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12:30 PM ET, November 6, 2010

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Rachel Maddow / The Maddow Blog:
On cable news and cable not-news  —  As you may have heard today, Keith Olbermann has been temporarily suspended from his job hosting Countdown on this network, because he made three personal political donations to candidates in this last election cycle.  The reason for Keith's suspension …
New York Times:
Olbermann of MSNBC Suspended Over Donations  —  Keith Olbermann, the leading liberal voice on American television in the age of Obama, was suspended Friday after his employer, MSNBC, discovered he made campaign contributions to three Democrats last month.  —  The indefinite suspension …
John Cook / Gawker:
Olbermann 'Doesn't Answer' to NBC News Standards
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Keep Keith!  —  On Olbermann's unjust suspension.
Jillian Rayfield / TPMDC:
Scarborough, Buchanan Also Made Political Contributions
Discussion: Daily Kos, Salon, Eschaton and TPM LiveWire
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Centrist Dems rip ‘tone-deaf’ White House  —  In the wake of the party's worst election drubbing since 1994, the deep frustration felt by many centrist Democrats toward the White House and the national party is now out in the open.  And it's being aired in the battleground state that's the biggest prize in presidential politics.
Discussion: CNN, Florida Times Union and Hot Air
Kevin Cullum / The Hill:
Obama calls for compromise, won't budge on tax cuts  —  Days after Democrats received a self-described “shellacking” at the polls, President Obama called for an end to campaigning and an embrace of compromise.  —  But he signaled no willingness to bend on the first challenge likely to face …
Discussion: CNN, TigerHawk and The Politico
Asma Uddin / The Huffington Post:
Caliphate on the Range?  The Shariah Precedent in American Courts  —  What's Your Reaction:  —  Judging by how Oklahoma voted in the recent election, one might conclude that despite its tiny Muslim population, Oklahoma was on the verge of becoming an Islamic caliphate in Middle America.
Discussion: Jihad Watch
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Rachel Slajda / TPMMuckraker:
CAIR Member Sues Oklahoma Over Sharia Ban
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Black and Republican and Back in Congress  —  WASHINGTON — For the first time in over a decade, the incoming class of Congress will include two black Republicans, both of whom rode the Tea Party wave to victory while playing down their race.  —  One of them, Allen West …
Discussion: The Hill and American Power
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Marin Cogan / The Politico:
Allen West, Tim Scott split on joining CBC
Discussion: protein wisdom and Gateway Pundit
Phoenix Woman / Firedoglake:
Come Saturday Morning: Thanks, Teabaggers!  —  To quote Bill Clinton: “It's the economy, stupid.”  And if Barack Obama had pushed for the original stimulus plan using reconciliation, instead of stupidly seeking bipartisanship with Republicans determined to wreck America for political gain …
Ace of Spades HQ:
O'Donnell, Who Lost By 17 Points, Still Sending Out Press Releases Attacking People  —  O'Donnell didn't cost us one seat; she cost us three.  Chalk Rossi's and Buck's loss up to her as well.  —  But here's O'Donnell saying it wasn't her “standing up for principle” that cost her the election, but shady machinations against her.
Discussion: protein wisdom and Pajamas Media
David Weigel / Weigel:
Joe McGinniss Wants to Be Taken Out of “Sarah Palin's Alaska”  —  The premiere episode of “Sarah Palin's Alaska” began with the former governor's piqued version of a minor scandal of the summer — author Joe McGinniss renting the house next to hers as he researched his biography of Palin.
Discussion: Don Surber and GOP 12
Andrew Ferguson / Weekly Standard:
What's So Great About America  —  Marco Rubio will have to write a new speech sooner or later, but he shouldn't hurry up on our account.  We still enjoy the one he's been giving all year.  He delivered it again to a national television audience on Election Night, after walloping …
Discussion: Eunomia and Power Line
New York Times:
Pleading Sanity  —  At his Rally to Restore Sanity, Jon Stewart complained about the shrieking tone of cable news.  Were you watching when a montage juxtaposed footage from your news show with that of Glenn Beck's?  —  I saw that.  I was sitting at home, with my notebooks for the election …
Discussion: Runnin' Scared, Weasel Zippers and CNN
Margalit Fox / New York Times:
Jill Clayburgh Dies at 66; Starred in Feminist Roles  —  Jill Clayburgh, an Oscar-nominated actress known for portraying strong, independent women, died on Friday at her home in Lakeville, Conn. She was 66.  —  The cause was chronic leukemia, with which she had lived for 21 years, her husband, the playwright David Rabe, said.
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
President begins trip marking Mumbai attacks, meeting CEOs  —  President Obama began his trip to Asia on Saturday by commemorating the 2008 terrorist attacks on Mumbai and praising the resilience of the people of India.  —  Obama spoke at the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotel …
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
Mike Soraghan / New York Times:
Obama's Enthusiasm for Gas Drilling Raises Eyebrows  —  President Obama's newfound interest in expanded natural gas drilling yesterday surprised many on all sides of the drilling debate, from environmentalists to drillers and even the coal industry.  —  Representatives of drilling groups …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog, Hot Air and RedState
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.
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Wall Street Journal:
The GOP's 2012 Game Plan  —  Sen. Mitch McConnell says Republicans will keep the country focused on the unpopular elements of the president's agenda, especially health care.  —  'It's a great first step.  " That's the way Washington's resident realist, Mitch McConnell, is describing this week's GOP electoral triumph.
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Myglesias / Yglesias:
The Irrelevance of Mitch McConnell
 
 
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Peter Suderman / Hit & Run:
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Thomas M. Defrank / NY Daily News:
Ex-President George W. Bush rips wisdom of Barack Obama …
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Moderate Voice
The Note:
House Candidates in Undecided Races Beg for More Cash, Volunteers
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