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9:40 PM ET, November 19, 2009

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NY Daily News:
Rudy Giuliani to run for U.S. Senate; If elected may aim for White House in 2012  —  Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani has decided not to run for governor next year - but will run for U.S. Senate instead, sources told the Daily News.  —  A source familiar with Giuliani's thinking …
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Danny Hakim / New York Times:
Giuliani Is Said to Have Decided Not to Run for Governor  —  Former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani has decided not to run for governor of New York next year after months of mulling a candidacy, according to people who have been told of the decision.  —  His decision is a blow to many Republican leaders …
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Ben Nelson threatens filibuster  —  Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) said Thursday that he would prevent health reform from moving to final passage if restrictions on federal funding for abortion weren't tightened during the amendment process.  But, he added, “there are a lot of other things …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and AmSpecBlog
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Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
Health bill could get 34-hour reading in Senate
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Lieberman: More Dems could join public option filibuster
Discussion: The Politico
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Reid announces Saturday test vote
Discussion: The Swamp, SEIU and Washington Monthly
Robert Reich / Robert Reich's Blog:
Harry Reid, and What Happened to the Public Option
Discussion: Economist's View
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Reid uncertain of tally as healthcare bill heads for rare Saturday vote
Discussion: HotAirPundit
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Ben Nelson: Senate bill's abortion provisions not good enough
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Poll: Majority Of Republicans Think Obama Didn't Actually Win 2008 Election — ACORN Stole It!  —  The new national poll from Public Policy Polling (D) has an astonishing number about paranoia among the GOP base: Republicans do not think President Obama actually won the 2008 election — instead, ACORN stole it.
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
ACORN  —  Losing NY-23 candidate Doug Hoffman became the latest in an increasingly long line of conservative politicians to blame his problems on ACORN yesterday despite the complete lack of evidence the organization played any role in his defeat.  —  The Republican base is with him though.
Jude Seymour / Watertown Daily Times:
Hoffman: ACORN, unions, Dems tampered with NY-23 election
Nathan Barker / Gouverneur Times:
VIRUS in the VOTING MACHINES: Tainted Results in NY-23  —  GOUVERNEUR, NY - The computerized voting machines used by many voters in the 23rd district had a computer virus - tainting the results, not just from those machines known to have been infected, but casting doubt on the accuracy of counts retrieved from any of the machines.
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Jude Seymour / Watertown Daily Times:
NY-23 ABSENTEE COUNTS: Hoffman can't win
The Daily Beast:
Palin's Gold Mine  —  Blogs and Stories  —  Sarah Palin sold 300,000 copies of Going Rogue on its first day of sale, Duff McDonald has learned.  One component of a media rollout that doubled as a a one-woman economic stimulus package.  —  Did you hear that Sarah Palin has a book out?
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Gene Lyons / Salon:
The war industry's drums are beating  —  The pressure is on President Obama to act quickly in Afghanistan.  But why?  —  Hurry, hurry.  There's no time for thinking; it's time to act.  Washington's permanent war lobby has worked itself into a veritable lather.
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Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Oprah Winfrey to End Her Talk Show  —  The media mogul Oprah Winfrey will end her daytime talk show, “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” in 2011 as she prepares to start a cable channel of her own.  —  A spokeswoman for Ms. Winfrey's production company confirmed Thursday evening that Ms. Winfrey …
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: California Governor Election  —  2010 California Governor: Brown 41%, Whitman 41%  —  State Attorney General Jerry Brown is the only major Democrat still running for governor of California next year, and now he's tied with Republican hopeful Meg Whitman at 41% each …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Leahy: No need to interrogate bin Laden  —  If the U.S. captures Osama bin Laden, there's no need to interrogate him, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Thursday.  —  Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the chairman of that committee, said that arguments raised by Republican senators …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Fred Thompson: Afghan war ‘has been lost’  —  Former Sen. Fred Thompson today intensified his party's criticism of President Obama's long deliberation over policy in Afghanistan, announcing that Obama's delay signals that “the war has been lost” and that nothing the president now does will “make any difference.”
