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12:15 PM ET, November 7, 2010


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Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Our Banana Republic  —  In my reporting, I regularly travel to banana republics notorious for their inequality.  In some of these plutocracies, the richest 1 percent of the population gobbles up 20 percent of the national pie.  —  But guess what?  You no longer need to travel to distant …
Washington Post:
Assessing midterm losses, Democrats ask whether Obama's White House fully grasped voters' fears  —  President Obama's failure to channel the anxieties of ordinary voters has shaken the faith that many Democrats once had in his political gifts and his team's political skill.
Robert Pear / New York Times:
G.O.P. Plans to Use Purse Strings to Fight Health Law  —  WASHINGTON — As they seek to make good on their campaign promise to roll back President Obama's health care overhaul, the incoming Republican leaders in the House say they intend to use their new muscle to cut off money for the law …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Drafting Mitch  —  The Mitch Daniels draft movement has begun.  —  I spoke this morning to John McKay, a Chicago-area businessman who runs, which has launched a petition drive to get the Indiana governor into the race for president.  —  “We need him more than any other person,” said McKay.
Discussion: Althouse and Lawyers, Guns & Money
Michel Comte / Agence France Presse:
US senator sees ‘confrontation’ with China, war with Iran  —  HALIFAX, Canada — The United States faces a possible war with Iran to curb its nuclear ambitions and a “period of confrontation” with China over its currency, a top US lawmaker warned Saturday.  —  Republican Senator Lindsey Graham …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Would we be better off under a President Hillary Clinton?  —  As I sat in the East Room last week watching a forlorn President Obama account for his shellacking, I listened with concern as he described the presidency as a “growth process” and suggested that the midterm setback was somehow inevitable.
Fox News:
Moderate Dems Line Up in Opposition to Pelosi's Bid for Minority Leader  —  In the wake of Speaker Nancy Pelosi's stunning announcement on Friday that she will seek to remain as leader of the diminished House Democrats, moderate members of the party are beginning to line up in opposition.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and HotAirPundit
Noel Sheppard / blogs:
Mark Shields: Palin Quitting As Governor Is Like Kennedy's Chappaquiddick
Discussion: The Powers That Be
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
ObamaCare, a Catastrophic ‘Success’
Discussion: Betsy's Page, Don Surber and NPR
Michael Moss / New York Times:
While Warning About Fat, U.S. Pushes Cheese Sales  —  Domino's Pizza was hurting early last year.  Domestic sales had fallen, and a survey of big pizza chain customers left the company tied for the worst tasting pies.  —  Then help arrived from an organization called Dairy Management.
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
John Boehner and the Politics of Crying  —  WASHINGTON — A presumptive new speaker of the House; so much to consider.  Where will John Boehner stand on energy policy?  Will he be able to manage Michele Bachmann?  And how often will he weep?  —  Much hay has been made over Mr. Boehner …
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Van Hollen: Democrats hit by ‘Category 3 political hurricane’ on Election Day  —  The outgoing chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee acknowledged Sunday that his party was hit by a “Category 3 political hurricane” on Election Day.  —  Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) …
Discussion: CNN
Frank Rich / New York Times:
Barack Obama, Phone Home  —  AFTER his “shellacking,” President Obama had to do something.  But who had the bright idea of scheduling his visit to India for right after this election?  The Democrats' failure to create jobs was at the heart of the shellacking.
Discussion: Mediaite and Booman Tribune
Richard H. Thaler / New York Times:
Estate Tax Issue Offers Quick Test for Congress  —  AFTER their election victory on Tuesday, Republican leaders in the House promised progress on many fronts, including a turn toward more fiscal discipline and less economic uncertainty.  —  They have a chance to start work on these goals almost immediately …
Discussion: Cafe Hayek
Frank I. Luntz / Washington Post:
Republicans won the midterm elections.  Now can they survive?  —  The United States has just witnessed its third straight rubber band election.  Once again, Americans had their patience stretched, fired a Washington run amok and now want their new leaders to snap back to attention.
Discussion: blogs
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Tom Levenson / Balloon Juice:
How The Founding Fathers Taxed The Country (and/or I Would Seriously …
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
The Huffington Post:
Not All Polls Were Wrong In Nevada
Andrew Gilligan / Telegraph:
Ofsted praises Islamic schools which oppose Western lifestyle
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
Kevin Cullum / The Hill:
West says racism allegations against Tea Party by liberals didn't work
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Bruce Walker / American Thinker:
The State-Level Tsunami  —  Was the 2010 midterm election a Republican tsunami?
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
 Earlier Items: 
Gail Collins / New York Times:
The Grizzly Manifesto
Anne Bayefsky / Fox News:
U.N. Gives Obama a New ‘Shellacking’ — Over Human Rights!
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Weasel Zippers
Peter Stein / Metropolis:
Bloomberg to America: Lay Off The Chinese
Discussion: Liberty Street and Raw Story