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5:45 PM 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 …
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
Doug Hoffman Praises Glenn Beck As His ‘Mentor’  —  Conservative blogger Charles Johnson of the site Little Green Footballs reported yesterday that Doug Hoffman, the Conservative Party candidate in the NY-23 special election, signed a pledge to uphold Glenn Beck's 9/12 Project principles in Congress.
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
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Boehner regrets backing Scozzafava  —  The top-ranking House Republican told reporters on Monday that he regrets having supported former GOP House candidate Dede Scozzafava.  —  Scozzafava, the official Republican Party candidate in the special election in New York's 23rd district …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Hot Air
Casey Seiler / Capitol Confidential:
Scozzafava robocalls for Owens
Discussion: TPMDC
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
RNC in NY-23: ‘Vote conservative’
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:   Hoffman 41, Owens 36  —  Conservative party candidate Doug …
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 …
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.
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 …
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
As Palin Robocalls in Virginia, McDonnell Keeps His Distance
Discussion: Wonkette
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 …
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Kristol: Why Pelosi May Fail  —  Answer: the people.  —  First of all, the new Rasmussen survey finds 42 percent favoring the health care plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats — down a bit from a week ago. 54 percent of the public is opposed. 23 percent …
Jed Babbin / Human Events:
Pelosi's Kamikazes?  —  Compared to Nancy Pelosi …
Discussion: Firedoglake and TBogg
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 …
Democracy Corps:
Corzine Carries Four-Point Lead Into Election Day
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Alexander, NYT Slam Obama as Too Partisan, Ignoring Actual GOP Record
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
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.
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.
Discussion: Daily Pundit
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.
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).
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 …
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: MyDD and Washington Monthly
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Too Little of a Good Thing  —  The good news is that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, a k a the Obama stimulus plan, is working just about the way textbook macroeconomics said it would.  But that's also the bad news — because the same textbook analysis says that the stimulus …
Lee Peters / Washington Examiner:
JohnR  —  All this blather about “saved” jobs is just to shore up the Left's confidence; to give them a (half baked) talking point to justify Obama's economic performance.  It doesn't matter though.  The only number that really matters with voters is that unemployment number, and so far Obama hasn't figured how to “cook” it.
Xan Brooks / Guardian:
Matrix maker plans Muhammad film  —  Barrie Osborne, part of the Oscar-winning team behind the Lord of the Rings films, says the new production ‘will educate people about the true meaning of Islam’  —  Producer Barrie Osborne cast Keanu Reeves as the messiah in The Matrix and helped defeat …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
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FBI's Opposition to Torture Was Not Uniform.
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Manufacturing at a 3-1/2 year high
Discussion: Politics Daily
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Cantwell ‘not sure’ why Geithner has job
Joe Lieberman / Hartford Courant:
Joe's Stand: Public Option A Risk We Can't Afford
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Commentary
 Earlier Items: 
William Kristol / PostPartisan:
Divide and conquer  —  In today's New York Times …
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Obama's manager: FOX News-ready
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Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
A 95.2% Income Tax Rate?
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