The Note:
The $100 Million Health Care Vote?  —  ABC News' Jonathan Karl reports:  —  What does it take to get a wavering senator to vote for health care reform?  —  Here's a case study.  —  On page 432 of the Reid bill, there is a section increasing federal Medicaid subsidies for “certain states recovering from a major disaster.”
Charles Murray / The Enterprise Blog:
The Unbearable Paradox of Glenn Beck  —  About six weeks ago, I engaged in an exchange about Glenn Beck, arguing that he makes it harder to convert the unsaved to the cause of limited government, and got an earful in return, mostly in the form of thoughtful but forceful emails saying I hadn't given him a chance.
Discussion: Riehl World View
TMZ.com:
John Kerry's Daughter — Busted  —  Senator John Kerry's daughter, Alexandra Forbes Kerry, was arrested early this morning on suspicion of DUI ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.  —  It went down in Hollywood at 12:40 AM in Hollywood.  Alexandra, a 36-year-old film producer and director …
Discussion: Wonkette, Mediaite and The Hill
Gerald Traufetter / Spiegel Online:
Climatologists Baffled by Global Warming Time-Out  —  Global warming appears to have stalled.  Climatologists are puzzled as to why average global temperatures have stopped rising over the last 10 years.  Some attribute the trend to a lack of sunspots, while others explain it through ocean currents.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Ronald D. Orol / MarketWatch:
Panel votes to audit the Fed; cap its spending at $4 trillion  —  Measure would audit the Fed's monetary policies such as interest rates  —  WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Rep. Ron Paul, who has sought to audit the Federal Reserve for 26 years, has inched ever so much closer to his goal.
Discussion: Politics Daily
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Victoria McGrane / The Politico:
House panel approves Paul's Fed audit
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Foxx: Republicans ‘Passed Civil Rights Bills Back In The 60s Without Very Much Help’ From Democrats  —  During a debate on the House floor today over designating 21 miles of the Molalla River as “wild and scenic,” Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), who opposes the legislation, tried to claim a progressive environmental record for her party.
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Senate confirms controversial judge  —  The Senate confirmed Judge David Hamilton to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals 59-39 Thursday after breaking a GOP filibuster Tuesday and a five-and-a-half month delay.  —  Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), who represents Hamilton's home state of Indiana …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Deconstructing Sarah, Ctd  —  Well, as promised the Dish is back to normal.  I'm not.  “Going Rogue” is such a postmodern book that treating it as some kind of factual narrative to check (as I began to), or comparing its version of events with her previous versions of the same events …
GOP Leader Blog:
Sen. Reid's Government-Run Health Plan Requires a Monthly Abortion Fee  —  Follow @GOPLeader on Twitter for updates.  —  Just like the original 2,032-page, government-run health care plan from Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-NV) massive …
Discussion: TPM LiveWire, TPMDC and Raw Story
 
 
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James O'Keefe / Big Government:
The LA Story, Part IV: Program for Torture Victims
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Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
W.H. SHRINKS HANUKKAH PARTY
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Plans 1,000 Immigration Audits
Discussion: 24Ahead
Bloomberg:
Warren Winning Means No Sale If You Can't Explain It
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Hullabaloo
Sarah Kliff / Newsweek Blogs:
Senate Bill Restores Abstinence-Only Funding
Discussion: Think Progress and Liberal Values
Ezra Klein:
What happens before 2014?  —  A lot of people have been asking …
Discussion: SEIU
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THERE BAYH GOES AGAIN.... Sen. Evan Bayh (D) of Indiana wrote …
Discussion: CNN
 Earlier Items: 
Watts Up With That?:
Not finding any, Gore airbrushes in hurricanes for his new book
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Townhall.com
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Chris Matthews: Palin Supporters Racist — ‘White vs. Other People’
Discussion: Raw Story, Townhall.com and NPR Blogs
Kbh / KeithHennessey.com:
Major tax increases in the Reid health care bill