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6:25 PM ET, November 5, 2010

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Simmi Aujla / The Politico:
Keith Olbermann suspended after donating to Democrats  —  MSNBC host Keith Olbermann has been suspended indefinitely without pay after POLITICO reported that he made three campaign contributions to Democratic candidates.  —  MSNBC President Phil Griffin said in a statement Friday …
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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Keep Keith!  —  On Olbermann's unjust suspension.  —  MSNBC's suspension of Keith Olbermann is ludicrous.  —  Second, he's not a reporter.  It's an opinion show.  If Olbermann wants to put his money where his mouth is, more power to him.  —  Third, GE, the corporate parent of MSNBC, gives money to political organizations.
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
Keith Olbermann Suspended From MSNBC Indefinitely  —  Blowback to the political donation is immediate, and shocking.  —  Statement from Phil Griffin, President of MSNBC: … More coming, obviously.  —  Ok, let's decompress.  First of all, “indefinitely” is David Shuster language.
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Keith Olbermann Suspended from MSNBC  —  Keith Olbermann has been suspended indefinitely without pay from MSNBC for making donations to three Democrats in violation of NBC's ethics policy.  —  “I became aware of Keith's political contributions late last night,” Phil Griffin, President of MSNBC, said in a statement.
The Huffington Post:
Keith Olbermann SUSPENDED From MSNBC Indefinitely Without Pay  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION? … MSNBC has suspended star anchor Keith Olbermann following the news that he had donated to three Democratic candidates this election cycle.  —  “I became aware of Keith's political contributions late last night.
John Cook / Gawker:
MSNBC 'Doesn't Answer' to NBC News Standards  —  MSNBC chief Phil Griffin suspended Keith Olbermann today for violating “NBC News policy and standards” by donating to three Democratic congressional candidates last month.  But according to an NBC News source, MSNBCers have been exempt from those rules for years.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
OLBERMANN'S CHECKBOOK....  [Update: there's an important follow-up to this story]  —  There's a reasonable debate to be had over the propriety of media professionals donating to political candidates.  I have a hunch the discussion might heat up again.
Discussion: Slate and Comments from Left Field
Kos / Daily Kos:
Olbermann suspended by MSNBC
Discussion: TalkLeft and Washington Monthly
Mike Allen / The Politico:
$250k ‘dead’ as tax-cut tier …
msnbc.com:
Keith Olbermann suspended over political donations
Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Olbermann's Replacement? Wait for It...
Discussion: ECHIDNE of the snakes
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Olbermann suspended for Dem contributions
Reuters:
Power play: Pelosi's work ‘not finished’  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to stay in power as minority leader after losing 60 seats and control of the House — a stunning announcement that sets up combat between her two top lieutenants.  —  Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer, the majority leader …
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The Hill:
Dems split over Pelosi bid for minority leader
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Rep. Van Hollen done as chairman of DCCC
Burns Strider / The Huffington Post:
Nancy Pelosi Should Remain As Leader of the House Democratic Caucus
Discussion: protein wisdom
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 …
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.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
What Happened to Prop 19  —  Why did the Pot Legalization proposition go down to defeat in California?  —  ed.note: A lot of people on both sides of the Prop 19 issue have written in with various points about Prop 19 but usually assuming that I personally supported it.  I hadn't really focused on it much, honestly.
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Josh Marshall And The Weed
Discussion: Althouse
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 …
Discussion: Yglesias and The Confluence
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Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
‘Hillary voters’ abandon Democrats
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
USN&WR: ‘December issue will be our last printed monthly sent to subscribers’  —  Memo to US News & World Report employees  —  RE: Completing Our Shift to the Digital World  —  Colleagues, We're finally ready to complete our transition to a predominantly digital publishing model with selected, single-topic print issues.
New York Sun:
The Palin Platform  —  The Alaskan Acted Shrewdly in Branding Constitutional Conservatism  —  It is a measure of the impact that Sarah Palin has achieved on the political scene that one of the first questions that seized the newspapers after the votes had been counted was how the results would affect her prospects in respect of 2012.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
January Would Be a Great Time for Democrats to Eliminate the Filibuster.  —  Joe Biden looks like Sam the Eagle.  —  The Progressive Change Campaign Committee has a new poll showing that 64 percent of voters oppose the filibuster.  While it strikes me as one of those polls that miraculously finds …
Discussion: Yglesias, TPMDC and ThinkProgress
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.
Myglesias / Yglesias:
The Irrelevance of Mitch McConnell  —  To echo something Josh Marshall said this morning, I think something the press reaction to the election has thus far missed is that Mitch McConnell is now totally irrelevant.  Instead, both McConnell and the press seem to be running with the idea …
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.
Mark Davis / The Age:
Murdoch reveals ‘arrogant’ Obama  —  TWO generations ago, Rupert Murdoch bowed to pressure from the White House to suppress the biggest story of his life - that the American president John F. Kennedy was indifferent to the political fate of Australian Prime Minister Robert Menzies.
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
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 …
The Politico:
The ego factor: Can Barack Obama change?  —  In the anthology of Barack Obama quotations, one of the classics came just hours before the event that made him the hottest property in American politics.  —  As Obama walked toward the arena at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston …
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.
 
 
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