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11:50 PM ET, March 31, 2009

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Gregg Levine / Firedoglake:
BREAKING: NY-20: Tedisco Preps for Loss, Files Motion to Overturn Election Results Before Polls Even Close  —  Republican Jim Tedisco may be running for the House in a district where Republicans outnumber Democratic voters by some 70,000, but with the polls closing in a matter of hours, Tedisco's campaign is prepping for a loss.
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Gregg Levine / Firedoglake:
NY-20 Update: Tedisco Motion Included Request to Prevent Murphy from Being Certified, No Matter the Margin  —  As reported earlier, Republican Jim Tedisco took the extraordinary measure of filing a motion with the Dutchess County Clerk that was designed to contest and stall certification of the results …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and Raw Story
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Will the race be called tonight?  —  SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Just chatted with Saratoga County Republican party chairman Jasper Nolan here at Republican Jim Tedisco's party.  —  Nolan said he doesn't think that the race will be called tonight because there are about 10,000 outstanding absentee ballots left …
Lauren Stanforth / Local politics:
Text message to wrong district  —  Democratic candidate Scott Murphy got an unexpected volunteer today, in the form of woman fuming about a text message she received this morning from Republican challenger Jim Tedisco's camp.  —  Niskayuna resident Clara Mehserle says she received a text message …
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Tedisco's unconventional GOTV  —  CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. — Jim Tedisco's campaign is employing an unconventional way of getting out the vote on the final day of the election.  —  Dozens of the volunteers working to canvass and make phone calls for the Republican Assemblyman this afternoon …
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Polls Closed in NY-20
Discussion: The New Ledger and Daily Kos
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Five Things To Watch in NY-20
Discussion: Democracy in America
Pat Doyle / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Court to count up to 400 ballots in Senate recount trial  —  The absentee ballots are far fewer than Norm Coleman sought and appear to include many that Al Franken had identified as wrongly rejected.  —  In a potentially decisive ruling, a panel of three judges today ordered up to 400 …
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Manu Raju / The Politico:
Court ruling favors Franken  —  A three-judge panel has dealt a blow to Norm Coleman's efforts to retake the lead in the Minnesota Senate race, putting at most 400 ballots in play — far fewer than what the Republican pushed for during the seven-week recount trial.
Pat Doyle / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Judges' ruling is boon to Franken  —  Absentee ballots to be counted will be far fewer than Coleman sought in effort to close the U.S. Senate gap.  —  Norm Coleman's lawyers all but conceded defeat Tuesday and promised to appeal after a panel of three judges ordered no more than 400 …
Discussion: Hot Air and Sister Toldjah
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:   Norm Coleman's Last 400 Shots
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Election Contest Ruling Deals Coleman Setback, Appeal Certain
Discussion: Salon
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Sebelius: Budget reconciliation on the table  —  President Obama's nominee to be secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) reaffirmed Tuesday that the administration is leaving the door open to using a controversial partisan procedural tactic to pass health reform.
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Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Sebelius paid over $7,000 in back taxes  —  Health and Human Services nominee Kathleen Sebelius has paid back taxes of more than $7,000 stemming from “unintentional errors” revealed during her accountant's review of recent tax returns.  —  The White House on Tuesday released a letter Sebelius sent …
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Another Obama Nominee Has Tax Issues
Discussion: Hot Air and Michelle Malkin
Erica Werner / Associated Press:
Sebelius admits errors, pays $7,000 in back taxes
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Netanyahu to Obama: Stop Iran—Or I Will  —  In an interview conducted shortly before he was sworn in today as prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu laid down a challenge for Barack Obama.  The American president, he said, must stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons—and quickly …
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Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:   Netanyahu Lays Down a Marker
RADAR:
Exclusive: Biden Daughter Cocaine Video Was a Setup  —  It was a setup.  —  The video purporting to show Vice President Joe Biden's daughter Ashley snorting cocaine was preplanned by a man trying to get rich selling the tape, RadarOnline.com has learned exclusively.
Discussion: Fox News
Toby Harnden / Toby Harnden's blog listings:
“Slightly smaller than Oregon”: a White House briefing on Britain  —  So here's what the White House is telling American reporters - and by extension the American people - about Britain.  It's laid out in an inch-thick “press kit”, with the Seal of the President of the United States emblazoned on the cover …
Discussion: Don Surber, Slate and The Swamp
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Hersh: Cheney ‘Left A Stay Behind’ In Obama's Government, Can ‘Still Control Policy Up To A Point’  —  In an interview on NPR's Fresh Air yesterday, host Terry Gross asked investigative journalist Seymour Hersh if, as he continues to investigate the Bush administration, “more people” were …
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
GOP dinner gets Newt, not Palin  —  Sarah Palin continues to have a rocky post-election season in the nation's capital.  —  Congressional Republicans are replacing their party's former vice presidential nominee as the headliner of their big spring fundraising dinner with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich …
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Peter Hamby / CNN:   Palin replaced as headliner for Republican dinner
Fox News:
With GM's Wagoner Ousted, Should Union Head Have Met the Same Fate?  —  Even though UAW President Ron Gettelfinger argues that his workers have made significant concessions in recent years, analysts say the offerings were too little, too late.  —  FOXNews.com
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Paul Krugman:
Partying like it's 1931  —  I'm detecting a trend in commentary that I find slightly ominous.  Some of the economic news lately has been slightly better than expected, which was bound to happen at some point (on average, after all, half the news should be better than expected).
