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5:30 AM ET, April 1, 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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Aaron Blake / The Hill:
N.Y. special election too close to call  —  With all precincts reporting in the special election to fill Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's (D-N.Y.) former House seat, the race could be headed for a drawn-out ballot-counting process.  —  Democratic businessman Scott Murphy led Republican Assemblyman Jim Tedisco …
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, MyDD and TPMDC
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 and Wonkette
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
N.Y. 20: Murphy ahead by 65 votes  —  Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen just put out a statement acknowledging that Murphy has won a “majority of the vote tonight”: … post comment | … Tedisco optimistic of victory
James M. Odato / Capitol Confidential:
Tedisco may be out as leader no matter what  —  Republicans are split on whether Assemblyman James Tedisco should remain minority leader if he returns to the 41-member conference.  Some of the conference members say they are squarely behind Tedisco, who was voted to a two year term as minority leader at the start of the year.
Discussion: The Daily Politics and G-O-T-V
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Will the race be called tonight?
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Polls Closed in NY-20
Discussion: Firedoglake and Hot Air
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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Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
In Blow To Coleman, Minnesota Court To Review Only 400 Ballots For Possible Opening
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:   Norm Coleman's Last 400 Shots
The Hill:
Momentum grows among Dems for using rules to avoid filibuster  —  Momentum among Democrats is growing to use special budget rules to push major healthcare reform this year through the Senate with a simple majority.  —  Two possible members of a House-Senate conference committee …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Human Events
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Chad Pergram / Fox News:
Republicans Disinvite Palin to Major Fundraiser  —  Congressional Republicans Tuesday decided to ditch Sarah Palin in favor of Newt Gingrich for the critical House-Senate fundraising dinner in Washington June 8.  —  FOXNews.com  —  Sarah Palin is out and Newt Gingrich is in.
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Peter Hamby / CNN:   Palin replaced as headliner for Republican dinner
Yossi Verter / Haaretz:
Haaretz poll: 54% of public dissatisfied with new government  —  The Knesset approved Benjamin Netanyahu's return as prime minister last night amid allegations that his new government is bloated, convoluted and unprepared to deal with Israel's many problems.
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Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Netanyahu to Obama: Stop Iran—Or I Will
Guardian:
Twitter switch for Guardian  —  • Newspaper to be available only on messaging service  —  • Experts say any story can be told in 140 characters  —  Consolidating its position at the cutting edge of new media technology, the Guardian today announces that it will become …
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 …
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 and Don Surber
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
At What Point Do People Revolt?  —  Moe wrote about the Washington State lunacy the other day.  To recap: … As the Associated Press notes, there's just one problem: … Washington State has turned its residents into a group of drug runners — crossing state lines to buy dish washer detergent with phosphate.
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: Slate, Don Surber, The Swamp and Hot Air
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
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 …
New York Times:
U.S. Plan Sees Easing of G.M. to Bankruptcy  —  By MICHAEL J. de la MERCED and JONATHAN D. GLATER  —  The government is seeking to ease General Motors into what it calls a “controlled” bankruptcy, somewhere between a prepackaged bankruptcy and court chaos, by persuading at least some creditors …
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Harry Reid: Taxes are voluntary!  —  This sure takes a load off my mind:  —  From White Lily, a Nevada resident who says, “We're going to pull a Daschle here in Nevada in 2010, and send Reid back to civilian life.”  (Hat-tip: Carin at Is This Blog On?)
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
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: RedState
 
 
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Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
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Ben Farmer / Telegraph:
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The Huffington Post:
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WNYT-TV:
Absentee and paper ballots impounded in congressional election
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Athenae / First Draft:
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Fox News:
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The Daily Beast:
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Paul Krugman:
Partying like it's 1931  —  I'm detecting a trend in commentary …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias