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6:25 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.
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  —  The Democratic candidate for the 20th Congressional District, Scott Murphy, has won the race nearly a month after the special election.  —  The Republican, James N. Tedisco, a state Assemblyman from Saratoga, conceded the race in a statement released Friday afternoon.
Lindsey Ellerson / The Note:
GOP Suffers Tough Loss in NY  —  ABC News' David Chalian Reports: It hasn't dragged on for as long as the Franken vs. Coleman Senate battle in Minnesota, but the special House election in upstate New York has finally come to a conclusion 24 days after voters went to the polls to elect …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Murphy Wins NY-20
Discussion: the albany project
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 …
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
WAS SOCIAL SECURITY REFORM PART OF THE DEAL FOR RECONCILIATION?  —  We know a deal was struck on reconciliation.  And we know what that looks like on the reconciliation side.  But what did it take to get that?  Cohn suggests Obama made a firmer commitment to paygo rules.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
David Rogers / The Politico:
Dems cut budget deal
Discussion: The Hill
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Piper alert: Obama relocated in caution
Discussion: Right Pundits and The Caucus
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 …
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Gingrich vs. Gore in global warming showdown
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 …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
White House Worried About Johnsen Nomination
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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
Nick Gillespie / Reason:
Barney Frank's Meatloaf Impersonation When it Comes to Freedom …
Discussion: GayPatriot
Matt Cover / CNSNews:
Barney Frank: Marijuana, Internet Gambling O.K. for Americans …
Discussion: Glenn Thrush's Blog
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.
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
A Glimpse of the Dark Side
Discussion: The Plum Line
Spencer Ackerman / ATTACKERMAN:
What Dick Cheney Wants Dick Cheney Is Going To Get
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%) …
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.
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
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
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 …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama: Armenian slaughter ‘reckoning’
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
Eric Dash / New York Times:
Regulators Disclose Criteria for Bank ‘Stress Tests’  —  Federal regulators released the criteria they used to assess the financial health of the nation's 19 biggest banks on Friday, but provided little new information for investors to distinguish the industry's weak players from the strong.
Discussion: Salon and The Page
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.
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
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Veronika Oleksyn / Associated Press:
UN torture envoy: US must prosecute Bush lawyers
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
The Nation's Katrina vanden Heuvel Gives Credit to Tea Partiers
A Banking System We Can Trust
Brad / Think Progress:
Bachmann: CO2 ‘is a natural byproduct of nature.’
Discussion: Wonk Room
Mark Sherman / News Talk Radio 77 WABC-AM:
Obama legal team wants to limit defendants' rights
Discussion: TalkLeft
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