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Byron York / www.washingtonexaminer.com:
Beyond AIG: A Bill to let Big Government Set Your Salary  —  It was nearly two weeks ago that the House of Representatives, acting in a near-frenzy after the disclosure of bonuses paid to executives of AIG, passed a bill that would impose a 90 percent retroactive tax on those bonuses.
Shobhana Chandra / Bloomberg:
Home Prices in 20 U.S. Cities Fell by a Record 19%  —  Home prices in 20 U.S. cities fell 19 percent in January from a year earlier, the fastest drop on record, as demand plummeted and foreclosures rose.  —  The S&P/Case-Shiller index's decrease was more than forecast and compares with an 18.6 percent decrease in December.
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David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Record Drop in January Index of Home Prices
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Boats Too Costly to Keep Are Littering Coastlines  —  MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. — Boat owners are abandoning ship.  —  They often sandpaper over the names and file off the registry numbers, doing their best to render the boats, and themselves, untraceable.  Then they casually ditch the vessels …
Danny / The Note:
McCain to Obama: Don't Be Like LBJ  —  ABC News' Teddy Davis reports:  —  Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has been largely supportive of President Obama's plans to bolster U.S. forces in Afghanistan but he said Tuesday that his former rival should go a step further and commit now to boosting US forces …
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
GM's Problems are 50 Years in the Making  —  Let's take something of a 30,000-foot view on the condition of General Motors.  The chart below details GM's operating margin — its profits divided into its revenues — over the past 50 years:  —  I haven't provided the dates on the chart because they aren't important.
Discussion: PoliGazette and Emptywheel
Michael Wolff / Vanity Fair:
The Man Who Ate the G.O.P.  —  In an ailing radio industry, with a graying audience and a pro-government landscape, Rush Limbaugh should be shuffling off into irrelevancy.  Instead, his ever more outrageous attacks have everyone debating whether he's the G.O.P.'s de facto leader, while the party shapes its ideology to fit his needs.
WNYT-TV:
Absentee and paper ballots impounded in congressional election  —  NEW YORK - Absentee ballots and emergency paper ballots in the 20th Congressional District special election have been impounded under a court order, said Bob Brehm, a spokesman for the state Board of Elections.
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
YOUR WORLD IN GRAPHS: THE SENATE IS BROKEN EDITION.  —  Congressional expert Norm Ornstein's has a nice article arguing that the Senate is an increasingly broken and incapable institution.  It's anchored by this graph tracking the rise in filibusters over time.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Projection: Breitbart's new conspiracy theory is something Conservatives (like John McCain) have been doing to us for years  —  Andrew Breitbart tries to whip up the right wing bloggers into a frenzy over his new conspiracy theory about “comments” put by liberals on right-wing blogs which appears in the Moonie Times.
Pascal Fletcher / Reuters:
Miss Universe says had “lot of fun” in Guantanamo  —  MIAMI (Reuters) - A “relaxing, calm, beautiful place” may not be everyone's description of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where the United States holds about 240 prisoners in a detention center that has drawn condemnation from around the world.
Discussion: Fox News and RedState
Colum Lynch / Washington Post:
U.S. to Join U.N. Human Rights Council, Reversing Bush Policy  —  The Obama administration decided Tuesday to seek a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council, reversing a decision by the Bush administration to shun the United Nations' premier rights body to protest the influence of repressive states.
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Republican may vote for Obama budget plan  —  Rep. Joseph Cao (R-La.) may buck his party when the House votes on President Obama's budget proposal later this week.  —  The freshman lawmaker told The Hill that his constituents are split, adding that he wants more information before deciding whether …
 
 
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Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
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Athenae / First Draft:
May Conrad Black and David Radler Rot In Hell
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Union urges Obama to oust bank CEO
Hank Beckman / The Naperville Sun:
Public anger leads to Ayers cancellation
Dan Gilgoff / God & Country:
Exclusive: Former NFL Coach Tony Dungy Invited to Join White House Faith Council
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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Prof. Krugman, Meet Prof. Krueger
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NY Daily News:
Rangel dropped $777 a month from office account for lease on Cadillac
Discussion: Gothamist
Ariel Leve / Times of London:
Nicolas Sarkozy's threat to walk out of global summit
Discussion: The Swamp and Clusterstock
Gene Healy / www.washingtonexaminer.com:
Beware the cult of Obama
The Politico:
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