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8:40 AM ET, April 1, 2009

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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.
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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: The New Republic and 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 …
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Tedisco's unconventional GOTV
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight and Wonkette
Gregg Levine / Firedoglake:
NY-20 Update: Tedisco Motion Included Request to Prevent Murphy …
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?
Discussion: Hot Air, Daily Kos and Hotline On Call
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Polls Closed in NY-20
Discussion: The New Ledger and Firedoglake
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
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Some in Justice Department See D.C. Vote in House as Unconstitutional
Discussion: The Note, The Corner and AmSpecBlog
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
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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?)
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Breakthrough on US-Russian Relations?  “We're Not Looking Into Anybody's Soul,” Says US Official, Previewing “Sober” Yet Optimistic Announcement  —  LONDON — Senior officials with the Obama administration tell ABC News that this morning, after a bilateral meeting between President Obama …
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.
 
 
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Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
Storm Clouds Gather Over Obama Nominees
Discussion: TIME.com
The Hill:
Momentum grows among Dems for using rules to avoid filibuster
Discussion: Human Events and Michelle Malkin
The Huffington Post:
Rush Limbaugh To New York: Drop Dead
WNYT-TV:
Absentee and paper ballots impounded in congressional election
Discussion: The Campaign Spot
Danny / The Note:
McCain to Obama: Don't Be Like LBJ
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
 Earlier Items: 
Pascal Fletcher / Reuters:
Miss Universe says had “lot of fun” in Guantanamo
Discussion: RedState
Athenae / First Draft:
May Conrad Black and David Radler Rot In Hell
Discussion: Guardian, Daily Finance and Eschaton
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
GM's Problems are 50 Years in the Making
Discussion: PoliGazette and Emptywheel
Fox News:
With GM's Wagoner Ousted, Should Union Head Have Met the Same Fate?
Discussion: Publius Forum and Scared Monkeys
Michael Wolff / Vanity Fair:
The Man Who Ate the G.O.P.
Discussion: Alan Colmes' Liberaland and Gawker