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1:55 PM ET, November 5, 2010

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Simmi Aujla / The Politico:
Keith Olbermann contributed to three Democrats  —  MSNBC host Keith Olbermann made campaign contributions to two Arizona members of Congress and failed Kentucky Senate candidate Jack Conway ahead of Tuesday's election — a potential violation of NBC ethics policies.
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
$250k ‘dead’ as tax-cut tier - Boehner to Diane: Obama may be in ‘denial’ — Pelosi works caucus; may run for minority leader - Patty Murray wins — House trend: +64  —  IN “60 MINUTES” SIT-DOWN, OBAMA ADMITS PERSUASION FAILURE - WILL EXAMINE MESSAGING “GOING FORWARD” - ACKNOWLEDGES “FRUSTRATION” …
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 …
Al Kamen / Washington Post:
Thousands of Democrats to be jobless in Washington  —  The Great Shellacking of 2010 will throw more than 2,000 Democratic congressional staffers out of their jobs.  And it will send thousands of gleeful Republican staffer wannabes into overdrive to get those resumes up to the Hill to fill those vacancies.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Rep. Van Hollen done as chairman of DCCC
Discussion: The Politico and TPMDC
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Aide Adjusts Course for a Comeback
Discussion: The Huffington Post and The Page
Richard Wolffe / The Daily Beast:
Team Obama Blaming Rahm
New York Times:
Tea Party Flexes Muscle With Republicans  —  WASHINGTON — The incoming leadership of the new House Republican majority hardly had a chance to relish its dismantling of the Democrats before the Tea Party came calling in the form of Representative Michele Bachmann.
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Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Bachmann vs. Hensarling race heats up
Discussion: ABCNEWS and The Daily Caller
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
For G.O.P., Big Ambitions Face Daunting Obstacles
Discussion: CNN and The Future of Capitalism
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 …
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CBS News:
Obama: “Leadership Isn't Just Legislation”
Discussion: Nice Deb and NPR Topics
Reuters:
Clinton rules out a presidential run through 2016  —  (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ruled out running for president in 2012 or 2016 on Friday, saying the United States should be ready for a woman president but it would not be her.  —  In interviews in New Zealand …
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Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
‘Hillary voters’ abandon Democrats  —  The blue-collar voters who supported Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential run deserted her party in droves on Tuesday, according to a new poll.  —  Democrats' support from white, non-college-educated male voters dropped 12 percent from 2008 …
Discussion: Fox News and Weasel Zippers
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Boren calls for Pelosi replacement  —  By: CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash  —  (CNN) - Rep. Dan Boren, a conservative Democrat from Oklahoma, says he wants outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi replaced as the leader of House Democrats.  —  “I cannot in good conscience support Nancy Pelosi as Leader.
Discussion: Firedoglake
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Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
ABC News Exclusive: Nancy Pelosi Seriously Considers Staying as Democratic Leader
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
EPA official who pushed CO2 regulation resigns  —  In the wake of historic midterm losses, people wondered whether Barack Obama would be willing or even able to execute a shift to the center and work with Republicans in the House to find areas of common ground on policy …
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Robin Bravender / The Politico:
EPA policy chief steps down
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 …
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 …
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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 …
Larry O'Connor / Breitbart.tv:
Liberal Civil War Breaks Out on MSNBC; Progressive Glenn Greenwald vs. ‘Socialist’ Lawrence O'Donnell  —  This website uses IntenseDebate comments, but they are not currently loaded because either your browser doesn't support JavaScript, or they didn't load fast enough.
Wall Street Journal:
Americans Vote for Maturity  —  Obama gets a rebuke, but so do Republicans who seem unqualified.  —  'The people have spoken, the bastards.  " That would be how Democrats in the White House and on Capitol Hill are feeling.  The last two years of their leadership have been rebuffed.
Discussion: JOSHUAPUNDIT and The Daily Dish
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
McConnell: Wanting to beat Obama shouldn't be partisan obstacle  —  McConnell said his desire to unseat Obama in 2012 is no reason not to work together.  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said his desire to unseat President Obama in 2012 isn't any reason why the two shouldn't be able to work together.
Discussion: The Politico
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Republicans try to keep it simple
Stan Collender / Capital Gains and Games blogs:
Can The GOP Really Wait Until Next Year To Shut Down The Government?  —  Those who think the Republicans in the House and Senate have several months to get organized are seriously misreading the political tea leaves.  —  Even though the smaller Senate GOP minority and House Republican majority …
Becky Bohrer / Associated Press:
Murkowski acts like victor; questions linger  —  WRITE-INS: Valid votes are yet to be determined, counted.  —  Alaska U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is acting as though she already has pulled off an improbable victory after her write-in candidacy, enthusiastically thanking supporters and telling them they've made history.
Discussion: Ballot Box
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.
Jim Brunner / Seattle Times:
Rossi concedes; 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 survived …
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 …
David Brooks / New York Times:
Midwest at Dusk  —  If Balzac were alive today, he would plant himself in that region of America that starts in central New York and Pennsylvania and then stretches out through Ohio and Indiana before spreading out to include Wisconsin and Arkansas.  He'd plant himself in the working-class families in this area.
Discussion: Swampland and The Huffington Post
John Boehner / Wall Street Journal:
What the Next Speaker Must Do  —  Secrecy, arrogance, and the abuse of power have shattered the bonds of trust between the people and their elected leaders.  Repairing that trust requires sweeping change, beginning with an end to earmarks.  —  I grew up in a small house on a hill in Cincinnati, Ohio, with 11 brothers and sisters.
 
 
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