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9:30 AM ET, November 5, 2009

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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.
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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.
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.”
Discussion: The Other McCain and Pajamas Media
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.
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Energized G.O.P. Looking to Avoid an Intraparty Feud  —  WASHINGTON — Republicans emerged from Tuesday's elections energized by victories in Virginia and New Jersey, but their leaders immediately began maneuvering to avoid a prolonged battle with conservative activists over what the party stands for and how to regain power.
Washington Post:
The center holds in Tuesday's elections
Discussion: Commentary and Capitol Briefing
Jon Henke / The Next Right:
What Did NY-23 Mean?  —  [Disclosure: I worked with the Doug Hoffman campaign.
Discussion: Daily Kos and American Prospect
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Independent voters big for GOP; Democrats maintain 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
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CNN:
Gibbs dismisses losses as ‘local elections’  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs dismissed Democratic electoral defeats in New Jersey and Virginia as “two very local elections” that say nothing about President Barack Obama's standing with the American people right now.
Discussion: Jules Crittenden and Townhall.com
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Hark!  The Voters Speak!  —  In Ohio, citizens marched to the polls on Tuesday and voted to allow gambling casinos in the state.  This was a obviously a message to President Obama that independent voters are not happy with the way the health care bill is going.  —  Really, I don't see how else you can interpret it.
Michael Barone / Wall Street Journal:
Tuesday's Biggest Loser: the Union Agenda
Discussion: Commentary and Marathon Pundit
James Pethokoukis:
‘Permanent Democratic majority’ begins to unravel
Discussion: Hot Air
Wall Street Journal:
GOP Gets Some Love
Discussion: Commentary
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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Patricia Murphy / Politics Daily:
Michele Bachmann's Capitol House Call: ‘Get Your Hands Off My Health Care!’
Discussion: Indecision Forever
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: jillstanek.com and The Politico
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Perry Bacon Jr / Capitol Briefing:
Senate passes bill extending homebuyer tax credit, unemployment benefits
Discussion: New York Magazine
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Huckabee, Romney, Palin See Most Republican Support for '12  —  Huckabee, Romney viewed as most qualified of possible Republican presidential candidates  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Looking ahead to the 2012 presidential election, 71% of Republicans say they would seriously consider voting for Mike Huckabee.
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 …
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 …
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.
Michael Sokolove / New York Times:
Dick Armey Is Back on the Attack  —  I.  —  At sunset on a September evening, Dick Armey, the former House majority leader, strode to a lectern set up in the parking lot of a Harley-Davidson dealership in Hickory, N.C., where about 300 people had gathered to hear him speak.
J. Nicholas Hoover / InformationWeek:
Homeland Security Seeks New Ideas  —  The federal agency plans to adopt the Transportation Security Administration's IdeaFactory crowd-sourcing application to encourage brainstorming by employees.  —  The Department of Homeland Security is latching onto one of the Transportation Security Administration's …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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.
Discussion: The Page
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
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.
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 …
 
 
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