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9:45 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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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.
Lindsey Ellerson / The Note:
GOP Suffers Tough Loss in NY
Bob Von Sternberg / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Minnesotans won't know second Senator until at least June
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Murphy Wins NY-20
Discussion: Reuters and the albany project
CapitalNews9:
Murphy declares victory after Tedisco concedes
City Room:
Democrat Wins Upstate House Seat
Valerie Bauman / Associated Press:   Democrat Murphy wins House race after concession
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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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: The Politico
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Is Social Security on the Chopping Block?  —  Not to get anyone too alarmed, but Ezra Klein's 4:34 PM blog post offers some indication that Kent Conrad's price for agreeing to give the American people the health care reform they voted for in 2008 was letting him mess around with cutting Social Security.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Piper alert: Obama relocated in caution  —  It happens every once in a while.  —  A small airplane strays into the restricted air space over Washington, D.C., and the Capitol and White House lock down — people evacuated from the halls of Congress on Capitol Hill, and automatic weaponry coming out of the bags on White House grounds.
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The Huffington Post:
Obama Repeatedly Reminds House GOP Of Their Zero Stimulus Votes  —  In a meeting with House Republicans at the White House Thursday, President Obama reminded the minority that the last time he reached out to them, they reacted with zero votes — twice — for his stimulus package.  And then he reminded them again.
Discussion: Firedoglake, Open Left and MyDD
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Democrats' Budget Deal Sets Up Fight on Health Plan
Discussion: Don Surber
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
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: The Plum Line
Spencer Ackerman / ATTACKERMAN:
What Dick Cheney Wants Dick Cheney Is Going To Get
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 …
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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
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.
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
After Appearing In Gore Ads Last Year, Gingrich Now Decries Green Economy Bill As ‘Path Of Destruction’  —  Last year, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich appeared in a “We Campaign” advertisement for former Vice President Al Gore's Alliance for Climate Protection to promote the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
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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 …
Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
FBI Arrests Oklahoma Teabagger For Twitter Threats  —  An Oklahoma City man who announced on Twitter that he would turn an April 15 tax protest into a bloodbath was hit with a federal charge of making interstate threats last week, in what appears to be first criminal prosecution to stem from posts on the microblogging site.
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
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%) …
Thom Shanker / New York Times:
In Reversal, Army Ends Delay on Lightweight Armor  —  WASHINGTON — The Army has ordered that $3 million in new, lighter combat gear be sent immediately to two battalions preparing for duty in Afghanistan, officials disclosed on Friday.  —  The decision lifts a hold on the experimental effort …
Discussion: PrairiePundit
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
Philip Zelikow / New York Times:
A Dubious C.I.A. Shortcut  —  GOOD intelligence can sometimes be gained by tormenting captives beyond endurance.  It is an old, old technique, refined during the 20th century by science — and pseudo-science.  By 1949 George Orwell could envision the shrewdly calibrated torments that induced …
Brad / Think Progress:
Bachmann: CO2 ‘is a natural byproduct of nature.’  —  On the House floor on Earth Day, April 22, 2009, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) argued that threat of manmade global warming doesn't make any sense because “carbon dioxide is a natural byproduct of nature”: … Watch it:
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Emmanuel Saez Wins John Bates Clark Medal  —  The John Bates Clark medal goes out to a promising young economist who often later finds himself burdened with a Nobel Prize.  This year's winner is Emmanuel Saez which is exciting for policy-oriented progressive bloggers since his specialty is inequality.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
CNN:
McCain: I don't always see eye-to-eye with Meghan  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Sen. John McCain told CNN Friday he doesn't always see eye-to-eye with his outspoken daughter.  —  Meghan McCain, the 24-year-old daughter of the former Republican presidential nominee, has grabbed the media spotlight this year …
Discussion: The Page
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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Washington Post:
Anti-Drug Effort Could Send National Guard to U.S.-Mexico Border
Discussion: TalkLeft and PrairiePundit
Byron York / www.washingtonexaminer.com:
Ted Olson: “Torture” probes will never end
Discussion: Townhall.com
Sam Fulwood III / The Politico:
For Obama, hipness is what it is  —  During his first 100 days …
Discussion: Hot Air
Sound Politics:
SPEAKING OF RON SIMS
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Eric Dash / New York Times:
Regulators Disclose Criteria for Bank ‘Stress Tests’
Discussion: Salon, The Page and Kausfiles
Ta-Nehisi Coates:
Why Don't We All Focus On “Looking Forward”
 Earlier Items: 
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
The Nation's Katrina vanden Heuvel Gives Credit to Tea Partiers
Robert Mackey / The Lede:
Taliban Spokesman Blames American Women
Discussion: The Plank and Buck Naked Politics
Mark Sherman / News Talk Radio 77 WABC-AM:
Obama legal team wants to limit defendants' rights
Discussion: TalkLeft