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11:45 PM ET, November 4, 2009

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The Note:
Cornyn: ‘We Will Not Spend Money in a Contested Primary’  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports:  —  With Republicans grappling with the fallout of an intra-party battle that may have cost them a House seat, the head of the Senate Republican campaign effort is making a pledge that may ease …
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
IL-Sen: Kirk Seeks Palin Endorsement  —  Illinois Rep. Mark Kirk penned a memo to Republican poobah Fred Malek hoping to secure an endorsement from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for his Senate candidacy, according to a copy of the memo obtained by the Fix.  —  After noting that Palin …
RushLimbaugh.com:
Conservatism Didn't Lose in NY-23  —  BEGIN TRANSCRIPT  —  RUSH: These are my thoughts on New York 23.  In the first place I'll have to double-check this but I'm reasonably sure that this was the highest percentage of the vote ever won on the Conservative Party line by a House or Senate candidate.
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Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
Conservatives on NY-23: We didn't lose  —  Conservative grass-roots activists asserted Wednesday that third-party candidate Doug Hoffman's loss in a New York special election was no setback but, rather, signaled a victory for the burgeoning political movement.
Watertown Daily Times:
It's not wise to mess with Mother Nature just to fill your dance card
Matthew Gagnon / Pine Tree Politics:
How Gay Marriage Lost In Maine  —  Mainers, and national observers, have woken up this morning asking how the Yes on 1 coalition won this fight.  Through most of the lead up to this vote, observers (including myself) felt that it would be extremely close, potentially to a recount, and that the No on 1 folks had the early advantage.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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Bangor Daily News:
Gay marriage repealed in Maine  —  Yes on 1 claims victory, repeal opponents ‘will regroup’  —  PORTLAND, Maine — Voters on Tuesday repealed the state's same sex marriage law after an emotionally charged campaign that drew large numbers to the polls and focused national attention on Maine.
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Lindsey Graham warns GOP against going too far right  —  The morning after Republicans lost an upstate New York House seat, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) warned that conservative activists will bring destruction to the Republican Party if they drive out moderate candidates across the country.
Discussion: Wonk Room, Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
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J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Letter to Reid on healthcare from former Surgeon General Koop shuts Senate  —  A letter about healthcare reform to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) from former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop triggered a security scare that briefly shut down much of the Senate on Wednesday.
Discussion: The Politico and jillstanek.com
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The Hill:
Senate passes unemployment insurance extension
Discussion: The Politico
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Yesterday's Overwhelming Historic Republican Victory Makes Democratic Health Care Reform Just A Bit Easier  —  Most of the commentary about last night's elections has centered around Republican pickups in the New Jersey and Virginia statehouses.  But what's gone largely unnoticed …
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Megan McArdle:
North and South in the Republican Party  —  One of my commenters has some thoughts on NY-23: … This resonates with me, because my mom's from Western New York.  I remember once noting that until I was in college, I hadn't known any Republicans, to which my mother blinked, and replied “You knew your grandparents.”
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Bachmann aide no longer taking care of business  —  The aide who helped turn Rep. Michele Bachmann into a controversial mainstay of cable news has informed colleagues that she's quitting - just as the firebrand Republican congresswoman prepares for her biggest media moment yet.
Associated Press:
AP Sources: AARP to endorse House health care bill  —  WASHINGTON — Officials are telling The Associated Press that AARP_the seniors' lobby_will endorse the health care overhaul bill that House Democrats are preparing to take to the floor.  —  Officials with knowledge of the group's decision told …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   AARP COMES THROUGH IN THE CLUTCH?.... In August, at a town-hall meeting …
Political Punch:
Axelrod to ABC News on Voters' Economic Anxiety: “There is a Heavy Burden That Falls on the Governing Party.  That's Just Something You Accept.  That's Part of the Deal”  —  This afternoon we spoke with White House senior adviser David Axelrod about the election results.
