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4:00 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 …
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 …
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.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
RNC in NY-23: ‘Vote conservative’
Discussion: The Politico and Ben Smith's Blog
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
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 …
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
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 of all voters strongly support …
Jed Babbin / Human Events:
Pelosi's Kamikazes?  —  Compared to Nancy Pelosi …
Discussion: Firedoglake and TBogg
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.
Jeanne Devon / The Huffington Post:
Jeanne Devon ("AKMuckraker"): Palin Power and New York's 23rd District
Discussion: the albany project
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 …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Alexander, NYT Slam Obama as Too Partisan, Ignoring Actual GOP Record
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
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.
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 …
Greg Gordon / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Goldman takes on new role: taking away people's homes  —  How one couple beat Goldman Sachs and saved their home  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. — When California wildfires ruined their jewelry business, Tony Becker and his wife fell months behind on their mortgage payments and experienced firsthand the perils of subprime mortgages.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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 …
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 …
Dave Levinthal /
Lobbyists Terminating Their Federal Registrations at Accelerated Rate  —  WASHINGTON — Lobbyists this year began terminating their formal registrations with the federal government at significantly higher levels than usual, a joint study by OMB Watch and the Center for Responsive Politics has found.
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Ben Grossman / Broadcasting & Cable:
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Ben Rooney /
Manufacturing at a 3-1/2 year high
Discussion: Politics Daily and The Daily Dish
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Cantwell ‘not sure’ why Geithner has job
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Raw Story
Joe Lieberman / Hartford Courant:
Joe's Stand: Public Option A Risk We Can't Afford
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Commentary
Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
Shared interests define Obama's world
Discussion: Commentary, 2.0 and
 Earlier Items: 
William Kristol / PostPartisan:
Divide and conquer  —  In today's New York Times …
Discussion: New York Times
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama's manager: FOX News-ready
Jonathan Weisman / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats' Quiet Changes Pile Up
Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
A 95.2% Income Tax Rate?
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Generic Ballot Provides Clues for 2010 Vote