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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 and TPMDC
Lauren Stanforth / Local politics:
Text message to wrong district  —  Democratic candidate Scott Murphy got an unexpected volunteer today, in the form of woman fuming about a text message she received this morning from Republican challenger Jim Tedisco's camp.  —  Niskayuna resident Clara Mehserle says she received a text message …
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: Wonkette and FiveThirtyEight
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 / The Politico:
N.Y. 20: Murphy ahead by 65 votes
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Will the race be called tonight?
Discussion: Firedoglake and Salon
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Polls Closed in NY-20
Discussion: The New Ledger and Hot Air
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Five Things To Watch in NY-20
Discussion: Democracy in America
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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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.
Pat Doyle / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Judges' ruling is boon to Franken
Discussion: Hot Air and Sister Toldjah
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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Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Sebelius paid over $7,000 in back taxes  —  Health and Human Services nominee Kathleen Sebelius has paid back taxes of more than $7,000 stemming from “unintentional errors” revealed during her accountant's review of recent tax returns.  —  The White House on Tuesday released a letter Sebelius sent …
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Another Obama Nominee Has Tax Issues
Discussion: Hot Air
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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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: Don Surber, Slate and The Swamp
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
GOP dinner gets Newt, not Palin  —  Sarah Palin continues to have a rocky post-election season in the nation's capital.  —  Congressional Republicans are replacing their party's former vice presidential nominee as the headliner of their big spring fundraising dinner with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich …
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Peter Hamby / CNN:   Palin replaced as headliner for Republican dinner
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 …
Discussion: Wonkette and Shakesville
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 …
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.
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
Shobhana Chandra / Bloomberg:
Home Prices in 20 U.S. Cities Fell by a Record 19%  —  Home prices in 20 U.S. cities fell 19 percent in January from a year earlier, the fastest drop on record, as demand plummeted and foreclosures rose.  —  The S&P/Case-Shiller index's decrease was more than forecast and compares with an 18.6 percent decrease in December.
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David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Record Drop in Index of Home Prices
Discussion: The Huffington Post and TIME.com
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 …
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
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
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.
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
The Huffington Post:
Rush Limbaugh To New York: Drop Dead  —  Rush Limbaugh, in the midst of a tirade on Monday's radio show against New York Governor David Paterson's tax increases, denounced the state and announced that he was vacating it immediately.  —  Limbaugh, who claims that he pays per-diem city and state …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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: Fox News and RedState
Byron York / www.washingtonexaminer.com:
Beyond AIG: A Bill to let Big Government Set Your Salary  —  It was nearly two weeks ago that the House of Representatives, acting in a near-frenzy after the disclosure of bonuses paid to executives of AIG, passed a bill that would impose a 90 percent retroactive tax on those bonuses.
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
Gene Healy / www.washingtonexaminer.com:
Beware the cult of Obama  —  You've met them.  They may be friends of yours, or family members.  You may even be one of them (in which case you'll hate this column).  I'm referring to those who've heard the Call of Obama.  —  Tucker Carlson compares it to a dog whistle: Inaudible to most, but irresistible to those who can hear it.
Discussion: Clayton Cramer's BLOG
New York Times:
Chinese Inmates at Guantánamo Pose a Dilemma  —  WASHINGTON — Ilshat Hassan's flight from China has brought refuge, a job at the consulting firm Booz Allen and an apartment in the Virginia suburbs.  —  Mr. Hassan, an intense former college professor, is among some 300 exiles …
Discussion: New York Times
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.
 
 
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