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11:25 PM ET, November 7, 2010

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The Huffington Post:
Keith Olbermann To RETURN Tuesday, Phil Griffin Announces  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION? … Keith Olbermann will return to the air on Tuesday after being suspended without pay for two shows (this past Friday and the upcoming episode on Monday).  —  The host of MSNBC's “Countdown” …
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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 …
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:
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
Keith Olbermann Will Return To MSNBC Tuesday  —  You know all that talk about whether Keith Olbermann would ever be back on MSNBC?  —  Well whoever speculated about that (me) was totally off - Olbermann will return to Countdown Tuesday night.  —  From Phil Griffin, President of MSNBC:
David Carr / New York Times:
Olbermann, Impartiality and MSNBC  —  MSNBC, worried that its reputation as a fair broker of the news hung in the balance, sent Keith Olbermann to the woodshed on Friday for an unpaid suspension because he had donated $7,200 to some of the Democratic politicians he had championed on his hit show “Countdown.”
Discussion: The Politico
David Zurawik / Z on TV:
Free Keith: Watching MSNBC go off the rails...
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.
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The Huffington Post:
Eric Cantor Opposes Compromise On Extending Bush Tax Cuts …
Frank Rich / New York Times:
Barack Obama, Phone Home
Discussion: Mediaite and Booman Tribune
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Crist willing to consider Jim Morrison pardon before leaving office  —  In his last two months in office, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is considering a December surprise: A posthumous pardon for Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors, for indecent exposure charges after an infamous 1969 Miami concert.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
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Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Van Hollen: Democrats hit by ‘Category 3 political hurricane’ on Election Day
Discussion: CNN
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 …
Samantha Henig / News Desk:
Cover Story: Approval Bump?  —  The cover of the November 15, 2010, issue of the magazine is titled “Bumped,” by Barry Blitt.  Obama is in the Oval Office with John Boehner, the Republican from Ohio expected to replace Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House.  Boehner is offering his fist, while Obama extends his hand for a shake.
Discussion: Mediaite and Right Wing News
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
Hannah Brenton / The Hill:
Obama blames economy for losses, says he gets ‘discouraged’ but is resilient  —  President Obama blamed a sluggish economy for heavy Democratic electoral losses on Sunday's “60 Minutes.”  —  “I think first and foremost, [the election] was a referendum on the economy.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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.”
Thom Shanker / New York Times:
A Fresh Slate at the Pentagon for Obama  —  WASHINGTON — With critical decisions ahead on the war in Afghanistan, President Obama is about to receive an unusual opportunity to reshape the Pentagon's leadership, naming a new defense secretary as well as several top generals and admirals in the next several months.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
 
 
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Ann Compton / Political Punch:
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Mark McKinnon / The Daily Beast:
To Hell With the Press  —  Rick Perry won an unprecedented third term …
Discussion: Wake up America
Anne Gearan / Associated Press:
Gates urges Congress to repeal gay ban now
Daily Mail:
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Drafting Mitch  —  The Mitch Daniels draft movement has begun.
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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:
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