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1:30 AM ET, April 25, 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
CapitalNews9:
Murphy declares victory after Tedisco concedes
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Murphy Wins NY-20
Discussion: Reuters and the albany project
City Room:
Democrat Wins Upstate House Seat
NPR Blogs:
Democrat Scott Murphy Wins NY 20 Seat; Tedisco (R) Concedes
Discussion: Donkeylicious
Valerie Bauman / Associated Press:   Democrat Murphy wins House race after concession
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.
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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: The Politico
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Obama Tactic Shields Health Care Bill From a Filibuster  —  WASHINGTON — At the prodding of the White House, Democratic Congressional leaders have agreed to pursue a plan that would protect major health care legislation from Republican opposition by shielding it from last-minute Senate filibusters.
Discussion: The Jury Talks Back and Don Surber
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Is Social Security on the Chopping Block?
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.
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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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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Paul / Power Line:
Portrait of a dupe  —  Ben Smith at Politico has posted a video …
Discussion: The Other McCain
John M. Broder / The Caucus:
Gore, Gingrich and Greenhouse Gases  —  Former Vice President Al Gore and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich returned to the Capitol on Friday to lecture their onetime colleagues on legislation that would impose limits on the gases blamed for the cooking of the planet.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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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.
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Justin Lahart / Wall Street Journal:
Berkeley Economist Emmanuel Saez Wins Clark Medal
Discussion: Angry Bear
Gerald Warner / Gerald Warner's blog listings:
Barack Obama and the CIA: why does President Pantywaist hate America so badly?  —  If al-Qaeda, the Taliban and the rest of the Looney Tunes brigade want to kick America to death, they had better move in quickly and grab a piece of the action before Barack Obama finishes the job himself.
Discussion: Power Line, Hot Air and Don Surber
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Philip Zelikow / New York Times:
A Dubious C.I.A. Shortcut
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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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.
Bill Maher / Los Angeles Times:
The GOP: divorced from reality  —  The Republican base is behaving like a guy who just got dumped by his wife.  —  If conservatives don't want to be seen as bitter people who cling to their guns and religion and anti-immigrant sentiments, they should stop being bitter and clinging to their guns, religion and anti-immigrant sentiments.
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.
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
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
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.
 
 
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The Baying Hounds of CNN
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Washington Post:
Anti-Drug Effort Could Send National Guard to U.S.-Mexico Border
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CNN:
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Sam Fulwood III / The Politico:
For Obama, hipness is what it is  —  During his first 100 days …
Discussion: Hot Air and NewsBusters.org
Sound Politics:
SPEAKING OF RON SIMS
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
THE IMPORTANCE OF MEANINGLESS AMENDMENTS.
Eric Dash / New York Times:
Regulators Disclose Criteria for Bank ‘Stress Tests’
Discussion: Salon, The Page and Kausfiles
 Earlier Items: 
Ta-Nehisi Coates:
Why Don't We All Focus On “Looking Forward”
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
The Nation's Katrina vanden Heuvel Gives Credit to Tea Partiers
Discussion: Hot Air
John Cook / Gawker:
Ambushing Bill O'Reilly's Ambusher