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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 …
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Steele Throws Elbow to Palin, Pawlenty on NY-23  —  RNC Chair Michael Steele was in a feisty mood this morning, but the Democrats weren't his only target.  How intentional was that message to the Palin wing of the GOP?  —  My colleague, ABC News' David Chalian has more...
RushLimbaugh.com:
Conservatism Didn't Lose in NY-23
Discussion: Hot Air and The New Republic
Rich Miller / The Capitol Fax Blog:   UPDATED x7 *** Mark Kirk asks for Sarah Palin's endorsement
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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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
House could vote Saturday on health bill
Discussion: Think Progress and Open Left
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Pelosi dismisses Dem losses in Virginia and New Jersey
Discussion: Ruby Slippers and American Power
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 …
TMZ.com:
Prejean Sex Tape Triggers Settlement  —  Carrie Prejean demanded more than a million dollars during her settlement negotiations with Miss California USA Pageant officials — that is, until the lawyer for the Pageant showed Carrie an XXX home video of her handiwork.
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’
J.P. Freire / Washington Examiner:
Boehner says NY GOP ignored warnings from NRCC
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.
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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Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
Maine Voters Repeal Law Allowing Gay Marriage
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 …
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.
Washington Examiner:
Pancho  —  Barone studiously avoids mention of the increase in the “D” House delegation despite the best efforts of Palin, Bachmann, Limbaugh, Malkin, etc., in NY Congressional District 23.  —  Michael Bloomberg nearly lost his mayoral seat in NYC despite outspending his Democratic opponent 5-1.
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 …
Johnny Dollar / Olbermann Watch:
Where in the World Was Keith Olbermann?  —  MSNBC boasted that on election night they would present a “special live edition of Countdown” at 10:00 pm.  But with bad news for the Democrats in Virginia and New Jersey, a funny thing happened on the way to the bonus Hour of Spin.  Keith wasn't there!
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.
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.
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Conservatives Rework Rhetoric After NY-23 Loss  —  Tea Partiers Say GOP Loss Enough for Conservative Victory  —  Saranac Lake, N.Y. - Jim Kelly walked into the lounge of the Hotel Saranac, his red tie undone and flapping against his shirt.  He sighed.  He plopped into a chair.
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: The Politico
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: In The Agora and The Agitator
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Cuomo Files Intel Antitrust Suit  —  In 2005, Michael S. Dell's namesake company was getting pounded.  His competitors were selling personal computers and servers built on cheap, popular and powerful chips from Advanced Micro Devices, while Mr. Dell had stuck loyally with slower chips from Intel.
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Battered Presidents Syndrome  —  It's like Battered Wives Syndrome, except President Obama is the bride with the black eye and Ayatollah Khameini is the abusive husband.  And Obama keeps coming back for more.  Yesterday the Supreme Leader publicly ridiculed Obama's repeated diplomatic overtures …
 
 
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Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
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Health officials mum on vaccine numbers
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Laura Rozen / Laura Rozen's Blog:
Cairo wrap up: Focusing on Middle East endgame
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Michelle Malkin:
Ridiculous “RAAAACISM” charge of the day
Discussion: The Huffington Post