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9:15 AM ET, April 1, 2009

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The Politico:
Obama referendum: no winner, one loser  —  SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - There's no winner yet in the Upstate New York special election and it might be mid-April before the race is settled.  But a few things are clearer after Tuesday's contest, none of it welcome news to the Republican Party.
Discussion: Gawker
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 …
The New Republic:
Vote of Confidence: Murphy Refutes Murphy's Law
Discussion: DISSENTING JUSTICE
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Tedisco's unconventional GOTV
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight and Wonkette
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Will the race be called tonight?
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Polls Closed in NY-20
Nina Totenberg / NPR:
Sources: Sen. Stevens Conviction To Be Voided  —  Audio for this story will be available at approx. 9:00 a.m. ET  —  · NPR's has learned that the Justice Department will drop all charges against former Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska.  —  A jury convicted Stevens last fall of seven counts …
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Reuters:
U.S. to drop charges against former Sen. Stevens: report  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department has decided to drop all charges against former Alaskan Senator Ted Stevens amid accusations of prosecutorial misconduct, NPR reported on Wednesday, citing Justice officials.
Discussion: Riehl World View and Don Surber
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Some in Justice Department See D.C. Vote in House as Unconstitutional  —  Holder Overrode Ruling That Measure Is Unconstitutional  —  Justice Department lawyers concluded in an unpublished opinion earlier this year that the historic D.C. voting rights bill pending in Congress is unconstitutional …
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
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Court ruling favors Franken
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 …
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
The death of England (cont)  —  Jay, that fire story from Doncaster is almost unbearably sad: The characteristically moronic behavior of the braindead British coppers transformed it from a family tragedy to a national metaphor.  I have written recently in Canada of the disturbing passivity of the …
Discussion: Chicago Boyz and Pundit & Pundette
Tahman Bradley / Political Punch:
Another Obama Cabinet Official Makes Amends with the IRS  —  Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, President Obama's nominee for to be Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, has amended her 2005, 2006 and 2007 tax returns, the Obama administration disclosed Tuesday, on the even of a major world economic summit in London.
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
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Erica Werner / Associated Press:
Sebelius admits errors, pays $7,000 in back taxes
Discussion: CBS News, Hot Air and Wizbang
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 …
Jason Clayworth / Des Moines Register:
BREAKING NEWS: Hundreds of Iowans thrown out of public hearing  —  More than 500 people who are upset with a plan to change Iowa's tax laws were cleared from a hearing tonight at the Iowa House after they interrupted multiple times.  —  House Speaker Pat Murphy, D-Dubuque …
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
Bloomberg:
Obama Said to Find Bankruptcy Likely for GM, Chrysler  —  President Barack Obama believes a quick, negotiated bankruptcy is the most likely way for General Motors Corp. to restructure and become a competitive automaker, people familiar with the matter said.  —  Obama also is prepared …
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 …
Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
Storm Clouds Gather Over Obama Nominees  —  WASHINGTON — Although the parties have changed places, the nomination wars continue.  —  Senate Republicans are struggling to adapt to an altered political world when it comes to candidates for federal courts and senior Justice Department posts.
Discussion: TIME.com
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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James M. Odato / Capitol Confidential:
Tedisco may be out as leader no matter what
The Huffington Post:
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Fox News:
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