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4:40 AM ET, November 5, 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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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.
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 …
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
Michael Steele Takes On Palin, Limbaugh: 'Your Opinion Really Doesn't Matter Much'  —  RNC Chairman Michael Steele endorsed moderate Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava (R-NY) in the NY-23 special election before national conservative leaders — like Dick Armey, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck …
Watertown Daily Times:
It's not wise to mess with Mother Nature just to fill your dance card
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.”
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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.
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.
Discussion: Newsweek Blogs
Jon Henke / The Next Right:
What Did NY-23 Mean?  —  [Disclosure: I worked with the Doug Hoffman campaign.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
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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Perry Bacon Jr / Capitol Briefing:
Senate passes bill extending homebuyer tax credit, unemployment benefits
Discussion: New York Magazine
The Hill:
Senate passes unemployment insurance extension
Discussion: The Politico
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
House leaders prepare for rare Saturday vote on health-care bill  —  CBO: GOP measure would cover few uninsured  —  House leaders put in motion the machinery to hold a rare Saturday vote on the most far-reaching expansion of the health-care system in more than 40 years.
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Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Pelosi dismisses Dem losses in Virginia and New Jersey
Chris Frates / The Politico:
BREAKING — CBO releases cost estimate on House doc fix
Discussion: Hit & Run
James Pethokoukis:
‘Permanent Democratic majority’ begins to unravel  —  America's “permanent Democratic majority” ran smack into the economy's apparent “new normal” of high unemployment and big deficits.  Score one for the economy — and for Republicans.  —  Now the Democratic spin on losing the governorships …
Discussion: Hot Air
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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.
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
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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 …
Anthony Tommasini / New York Times:
Classical Music Takes Center Stage at the White House  —  WASHINGTON — Wednesday was classical music day at the White House.  The festivities and performances were sponsored by the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, created by executive order in 1982.
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
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.
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
New York Times:
Kerik Expected to Accept Prison Term in Corruption Case  —  Bernard B. Kerik, New York City's former police commissioner, is expected to plead guilty on Thursday to a single conspiracy charge in an agreement that would resolve the three pending federal criminal trials he faces in New York and Washington …
Discussion: New York Magazine
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
As Inhofe's Climate Bill Boycott Continues, Kerry, Graham, Lieberman Try End-Around  —  Colorless, odorless, invisible, deadly.  GOP senators boycott Tuesday's climate bill markup.  (photo via talkradionews)  —  James Inhofe (R-OK) appeared briefly today at a climate bill markup …
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Independent voters big for GOP; Democrats keep black vote  —  A big share of independent voters on Tuesday has Republicans optimistic about 2010, but some resiliency in the African-American vote could stunt their gains.  —  Exit polling data from the governors' races in New Jersey …
Discussion: The Politico and MyDD
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.
Guardian:
France: ‘autistic Tories castrated Britain in Europe’  —  French Europe minister says David Cameron's pledge to reclaim EU powers is ‘pathetic’ and will leave Britain isolated  —  The Conservatives were accused by the French government tonight of “castrating” Britain's position within the EU by adopting an …
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 …
Fran Langum / Blue Gal:
That's NOT YOUR CAKE, Barack Obama!  —  That's BLUE GAL'S Anniversary Cake!  Her blog is five years old today!  —  I don't know how FOX News can claim they aren't a propaganda arm of the Republican Party after they sent you a half-eaten (Cavuto, natch) “aborted white babies” theme cake.
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 …
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: Associated Press and ACS Blog
 
 
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Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Crazy Nancy Pelosi: “We Won Last Night” ...Lies Twice About NY-23 Race
Discussion: Nice Deb
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Manchester's New GOP Mayor Hears from 2012 Hopefuls
Discussion: The Page
The Note:
GOP Leaders: ‘Political Rebellion Going on in America’
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