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Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Panel goes AWOL in GOP earmark war  —  On Nov. 19, 2008, House GOP leaders John Boehner and Eric Cantor created a select committee on earmark reform to bring “meaningful change to the process by which Washington spends taxpayers' hard-earned money.”  —  Nearly a year later …
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The Note:
GOP Leaders: ‘Political Rebellion Going on in America’
Lexington Herald-Leader:
Paul leads Grayson in Senate race poll  —  Bowling Green eye surgeon Rand Paul has a slight lead over Secretary of State Trey Grayson in their race to win next May's Republican primary election for the U.S. Senate, according to a new poll.  —  Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo holds …
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Joshua Claybourn / In The Agora:
Rand Paul Emerges
Discussion: Hit & Run and Daily Pundit
Kyle Drennen / NewsBusters.org:
Obama Watched HBO Special About Himself Instead of Election Results  —  UPDATE: Fox News misreported Gibbs' press gaggle comments.  He did not claim President watched HBO special on election night.  —  During the 10AM ET hour of America's Newsroom on Fox News Channel …
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / The Caucus:
Obama Uses Malia's Test Scores as a Teaching Example  —  MADISON, Wisconsin - President Obama marked the first anniversary of his election on Wednesday by calling on states to toughen their education standards - and wound up calling on parents to toughen theirs, too, as he confessed …
Associated Press:
STIMULUS WATCH: Salary raise counted as saved job  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's economic recovery program saved 935 jobs at the Southwest Georgia Community Action Council, an impressive success story for the stimulus plan.  Trouble is, only 508 people work there.
John Nolte / Big Hollywood:
ELEMENTARY EPIDEMIC: 11 Uncovered Videos Show School Children Performing Praises to Obama  —  Big Hollywood has already posted a couple disturbing videos of young school children singing/speaking praises to President Obama, but when eleven more dropped in our email box it came as quite a shock.
Carly Fiorina / Orange County Register:
Why I'm running for Senate  —  Our most pressing problems today are too few jobs for Americans and too much spending in Washington.  —  CANDIDATE FOR U.S. SENATE FROM CALIFORNIA  —  Recommend  —  Admittedly, I have not always been engaged in the electoral process, and I should have been.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Who Are You Calling a Narcissist, Rush?  —  I had a four-hour dinner once with Rush Limbaugh at the “21” Club in Manhattan, back in the days when I was still writing profiles as a “reporterette,” to use a Limbaugh coinage.  —  He was charming, in a shy, awkward, lonely-guy way.  Not a man of the people.
Nina Totenberg / NPR:
Can Prosecutors Be Sued By People They Framed? … text sizeAAA  —  Do prosecutors have total immunity from lawsuits for anything they do, including framing someone for murder?  That is the question the justices of the Supreme Court face Wednesday.  —  On one side of the case being argued …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Bachmann Watch  —  We've spent the day trying to get a handle on just what Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has in mind with her boffo Capitol Hill Tea Party event tomorrow, whether she's going to get the crowd riled up and just send them in or actually lead the protestors into the offices.
Washington Post:
Supreme Court is asked to spare sniper  —  Lawyers: Muhammad shouldn't have been allowed to represent self  —  Attorneys for sniper John Allen Muhammad, mastermind of the terrifying 2002 Washington area shooting spree, asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to halt their client's execution …
Discussion: Law Blog
Chris Good / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Axelrod: NY-23 Is A Reminder For Blue Dogs  —  Senior White House adviser David Axelrod just made an appearance on MSNBC, and, as host Andrea Mitchell asked him about the elections last night (which, by the way, are being cast by some as an “awful day” for President Obama) and their implications …
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Politico
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
V: Tea Party TV  —  I didn't watch much television as a kid.  But when the miniseries “V” came out in 1983, when I was eleven years old, it was event television for the entire family.  The sci-fi series used an alien invasion of Earth under friendly guise as a metaphor for fascism.
Keith B. Richburg / Washington Post:
Obama's brother speaks out for first time  —  GUANGZHOU, China — The mixed-race son of a brilliant but troubled Kenyan academic and a white American woman writes an emotionally wrenching book about his search for identity and self.  —  This is not the familiar story of President Obama.
Discussion: The Swamp
 
 
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