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7:50 PM ET, November 3, 2009


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Elizabeth Benjamin / The Daily Politics:
Police Called To NY-23 Polling Sites (Updated)  —  It's getting ugly out there.  —  I just got off the phone with former state Democratic Chairwoman June O'Neill, who informed me the police had been called to at least two polling sites in St. Lawrence County due to overzealous electioneering …
The Politico:
Uncivil War: Conservatives to challenge a dozen GOP candidates  —  In what could be a nightmare scenario for Republican Party officials, conservative activists are gearing up to challenge leading GOP candidates in more than a dozen key House and Senate races in 2010.
Michelle Breidenbach / Syracuse Post-Standard:
Dede Scozzafava says ‘hate, lies’ wore her down  —  When Dede Scozzafava votes today, she will see her name on the Republican line for the 23rd Congressional District.  —  She plans to pull the lever for her Democratic opponent, then take the rest of the day off to do laundry and take care …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Police called in to NY-23 polling stations because of voter intimidation by teabaggers!  —  The teabaggers are turning to threats and intimidation out there in NY-23 land.  —  Elizabeth Benjamin writes in the NY Daily News: … The Glenn Beck crowd are out there yelling anti-choice crap.
Chris Good / The Atlantic Politics Channel:   NY-23: Who Spent What?  —  New York's 23rd district …
Washington Wire:   A Flat Tire Leads to Accusations in NY-23 Race
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
NY-23: The Failure Of Blue Dogging
Jude Seymour / Watertown Daily Times:
Hoffman's supporters stage big rally
Discussion: Politics Daily
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
Hoffman Poll Watcher Has Tires Slashed [updated]
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and TPMDC
Matt Lewis / Politics Daily:
NY-23: How Sarah Palin Stands to Win (and Charlie Crist Stands to Lose)
Exit polls: In New Jersey, Obama not a major factor  —  (CNN) - Six in 10 New Jersey voters said Tuesday that President Obama had no effect on their vote in this off-year gubernatorial election, according to early CNN Exit Poll data.  —  Obama visited New Jersey this week to campaign …
Exit poll: In Virginia, it's all about the economy  —  (CNN) - The economy and jobs are the number on issue on the minds of voters in Virginia, according to data from CNN exit polls Tuesday.  —  Forty-six percent of Virginian voting Tuesday, as Republican Bob McDonnell and Democrat Creigh Deeds faced off …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Exit poll: Economy concerns New Jersey voters most
Discussion: The Page
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:   Exit Polls: Obama as (non) factor?
Election Journal:
VIDEO** Terrified Voter says NJ Dems Using Gangbangers for GOTV  —  How would you like to be a New Jersey police officer and look out your window and see several known criminals, including a man you arrested several weeks ago and another who had just been released from prison for shooting a cop?
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Turnout high in Maine  —  Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap told me just now that turnout there is far exceeding his projections — news that would be good news for backers of same-sex marriage.  —  “We're seeing heavy and very steady turnout,” he said, attributing the surprise to the contested vote on a …
The Huffington Post:
Andy Hertzberg's Marriage Proposal Interrupts D.C.'s Same-Sex …
Discussion: Think Progress
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid reassures left Lieberman on board  —  Sen. Joe Lieberman has reached a private understanding with Majority Leader Harry Reid that he will not block a final vote on healthcare reform, according to two sources briefed on the matter.  —  The unpredictable Democrat-turned-Independent …
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Top Dems: Obama Won't Get Health Care Bill in 2009
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
Some Democrats concerned over abortion provision in health bill
CNN Poll: 54 percent approve of Obama  —  Washington (CNN) — One year after he won a historical presidential election, a slight majority of Americans approve of the job Barack Obama's doing in the White House.  —  Fifty-four percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
CNN Poll: Majority Of Southerners Says Obama Has Done Better Job Than Bush  —  This finding from the new CNN poll is buried deep in CNN's article, but it's striking.  According to the network's polling director, Keating Holland, the internals show that a majority of southerners thinks Obama has done a better job than native son Bush:
Washington Wire:
Public Opinion on Key Obama Policies Sinks
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Gina Kolata / New York Times:
To Some, Winner Is Not American Enough  —  As soon as Mebrahtom Keflezighi, better known as Meb, won the New York City Marathon on Sunday, an uncommon sports dispute erupted online, fraught with racial and nationalistic components: Should Keflezighi's triumph count as an American victory?
