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8:45 PM ET, November 8, 2010

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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 …
Fhardingj / CNN:
Anti-Pelosi ads break records
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   Pelosi and the Secret Letter
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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Michelle Malkin:
Karl Rove's water boy strikes again  —  Last we heard from former Bush speechwriter-turned-Washington Post line columnist Michael Gerson, he was attacking Tea Party activists and yours truly for criticizing his old boss/mentor Karl Rove's Christine O'Donnell-bashing.
Nancy Franklin / New Yorker:
Sarah Palin takes us for a ride.
Aharding / CNN:
GOP Rep: ‘Palin cost us control of the Senate’
Discussion: The Page
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Key Republican: Palin cost us the Senate
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
W.H.: Biden meeting unrelated to Issa
Discussion: CNN
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
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
Olbermann Apologizes to Viewers, But Not to MSNBC
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
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 …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
5th Circuit Rules That High School Cheerleader Is Required To Cheer For Her Alleged Rapist  —  Fifth Circuit Judge Priscilla Owen and former President George W. Bush  —  The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, one of the most right-wing courts in the country …
Robert Costa / National Review:
Palin to Bernanke: ‘Cease and Desist’  —  As President Obama prepares for the G20 summit in South Korea this week, Sarah Palin is challenging the Federal Reserve's monetary policy, which will likely be a key issue at the talks.  On Monday, in a keynote address at a trade-association convention in Phoenix …
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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.
Discussion: Hot Air, Gawker and POWIP
Hillary Rodham Clinton / US Department of State:
Interview with Hamish and Andy  —  University of Melbourne  —  QUESTION: Madam Secretary, thank you so much for joining us.  —  SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you for having me.  —  QUESTION: It's very exciting.  And we start with a gift.  —  SECRETARY CLINTON: Oh, excellent.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Hillary, beyond the Kardashians
Discussion: CNN
Domenico Montanaro / msnbc.com:
The uncalled House races: GOP leads in five of nine  —  There are nine House races that have still not yet been called, and a few are almost certainly headed for recounts.  All the seats are currently held by Democrats.  Republicans lead in five.  The GOP made historic gains of 60 seats …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
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Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Parties dispatch staff, money in battle for last 10 House seats
Discussion: The Politico
The Politico:
Darrell Issa plans hundreds of hearings  —  California Rep. Darrell Issa is already eyeing a massive expansion of oversight for next year, including hundreds of hearings; creating new subcommittees; and launching fresh investigations into the bank bailout, the stimulus and, potentially, health care reform.
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 …
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Standing For Nothing.  —  The Wall Street Journal reports Democrats are ready to cave on DADT in the lame duck: … Look, if Democrats can't repeal a policy more than two thirds of the American people, including a majority of conservatives want gone then they can't expect people to vote for them.
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: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Veronique de Rugy / National Review:
Is Rand Paul Already Selling Out?  —  On Saturday, the Wall Street Journal ran this piece on senators-elect Rand Paul and Roy Blunt.  The piece is organized to contrast Blunt, who's been around for a long time, with first-timer Paul.  One is presented as being comfortable with compromises …
Suzy Khimm / Ezra Klein:
What if states ditch Medicaid?  —  The Medicaid expansion was meant to be one of the hallmark accomplishments of health-care reform.  The Affordable Care Act will expand the program rapidly by subsidizing insurance for all Americans up to 133 percent of the poverty line, which will add an estimated 16 million new Medicaid enrollees.
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 …
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 …
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.
 
 
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David Weigel / Weigel:
When in Doubt, Cry “Voter Fraud”
Discussion: Mother Jones
Patrick McGroarty / Wall Street Journal:
Germany Criticizes Fed Move
Bruce Walker / American Thinker:
Time to Tackle Right to Work
Ben McGrath / New Yorker:
BLOOMBERG, 2012?  —  John B. Anderson, the former Republican …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
ACORN razzes President Obama in New Delhi during India visit
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Michelle Malkin
Madison Park / CNN:
Professor sheds weight on junk food
Discussion: Gawker
 Earlier Items: 
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How to spend $140,000,000 on American politics
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Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Kirk Can't Join Senate at Start of Lame Duck
Discussion: Hot Air
David Paul Kuhn / Real Clear Politics:
Jim Webb: Why Reagan Dems Still Matter