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As Dems Lose House, Pelosi Says House Took 'Courageous Action'

In the face of significant losses, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a statement early Wednesday morning defending her leadership over the last four years, and offering spirited backing for the policies that have been dragging down many of her more-conservative Democratic colleagues tonight.

"Over the last four years, the Democratic Majority in the House took courageous action on behalf of America's middle class to create jobs and save the country from the worst economic catastrophe since the Great Depression," Pelosi said.

Posted: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - 1:53am

Reid Stuns Angle, Wins Another Term

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) scored a surprisingly decisive victory over Republican Sharron Angle, despite holding low approval ratings and representing a state with the highest unemployment rate in the country.

Reid's victory is one of the rare Democratic bright spots of the night. The Angle campaign this morning put out a release this morning all but anticipating the defeat of the Democrats' Senate leader.

Posted: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - 1:13am

Bringing Up Boehner

CNN's Mary Matalin showered likely incoming House Speaker John Boehner with praise, on CNN minutes ago: "He's awesome. I mean he is America. One of 12 kids, worked in his daddy's bar... what you see is what you get. And he will be able to run that place, like I said earlier, the likes of which we haven't seen since Tip O'Neill. He really is the real deal."

Posted: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - 12:03am

Cantor Pining For A Health Care Fight

Doesn't sounds like there will be too much compromise with the Obama White House, if the latest comments from House Minority Whip Eric Cantor are any indication.

"I hope that we're able to put a repeal bill on the floor," Cantor said to CBS News, referring to the health care reform bill that passed earlier this year. "We've got to go back and give the American people what they want, which is lower costs."

Posted: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 11:30pm

No Course Correction For The White House?

ABC's Jake Tapper is indicating that the White House isn't viewing the election returns as a sign they need to change course.

"There's not going to be a major course correction," Tapper reported on ABC Tuesday night. "So far, this is not a tsunami. You have Democrats winning. It does not look as though Democrats are going to lose control of the Senate, in all likelihood, so I do not see evidence of any major course correction. They certainly have not talked about it in the White House. "

Posted: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 10:22pm

TV Chatter: Van Hollen On The Network's 'Mistake'

Here's the latest from the networks.

DCCC Chair Chris Van Hollen said projection that GOP will take House is "a mistake."

West Virginia Sen.-elect Joe Manchin (D) on CNN: "We made tremendous strides as a state, and the reason we did that is because we trusted one another...But when I look at what challenges we have ahead of us in Washington, I know it's time to take that fight there."

Posted: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 9:40pm

Paul Claims Tea Party Mandate

Kentucky Senator-elect Rand Paul (R) claimed a Tea Party mandate from his decisive victory over Attorney General Jack Conway (D), in his victory remarks Tuesday night.

"I have a message from the people of Kentucky, a message that is loud and clear and does not mince words: we've come to take our government back," Paul said. "Tonight, there's a Tea Party tidal wave, and we're sending a message to them. It's a message that I will carry with me on day 1 -- it's a message of fiscal sanity, it's a message of limited constitutional government and balanced budgets."

Posted: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 9:30pm

GOP Celebration To Feature D.C. Bigs In Primetime

Top Republican leaders in Washington will headline the national party's victory celebration during primetime tonight, while party leaders not associated with the Congressional conference will speak to the crowd earlier.

A Republican source emails Hotline On Call the schedule for the night. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), the vice chairman of the NRCC, will speak between 8:30 and 9:30 Eastern Time. RNC chairman Michael Steele and RGA chairman Haley Barbour will also get their turns that hour.

Posted: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 7:43pm

TV Chatter: A Referendum On Obama

Throughout the night, we'll be bringing you snippets of what the talking heads are saying on all the networks. Here's the first, early outlook.

Posted: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 7:33pm

The West Coast Waiting Game

We could be in for a West Coast waiting game to get a sense of which party controls the Senate -- and have little clarity for days after Election Day.

In Alaska, the expected swarm of write-in votes for Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) means it could be weeks before anyone knows the winner of the three-way Senate race. If the number of write-in votes exceeds that of the two major-party candidates, there will be little clarity on who prevailed -- and the process of sifting through all the write-in ballots is expected to be time-consuming.

Posted: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 6:16pm