Slate on Day to Day for the week of Nov. 6.

Slate on Day to Day for the week of Nov. 6.

Slate on Day to Day for the week of Nov. 6.

Slate stories on NPR's Day to Day.
Nov. 9 2006 11:40 AM

Big Changes

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006

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Did Vote Prompt Surprise Rumsfeld Resignation?
John Dickerson talks about the fallout from the Democratic sweep of the midterm elections and the surprise announcement from President Bush that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld will resign. Just last week, the president vowed Rumsfeld will stay at his job, but the Republican defeat at the polls was likely prompted a swift reversal. Listen to the segment.

How Unrest Over Iraq Helped Democratic Candidates
Iraq was one of the top concerns for voters headed to polls on Election Day. John Dickerson talks with Alex Chadwick and Madeleine Brand about how the continued U.S.-led occupation might have tipped the vote to Democratic Party candidates. Listen to the segment.

Rep. Nacy Pelosi, Speaker-in-Waiting?
John Dickerson talks with Alex Chadwick and Madeleine Brand about the prospect of Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., currently the minority leader in the House of Representatives, becoming the first-ever female Speaker of the House after Tuesday's Democratic gains. Listen to the segment.

Exit Polls Show Voter Concern Over Iraq, Corruption
Exit polls from Tuesday's election hinted at some significant political trends among voters, especially when it comes to Iraq, terrorism, political corruption, and the economy. John Dickerson talks with Alex Chadwick and Madeleine Brand about how the trends could influence policy in the final two years of President Bush's term in office. Listen to the segment.

Democratic Victory's Effect on 2008 Presidential Race
Tuesday's midterm vote favored Democratic Party candidates in several key congressional races. John Dickerson talks with Alex Chadwick and Madeleine Brand about what the big swing in voter attitudes means for the 2008 presidential race. Listen to the segment.

High Court Hears Abortion Ban Arguments
The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday heard highly anticipated arguments against the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003. The law has been on hold after an appeals court ruling, but could be approved by the right-leaning bench next year. Dahlia Lithwick talks with Alex Chadwick on the court testimony to the panel of justices. Listen to the segment.