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New York Times:
A New Leader for the Democrats  —  Nancy Pelosi has been an extremely effective speaker of the House for four years, shepherding hundreds of important bills toward passage and withstanding solid Republican opposition.  Her work in passing health care reform and strong ethics oversight achieved …
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Chad Pergram / Fox News:
FOX Exclusive: Defeated Democrats Pen Letter to Implore Pelosi to step aside  —  From a House Democratic Source:  —  FOX has obtained a letter being penned by defeated House Democrats that implores House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to step aside.  —  The letter is now circulating Capitol Hill …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
‘Underdog’ Clyburn says Dem losses in House had ‘nothing to do’ with Pelosi  —  Outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) leadership had “nothing to do” with Democrats' losses in last week's election, the No. 3 House Democrat said Monday.  —  Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) …
Fhardingj / CNN:
Anti-Pelosi ads break records
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   Pelosi and the Secret Letter
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   A JOB SHE'S THRIVED IN BEFORE.... Outgoing House Speaker Nancy …
Reuters:
President Obama isolated ahead of 2012  —  President Barack Obama has performed his act of contrition.  Now comes the hard part, according to Democrats around the country: reckoning with the simple fact that he's isolated himself from virtually every group that matters in American politics.
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Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Gibbs threatens to pull Obama from India talks after press dispute  —  Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is known for sparring with White House reporters, making for what often seems an antagonistic mood in the press briefing room.  —  But during President Obama's trip to India …
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:   In India, Gibbs fights for reporters
Chris Stirewalt / Fox News:
Today's Power Play: GOP Sweetens its Offer to Manchin  —  ((Get politically powered up each day with exclusive analysis and content with Fox News' AEHQ iPhone app))  —  Early Intel — GOP Sweetens its Offer to Manchin  —  Republicans are making some big promises to try …
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Nick Wing / The Huffington Post:
Joe Manchin Party Switch?  GOP Reportedly Enticing Democratic Senator-Elect
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Rob Shuter / PopEater:
Suspended Keith Olbermann Demanded MSNBC Apology, Will Return Tuesday  —  It might have been Keith Olbermann who got suspended from MSNBC after breaking company rules regarding making contributions to political candidates, but now sources tell me it's Keith himself whose demands have been met …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Sanders wants halt to Comcast-NBC deal after Olbermann suspension  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said he would look to block a merger between NBC and Comcast, citing the decision last week by MSNBC to suspend liberal anchor Keith Olbermann.  —  Sanders said Comcast's attempt to acquire NBC …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Pirate's Cove
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
I Am a Blogger No Longer  —  This is my final blog post for The Atlantic.  Five years ago, as a way to boost the competitive metabolism of The Hotline, Chuck Todd hired me away from ABC News to create “Hotline On Call.”  I was to be the first political reporter working for a mainstream news …
Jan Griffey / Shelby County Reporter:
Spencer Bachus: Sarah Palin cost GOP control of U.S. Senate  —  COLUMBIANA — Shelby County's congressman, U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Ala., said former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin likely cost the Republican Party control of the U.S. Senate.
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Key Republican: Palin cost us the Senate
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Michelle Malkin:
Karl Rove's water boy strikes again
Discussion: msnbc.com, Riehl World View and TPMDC
The Note:
Gov. George Pataki ‘Looking at’ Run for President; Peekskill ‘Twice the Size of Wasilla’  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports:  —  Sarah Palin isn't the only former governor/former mayor who's mulling a run for president in 2012.  —  On ABC's “Top Line” today, former Gov. George Pataki …
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:   Former N.Y. Gov. Pataki mulling 2012 presidential bid
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Doing It Again  —  Eight years ago Ben Bernanke, already a governor at the Federal Reserve although not yet chairman, spoke at a conference honoring Milton Friedman.  He closed his talk by addressing Friedman's famous claim that the Fed was responsible for the Great Depression …
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Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Grief counseling after the wipeout  —  A staffer for a congressional Democrat who came up short on Tuesday reports that a team of about five people stopped by their offices this morning to talk about payroll, benefits, writing a résumé, and so forth, with staffers who are now job hunting.
Allysia Finley / Wall Street Journal:
California: The Lindsay Lohan of States  —  Sacramento is headed for trouble again, and it shouldn't expect a bailout.  —  Listen up, California.  The other 48 states—your cousin New York excluded—are sick of your bratty arrogance.  You're the Lindsay Lohan of states …
Jeff Weiner / Orlando Sentinel:
Criminal barbering?  Raids at Orange County shops lead to arrests, raise questions  —  Customers watch a movie and collegiate football game at Strictly Skillz Barbershop in Pine Hills, on Saturday, October 9, 2010.  In the African-American community, beauty and barbershops are a cornerstone …
David Paul Kuhn / Real Clear Politics:
Jim Webb: Why Reagan Dems Still Matter  —  Jim Webb went to the White House last September.  The Virginia senator was meeting with the president to discuss Guantanamo detainees.  The conversation soon shifted to healthcare.  “I told him this was going to be a disaster,” Webb recalls.
Rama Lakshmi / Washington Post:
Obama's speech, his teleprompter, the reaction  —  He thrilled them by calling for India to have a permanent seat on an expanded U.N. Security Council.  He reassured them by demanding that Pakistan bring those responsible for the Mumbai terror attacks to justice.  He flattered them by recalling India's
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
The Irish Times:
If you thought the bank bailout was bad, wait until the mortgage defaults hit home  —  THE BIG PICTURE: Ireland is effectively insolvent - the next crisis will be mass home mortgage default, writes MORGAN KELLY … WHEN I wrote in The Irish Times last May showing how the bank guarantee …
Hendrik Hertzberg / New Yorker:
ELECTORAL DISSONANCE  —  Barack Obama had the mot juste last Wednesday for what had just befallen him and his party: a “shellacking.”  The President's choice of word was one syllable (and one “g") longer than his predecessor's summary after a parallel midterm debacle.
Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: Dems, GOP divided on how to move forward  —  WASHINGTON — Democrats would like to sit down and work things out.  Republicans are ready to rumble.  —  The first USA TODAY/Gallup Poll since last week's dramatic midterm elections finds Americans not only divided about who should have more influence …
Discussion: National Review
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Unready Republicans  —  When a political party suffers two consecutive thrashings at the polls, its supporters can usually look forward to a long period of exile — a time to lick wounds, settle scores, feud over policy and gradually map out a road back to relevance.  —  Not so the Obama-era Republicans.
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Bad News for Liberals May Be Good News for a Liberal Magazine  —  Other than perhaps the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee, there were few places as despondent on election night as the Manhattan offices of The Nation, the 146-year-old journal of fiery leftist opinion.
Anne Barrowclough / TheAustralian:
Barack Obama joined Muslim prayers at school, teacher says  —  AS a schoolboy in Jakarta, Barack Obama attended Muslim prayer sessions with his classmates against the wishes of his mother.  —  The US President's former grade three teacher said that Mr Obama - who was known as “Barry” …
 
 
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
ACORN razzes President Obama in New Delhi during India visit
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Professor sheds weight on junk food
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Kirk Can't Join Senate at Start of Lame Duck
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Rezko gave Gutierrez a deal on town house
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St. Petersburg Times:
Tea party favorite Marco Rubio walks a fine line as senator
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Neela Banerjee / Los Angeles Times:
Climate scientists plan campaign against global warming skeptics