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At his post-shellacking press conference this afternoon, President Obama said that he'll sit down with Democratic and Republican congressional leaders before the end of the year to reach a compromise on extending the Bush tax cuts.

"[M]y goal is to sit down with Speaker-elect Boehner and Mitch McConnell and Harry and Nancy sometime in the next few weeks and see where we can move forward in a way that, first of all, does no harm; that extends those tax cuts that are very important for middle-class families; also extends those provisions that are important to encourage businesses to invest, and provide businesses some certainty over the next year or two," Obama said. "And how that negotiation works itself out I think is too early to say. But this is going to be one of my top priorities, and my hope is, is that given we all have an interest in growing the economy and encouraging job growth, that we're not going to play brinksmanship but instead we're going to act responsibly."

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Conservative Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) -- founder of the Tea Party Caucus -- will make a bid to be part of House leadership next Congress, likely touching off a tough intra-GOP battle for influence over the new majority.

In a message to her supporters on Facebook, Bachmann writes, "I am pleased to announce that I am running for Chairman of the House Republican Conference! Constitutional Conservatives deserve a loud and clear voice in leadership!"

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1||November 2, 2010: Republicans celebrate their takeover of the House of Representatives with a party at National Republican Congressional Committee election headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Above, Republican Governors Association Chair Haley Barbour.||Jeff Malet/

2||NRSC Chairman John Cornyn (R-TX)||Jeff Malet/

3||Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)||Jeff Malet/

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5||Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX)||Jeff Malet/

6. ||RNC Chairman Michael Steele||Jeff Malet/

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9||Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)||Jeff Malet/

10||Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR)||Jeff Malet/

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12||Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)||Jeff Malet/

13||Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) with his wife.||Jeff Malet/

In his press conference this morning, President Obama said he'd be willing to tweak and improve his signature initiatives, particularly health care reform. But in new talking points sent our way, the White House makes clear that Obama will veto any attempt to repeal those accomplishments.

It would be a mistake to spend the next two years re-fighting the political battles of the last two years. The President is proud of the progress we have made for average Americans - from health care reform, to financial reform and reforms to our education system. While he has always made it clear that he is open to ideas from both sides of the aisle to improve these important new laws, he will not accept attempts to repeal or weaken them.

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President Obama gave a press conference today on last night's elections results, and said he learned some important lessons from the outcome. "I'm not recommending for future presidents that they take a shellacking like I did last night," he said, because "there are easier ways to learn these lessons."

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Here's a quick update on the statewide races that may or may not be seeing recounts, election contests, graphology examinations, Brooks Brothers riots, etc.:

• In the Alaska Senate race, it's not a recount so much as a protracted and unusual vote count -- it could take weeks to sort through the 41% of ballots that were write-in votes, to determine how many them constitute valid, legal votes for incumbent GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowsi against Republican nominee Joe Miller.

• In the Connecticut gubernatorial race, Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz (D) has declared that Democrat Dan Malloy will win the race, without a recount. Republican Tom Foley is not conceding, maintaining that his campaign's internal numbers have them on track for a 2,000-vote win.

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Both sides are claiming victory in the House race in Virginia's 11th district, which may be the closest contest in the country. With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Democrat Gerry Connolly is leading Republican Keith Fimian by just 487 votes.

The three-member electoral board of Faixfax County is currently in the midst of canvassing the election results, a spokeswoman for the country government confirmed to TPMMuckraker. One of the individuals sitting on that board is Hans von Spakovsky, a Bush-era Justice Department official who came under fire from Democrats after allegations that he helped politicize the Civil Rights Division and placed an undue emphasis on voter fraud and identification that critics say often suppresses minority voter turnout.

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1||Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin has defeated Republican businessman John Raese in West Virginia, one of the few bright spots for Democrats during an otherwise rough night.

America chose a lot of other new senators last night. Here they are.||Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Newscom&&

2||Republican Rand Paul, a Tea Party favorite, beat Democrat Jack Conway in Kentucky, one of the most high-profile races in the country.||ZUMA Press/Newscom&&

3||Republican Marco Rubio won out in a three-way race for Senate in Florida, beating Gov. Charlie Crist (I) and Rep. Kendrick Meek (D).||Martin Fried/UPI/Newscom&&

4||Despite the national attention given to Republican Christine O'Donnell, Democrat Chris Coons won handily in Delaware. ||flickr/chriscoons&&

5||Democrat Richard Blumenthal bested former WWE CEO Linda McMahon (R) in Connecticut, keeping a Democrat in Sen. Chris Dodd's seat.||Richard Messina/MCT/Newscom&&

6||After beating Democrat Tracy Porter, Republican John Hoeven will be North Dakota's first Republican senator in 24 years.||Roll Call Photos/Newscom&&

7||In Kansas, Republican Rep. Jerry Moran -- a 14-year veteran of the House -- beat Democrat Lisa Johnston||Moran for Kansas&&

8||Republican John Boozman gave the GOP a boost when he beat incumbent Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D) in Arkansas.||newscom/Bill Clark/Roll Call Photos&&

9||Republican Dan Coats -- a former senator-turned-lobbyist -- beat Democrat Brad Ellsworth in Indiana for Sen. Evan Bayh's seat.||facebook/CoatsforIndiana&&

10||In the battle for Sen. Judd Gregg's seat, former New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly Ayotte (R) beat Democrat Paul Hodes.||facebook/kellyayotte&&

11||Former Rep. Rob Portman (R) beat Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher (D) in Ohio.||facebook/robportman&&

12||Progressive icon Sen. Russ Feingold fell to Republican businessman Ron Johnson in Wisconsin.||ronjohnson2010&&

13||Republican Rep. Mark Kirk won his battle with Alexi Giannoulias, snatching President Obama's old Senate seat away from the Democrats.||Chris Walker/MCT/Newscom&&

14||Former Republican Rep. Roy Blunt beat Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D).||facebook/royblunt&&

15||Republican Mike Lee handily beat Democratic restaurateur Sam Granato in Utah||flickr/mikeleeforsenate2010&&

16||In a tough race, Republican Pat Toomey beat Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak in Pennsylvania.||newscom/John Anderson/UPI&&

Embattled RNC Chair Michael Steele told me this morning that last night's election results should settle a few controversies about his leadership position. But he admitted his rocky tenure has been a tough one for many establishment types to swallow, and he wouldn't commit to running for a second term as chair of the RNC.

"I'm not a conventional player, I speak my mind and I learned very quickly in this job that's a very dangerous thing to do," Steele told me on a conference call with reporters to talk about the GOP's sweeping wins last night. Steele said he has learned "to be a little more careful, a little more measured, a little more sensitive if you will."

"The learning curve was steep and quick, but I got it," Steele said.

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