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8:55 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 …
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.
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
McCain Moves The Goal Posts Again On DADT, Now Claiming The Pentagon Study Isn't Good Enough  —  This week, Cindy McCain caused a stir when she seemingly broke with her husband, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), on the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) policy when she appeared in an ad calling for repealing the ban on gays serving openly.
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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
TRENDING: McCain vs. McCain
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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Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Shuler on Pelosi: If 'she doesn't step aside, I will challenge her'
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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
Zombie / Pajamas Media:
Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco  —  We here at TLC realize that our fabulous new hit series Sarah Palin's Alaska may not appeal to all our viewers.  We understand that a substantial segment of the population has no interest in watching Sarah Palin or taking a tour of Alaska.
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Paul Krugman Recommends ‘Death Panels’ to Help Balance Budget  —  Although he was likely taking a swipe at former governor Sarah Palin with the reference, Paul Krugman on Sunday recommended “death panels” as a means of helping to balance the federal budget.  —  In a Roundtable discussion on ABC's …
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.
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Tea Party irks new members with tactic to promote its event  —  A Tea Party tactic to pressure new lawmakers not to attend a privately sponsored orientation event in D.C. this weekend was unwarranted, according to frustrated incoming GOP House members.  —  Competing freshmen lawmaker orientation events …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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Sara Jerome / The Hill:
DeMint: Tea Party is ‘support group’ for trying to kick earmarks
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and CNN
Krissah Thompson / Washington Post:   Tea party groups have wide range of goals for new champions in Congress
Tim Graham / NewsBusters.org:
Daily Kos: The American Dream Is a Virus Like AIDS, and Rick Perry is Satan  —  How much do the bloggers of the Daily Kos hate conservatism and the limited-government ideas that informed America's founding?  They associate them with Satan...and with disease.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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.
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
For energy chief, race is on to find fuel alternatives  —  It's a stunning fall morning in Washington, and Energy Secretary Steven Chu, clad in bike shorts and a snug Stanford University biking shirt, climbs onto his Colnago bicycle and rolls down his leafy street and onto the Capital Crescent Trail.
Discussion: EconLog and The Hill
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 …
Discussion: The Page
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Netanyahu Agrees to Push for Freeze in Settlements  —  WASHINGTON — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel has agreed to push his cabinet to freeze most construction on settlements in the West Bank for 90 days to break an impasse in peace negotiations with the Palestinians …
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