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2:50 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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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.
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 …
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 …
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
In India, Gibbs fights for reporters  —  Robert Gibbs (right) argues with an Indian official in New Delhi.  —  AP Photo  —  NEW DELHI - Tensions between the White House press corps and Indian security boiled over on the third day of President Obama's visit, prompting press secretary Robert Gibbs …
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.) …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   A JOB SHE'S THRIVED IN BEFORE.... Outgoing House Speaker Nancy …
Alex Wagner / Politics Daily:
Robert Gibbs Clashes With Indian Security Over Coverage of Obama-Singh Meeting
Discussion: Washington Post and Weasel Zippers
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 …
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: Yglesias, Felix Salmon and Daily Kos
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Robert Costa / National Review:
Palin to Bernanke: ‘Cease and Desist’
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 …
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 …
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The Huffington Post:
Keith Olbermann To RETURN Tuesday, Phil Griffin Announces
Andy Barr / The Politico:
George Bush: Tea party a ‘good thing’  —  Former President George W. Bush says the tea party movement is a sign that “democracy works in America.”  —  In an interview with Fox News's Sean Hannity set to air Monday night, Bush heralds the grass-roots conservative movement as a “good thing” for the American political system.
Discussion: FrumForum
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   Bush hails Tea Party as a sign of ‘democracy working’
Michelle Malkin:
Karl Rove's water boy strikes again
Discussion: Riehl World View, msnbc.com and TPMDC
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 Zeleny / The Caucus:
The Other Texas Republican on Book Tour  —  Former President George W. Bush is not the only Texas Republican on book tour.  —  Gov. Rick Perry, who succeeded Mr. Bush a decade ago and was re-elected last week to become the longest-serving governor in the country, is out pitching a book of his own.
Discussion: Ballot Box
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Fhardingj / CNN:
Perry faults Bush for ‘big government’ initiatives
Discussion: The Politico
St. Petersburg Times:
Tea party favorite Marco Rubio walks a fine line as senator  —  WASHINGTON — When a French TV station set out to understand the American phenomenon known as the tea party, it sent a reporter overseas to Florida, down a dusty country road, past a bug-swarmed pond, and into a Pasco County pasture filled with people waving American flags.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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Wendy J. Schiller / Congress Blog:
The irony of the Tea Party victory: More “insider” influence
Discussion: CNN
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Ben Smith's 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.
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 …
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.
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.
 
 
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Stephen Lowman / Political Bookworm:
Jindal on the attack in new book
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Pam Key / The Blaze:
ONLY BLUE CITIES: DCCC CHAIR SAYS ‘WE GOT SWAMPED’ …
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Health care case denied; no grants (FINAL UPDATE 11:38 am)
Discussion: Raw Story
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Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Regulators flawed in foreclosure oversight
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Power Line
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Crist willing to consider Jim Morrison pardon before leaving office