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11:40 AM ET, November 2, 2009


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The Politico:
Winning Dede: How Dems got her nod  —  Fearful that the party had almost no chance of winning the Nov. 3 New York special election after Republican nominee Dede Scozzafava abruptly announced Saturday that she was dropping out, high-ranking national Democrats immediately began working to secure …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Hoffman leads big  —  Doug Hoffman has a commanding lead in the special election for New York's 23rd Congressional District.  —  In a three way contest with Democrat Bill Owens and Republican Dede Scozzafava Hoffman leads with 51% to 34% for Owens and 13% for Scozzafava.
Watertown Daily Times:
Chris Stirewalt / Washington Examiner:   Conservative revolt good news for Republicans
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Three Big Questions in NY-23
Quinnipiac University:
New Jersey Gov Race Tips To Christie By 2 Points, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Daggett Voters Key As Race Is Too Close To Call  —  In the see-saw New Jersey Governor's race, Republican challenger Christopher Christie has 42 percent to Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine's 40 points …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Christie leads  —  Chris Christie leads Jon Corzine 47-41 in PPP's final poll of the New Jersey Governor's race, with Chris Daggett at 11%.  —  Corzine had pulled to within a point of Christie on our poll three weeks ago after trailing by as many as 14 points over the summer …
Alison Fitzgerald / Bloomberg:
Corzine, Christie Tied in N.J. Governor Race, Poll Finds
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Wall Street Journal:
The Worst Bill Ever  —  Epic new spending and taxes, pricier insurance, rationed care, dishonest accounting: The Pelosi health bill has it all.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi has reportedly told fellow Democrats that she's prepared to lose seats in 2010 if that's …
The Hill:
Pelosi preps for healthcare plunge  —  Ready or not, House Democratic leaders they are pushing for a healthcare vote this week.  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is poised to send a bill to the floor Monday in its final form, setting up a vote as early as Thursday.
Discussion: Open Congress, The Page, INSTAPUTZ and TPMDC
Karzai declared elected president  —  Hamid Karzai has been declared president of Afghanistan, after election officials scrapped a planned second round of voting.  —  The announcement comes a day after Mr Karzai's sole challenger, Abdullah Abdullah, pulled out of the race.
John Harwood / New York Times:
If Fox Is Partisan, It Is Not Alone  —  The Obama White House's decision to challenge Fox News appears driven equally by strategy and frustration.  It is also a test case for politicians in both parties.  —  That is because partisan fragmentation throughout America's news media and their audiences has grown significantly.
Planned Parenthood Director Leaves, Has Change of Heart … Planned Parenthood has been a part of Abby Johnson's life for the past eight years; that is until last month, when Abby resigned.  Johnson said she realized she wanted to leave, after watching an ultrasound of an abortion procedure.
New York Times:
Obama Strategy on Health Legislation Appears to Pay Off  —  WASHINGTON — After months of plodding work by five Congressional committees and weeks of back-room bargaining by Democratic leaders, President Obama's arms-length strategy on health care appears to be paying dividends …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Clinton's Mideast pretzel  —  Hillary Clinton's voice has not been heard all that often in the Mideast peace process, but she has provoked crises with almost every word.  —  Administration officials hold Clinton largely responsible for entrenching an unsuccessful focus on settlements in thesprint …
Laura Rozen / Laura Rozen's Blog:
Clinton walks back Israel settlements remarks
Bill Carter / New York Times:
DVR, Once TV's Mortal Foe, Helps Ratings  —  In what may seem a media business version of the Stockholm syndrome, television network executives have fallen in love with a former tormentor: the digital video recorder.  —  The reason is not simply that more households own DVRs …
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Palin robocalls urge Virginians to 'vote for Sarah's values'  —  RICHMOND, Virginia (CNN) - Sarah Palin isn't staying out of the Virginia governor's race after all.  —  Less than 48 hours before voters head to the polls to elect a new governor, several Virginians reported receiving robocalls …
New York Times:
Comcast Said to Be Close to Gaining NBC Universal  —  By MICHAEL J. de la MERCED and ANDREW ROSS SORKIN  —  General Electric and the cable giant Comcast have moved closer to a deal giving control of NBC Universal to Comcast, and a formal announcement could be made sometime next week, people briefed on the talks said Sunday.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The War on Trita Parsi  —  Trita Parsi heads the National Iranian American Council, a non-profit representing the interests of the Iranian-American community.  NIAC is an opponent of the Iranian regime's human rights abuses, condemning discrimination against religious minorities …
Nick Baumann / MoJo Blog Posts: mojo:
Neocon Smear on “Iran's Man in DC?”
Discussion: Wonk Room and ATTACKERMAN
Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
A 95.2% Income Tax Rate?  —  The Tax Foundation computes the income tax rates necessary to close the deficit:  —  Or Congress could stop spending.  —  I suppose it should be obvious that if anything approaching these tax rates existed, the people subject to such confiscatory taxation …
Discussion: QandO and Political Byline
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
White Men Are Not Very Progressive  —  A nice map from dreaminonempty at Open Left illustrates the vote share won among white men in the 2008 presidential election: … I would say that another message is that progressive politics is badly disadvantaged by a situation in which the overwhelming majorities …
Cliff Kincaid / Accuracy in Media:
Controversial New Video of Obama's Pastor  —  A new video of Jeremiah Wright has surfaced, showing Barack Obama's pastor of 20 years praising Marxism and discussing his ties to communists in El Salvador and Nicaragua and the Libyan government.  Equally important, Wright is being introduced …
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Jonathan Weisman / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats' Quiet Changes Pile Up
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Republican adviser faces health care's costly bite
Discussion: Think Progress and Wonk Room
Watertown Daily Times:
Scozzafava, at Owens event, urges focus on local issues
Discussion: TPMDC
Washington Post:
Patrick Gaspard: President Obama's low-key political director
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Generic Ballot Provides Clues for 2010 Vote
Discussion: Politics Daily
Edward P. Lazear / Wall Street Journal:
Stimulus and the Jobless Recovery
Discussion: Betsy's Page
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Too Little of a Good Thing
Discussion: Prairie Weather and MyDD
Victoria McGrane / The Politico:
Is Wall Street really so sorry?
TBlumer / BizzyBlog:
Organizing for America Potential Privacy Invasion, Robbery …
Discussion: Confederate Yankee
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Republicans headed for a Virginia sweep
Discussion: The Hill, QandO and Below The Beltway
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
It is Japan we should be worrying about, not America
Discussion: The Big Picture