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4:00 PM ET, November 19, 2009

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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 …
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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 …
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.
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 …
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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 …
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Ben Nelson: Senate bill's abortion provisions not good enough
Discussion: Washington Monthly
New York Times:
Comparing the House and the Senate Health Care Proposals
Discussion: The Purple Center and SEIU
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   Lieberman: More Dems could join public option filibuster
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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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The “Going Rogue” tour — by the numbers
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Chris Matthews: Palin Supporters Racist — ‘White vs. Other People’
Discussion: Raw Story and Townhall.com
Lauren Lipton / New York Times:
Only Palin's Stylist Knows for Sure
Discussion: Politics Daily, Wonkette and Gawker
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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Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
NPR Shocker: Attorney General Holder Stumped By Lindsey Graham  —  During Wednesday's Justice Department oversight hearing by the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) stumped Attorney General Eric Holder on what should have been a fairly routine question for America's top law enforcement official.
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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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 Pershing / Capitol Briefing:
Fort Hood hearing focuses on homegrown threats, ‘political correctness’
Discussion: The Purple Center
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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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
To Our Readers, An Update  —  This Dish will resume as normal tomorrow morning.  We apologize for the lacuna.  And I suppose some will say we've gotten this book and the issues it raises out of perspective.  But since the last campaign, we have raised many questions about Palin …
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Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Sullivan promises to be ‘normal’ today
Quinnipiac University:
American Voters Like Obama, But Not His Policies, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Support For Public Option, But Not Overall Health Plan  —  Three-quarters of American voters - 74 percent - like President Barack Obama as a person, but only 47 percent like most of his policies …
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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.”
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
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 …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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.
 
 
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THERE BAYH GOES AGAIN.... Sen. Evan Bayh (D) of Indiana wrote …
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Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Major reforms delayed until 2014
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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
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Mitt Romney / The Politico:
The cost of on-the-job training
Discussion: Commentary and Pundit & Pundette
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Former Bush press secretary Perino appointed to Obama administration post