Altaf Hussain / BBC:
Bear kills militants in Kashmir cave  —  A bear killed two militants after discovering them in its den in Indian-administered Kashmir, police say.  —  Two other militants escaped, one of them badly wounded, after the attack in Kulgam district, south of Srinagar.
Bob Lewis / Associated Press:
Light turnout in Va. for closely watched gov. race  —  RICHMOND, Va. — Voters cast their ballots Tuesday for a new Virginia governor in a closely watched race that has focused on promises of jobs and critiques of President Barack Obama's policies a year after he won the state.
Discussion: Firedoglake and TPMDC
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
Obama One Year Later: The Audacity of Winning vs. The Timidity of Governing  —  I had arranged to meet David Plouffe on Saturday afternoon at a Starbucks on Wisconsin Avenue in Washington.  The night before, a copy of his new book, The Audacity to Win: The Inside Story and Lessons …
David Plouffe / The Huffington Post:
No Difference Between President Obama and Candidate Obama
Jim Geraghty / National Review Online:
In New Jersey, Turnout Higher In GOP and Swing Districts Than In Democrats — By: Jim Geraghty  —  I want to preface this by noting that all of this is based only on the early voting, and is based on about a half-dozen polling places in every county in New Jersey; some known …
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Stage Right / Big Hollywood:
‘Sesame Street’ Trashes Fox News  —  Add one more soldier to the Left's war on Fox News: Oscar the Grouch.  —  Last week, in a re-broadcast of an episode that originally aired two years ago, Oscar starts his own news network, GNN (Grouchy News Network).  An irate viewer calls in to berate him that the news is not grouchy enough:
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Media Matters for America:
The myth of Fox News' ratings spike  —  Fact: The breathless claim that Fox News' ratings recently spiked thanks to the White House's public critique is bogus hype — hype that Fox News and the Beltway press have relentlessly pushed.  —  It's just not true.
Louisiana justice who refused interracial marriage resigns  —  (CNN) — A Louisiana justice of the peace who drew criticism for refusing to marry an interracial couple has resigned, the secretary of state's office said Tuesday.  —  Keith Bardwell resigned in person at the Louisiana secretary …
Discussion: Think Progress and Raw Story
Glenn Garvin / Chicago Tribune:
‘V’ aims at Obamamania  —  Imagine this.  At a time of political turmoil, a charismatic, telegenic new leader arrives virtually out of nowhere.  He offers a message of hope and reconciliation based on compromise and promises to marshal technology for a better future that will include universal health care.
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Palin sowed confusion on Election Night, new book claims  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Tensions within John McCain's presidential campaign boiled over on Election Night last November when Sarah Palin, McCain's running mate, repeatedly ignored directions from senior staffers who told her she would not be delivering her own concession speech.
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Igor / Think Progress:
GOP health bill: Insurers can ignore 'all of the consumer protection …
Discussion: Raw Story
Clemente Lisi / New York Post:
Former presidents to face off in debate
Discussion: TPM LiveWire and MyDD
Newsdesk / Tower Ticker:
Tribune Co. papers rewiring for experimental week without AP
Petula Dvorak / Washington Post:
After identity tangle at the DMV, she'll keep her vote to herself today
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 Earlier Items: 
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Paging Glenn Beck
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
IT PROBABLY WON'T BE A SWEEP.... Someone remind me …
Discussion: Associated Press
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Reconstruction for the USA  —  Ryan Avent asks what would happen …
Discussion: The Bellows