Breaking news: The AP reports Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is stepping down. This comes on the day Americans learn that Democrats, riding the wave of GOP disapproval, have taken the House -- the Senate majority has yet to be decided. Rumsfeld was a focus of much of the criticism of the Iraq war, a deciding factor for many voters. Last week, W. told media that he encouraged both Rumsfeld and Cheney to stay for the two remaining years of his presidency.

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