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4:35 PM ET, November 6, 2013

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James Hohmann / Politico:
Why Terry McAuliffe barely won  —  How the heck did that happen?  —  Most public polls leading up to Election Day had Terry McAuliffe coasting to victory, some by double digits, in the Virginia governor's race.  Instead he squeaked by, beating Republican Ken Cuccinelli by less than 3 percentage points.
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Tell Me Again Who Won in Virginia?  —  Before we get into any more election analysis, I have to make a preliminary objection to what we are hearing this morning about the Virginia governor's race.  Yes, we all play the expectations game, and Terry McAuliffe only won by two-and-a-half percent …
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Ken Cuccinelli's near miss sparks recriminations  —  RICHMOND — Anyone expecting Ken Cuccinelli and the conservative wing of the Virginia GOP to lie down and admit defeat was disappointed Tuesday night.  —  After Cuccinelli's closer-than-expected loss, the defiant candidate and his supporters …
Wall Street Journal:
The Portents of Election 2013  —  Republicans beat themselves in Virginia.  Is Christie a model?  —  The major political parties split Tuesday's pair of Governor's races, as Democrat Terry McAuliffe won a close race for an open seat in the swing state of Virginia while Republican Chris Christie romped to a second term in New Jersey.
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Some reflections on the Virginia and New Jersey elections
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:   And Now, The Airing of Grievances
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Rubio: Don't jump to conclusions about meaning of Christie win
Discussion: Politico and Guardian
Bill Turque / Washington Post:
Obenshain, Herring virtually tied in Virginia attorney general's race; recount expected
ProPublica:
Loyal Obama Supporters, Canceled by Obamacare  —  San Francisco architect Lee Hammack says he and his wife, JoEllen Brothers, are “cradle Democrats.”  They have donated to the liberal group Organizing for America and worked the phone banks a year ago for President Obama's re-election.
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Sebelius: ObamaCare enrollment numbers will be ‘quite low’  —  Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius acknowledged on Wednesday that the initial enrollment numbers through the new healthcare exchanges will be “quite low.”  [WATCH VIDEO]  —  In testimony to the Senate Finance Committee …
Discussion: Politico
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Sebelius Rejects Bipartisan Calls for Delay in Health Law  —  WASHINGTON — Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services, categorically rejected bipartisan calls to delay parts of the new health care law during testimony Wednesday before a Senate committee.
Discussion: Mashable and Talking Points Memo
Steven Dennis / The World's Greatest Deliberative Body:
Democrats Up in 2014 Vent Their Obamacare Anger in White House Meeting (Updated)
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and National Review
Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House sends SOS to insurers
Discussion: CNN
Alexis Levinson / The Daily Caller:
Sebelius: Possible for convicted felons to become Obamacare navigators [VIDEO]
New York Times:
Chris Christie Coasts to 2nd Term as Governor of New Jersey  —  Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey won re-election by a crushing margin on Tuesday, a victory that vaulted him to the front ranks of Republican presidential contenders and made him his party's foremost proponent of pragmatism over ideology.
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John Avlon / The Daily Beast:
Christie's Reelection Triumph Is a Revenge of the RINOs
Discussion: CNN
George Neumayr / American Spectator:
Look to Cruz, Not to Christie
Monte Whaley / Denver Post:
51ST STATE QUESTION ANSWERED “YES” IN 6 OF 11 COUNTIES CONTEMPLATING SECESSION  —  Weld County Commissioner Sean Conway, center, with other elected officials address a group of supporters of the 51st State Initiative during an election result watch party at the Historic Fort Lupton Fort, November 5, 2013.
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Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Five Counties Vote To Secede From Colorado
Steven T. Dennis / Roll Call:
Democrats' Anxiety Grows Over Obamacare Problems  —  When a loyal leader on your own team says there is a “crisis of confidence” surrounding your signature initiative, you've got trouble.  —  That's the phrase Democratic Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski of Maryland used repeatedly Tuesday morning …
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Major Garrett / NationalJournal.com:
Obama's ‘Crisis of Confidence’
Adam Aigner-Treworgy / CNN:
Sebelius' chief tech officer leaving, first major departure since website troubles  —  Washington (CNN) - The official in charge of technology at the federal agency that developed the problem-plagued HealthCare.gov website is leaving the government for a private sector job, according to an internal email announcement.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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Brett Norman / Reuters:   Top IT officer leaving Obamacare agency
Alex Tabarrok / Marginal Revolution:
Did Obama spy on Mitt Romney?  As recently as a few weeks ago if anyone had asked me that question I would have consigned them to a right (or left) wing loony bin.  Today, the only loonies are those who think the question unreasonable.  Indeed, in one sense the answer is clearly yes.
