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5:50 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 …
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
Health bill could get 34-hour reading in Senate  —  The 2,074-page Senate health care bill would take 34 hours to read cover to cover — and that's just what Sen. Tom Coburn wants done on the Senate floor.  —  The Oklahoma Republican has threatened to invoke parliamentary rules to force the Senate clerk …
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
FDL Statement on Senate Combined Health Care Bill  —  The Senate Health Care Reform Bill (photo by roemerman)  —  It is encouraging that Senator Reid respected the will of the American people and included a public option in the merged Senate bill.  However, the addition of a state opt …
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Reid announces Saturday test vote
Discussion: The Swamp, SEIU and Washington Monthly
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:   Reid uncertain of tally as healthcare bill heads for rare Saturday vote
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   Lieberman: More Dems could join public option filibuster
Robert Reich / Robert Reich's Blog:
Harry Reid, and What Happened to the Public Option
Discussion: Economist's View
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Ben Nelson: Senate bill's abortion provisions not good enough
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jeffrey H. Anderson / New York Post:
Reid's fuzzy math
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  —  With his prospect of winning the 23rd Congressional District race now almost zero, Conservative Party candidate Douglas L. Hoffman suggested Wednesday in a letter that “ACORN, the unions and the Democratic Party” “tampered” with results to deny him victory.
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 …
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Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Senate confirms controversial judge
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Schumer, 2001: 9/11 terrorists won't get courtroom trials
Discussion: Ross Douthat
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
FOX rolls wrong video, heads may roll  —  by Mark Silva and updated with FOX apology  —  FOX has done it again, and this time, once again, FOX says its misplay of the wrong crowd video was another regrettable mistake.  —  Today, FOX News host Gregg Jarrett was talking …
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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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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
House Dem: ‘Growing’ liberal consensus to dump Geithner  —  A Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) member said there's “growing consensus” among liberals that Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner should step down.  —  {mosads}Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) said Wednesday that he and other liberal House members …
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Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
White House aides: No Afghan decision before Thanksgiving  —  SEOUL — President Obama will not announce his decision on sending more troops to Afghanistan before the Thanksgiving holiday, senior aides said Thursday.  —  The news came as the president greeted 1,500 troops at Osan Air Base in South Korea …
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Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Obama Tells Troops: “You Guys Make a Pretty Good Photo-Op”
Discussion: theblogprof and Don Surber
Daniel Zwerdling / NPR:
Hasan's Supervisor Warned Army In '07 … text sizeAAA  —  Two years ago, a top psychiatrist at Walter Reed Army Medical Center was so concerned about what he saw as Nidal Hasan's incompetence and reckless behavior that he put those concerns in writing.  NPR has obtained a copy of the memo …
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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.”
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Conyers: 'I'm getting tired of saving Obama's can'  —  President Barack Obama is “bowing down” to Republicans and corporate interests on health reform, Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) said Thursday.  —  Conyers, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and a longtime advocate of single-payer healthcare …
Kbh / KeithHennessey.com:
Major tax increases in the Reid health care bill  —  The following is from the Joint Tax Committee estimate of the revenue effects of the Reid bill.  I have listed provisions with major revenue effects (+$20 B / 10 years) and a few others that have significant policy or political impacts.
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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Wonkette
Ezra Klein:
What happens before 2014?  —  A lot of people have been asking what the Senate bill does immediately.  To put it another way, in 2010 and 2012, when Republicans are saying that reform has done nothing despite the fact that it hasn't yet gone into effect, what will Democrats be able to brag about?
Sarah Kliff / Newsweek Blogs:
Senate Bill Restores Abstinence-Only Funding  —  While the Senate toned down the House's language on abortion restrictions, it may have ratcheted things up with another controversial reproductive-health issue: abstinence-only education.  Sec. 2954 of the Senate health-reform bill …
Discussion: Think Progress and Liberal Values
 
 
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Charles Murray / The Enterprise Blog:
The Unbearable Paradox of Glenn Beck
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THERE BAYH GOES AGAIN.... Sen. Evan Bayh (D) of Indiana wrote …
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Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Chris Matthews: Palin Supporters Racist — ‘White vs. Other People’
Discussion: Raw Story and Townhall.com
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Andy McCarthy vs. Thomas Paine.
Larry J. Sabato / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
SENATE SHAKE-UP, 2010  —  Now that we've put the 2009 races to bed …
New York Times:
The Senate's Health Care Calculations
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias