impossible that anyone would challenge Obama, in politics you have to prepare for the impossible.  Russ Feingold, the Wisconsin senator who lost his reelection bid Tuesday, has been mentioned but denies interest.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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.
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.
National Review:
The Midterms: Lessons Learned and the Way Forward  —  Have an intelligent message, and fight for your right to be heard.  —  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.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Hartford Courant:
New Haven Votes Could Push Malloy Over The Top In Governor's Race  —  HARTFORD — Democrat Dannel Malloy got about 18,600 more votes in New Haven than Republican Tom Foley, a total that could be enough to win the governor's race.  —  The Courant obtained totals from the New Haven Registrars …
Discussion: The Fix
 
 
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Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
DNC memo on health care reform
Democratic Strategist:
An urgent TDS Strategy Memo: Democratic Unity after the Elections
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William Galston / The New Republic:
It's the Ideology, Stupid
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
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Ann Marie Buerkle surges into lead over Dan Maffei in NY-25 congressional race
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Sarah Palin takes victory lap
Discussion: CNN, New York Magazine and The Awl
Jason Horowitz / Washington Post:
Whitman, Fiorina and McMahon: Spending big, failing bigger
Discussion: American Power
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
Washington, Alaska races not over
Discussion: CNN
Mark Hemingway / Beltway Confidential:
You know who was a big loser in this election? George Soros.
Discussion: Bloomberg
Alex Pareene / Salon:
The sad tale of the Democrats who hated the unemployed
First Read / msnbc.com:
Just 32% of Tea Party candidates win