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5:40 PM ET, April 24, 2009

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Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Tedisco concedes to Murphy  —  Republican state Assemblyman Jim Tedisco conceded the New York special election this afternoon to Democratic businessman Scott Murphy, giving the Democrats a key off-year victory in a race that both parties aggressively contested.
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CapitalNews9:
Murphy declares victory after Tedisco concedes  —  ALBANY, N.Y. — Democrat Scott Murphy has won the race for the 20th Congressional District.  Republican Jim Tedisco conceded Friday afternoon.  —  The special election was held on March 31, but the race was too close to call.
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Democrat Murphy Wins, GOPer Tedisco Concedes NY-20 Special Election  —  The NY-20 special election is now officially over, with Democrat Scott Murphy the winner.  —  GOP candidate Jim Tedisco, who trailed by 401 votes as of yesterday's vote count, has called Murphy to concede, according to Murphy spokesman Ryan Rudominer.
City Room:
Democrat Wins Upstate House Seat
Lindsey Ellerson / The Note:
GOP Suffers Tough Loss in NY
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Pennsylvania Republican Senate Primary  —  Pennsylvania Senate Primary: Toomey 51% Specter 30%  —  Incumbent Senator Arlen Specter trails former Congressman Pat Toomey by 21 points in an early look at Pennsylvania's 2010 Republican Primary.  Fifty-one percent (51%) …
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Key Dem Senator Likely To Vote Against Top Obama Legal Nominee  —  Uh oh.  This could signal real trouble for a key Obama nominee under assault by the right: Office of Legal Counsel chief Dawn Johnsen, a fierce Bush critic who would be at the center of the war over whether Obama …
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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
White House Worried About Johnsen Nomination
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Jonathan Cohn / The Treatment:
Reconciliation Now Has a Date: October 15  —  It's been in the works for a while and now, according to senior Captiol Hill staffers, it's a done deal: The final budget resolution will include a “reconciliation instruction” for health care.  That means the Democrats can pass health care reform …
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David Rogers / The Politico:
Dems cut budget deal
Discussion: The Swamp and The Hill
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Blackburn challenges Gore's motives  —  Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) challenged Al Gore's motives for supporting climate change legislation when the former VP appeared before a House panel today.  —  Blackburn noted Gore's role as partner in Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers …
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Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Gingrich vs. Gore in global warming showdown  —  It's Gingrich vs. Gore at Friday's global warming hearing.  —  The House Energy and Commerce subcommittee has added former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) to the roster of witnesses for its hearing on a climate bill Friday.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Frank in 2005 — Bubble?  What bubble?  —  Barney Frank argued this week that he had always warned about the excesses of pushing home ownership and had advocated for rentals instead.  Our friends at Verum Serum couldn't believe their ears, because Frank has long been one of the loudest …
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Obtained: Cheney's Request Form Detailing The Two CIA Torture Docs He Wants  —  I've just obtained from the National Archives the actual request form that Dick Cheney submitted for CIA documents he claims will prove that torture worked.  —  Cheney requested all of two CIA documents, a total of 21 pages.
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David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
A Glimpse of the Dark Side
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN and The Plum Line
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
‘A person who can actually be trusted’  —  OK, I promise to get off the Armenian genocide story soon, as it's obviously not the most important issue of the moment.  —  But the reason it's a worth noting is captured in this campaign video from Samantha Power, which made a big impression …
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama: Armenian slaughter ‘reckoning’
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Obama avoids calling Armenian slaughter ‘genocide’
Discussion: Weekly Standard and The Plank
Bob Von Sternberg / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Minnesotans won't know second Senator until at least June  —  The state Supreme Court set the schedule today for the legal showdown between Democrat Al Franken and Republican Norm Coleman over the Senate seat that has been vacant since January.  —  Minnesotans won't know who will be their second U.S. Senator until at least June.
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John Cook / Gawker:
Ambushing Bill O'Reilly's Ambusher  —  Gawker has some questions for Jesse B. Watters, the Fox News producer that Bill O'Reilly likes to send out to ambush his enemies.  So we're outside his building in Long Island.  Right now.  (Hi, Jesse!)  —  This apartment building is the last known address …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and TBogg
Robert Mackey / The Lede:
Taliban Spokesman Blames American Women  —  Update |  1:25 p.m. Britain's Channel 4 News aired a video report on Thursday night showing Taliban forces on the streets of the strategically important Pakistani town of Buner, just 70 miles from the country's capital, Islamabad.
Discussion: Buck Naked Politics and The Plank
Ta-Nehisi Coates:
Why Don't We All Focus On “Looking Forward”  —  There's a bar in the East Village that offers five shots of anything for ten bucks.  I'm going there tonight, and taking 10 shots of anything the crowd reccommends.  Then I'm going to stand on the street soliciting random women for sex.
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN
Paul Begala / The Huffington Post:
Yes, National Review, We Did Execute Japanese for Waterboarding  —  In a CNN debate with Ari Fleischer, I said the United States executed Japanese war criminals for waterboarding.  My point was that it is disingenuous for Bush Republicans to argue that waterboarding is not torture and thus illegal.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Reclaiming America's Soul  —  “Nothing will be gained by spending our time and energy laying blame for the past.”  So declared President Obama, after his commendable decision to release the legal memos that his predecessor used to justify torture.  Some people in the political and media establishments have echoed his position.
Cliff May / The Corner:
Re: Not Pro-Torture, Just Pro-Facts  —  Andrew Sullivan has a post up on his Daily Dish taking a shot at me as well.  He begins by saying generously: “Cliff May has done great work over the years advancing democracy and defending human rights.”  He goes on to link to one of my Corner posts …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama ‘wrapped around the axle’  —  The Bush administration “kept the country safe” with its tactics in the interrogation of suspected terrorists, says Dana Perino, the former press secretary for ex-President George W. Bush.  —  And the Obama administration has “made a mess of the whole thing” …
Discussion: The Page
 
 
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Eric Dash / New York Times:
Regulators Disclose Criteria for Bank ‘Stress Tests’
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Veronika Oleksyn / Associated Press:
UN torture envoy: US must prosecute Bush lawyers
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A Banking System We Can Trust
Brad / Think Progress:
Bachmann: CO2 ‘is a natural byproduct of nature.’
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Mark Sherman / News Talk Radio 77 WABC-AM:
Obama legal team wants to limit defendants' rights
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Schmidt, Plouffe on long-shot McCain
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
ENSIGN KEEPS PUSHING IT.... I'd hoped we were past this nonsense by now.
Discussion: The Anonymous Liberal