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11:20 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:
Scozzafava, at Owens event, urges focus on local issues
Discussion: TPMDC
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, TPMDC and INSTAPUTZ
Wall Street Journal:
Revolt in New York  —  Beltway bigs misjudged public dismay …
Discussion: Cold Fury
Karzai declared elected president  —  Hamid Karzai has been declared the elected president of Afghanistan by poll officials, after they scrapped the planned second round of the vote.  —  The Independent Election Commission announcement comes a day after Mr Karzai's sole challenger, Abdullah Abdullah, pulled out of the race.
New York Times:
Karzai Gets New Term as Afghan Runoff Is Scrapped
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 …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and ATTACKERMAN
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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Washington Post:
Patrick Gaspard: President Obama's low-key political director
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Rasmussen Reports:
Obama Approval Index Month-by-Month
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Power Line
Nancy Madsen / Watertown Daily Times:
Candidates spend last day on the stump
Discussion: The Page
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
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?
 Earlier Items: 
TBlumer / BizzyBlog:
Organizing for America Potential Privacy Invasion, Robbery …
Discussion: Confederate Yankee
Greg Hitt / Wall Street Journal:
GOP Set to Propose Its Own Health Bill
Discussion: The Confluence and Swampland
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