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Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Minnesota Supreme Court Rules On Coleman's Appeal: He Lost, Franken Won The Election  —  The Minnesota Supreme Court has handed down its much-expected ruling in the heavily-litigated Minnesota Senate race from 2008 — and it's a unanimous one — deciding against Republican former …
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The Politico:
Coleman concedes race to Franken  —  Republican Norm Coleman has conceded to Democrat Al Franken in the Minnesota Senate race, ending one of the longest Senate races in American history and clearing the way for Democrats to hold a 60-seat supermajority in the Senate.
Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
Court Rules Franken Has Won Senate Race; Coleman Concedes  —  Updated The Minnesota Supreme Court has just issued its long-awaited judgment in the Senate race, declaring that Democrat Al Franken is the winner.  And Norm Coleman, his opponent, at 4 p.m., announced that he had conceded and contacted Mr. Franken.
Pat Doyle / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
State Supreme Court rules for Franken, 5-0  —  The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled today that Democrat Al Franken won the U.S. Senate election and said he was entitled to an election certificate that would lead to him being seated in the Senate.  —  “Affirmed,” wrote the Supreme Court …
Michelle Malkin:
Franken-fied: Make way for (another) clown; Update: Coleman statement added  —  It's official.  The Senate gets another buffoon.  Don't worry, Al.  Bozo the VP Joe Biden's shoes won't be that hard for you to fill: … Showtime!  —  Update:
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Breaking: Say hello to Senator Al Franken; Update: Coleman concedes  —  To no one's great shock, the Minnesota Supreme Court has rejected Norm Coleman's appeal of the election contest and awarded the Senate election to Al Franken.  The decision, expected last week, stated that Coleman failed …
The Politico:   Why Coleman lost  —  The Republican Party put an inordinate amount …
Brian Bakst / Associated Press:
Minn. court rules for Franken in Senate fight
New York Times:
After 8 Months, Franken Wins Senate Seat in Minnesota
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
Rachel E. Stassen-Berger / TwinCities.com:
Supreme Court says Franken won
Todd S. Purdum / Vanity Fair:
It Came from Wasilla  —  Despite her disastrous performance in the 2008 election, Sarah Palin is still the sexiest brand in Republican politics, with a lucrative book contract for her story.  But what Alaska's charismatic governor wants the public to know about herself doesn't always jibe with reality.
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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Kristol: Liberal Media and GOP Hacks vs. Palin  —  Lefty journalist Todd Purdum has a hit piece in the new Vanity Fair on Sarah Palin.  You don't have to be a big Palin fan to recognize the article is full of dubious claims, and is dependent on self-serving stories provided on background …
Michael Saul / NY Daily News:
Sarah Palin trashed by members of John McCain's campaign team in Vanity Fair
Associated Press:
AP NewsBreak: SC gov admits additional liaisons  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford admitted Tuesday that he saw his Argentine mistress more times than previously disclosed, including what was to be a farewell meeting in New York chaperoned by a spiritual adviser soon after his wife found out about the affair.
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Associated Press:
AP Newsbreak: SC gov ‘crossed lines’ with women  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford says he “crossed lines” with a handful of women other than his mistress — but never had sex with them.  —  The governor says he “never crossed the ultimate line” with anyone but Maria Belen Chapur …
KDKA-TV:
Sanford Calls Mistress His ‘Soul Mate’  —  S.C. Governor Also Admits To Other Dalliances  —  CBS News Interactive: Political Scandals  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. (CBS) ― South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford called his Argentine mistress his “soul mate” Tuesday, but said that he would try to fall back in love with his wife.
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Wal-Mart backs health benefits mandate  —  With Wal-Mart's endorsement of a legal requirement that all employers provide health benefits to their workers, the nation's largest employer has broken from the business community.  —  The so-called employer mandate is adamantly opposed …
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Chris Bowers / Open Left:
The Problem With The Public Option Is That It Lowers The Cost Of Health Insurance
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Jeff Bercovici / DailyFinance:
Vibe magazine shutting down  —  Vibe magazine, the urban-music magazine founded in 1993 by Quincy Jones, is the latest victim of the media recession.  Multiple sources both within and outside the magazine confirmed that it is shutting down.  —  Reached for comment, chief financial officer Angela Zucconi …
Discussion: Gawker and blogs.tampabay.com
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Richard Perez-Pena / Media Decoder:
Vibe Magazine To Close Down Immediately
Discussion: Mashable!
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
And The Story The MSM Still Won't Touch  —  Todd recounts it:  —  But there were ominous signs—indications of an erratic nature.  This is the third thing McCain could have discovered about Palin—a woman, after all, who kept a pregnancy secret for seven months, flew all the way home …
JONATHAN TURLEY:
Oklahoma Legislature to Consider Proclamation Linking the Economic Crisis to Obama's Immoral Policies  —  Recently, Rush Limbaugh explained how Obama economic policies were the cause of Republican Gov. Mark Sanford's affair with a beautiful Argentinian woman.
Alissa J. Rubin / New York Times:
Iraq Marks Withdrawal of U.S. Troops From Cities  —  BAGHDAD — With parades, fireworks and a national holiday, the Iraqi government celebrated the final withdrawal of American troops from the country's cities on Tuesday, trying to exploit a political milestone to trumpet …
David Brooks / New York Times:
Vince Lombardi Politics  —  Freud said we're forever changed by the traumas of our youth, and so it is with the Democrats and Clintoncare.  Even as you watch the leading Democrats today in their moment of glory, you can still see wounds caused by the defeat of the Clinton health care initiative.
Rasmussen Reports:
42% Say Climate Change Bill Will Hurt The Economy  —  Americans have mixed feelings about the historic climate change bill that passed the House on Friday, but 42% say it will hurt the U.S. economy.  —  A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that just 19% believe …
 
 
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