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3:50 PM ET, November 14, 2010

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Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
‘Soul-searching’ Obama aides: Democrats' midterm election losses a wake-up call  —  After nearly two weeks of introspection, President Obama's top advisers have concluded that the “shellacking” Democrats took on Election Day was caused in large part by their own failure to live …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WHITE HOUSE PONDERS, WHAT NOW?.... Governing hasn't exactly been easy for the Obama administration over the last two years.  The White House benefited from a like-minded U.S. House, but Senate obstructionism reached a point unseen in American history.  That, combined with pressing …
Bruce Drake / Politics Daily:
Heath Shuler Says He'll Challenge Nancy Pelosi for Democratic Leader Post … North Carolina Rep. Heath Shuler said Sunday he would challenge House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for the leadership of the Democratic minority in the next Congress although he acknowledged that he does not have the votes to win.
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Alicia Mundy / Washington Wire:
Shuler: Pelosi Should Step Aside
Discussion: MyFox Philadelphia
Campbell Robertson / New York Times:
After Party's Rout, a Blue Dog Won't Back Down
Discussion: The Politico and Booman Tribune
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Shuler on Pelosi: If 'she doesn't step aside, I will challenge her'
Discussion: HotAirPundit
Online NewsHour:
Shields and Brooks on Tax Cuts, Debt, Lame-Duck Congress, Bush Book
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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Mark Landler / New York Times:
Netanyahu Agrees to Push for Freeze in Settlements
Discussion: FrumForum, TPMCafe and Weasel Zippers
Johnny Edge / johnnyedge.blogspot.com:
TSA encounter at SAN  —  [These events took place roughly between 5:30 and 6:30 AM, November 13th in Terminal 2 of the San Diego International Airport.  I'm writing this approximately 2 1/2 hours after the events transpired, and they are correct to the best of my recollection.
Frank Rich / New York Times:
Who Will Stand Up to the Superrich?  —  IN the aftermath of the Great Democratic Shellacking of 2010, one election night subplot quickly receded into the footnotes: the drubbing received by very wealthy Americans, most of them Republican, who tried to buy Senate seats and governor's mansions.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Air Force One Arrival Edition: Welcome to Alaska — FIRST LOOK: Obamans blame Rahm in Richard Wolffe book, ‘Revival’ — NYT balance-the-budget game — Valerie Jarrett, Ben ‘Karaoke’ Rhodes b'day  —  Happy Sunday.  President Obama lands this morning, Eastern time, at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska …
New York Post:
Rangel ‘raided’ PACs for 393G  —  Tweet  —  Congressman Charles Rangel, whose ethics trial starts tomorrow, appears to have improperly used political-action committee money to pay for his defense.  —  Rangel tapped his National Leadership PAC for $293,000 to pay his main legal-defense team this year.
New York Times:
Try Something Hard: Governing  —  Many Americans who voted this fall expressed a deep mistrust of government.  House Republicans' triumphalist vows to tie up the Obama administration with nonstop investigations and obstructionist budget crimping are not going to allay those voters' concerns — or solve any of the country's problems.
Michelle Malkin:
Waiver-mania!  The ever-expanding Obamacare escapee list  —  Let us briefly review the rapidly growing rolls of companies, unions, and states bursting out of the Obamacare escape hatch.  —  In early September, I noted the push by Obamacare promoter and Democrat Rep. Ron Wyden …
Sara Jerome / The Hill:
DeMint: Tea Party is ‘support group’ for trying to kick earmarks  —  As Senate Republicans mull an earmark ban, they have organizations to remind them such spending is unpopular with voters, according to the senator leading the push for a moratorium: Tea Party groups who want spending shrunk.
Discussion: CNN
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Krissah Thompson / Washington Post:   Tea party groups have wide range of goals for new champions in Congress
Joshua Partlow / Washington Post:
Karzai wants U.S. to reduce military operations in Afghanistan  —  KABUL- President Hamid Karzai said on Saturday that the United States must reduce the visibility and intensity of its military operations in Afghanistan and end the increased U.S. Special Operations forces night raids …
Keach Hagey / The Politico:
Sunday hosts slam ‘narrowcasting’  —  The Sunday show hosts, normally fierce competitors, gathered at a live event this morning to discuss something that affects them all: a shifting political-media climate most recently defined by images of candidates making mad dashes to their cars to avoid reporters.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Obama to push Senate on START  —  YOKOHAMA, Japan - President Obama told Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Sunday that he'll push the Senate in coming weeks to ratify a nuclear arms treaty the two leaders signed earlier this year.  —  “I reiterated my commitment to get the START treaty done during …
Discussion: FrumForum
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Bridget Johnson / The Hill:   Obama assures Medvedev START will get ‘done’ in lame-duck
 
 
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San Francisco Chronicle:
Obama can't get G-20 nations to follow his lead
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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
O.K., You Fix the Budget
Samantha Kelly Remembered / CBS News:
Circumcision Ban May End Up on S.F. Ballot
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Nina Mandell / NY Daily News:
Cindy McCain tweets support of John McCain's standing on Don't Ask …
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Los Angeles Times:
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Missouri Dem warns McCaskill against ‘disloyalty’ to Obama
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
A Journey From Lawmaker to Lobbyist and Back
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Sean Rayment / Telegraph:
Britain's top soldier says al-Qaeda cannot be beaten
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