Discussion: The Glittering Eye
Robert Costa / National Review:
Rand Paul Fights the Press  —  After facing plagiarism charges, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky spent much of Tuesday apologizing for making mistakes.  In a statement, Doug Stafford, Paul's top political aide, pledged to fix the office's “approval process.”  Paul, for his part …
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Robert Shiller / Guardian:
is economics a science?  —  Critics of ‘economic sciences’ sometimes refer to the development of a ‘pseudoscience’ of economics, arguing that it uses the trappings of science, like dense mathematics, but only for show  —  I am one of the winners of this year's Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences …
Guardian:
Swedish cinemas take aim at gender bias with Bechdel test rating  —  Movies need to pass test that gauges the active presence of women on screen in bid to promote gender equality  —  You expect movie ratings to tell you whether a film contains nudity, sex, profanity or violence.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
TX Republicans want to replace Cornyn  —  PPP's newest Texas poll finds that John Cornyn is in grave danger of losing a primary next year if a serious campaign is run against him.  Cornyn's approval with Republican primary voters is only 46%, with 33% of voters disapproving of him.
David Dayen / American Prospect:
The Democrats' Original Food-Stamp Sin  —  “Today, 47 million Americans struggling to put food on the table will have to make do with less,” began the emailed press release from House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi's office.  The statement lamented the $5 billion cut to food-stamp benefits …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Lost Art of Loyalty  —  There is a futuristic cop show starting soon on Fox called “Almost Human,” produced by J.J. Abrams.  —  It's set in the year 2048, and it features an attractive black robot who is highly evolved, logic-based and designed to be as human as possible …
Discussion: Mock Paper Scissors
Politifact.com Truth-O-Meter rulings from National:
Barack Obama: “What we said was, you can keep (your plan) if it hasn't changed since the law passed.”  —  The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire!  Barack Obama says that what he'd said was you could keep your plan 'if it hasn't changed since the law passed'  —  President Barack Obama's attempt …
Morning Sentinel:
Jennifer Johnson beats husband in Waterville warden race  —  Husband versus wife battle for Ward 1 seat drew statewide attention and, the competitors hope, attention to the election process  —  WATERVILLE — Jennifer Johnson won the Ward 1 warden position over her competitor and spouse, David Johnson, on Tuesday night 127-76.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
 
 
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Amy Howe / SCOTUSblog:
Legislative prayer returns to the Court: In Plain English
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Associated Press:
‘Obamacare’ Memos Reveal Chaos, Confusion of October Rollout
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Lewis Krauskopf / Reuters:
Interest in Obamacare rises despite website problems: Reuters/Ipsos poll
Discussion: The Hill, ThinkProgress and AEIdeas
Frank Bajak / Associated Press:
DOCTORS SAY VENEZUELA'S HEALTH CARE IN COLLAPSE
Discussion: Power Line and Hot Air
Jim Brunner / Seattle Times blogs:
Murray: 'We're here tonight to declare victory' in mayor's race
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David E. Sanger / New York Times:
U.S. Is Losing Advantage in Spying, Report Says
Wall Street Journal:
In Bond v. U.S., the Supreme Court will decide if a treaty trumps state police powers.
Carter Eskew / PostPartisan:
Message to Republicans: Moderates win
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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David Levinsky / Burlington County Times:
Sources: Runyan won't seek re-election in 2014
Nelson Wyatt / Vancouver Sun:
Former U.S. vice-president Al Gore predicts lawmakers will rein in surveillance
ThinkProgress:
Minimum Wage Increases Won On Tuesday Night
Des Moines Register:
Biden phones winner of memorable Coralville election
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, Politico and CNN