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4:20 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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Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
In NY-23, Conservatives Win  —  The race has now been called for Democrat Bill Owens.  —  This is a huge win for conservatives.  —  “Whaaaa. . . ?” you say.  —  There are two big victories at work in New York's 23rd Congressional District.  —  First, the GOP now must recognize …
Michelle Malkin:
The GOP elite's $1 million object lesson — and the message of NY-23  —  Conservatives owe NY-23 candidate Doug Hoffman immeasurable gratitude.  He overcame impossible odds (single digits just a month ago) to come within two points of defeating Democrat Bill Owens.  Hoffman had zero name recognition.
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / New York Post:
The Obama magic has faded  —  All politics is local, they say, and Tuesday's off-off-year elections certainly had their local angles.  Jon Corzine has been a terrible governor even by the undemanding standards of terribly governed New Jersey.  Creigh Deeds, though he looked …
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...
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 Cillizza / The Fix:
IL-Sen: Kirk Seeks Palin Endorsement
Discussion: The Swamp and Hot Air
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Gubernatorial contests serve as warning to Democrats
Valerie Bauman / The Huffington Post:
NY 23 Election Results: Bill Owens Beats Doug Hoffman
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Cornyn: NRSC won't play in primaries
Discussion: Erick's blog
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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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE IMPACT ON HEALTH CARE.... To hear a certain cable news network put …
Discussion: TPMDC
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
In Virginia and New Jersey, health care was a losing issue
Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
Maine Voters Repeal Law Allowing Gay Marriage  —  In a stinging setback for the national gay-rights movement, Maine voters narrowly decided to repeal the state's new law allowing same-sex marriage.  —  With 87 percent of precincts reporting early this morning, 53 percent of voters had approved the repeal …
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
What Happened and Why?  —  The outcome of all seven contests that we were tracking tonight appears settled, or very nearly so:  —  Virginia Governor: Republican Bob McDonnell wins by 17 points, toward the upper end of the range predicted by the pollsters, although not to anybody's great surprise.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Extreme unintended irony from a WH official  —  An Obama aide anonymously accuses Anthony Weiner of being a coward and not “manning-up.”  —  From Ben Smith's Politico article on the surprisingly narrow victory by Michael Bloomberg in the New York mayoral race:
Discussion: The Politico, Hot Air, RedState and Eschaton
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Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Even safe Dems feeling at risk
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
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!
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Italian court convicts 23 Americans in CIA rendition case; extradition undecided  —  MILAN — An Italian court on Wednesday convicted 22 CIA operatives and a U.S. Air Force colonel of orchestrating the kidnapping of a Muslim cleric here in 2003 and flying him to Egypt, where he said he was tortured.
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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.
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Don Surber:
Obama saved 935 jobs at a place that employs 508 people
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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.
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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Democrats feeling angst over 2010  —  Vulnerable House and Senate Democrats want their leaders to skip the party's controversial legislative agenda for next year to help save their seats in Congress.  —  In the run-up to the 2010 midterm elections, they don't want to be forced to vote on climate change …
Liz Robbins / New York Times:
Voters Roll Back Democratic Gains in New York Suburbs  —  Voters in two of New York's wealthiest suburbs, where Democrats had established a stronghold in recent elections, shocked the party by backing virtual unknowns in two contests that left one three-term incumbent defeated, and a former rising star dangling by his political life.
Discussion: Room for Debate and Newsweek Blogs
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B.D. Gallof / The Huffington Post:   How The East Was Lost: Tom Suozzi & Democrats Lose Long Island
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.
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Secret copyright treaty leaks.  It's bad.  Very bad.  —  The internet chapter of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, a secret copyright treaty whose text Obama's administration refused to disclose due to “national security” concerns, has leaked.  It's bad.  It says:
Michelle Malkin:
Ridiculous “RAAAACISM” charge of the day  —  The Left will do anything to smear the US Chamber of Commerce, a leading foe of the Democrats' government health care takeover and the radical cap-and-tax plan.  —  You'll recall that Reuters got punked by an attack parody of the Chamber a few weeks ago.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Chris Kelly / The Huffington Post:
Dud, Baby, Dud: The Lesson of Doug Hoffman  —  “I believe America is turning the page to a new dawn.”  ~ Doug Hoffman, Concession Speech  —  Doug Hoffman lost his election last night.  He was supported by a plurality of talk radio entertainers, and a majority of former half-term governors of Alaska, but it wasn't enough.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and alicublog
New York Post:
Crabby cabby boots same-sex lovebirds  —  An overzealous cabby allegedly booted a gay couple when he spotted the duo sharing a warm embrace in the back of his cold car.  —  Paul Bruno and his partner hailed the yellow cab Monday night at 13th Street and First Avenue and sat close, Bruno told The Post.
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Gothamist
 
 
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Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Top Bachmann aide quits
Keith B. Richburg / Washington Post:
Obama's brother speaks out for first time
Discussion: The Swamp
Associated Press:
AP Sources: AARP to endorse House health care bill
Discussion: The Hill and The Politico
Laura Rozen / Laura Rozen's Blog:
Cairo wrap up: Focusing on Middle East endgame
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Farah Stockman / Boston Globe:
BU professor-turned-Pakistan-envoy draws fire
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Panel goes AWOL in GOP earmark war
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Election (Part One): Enough, No More, Enough
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 Earlier Items: 
Carter Wood / PointOfLaw Forum:
Pennsylvania Supreme Court: The more restrained candidate wins
Discussion: Power Line
Paul Bass / New Haven Independent:
Lamont Throws His Hat Near The Ring
Discussion: Glenn Thrush's Blog and TPMDC
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Obama, “Credibility,” and Fear of Failure
Discussion: TalkLeft
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Political Climate for 2010 Not as Favorable to Democrats
Discussion: American Power and Politics Daily
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
‘Very, very close to zero’ GOPers will vote for House health bill
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Congress Shifts Left
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Who Are You Calling a Narcissist, Rush?