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6:15 PM ET, November 7, 2010

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Mike Allen / The Politico:
‘60 MINUTES’: OBAMA OPEN TO TAX DEAL WITH BOEHNER — Bush's book praises Obama — 43 will be 24-7 — Hoyer likely to hold off Clyburn — FALL BACK: you get an extra hour of sleep — Woodhouse b'day  —  BEHIND THE CURTAIN: Network sources tell Playbook that Keith Olbermann was suspended …
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Glynnis MacNicol / Mediaite:
Report: Olbermann Was Suspended For Refusing To Apologize On Camera  —  Politico's Mike Allen added another layer of speculation to Keith Olbermann's sudden and indefinite suspension on Friday: Olbermann was suspended for refusing to apologize on air.  From Playbook:
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Cantor: Dems 'just didn't get the message' if Pelosi is made leader  —  House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said Sunday that Democrats “just didn't get the message from the voters this election” if they make Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) their next majority leader.
Discussion: CNN, The Politico and Booman Tribune
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Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Van Hollen: Democrats hit by ‘Category 3 political hurricane’ on Election Day
Discussion: CNN
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
ObamaCare, a Catastrophic ‘Success’
Discussion: Betsy's Page, Don Surber and NPR
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 …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Cantor Refuses To Take Government Shutdown Or Default On U.S. Debt Off The Table  —  In an interview with Fox News Sunday this morning, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), the #2 Republican in the House, threatened to take the nation's economy hostage if President Obama does not comply with House GOPers' as yet undefined demands.
Discussion: Raw Story
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The Huffington Post:
Eric Cantor Opposes Compromise On Extending Bush Tax Cuts, Says Government Shutdown Will Be Obama's Fault  —  What's Your Reaction: … WASHINGTON — Just as Senate Minority Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has attempted to lower expectations in recent days by saying that Republicans …
Frank Rich / New York Times:
Barack Obama, Phone Home
Discussion: Mediaite and Booman Tribune
Robert Pear / New York Times:
G.O.P. to Fight Health Law With Purse Strings  —  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 …
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Jimmy So / CBS News:
GOP: We Owe It to People to Repeal Health Care
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Mark McKinnon / The Daily Beast:
To Hell With the Press  —  Rick Perry won an unprecedented third term as Texas governor while actively shunning the press corps.  Mark McKinnon on the GOP's trendy tactic—and how newspapers are fighting back.  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry beat Democratic challenger Bill White …
Discussion: Wake up America
New York Times:
The Facebook Skeletons Come Out  —  AMONG the many firsts in the 2010 elections, it is safe to assume that the following words had never before been uttered about a future member of Congress, “This is a candidate who is probably best known for getting drunk and having sex on television.”
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.
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 …
Ann Compton / Political Punch:
Exclusive: Officials Worried President Obama May Have to Cancel Indonesia Trip Due to Indonesian Volcano  —  ABC News: Ann Compton reports:  —  ABC News has learned that because of the dangerous clouds of ash spewing from an Indonesian volcano, 48 hours before Air Force One is due to touch …
Associated Press:
NJ Gov.: Delaware ‘missed opportunity’ for Senate  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says the Senate race in Delaware was “a missed opportunity” for his fellow Republicans to pick up the seat long held by Democrat Joe Biden.  —  Tea party favorite Christine O'Donnell won …
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 Switch2Mitch.org, 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.
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / Washington Examiner:
Sunday Reflection: Republicans should seek clarity by listening to voters  —  With the election over, Republicans are arguing about whether they should address Democrats via compromise, or confrontation.  Both have their places, but I have a different suggestion.  —  Clarity.
Discussion: Hot Air
Emily Ramshaw / New York Times:
Texas Considers Medicaid Withdrawal  —  Some Republican lawmakers — still reveling in Tuesday's statewide election sweep — are proposing an unprecedented solution to the state's estimated $25 billion budget shortfall: dropping out of the federal Medicaid program.
 
 
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Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
First Openly Gay Episcopal Bishop to Retire
Discussion: New York Magazine and Advocate
Daily Mail:
Bomb-proof tunnel with air conditioning: Obama's security …
Jesse Washington / Associated Press:
Blacks struggle with 72 percent unwed mothers rate
Frederik Joelving / Reuters:
Is your laptop cooking your testicles?
Anne Gearan / Associated Press:
Gates urges Congress to repeal gay ban now
Daily Mail:
SECURITY ALERT  —  A policeman guarding Mr Obama's Mumbai hotel set off …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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
 Earlier Items: 
Frank I. Luntz / Washington Post:
Republicans won the midterm elections. Now can they survive?
Richard H. Thaler / New York Times:
Estate Tax Issue Offers Quick Test for Congress
Discussion: Cafe Hayek
Andrew Gilligan / Telegraph:
Ofsted praises Islamic schools which oppose Western lifestyle
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
John Boehner and the Politics of Crying
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Mark Shields: Palin Quitting As Governor Is Like Kennedy's Chappaquiddick
Discussion: The Powers That Be