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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, TPMDC and MyDD
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 …
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
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Will the race be called tonight?
James M. Odato / Capitol Confidential:
Tedisco may be out as leader no matter what
Discussion: The Daily Politics and G-O-T-V
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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Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Senate recount trial: 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 …
Discussion: Hot Air and Sister Toldjah
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.
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
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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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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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.
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
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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
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?)
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
Discussion: Redhot
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.
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 …
Ben Farmer / Telegraph:
Hamid Karzai signs law ‘legalising rape in marriage’  —  President Hamid Karzai has signed a law the UN says legalises rape in marriage and prevents women from leaving the house without permission.  —  The law, which has not been publicly released, is believed to state women can only seek work …
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
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.
Discussion: MSNBC, D-Day and The Swamp
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.
Discussion: Townhall.com
 
 
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