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Pawlenty, Palin Shun Republican in N.Y. House Race

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1. Pawlenty, Palin Shun Republican in N.Y. House Race
2. Census Change Will Cost California Five House Seats
3. MoveOn.org Threatens Democrats Over 'Public Option'
4. Bad News for CNN — and Its Anchors
5. Nobel Prize-Winner: Cap-and-Trade Could Ruin U.S. Economy
6. We Heard: Sarah Palin, Amtrak


1. Pawlenty, Palin Shun Republican in N.Y. House Race

Several Republicans mentioned as 2012 presidential candidates are taking sides in a key congressional race in New York that pits the Conservative Party against the GOP.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has backed the Republican Party's choice in the 23rd Congressional District, Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava.

But Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin have voiced support for the Conservative Party candidate, accountant Doug Hoffman.

The two candidates, along with Democrat Bill Owens, will square off on Nov. 3 in a special election to fill the seat vacated by Republican John M. McHugh, who resigned in September to become Secretary of the Army.

Pawlenty has criticized Scozzafava as being at odds with basic Republican values.

"We cannot send more politicians to Washington who wear the Republican jersey on the campaign trail but then vote like Democrats in Congress," he said in remarks reported by The Washington Post.

Pawlenty, who is stepping down after two terms as governor to pursue a prospective White House run, was asked by Fox News' Neil Cavuto on Tuesday why he has gotten involved in a race that does not affect Minnesota.

"This is a federal congressional race, so it ultimately affects the whole country to some manner or degree," Pawlenty answered.

"And in this case, as a party, if we're going to endorse candidates for major office, there have to be at least some minimum requirements that that candidate meets in terms of his or her beliefs and positions on issues. And the endorsed candidate in this case, in my opinion, with all due respect, just didn't meet even the minimum standards in that regard...

"I think you have here a very just poor decision by the small group of party leaders who made this decision. It wasn't a grassroots decision. They endorsed a candidate who has voted to raise income taxes in New York, who's in favor of card check, who's voted in favor or supported the stimulus bill, has voted in favor of bank bailouts, has voted in favor of all sorts of other issues that just are inconsistent with being a Republican."

Scozzafava supports abortion rights and same-sex marriage and was called a "profligate tax-and-spender" by the New York Post, which has endorsed Hoffman.

Palin said her endorsement of Hoffman would be a message to party leaders of "no more politics as usual."

She wrote on her Facebook page that the GOP "has decided to choose a candidate who more than blurs the lines, and there is no real difference between the Democrat and the Republican in this race."

But Gingrich said his endorsement of Scozzafava was about respecting local party leaders, The Washington Post reported.

He warned in an e-mail of the "grave danger of establishing the precedent that every faction can run a third party candidate if they lose a primary or a convention," stating that such a move is "the road to re-elect Obama and make Pelosi speaker for life."

Scozzafava has reportedly received almost $1 million in support from the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Several other potential GOP presidential candidates in 2012, including former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and Indiana Rep. Mike Pence, have not taken sides in the race. But former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson, a presidential candidate in 2008, has endorsed Hoffman in the traditionally Republican district in upstate New York.

Scozzafava spokesman Matt Burns said: "Everybody who has endorsed Doug Hoffman has something in common with him, and that is that none of them live in the district."

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2. Census Change Will Cost California Five House Seats

A proposal from Republican Sen. David Vitter to count only U.S. citizens and not illegal aliens in the 2010 census would cost California five congressional seats, a new analysis of census data reveals.

The Constitution requires that congressional districts be reapportioned every 10 years based on a count of the "persons" in each state. The 2010 census form does not ask about citizenship.

Vitter's proposal would ban federal financing for the census if a citizenship question is not included. The Louisiana lawmaker argues that counting noncitizens would "artificially increase the population count" in states with large numbers of illegal aliens, and thereby give those states larger congressional delegations than they deserve.

An analysis by demographers at Queens College of the City University of New York found that not counting illegals would cost California five seats, and New York and Illinois one seat each.

Vitter's proposal would enable Louisiana, Iowa, Michigan and Pennsylvania to avoid the expected loss of one seat, while Montana, North Carolina, Indiana, Oregon and South Carolina would each gain a seat, The New York Times reported.

If all residents are counted in 2010, Florida, Georgia, Arizona, Nevada and Utah would gain one seat and Texas would get three. Under Vitter's proposal, Texas would gain only one seat, the analysis found.

Vitter said in mid-October that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wants illegals to be counted so that left-leaning states with large numbers of undocumented aliens will gain seats, according to The Hill newspaper.

Illegals counted in the 2000 census gave California up to five additional seats in Congress, according to Vitter, who said: "Basically states with large illegal populations, starting with California, are rewarded and other states are penalized."

