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7:10 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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David M. Halbfinger / New York Times:
Upstate New York House Race Is Too Close to Call  —  A mere 65 votes separated the two candidates late Tuesday in a Congressional contest in upstate New York that received national attention and was widely seen as a referendum on the Obama administration's economic recovery efforts.
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 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.
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
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
James M. Odato / Capitol Confidential:
Tedisco may be out as leader no matter what
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
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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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 …
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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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Glenn Thrush's Blog and TIME.com
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.
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.
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, Don Surber and Daily Dose
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
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?)
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 …
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
 
 
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Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
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The Hill:
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
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Fox News:
With GM's Wagoner Ousted, Should Union Head Have Met the Same Fate?
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Michael Wolff / Vanity Fair:
The Man Who Ate the G.O.P.
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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
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