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2:40 AM ET, November 9, 2010

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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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Nancy Franklin / New Yorker:
Sarah Palin takes us for a ride.  —  When it was announced, in the spring, that Sarah Palin would be making a reality show about Alaska, the state she grew up in and then, last year, blew off, by resigning the governorship, I'm sure I winced and groaned and rolled my eyes, before hanging my head …
Discussion: Cubachi and Liberty Pundits Blog
Aharding / CNN:
TRENDING: GOP Rep: ‘Palin cost us control of the Senate’
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Now It's All About Pelosi  —  Republicans are gleeful.  Sober Democrats are horrified.  But many liberal columnists — the very ones who cheered on ObamaCare, ignored and disparaged the Tea Party, and rooted for Obama in 2008 — are rushing to defend her.  It's all about Nancy Pelosi.
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New York Times:
A New Leader for the Democrats
Chad Pergram / Fox News:
FOX Exclusive: Defeated Democrats Pen Letter to Implore Pelosi to step aside
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
Olbermann Apologizes to Viewers, But Not to MSNBC  —  6:15 p.m. |  Update In an aggressive statement questioning the legitimacy of his two-day suspension from MSNBC, Keith Olbermann addressed his fans Monday night, saying that they were responsible for his scheduled return to the air on Tuesday …
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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 …
Rob Shuter / PopEater:
Suspended Keith Olbermann Demanded MSNBC Apology, Will Return Tuesday
Adam Serwer / The Plum Line:
Even with tax cuts, GOP appears willing to shoot the hostage  —  Adam Serwer is a staff writer at The American Prospect, where he writes his own blog.  —  The debate on ABC's This Week between former Reagan Office of Management and Budget director David Stockman and Indiana Rep. Mike Pence …
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Reuters:
President Obama isolated ahead of 2012
Jim Treacher / The Daily Caller:
Johnny Dollar takes Rachel Maddow to school  —  It's becoming clearer by the hour that the hallowed halls of MSNBC are in utter chaos.  Johnny Dollar provides further proof via the simple method of repeating their own words back to them:  —  You tell 'em, Keith!  Much more at Johnny Dollar's Place.
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Black Caucus mum on Tea Party Republican who wants to join  —  Rep.-elect Allen West (Fla.) said last week, “I'm gonna find out when they meet, and I will be a member.”  —  The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) is staying silent about a Tea Party Republican's bid to join the group.
Discussion: Examiner
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
GOP leadership creating new post for freshmen GOPers …
Discussion: FrumForum and Daily Kos
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.
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: The Hill and Washington Monthly
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 …
Nir Hasson / Haaretz:
Netanyahu faces embarrassment in U.S. over new Jerusalem building plan  —  Jerusalem District Planning and Building Committee published details of program that will allow 930 new housing units to be built beyond the Green Line.  —  New embarrassment threatened to cast a cloud …
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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.
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 …
Rachel La Corte / Associated Press:
Challenger Wiggins pulls closer to Justice Sanders  —  Incumbent Justice Richard Sanders watched his lead over challenger Charlie Wiggins shrink in Monday's vote-counts for a contested seat on the state Supreme Court.  —  Meanwhile, in an e-mail headlined “Don't Let Wiggins Steal This Election …
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
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.
Discussion: New York Magazine
Carol Cratty / CNN:
Wife of terrorism convict pleads guilty; will have to leave U.S.  —  Alexandria, Virginia (CNN) — The Ugandan wife of an American-born man who pleaded guilty to providing material support to terrorists entered her own guilty plea on Monday.  —  Proscovia Kampire Nzabanita …
MiamiHerald.com:
Rubio's party loyalty is clear: GOP not tea  —  Marco Rubio's winning Senate campaign message got early traction with tea party backers, but he appears to be firmly linked to the Republican Party leadership.  —  WASHINGTON — When a French TV station set out to understand the American phenomenon known …
Lindsey Boerma / NationalJournal.com:
Rep. Alec Baldwin?  Maybe, if Bishop Loses  —  Actor Alec Baldwin may be mulling a run for Congress.  —  America's favorite fictional mogul could be looking to move his office from 30 Rock to Capitol Hill, MSNBC reported today.  —  The network is quoting sources close to actor Alec Baldwin …
Discussion: FrumForum, Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
Ben Pershing / Virginia Politics Blog:
Fimian will concede defeat to Connolly in 11th district  —  This post has been updated to include a statement on Rep. Connolly's health.  —  Republican Keith Fimian will concede defeat Tuesday in the congressional race in Virginia's 11th district, paving the way for Rep. Gerald Connolly (D) to serve a second term in the seat.
Discussion: Ballot Box and Swing State Project
Ben Smith / The Politico:
ACORN razzes President Obama in New Delhi during India visit  —  Had President Barack Obama stopped to survey the crowd of Indian leftists protesting in the heart of New Delhi on Monday, he might have seen a familiar name on some placards: ACORN.  —  The group, a pioneering organizing force …
Wall Street Journal:
Palin's Dollar, Zoellick's Gold  —  An unlikely pair elevate the monetary policy debate.  —  It would be hard to find two more unlikely intellectual comrades than Robert Zoellick, the World Bank technocrat, and Sarah Palin, the populist conservative politician.
Discussion: National Review
New York Times:
Repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Faces Struggle in Congress  —  WASHINGTON — Prospects for Congress to authorize repeal of the “don't ask, don't tell” policy face new uncertainties as time runs out for the Senate to act and strong objections remain among Republicans and the most senior ranks of the military.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Steele: 'They don't want me in this job'  —  Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said Monday that many party members still “don't want me in this job.”  —  Coming off a cycle in which the Republicans took control of the House with a whopping net gain of 60 seats …
Discussion: NPR and Ben Smith's Blog
Matthew Rosenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Taliban Seek to Sway U.S. Congress With ‘Open Letter’  —  KABUL—Add another group to the list of people with a message for the newly elected U.S. Congress: the Taliban.  —  In a rambling “open letter” to Congress, the Taliban's spokesman said he wanted to present American lawmakers with …
Discussion: FrumForum
 
 
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Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
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Donald Douglas / American Power:
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John M. Broder / New York Times:
BP Inquiry: No Sign of Cost Over Safety
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Sources: Hoyer's Official Bid For Whip Indicates He Has The Votes To Win
Discussion: National Review
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Fighting the Last War: Toner and Ink Cartridges Prohibited from Overseas Flights
David Weigel / Weigel:
When in Doubt, Cry “Voter Fraud”
Discussion: Mother Jones
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
W.H.: Biden meeting unrelated to Issa
Discussion: CNN
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Domenico Montanaro / msnbc.com:
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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
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