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12:20 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 …
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.) …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and TPMDC
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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   A JOB SHE'S THRIVED IN BEFORE.... Outgoing House Speaker Nancy …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
New York Times editorializes against Pelosi's bid for leader
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Nina Mandell / NY Daily News:
Eric Cantor says he won't try to compromise on many issues …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Jay Bookman
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 …
Jeremy Gaines /
The Huffington Post:
Keith Olbermann To RETURN Tuesday, Phil Griffin Announces
David Carr / New York Times:
Olbermann, Impartiality and MSNBC
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:   MSNBC ends suspension of host Keith Olbermann
Rachel Maddow /
NBC: Olbermann suspension ending Tuesday
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.
Alex Wagner / Politics Daily:
Robert Gibbs Clashes With Indian Security Over Coverage of Obama-Singh Meeting
Discussion: Washington Post and Weasel Zippers
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Obama Backs India for Seat on Security Council
Discussion: Yglesias and
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 …
Discussion: Felix Salmon and Daily Kos
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Althouse and The New Republic
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 …
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Drive to Repeal 'Don't Ask' Policy All but Lost for Now  —  The drive in Congress to repeal the military's “don't ask, don't tell” policy appears all but lost for the foreseeable future, with action unlikely this year and even less likely once Republicans take charge of the House in January.
Ben White / The Politico:
In India, Obama defends Fed - China applies more pressure - POTUS admits feeling ‘discouraged’ about stubborn economy - Geithner touts India partnership - Bush: TARP saved the economy  —  BREAKING: OBAMA DEFENDS FED ACTION - At 3 a.m. EST, during a joint news conference with Indian Prime …
Wendy J. Schiller / Congress Blog:
The irony of the Tea Party victory: More “insider” influence  —  “We've come to take our government back.”  Those were some of Senator-elect Rand Paul's (R-Ky.) first words when he gave his victory speech after winning election to the Senate on Nov. 2.  He raised nearly $7 million and combined …
Discussion: CNN
St. Petersburg Times:
Tea party favorite Marco Rubio walks a fine line as senator
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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 …
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” …
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 …
Discussion: Hit & Run and Blog
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.
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Health care case denied; no grants (FINAL UPDATE 11:38 am)  —  The Supreme Court on Monday turned aside the first attempt to pursue in the Court a constitutional challenge to the new federal health care law.  The initial test sought to draw the Justices into the nationwide controversy over the law …
Discussion: Raw Story
Neela Banerjee / Los Angeles Times:
Climate scientists plan campaign against global warming skeptics  —  The American Geophysical Union plans to announce that 700 researchers have agreed to speak out on the issue.  Other scientists plan a pushback against congressional conservatives who have vowed to kill regulations on greenhouse gas emissions.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Dot Earth
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The Huffington Post:
Tea Party Favorites Rand Paul & Jim DeMint Struggle To Name …
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