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7:20 AM ET, November 8, 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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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
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
MSNBC to Lift Olbermann Suspension on Tuesday  —  Keith Olbermann will be allowed to resume his nightly program on MSNBC on Tuesday, the channel's president said Sunday night, after he was suspended for donating money to three Democratic candidates.  —  The policy at MSNBC's parent, NBC News …
Discussion: Wonkette
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:
Sara Jerome / The Hill:
Susan Crawford sees hints of Comcast in Olbermann suspension
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.
Ari Rabinovitch / Reuters:
Israel charges imam with incitement against Pope  —  JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli authorities have charged the imam of a mosque in Nazareth with inciting violence against Pope Benedict and supporting al Qaeda and “global jihad,” the justice ministry said Sunday.
The Huffington Post:
Tea Party Favorites Rand Paul & Jim DeMint Struggle To Name Specific Budget Cuts (VIDEO)  —  What's Your Reaction: … WASHINGTON — Signaling how difficult it will be for the Republican Party to live up to its campaign promises of cutting spending while preserving the Bush tax cuts …
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.
Washington Post:
For many businesses, 2010 midterm election campaign was a winner  —  The 2010 election season was good for Design Cuisine of Arlington, which took in more than $500,000 in catering fees.  The Bighorn Golf Club in Palm Desert, Calif., made about $50,000 holding Republican fundraisers.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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 …
Thom Shanker / New York Times:
Pentagon Openings Give Obama New Options  —  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: JustOneMinute and 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
 
 
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Scott Baker / The Blaze:
CAUGHT ON VIDEO: FEDERAL CONTRACTOR TELLS EMPLOYEES TO VOTE FOR MURKOWSKI
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and HotAirPundit
Ann Compton / Political Punch:
Exclusive: Officials Worried President Obama May Have to Cancel …
New York Times:
The Facebook Skeletons Come Out
Jesse Washington / Associated Press:
Blacks struggle with 72 percent unwed mothers rate
Mark McKinnon / The Daily Beast:
To Hell With the Press  —  Rick Perry won an unprecedented third term …
Discussion: Wake up America
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Anne Gearan / Associated Press:
Gates urges Congress to repeal gay ban now
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Cantor: Dems 'just didn't get the message' if Pelosi is made leader
Daily Mail:
SECURITY ALERT  —  A policeman guarding Mr Obama's Mumbai hotel set off …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Drafting Mitch  —  The Mitch Daniels draft movement has begun.