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The Note:
Cornyn: ‘We Will Not Spend Money in a Contested Primary’  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports:  —  With Republicans grappling with the fallout of an intra-party battle that may have cost them a House seat, the head of the Senate Republican campaign effort is making a pledge that may ease …
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Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
In NY-23, Conservatives Win  —  The race has now been called for Democrat Bill Owens.  —  This is a huge win for conservatives.  —  “Whaaaa. . . ?” you say.  —  There are two big victories at work in New York's 23rd Congressional District.  —  First, the GOP now must recognize …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
IL-Sen: Kirk Seeks Palin Endorsement  —  Illinois Rep. Mark Kirk penned a memo to Republican poobah Fred Malek hoping to secure an endorsement from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for his Senate candidacy, according to a copy of the memo obtained by the Fix.  —  After noting that Palin …
Michelle Malkin:
The GOP elite's $1 million object lesson — and the message of NY-23  —  Conservatives owe NY-23 candidate Doug Hoffman immeasurable gratitude.  He overcame impossible odds (single digits just a month ago) to come within two points of defeating Democrat Bill Owens.  Hoffman had zero name recognition.
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Steele Throws Elbow to Palin, Pawlenty on NY-23  —  RNC Chair Michael Steele was in a feisty mood this morning, but the Democrats weren't his only target.  How intentional was that message to the Palin wing of the GOP?  —  My colleague, ABC News' David Chalian has more...
Chris Good / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Axelrod: NY-23 Is A Reminder For Blue Dogs
Discussion: The Politico
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Democrats feeling angst over 2010  —  Vulnerable House and Senate Democrats want their leaders to skip the party's controversial legislative agenda for next year to help save their seats in Congress.  —  In the run-up to the 2010 midterm elections, they don't want to be forced to vote on climate change …
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J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Letter to Reid on healthcare from former surgeon general shuts down Senate
Discussion: The Politico and jillstanek.com
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Gubernatorial contests serve as warning to Democrats
Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
Maine Voters Repeal Law Allowing Gay Marriage  —  In a stinging setback for the national gay-rights movement, Maine voters narrowly decided to repeal the state's new law allowing same-sex marriage.  —  With 87 percent of precincts reporting early this morning, 53 percent of voters had approved the repeal …
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Yesterday's Overwhelming Historic Republican Victory Makes Democratic Health Care Reform Just A Bit Easier  —  Most of the commentary about last night's elections has centered around Republican pickups in the New Jersey and Virginia statehouses.  But what's gone largely unnoticed …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   THE IMPACT ON HEALTH CARE.... To hear a certain cable news network put …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Extreme unintended irony from a WH official  —  An Obama aide anonymously accuses Anthony Weiner of being a coward and not “manning-up.”  —  From Ben Smith's Politico article on the surprisingly narrow victory by Michael Bloomberg in the New York mayoral race:
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Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Even safe Dems feeling at risk
Discussion: Hot Air
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Italian court convicts 23 Americans in CIA rendition case; extradition undecided  —  MILAN — An Italian court on Wednesday convicted 22 CIA operatives and a U.S. Air Force colonel of orchestrating the kidnapping of a Muslim cleric here in 2003 and flying him to Egypt, where he said he was tortured.
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Reuters:
Italy convicts former CIA agents in rendition trial
Discussion: ACS Blog
Rachel Donadio / New York Times:
Italy Convicts 23 Americans for C.I.A. Renditions
Carly Fiorina / Orange County Register:
Why I'm running for Senate  —  Our most pressing problems today are too few jobs for Americans and too much spending in Washington.  —  CANDIDATE FOR U.S. SENATE FROM CALIFORNIA  —  Recommend  —  Admittedly, I have not always been engaged in the electoral process, and I should have been.
Associated Press:
AP Sources: AARP to endorse House health care bill  —  WASHINGTON — Officials are telling The Associated Press that AARP_the seniors' lobby_will endorse the health care overhaul bill that House Democrats are preparing to take to the floor.  —  Officials with knowledge of the group's decision told …
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Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
‘Very, very close to zero’ GOPers will vote for House health bill
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Johnny Dollar / Olbermann Watch:
Where in the World Was Keith Olbermann?  —  MSNBC boasted that on election night they would present a “special live edition of Countdown” at 10:00 pm.  But with bad news for the Democrats in Virginia and New Jersey, a funny thing happened on the way to the bonus Hour of Spin.  Keith wasn't there!
