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10:50 PM ET, November 2, 2009


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Mark Blumenthal /
Articles and Analysis  —  We got two new pieces of polling news last night from New York's 23rd District.  The first is the one and only survey from Public Policy Polling (PPP), a firm that does automated surveys for Democratic candidates but also conducts and releases surveys in high profile races like NY-23 as a marketing tool.
The Note:
Biden v. Palin — The Re-Match  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports:  —  Campaigning in an upstate New York congressional district, Vice President Joe Biden today attacked his one-time opponent, Sarah Palin, who has led a succession of big-name Republicans in backing the candidacy of the Conservative Party nominee.
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Biden says NY-23 can teach conservatives a lesson  —  (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden challenged Republican voters in New York's 23rd congressional district to teach conservative “absolutists” a lesson in the special House election Tuesday by voting for the Democratic candidate in the race
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Palin responds to criticism from Biden  —  Former Gov. Sarah Palin (R-Alaska) on Monday responded to Vice President Joe Biden's comments about her support for Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman in a hotly contested special election.  —  Biden today appeared at a rally …
Lazar Backovic / The Washington Independent:
NY-23: 95 Percent of Hoffman Cash From Out of District
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
At Half Empty Rally... Biden Urges NY-23 Voters to Teach Conservatives a Lesson
Matt Friedman / Politicker NJ:
Democrats admit paying for pro-Daggett call; Obama records robocall for Corzine  —  The Democratic State Committee now admits paying for a robocall to Somerset County voters that slams Republican Chris Christie and promotes independent gubernatorial candidate Christopher Daggett.
Patrick Murray / Real Numbers and Other Musings:
What to Look for in the New Jersey Election
Discussion: Blue Jersey
Quinnipiac University:
New Jersey Gov Race Tips To Christie By 2 Points, Quinnipiac …
Ezra Klein:
An insurance industry CEO explains why American health care costs so much  —  On Friday, I sat down with Kaiser Permanente CEO George Halvorson to talk about health-care reform.  The conversation was long and ranging and will take a while to transcribe.  But before we really got into the weeds …
The Other McCain:
Rick Moran and the Comatose Nuthouse  —  Shorter Moran: ‘passion’ == ‘bad’.  —  In The Anti-Reason Conservatives, we're treated to a post that only Bob Dole could love.  Let's review a few points:  — The country is broke.  — Incumbency is killing us.  — Entitlements are a mike foxtrot.
Anita MonCrief / The Greenroom:
Breaking: ACORN expected to Protest Election Results Tomorrow in Clinton County
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   FOLLOW THE LEADER.... The day before the closely-watched special election …
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 …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Senator Hatch: Healthcare reform bills threaten survival of two-party system  —  The healthcare reform proposals before Congress threaten the existence of the two-party system, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) alleged Monday morning.  —  Hatch asserted that the health bills, which he believes represent a …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and MyDD
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
Chris Christie's Next Case: Who Stole My Election?  —  Absentee voter fraud may play a significant role in New Jersey's gubernatorial election.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  The race for governor in New Jersey is so close in final polls that it may well end up in a recount …
PA daily: Clinton is a corrupt liar  —  The official Palestinian Authority daily has accused US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of taking bribes from Israel and wallowing in “a swamp of lies.”  —  “Why, Mrs. Hillary?  How much did the Zionists pay you as a bribe?” taunted an article …
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Weekly Standard
Alexis Tarrazi / Leader Newspapers:
ERPD: Man busted for drugs claimed he was Corzine campaign staffer  —  EAST RUTHERFORD (Nov. 2, 2009, 12:45 p.m.) — A Paramus man who claimed to be the assistant deputy director of Gov. Jon S. Corzine's re-election campaign was arrested by East Rutherford police Friday, Oct. 30 for possession of Ecstasy.
Eric Dondero / Libertarian Republican:
Jason Shih, Photo of Corzine Staffer busted for Drugs
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 …
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Rep. Joe Wilson Blames Obama For Vaccine Shortage — After Voting Against Vaccine Funding  —  Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) says President Obama has endangered American lives by not doing more to alleviate the nation's short supply of H1N1 vaccine.  In a new interview with the conservative-leaning …
Amy Gardner / Virginia Politics:
Jim Moran Calls GOP the “Taliban Ticket”  —  Always good copy, U.S. Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.) likened the Republican ticket in Virginia this year to Afghanistan's radical Taliban movement in comments broadcast Sunday by WAMU radio.  —  At a get-out-the-vote rally in Fairfax County …
Discussion: MyDD, and Hot Air
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Republican adviser faces health care's costly bite  —  Former McCain strategist is about to lose his health insurance  —  If history had taken a different course, Doug Holtz-Eakin would be inside the McCain White House driving the Republican president's domestic agenda, including health-care reform.
Locke Was ‘Imprecise’ in Comments on Second Stimulus  —  Nov. 2 (Bloomberg) — Commerce Secretary Gary Locke was “imprecise” when he said President Barack Obama's advisers are considering a second stimulus measure, his spokesman said today.  —  Locke, in an interview with Bloomberg Television …
Drudge Report:
BARACK 'N BONES  —  Eyebrows raised over the weekend as President Obama walked out of the gym at Fort McNair — appearing thin as a rail!  —  Rigorous workouts and high-stress basketball games are said to be behind the dramatic weight loss.  —  “No, he's not chain smoking,” claims an insider.
Discussion: Telegraph and A Blog For All
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Harry Reid Calls GOP's Transparency Bluff: Is Your Health Care Bill A Secret, Or Merely Non-Existent?  —  Harry Reid, continuing to surprise Dems who were accustomed to his cautious posture, has fired off a surprisingly harsh letter to Republican Senators, caustically questioning their claims …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Chris Wallace shows no journalistic integrity when he interviews Rush Limbaugh: “He's very nice, very sweet and vulnerable”  —  Chris Wallace had a chance to prove to America that he actually has journalistic integrity and is not part of the Fox Sphere of phony reporting when he interviewed Rush Limbaugh on Fox News Sunday.
Martin Lewis / The Huffington Post:
Chris Christie Rips Off Monty Python, Risks Copyright Infringement  —  Chris Christie, the Republican candidate for Governor of New Jersey in Tuesday's knife-edge gubernatorial election, has been called out as a copyright thief.  The 47-year-old lawyer, who was controversially appointed …
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Rep. Foxx: Health care reform is a bigger threat than ‘any terrorist right now in any country.’  —  Few Republican congressional members have served as a greater fount for hyperbolic and uninformed ranting about health care reform as has Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC).
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Sheya /
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