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7:10 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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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Lieberman: More Dems could join public option filibuster  —  Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) said he might not be the only Democrat to oppose cloture for final passage of the healthcare bill.  —  Lieberman said he would vote with Democrats over the weekend to proceed with debate on the Senate health bill …
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Reid announces Saturday test vote  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the first key test vote on his $848 billion health care bill will be taken Saturday, but he declined to say whether he has 60 senators lined up to vote yes.  —  “We will find out when the votes are taken,” he told reporters at a midday event.
Discussion: The Swamp, SEIU and Washington Monthly
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Reid uncertain of tally as healthcare bill heads for rare Saturday vote
Discussion: HotAirPundit
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
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.
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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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  —  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 …
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
Tom Blumer / NewsBusters.org:
Oh, So Now U.S. Soldiers Are ‘A Pretty Good Photo-op’; Let's …
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Don Surber
The Huffington Post:
Panicked About Jobs, House Dems Postpone Key Finance Vote  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  House Democrats are feeling so much pressure to do something about unemployment that they postponed a much-anticipated vote today on comprehensive financial regulation reform.
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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.”
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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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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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
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.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Schumer, 2001: 9/11 terrorists won't get courtroom trials  —  Kerry Picket at the Washington Times unearths this artifact from when Democrats considered a terrorist attack by a foreign cabal a little more important than a gangland shootout.  Ten weeks after the attack, Sen. Chuck Schumer insisted …
Discussion: Ross Douthat and Weekly Standard
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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
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.”
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 …
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: Raw Story, TPM LiveWire and TPMDC
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?
 
 
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TMZ.com:
John Kerry's Daughter — Busted
Discussion: Mediaite, Wonkette and The Hill
Gerald Traufetter / Spiegel Online:
Climatologists Baffled by Global Warming Time-Out
Victoria McGrane / The Politico:
House panel approves Paul's Fed audit
Sarah Kliff / Newsweek Blogs:
Senate Bill Restores Abstinence-Only Funding
Discussion: Think Progress and Liberal Values
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THERE BAYH GOES AGAIN.... Sen. Evan Bayh (D) of Indiana wrote …
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Not finding any, Gore airbrushes in hurricanes for his new book
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Townhall.com
 Earlier Items: 
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Chris Matthews: Palin Supporters Racist — ‘White vs. Other People’
Discussion: Raw Story, Townhall.com and NPR Blogs
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Work site arrests of illegals fall dramatically
Discussion: 24Ahead
Larry J. Sabato / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
SENATE SHAKE-UP, 2010  —  Now that we've put the 2009 races to bed …
Kbh / KeithHennessey.com:
Major tax increases in the Reid health care bill