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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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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 …
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 …
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...
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.
Chris Good / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Axelrod: NY-23 Is A Reminder For Blue Dogs
Discussion: The Politico
Rich Miller / The Capitol Fax Blog:   UPDATED x6 *** Mark Kirk asks for Sarah Palin's endorsement
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Letter to Reid on healthcare from former Surgeon General Koop shuts Senate  —  A letter about healthcare reform to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), apparently from former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, triggered a security scare that briefly shut down much of the Senate on Wednesday.
Discussion: The Politico and jillstanek.com
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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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Mark Schmitt / American Prospect:
Bloomberg Meets the Law of Diminishing Returns.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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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David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Conservatives Rework Rhetoric After NY-23 Loss  —  Tea Partiers Say GOP Loss Enough for Conservative Victory  —  Saranac Lake, N.Y. - Jim Kelly walked into the lounge of the Hotel Saranac, his red tie undone and flapping against his shirt.  He sighed.  He plopped into a chair.
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J.P. Freire / Washington Examiner:
Boehner says NY GOP ignored warnings from NRCC
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
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 …
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
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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 …
TMZ.com:
Prejean Sex Tape Triggers Settlement  —  Carrie Prejean demanded more than a million dollars during her settlement negotiations with Miss California USA Pageant officials — that is, until the lawyer for the Pageant showed Carrie an XXX home video of her handiwork.
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 …
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
V: Tea Party TV  —  I didn't watch much television as a kid.  But when the miniseries “V” came out in 1983, when I was eleven years old, it was event television for the entire family.  The sci-fi series used an alien invasion of Earth under friendly guise as a metaphor for fascism.
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
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
John Mashek, 1931 - 2009  —  John W. Mashek, a political reporter who covered every presidential election from 1960 to 1996, died of a heart attack Tuesday while watching his granddaughters' high school soccer game in Maryland.  He was 77.  —  Mashek started out as a local reporter …
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:
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Even safe Dems feeling at risk  —  Jim Costa's path to reelection isn't the toughest among House Democrats, but that doesn't mean the California Democrat feels safe voting for a House health care overhaul bill that he says is too costly and does too little to help rural districts like his own.
 
 
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Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
Newsweek And Oil Lobby Team Up To Host Climate Change Event With Lawmakers
Discussion: Emptywheel
John Cook / Gawker:
The Spitzer Files: How the New York Times and the Press Serviced Client No. 9
Discussion: New York Magazine
John Schwartz / New York Times:
Picked From a Lineup, on a Whiff of Evidence
Discussion: News Desk and Hit & Run
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
House could vote Saturday on health bill
Discussion: Think Progress and Open Left
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Battered Presidents Syndrome
Colleen Raezler / NewsBusters.org:
Joy Behar: Profits are the ‘Real Immorality’ of Abortion
Discussion: jillstanek.com
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Felix Salmon:
A brief history of Goldman Sachs heads
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Keith B. Richburg / Washington Post:
Obama's brother speaks out for first time
Discussion: The Swamp
Farah Stockman / Boston Globe:
BU professor-turned-Pakistan-envoy draws fire
Michelle Malkin:
Ridiculous “RAAAACISM” charge of the day
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Who Are You Calling a Narcissist, Rush?