According to The Times, the prospects for Vitter's proposal in the Democratic-controlled Senate are "doubtful."

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3. MoveOn.org Threatens Democrats Over 'Public Option'

The left-wing organization MoveOn.org is warning that any Democrat who joins Republicans in filibustering the "public-option" insurance plan will lose support from the organization's 5 million members.

MoveOn.org issued the threat in an e-mail to its supporters on Tuesday, one day after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced that the Senate's version of a healthcare reform bill would include the government-run insurance program.

The group said it surveyed its members and found that 93 percent agreed that "any senator who helps block an up-or-down vote on a healthcare bill with the public option should lose the support of all five million of us — no donations, no volunteering, and no help getting out the vote."

Although it supports Reid's bill, MoveOn.org takes issue with a provision that would give states a path to opt out of the public option.

"The 'opt-out' version of the public option has real problems," the group's e-mail stated.

"The most conservative states in the country would likely opt out, potentially leaving millions of uninsured folks without access to the affordable healthcare a public option would provide."

Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut, an independent Democrat, has already said he would back a GOP filibuster of Reid's bill because of its inclusion of the public option.

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4. Bad News for CNN — and Its Anchors

CNN hit an all-time competitive low in October, with three of its four prime-time shows finishing last in the ratings among the four cable news networks.

The pioneer all-news cable network's programs airing between 7 and 11 p.m. lagged behind not only those on Fox News and MSNBC, but also CNN's sister network HLN, formerly Headline News.

CNN's prime-time ratings are down 22 percent from 2007.

"In an era when the relationship between the White House and Fox News is making headlines, and when the ideological rivalry between MSNBC on the left and Fox News on the right is commanding the spotlight, CNN has little from a news angle to stir consistent interest from viewers," The New York Times observed.

The only prime-time CNN show that did not finish last was "Larry King Live." It finished third.

Adding insult to injury, two CNN anchors recently suffered "humiliating defeats" on "Celebrity Jeopardy," NewsBusters reported.

In October, Soledad O'Brien finished third behind actor Michael McKean of "Laverne & Shirley" and NBA legend Kareem Abdul Jabbar.

On an earlier show, Wolf Blitzer finished third and last behind comic Andy Richter and "Desperate Housewives" star Dana Delany.

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5. Nobel Prize-Winner: Cap-and-Trade Could Ruin U.S. Economy

With climate change legislation under consideration by Congress, an environmental expert with a Nobel Prize-winning organization warns that the cap-and-trade bill supported by Democrats could destroy the American economy.

Dr. Steve Running, Director of the University of Montana’s Climate Change Studies program, is on the board of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with global warming crusader Al Gore.

During a Wednesday interview with a radio talk show host in Montana, Dr. Running said efforts to deal with climate change will fail unless they involve all nations.

"If the U.S. passed cap-and-trade and other countries did not, it wouldn’t work," he declared.

"It would ruin the U.S. economy and it wouldn’t save the climate either. So this is a global issue, the global climate statistics are global in nature, global carbon emissions are global in nature, and we really have to have an international consensus of what to do. That is going to stretch our international diplomacy to its limit, there’s no doubt about that."

Running called on the U.S. to show leadership on the climate change issue, saying other countries will follow suit.

But China and India, two nations that produce large amounts of greenhouse gases, are not expected to adopt cap-and-trade measures like those being debated in the U.S. Congress.

Sen. James Inhofe, the ranking Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, has voiced sentiments similar to Dr. Running's. He told Newsmax in a recent interview that cap-and-trade won't work because "it doesn't matter what we do in America — if we drive our manufacturing base off to places like China, India, and Mexico, places where they don't have any emissions standards or restrictions, then it's going to have the effect of increasing and not deceasing CO2."

He also said cap-and-trade would amount to the "largest tax increase in the history of America."

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6. We Heard...

THAT Sarah Palin got a $1.25 million "retainer" from HarperCollins for her book "Going Rogue: An American Life," the Anchorage Daily News reported.

The figure was included in financial records disclosed on Tuesday.

Former President Bill Clinton reportedly received $15 million for his 2004 book "My Life."

THAT a new study offers sobering news for those who want the government to run America's healthcare system — the government-subsidized Amtrak rail service loses an average of $32 for each passenger it transports.

The study by Subsidyscope, an arm of the Pew Charitable Trusts, found that 41 of Amtrak's 44 routes lost money last year.

The biggest loser was the Sunset Limited between New Orleans and Los Angeles, which lost $462 per passenger.

Even the popular Northeast Regional trains, which connect Washington, New York and Boston, lost $5 per passenger last year.

According to the study, Amtrak will receive $2.7 billion in subsidies and stimulus dollars in 2009.

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