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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  —  Washington (CNN) - More money was spent and more commercials were run against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in this midterm election cycle than against any other congressional leader since Newt Gingrich.  —  More than $65 million was spent on 161,203 ads …
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 …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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  —  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 …
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
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Key Republican: Palin cost us the Senate
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
House GOP vows unfettered vote on raising of debt ceiling
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 …
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
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
MSNBC to Lift Olbermann Suspension on Tuesday
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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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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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” …
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.
Ezra Klein:
How to spend $140,000,000 on American politics  —  Meg Whitman's losing campaign to become governor of California cost her $140,000,000.  Ouch.  Matt Yglesias takes a moment to offer rich people with political ambitions some good advice: Start lower.  “Self-finance a campaign for Mayor or State Treasurer or something.
Discussion: Yglesias
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.
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.
Discussion: msnbc.com, Riehl World View and TPMDC
 
 
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St. Petersburg Times:
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Jon Ralston / Las Vegas Sun:
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