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Associated Press:
STIMULUS WATCH: Salary raise counted as saved job  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's economic recovery program saved 935 jobs at the Southwest Georgia Community Action Council, an impressive success story for the stimulus plan.  Trouble is, only 508 people work there.
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Don Surber:
Obama saved 935 jobs at a place that employs 508 people
Discussion: Joust The Facts and JustOneMinute
Kyle Drennen / NewsBusters.org:
Obama Watched HBO Special About Himself Instead of Election Results  —  UPDATE: Fox News misreported Gibbs' press gaggle comments.  He did not claim President watched HBO special on election night.  —  During the 10AM ET hour of America's Newsroom on Fox News Channel …
John Nolte / Big Hollywood:
ELEMENTARY EPIDEMIC: 11 Uncovered Videos Show School Children Performing Praises to Obama  —  Big Hollywood has already posted a couple disturbing videos of young school children singing/speaking praises to President Obama, but when eleven more dropped in our email box it came as quite a shock.
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Bachmann aide no longer taking care of business  —  The aide who helped turn Rep. Michele Bachmann into a controversial mainstay of cable news has informed colleagues that she's quitting - just as the firebrand Republican congresswoman prepares for her biggest media moment yet.
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Cuomo Files Federal Antitrust Suit Against Intel  —  Following the lead of foreign regulators, New York's attorney general, Andrew M. Cuomo, filed a federal antitrust lawsuit Wednesday against Intel, the world's largest chip maker.  —  The lawsuit charges that Intel violated state …
Washington Examiner:
Pancho  —  Barone studiously avoids mention of the increase in the “D” House delegation despite the best efforts of Palin, Bachmann, Limbaugh, Malkin, etc., in NY Congressional District 23.  —  Michael Bloomberg nearly lost his mayoral seat in NYC despite outspending his Democratic opponent 5-1.
New York Post:
Crabby cabby boots same-sex lovebirds  —  An overzealous cabby allegedly booted a gay couple when he spotted the duo sharing a warm embrace in the back of his cold car.  —  Paul Bruno and his partner hailed the yellow cab Monday night at 13th Street and First Avenue and sat close, Bruno told The Post.
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Gothamist
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Secret copyright treaty leaks.  It's bad.  Very bad.  —  The internet chapter of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, a secret copyright treaty whose text Obama's administration refused to disclose due to “national security” concerns, has leaked.  It's bad.  It says:
Keith B. Richburg / Washington Post:
Obama's brother speaks out for first time  —  GUANGZHOU, China — The mixed-race son of a brilliant but troubled Kenyan academic and a white American woman writes an emotionally wrenching book about his search for identity and self.  —  This is not the familiar story of President Obama.
Discussion: The Swamp
 
 
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
House could vote Saturday on health bill
Discussion: Think Progress and Open Left
Meg Haskell / Bangor Daily News:
Medical marijuana access law OK'd
Discussion: The Greenroom and Hit & Run
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Battered Presidents Syndrome
Colleen Raezler / NewsBusters.org:
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Discussion: jillstanek.com and Townhall.com
Felix Salmon:
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Discussion: Hullabaloo
 Earlier Items: 
Michelle Malkin:
Ridiculous “RAAAACISM” charge of the day
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Carter Wood / PointOfLaw Forum:
Pennsylvania Supreme Court: The more restrained candidate wins
Discussion: Power Line
Paul Bass / New Haven Independent:
Lamont Throws His Hat Near The Ring
Discussion: Glenn Thrush's Blog and TPMDC
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Obama, “Credibility,” and Fear of Failure
Discussion: TalkLeft
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Political Climate for 2010 Not as Favorable to Democrats
Discussion: MyDD
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Congress Shifts Left
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Who Are You Calling a Narcissist, Rush?
Chris Kelly / The Huffington Post:
Dud, Baby, Dud: The Lesson of Doug Hoffman
Discussion: Taylor Marsh