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A few moments ago we posted that the state's totals in NY-20 showed Democrat Scott Murphy and Republican Jim Tedisco were exactly tied, at 77,225 votes each. But no longer -- in the latest numbers from one county, Scott Murphy has picked up a net 198 votes.

The Albany Project first reported that Murphy had picked up the votes in Washington County, and I have now confirmed it with Donna English, the Republican election commissioner in the county. (Counties in New York have both Dem and GOP election commissioners, working together.)

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And the current leader in NY-20 is...nobody. It's a tie!

The Schenectady Daily Gazette reports that the numbers right now, as the counties go through the standard procedure of proofreading their spreadsheets, are 77,225 votes for Democrat Scott Murphy, to 77,225 votes for Republican Jim Tedisco.

Murphy led by 65 votes on election night, then 25 votes Wednesday afternoon, and Tedisco might have taken a small lead yesterday. The numbers are still in flux, as some counties are still checking everything out -- who knows, these numbers could even be out of date right now, minutes after it was reported.

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Here's another fun new dimension to Norm Coleman's legal adventures -- and it's not directly related to the election contest.

During an interview with yesterday, Norm was asked whether he'd spoken with the FBI about the Nasser Kazeminy case, which involves allegations that a donor paid a large amount of money to a consulting firm where Coleman's wife worked, with the aim of funneling the money to Norm himself.

And here's what happened:

"I can't say anything," he said. "We want this matter to be fully reviewed and fully investigated because nothing happened and we are looking forward to that taking place." And on that note, we arrived at Coleman's car and he ended the conversation by turning and putting his hands on my shoulders.

"Too many questions," he said, laughing.

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Here's your daily dose of everyone's favorite Republican House member, Michele Bachmann from Minnesota.

Bachmann has now picked up some new cosponsors in her efforts to amend the Constitution to forbid the use of a foreign/global money as the legal tender of the United States: Trent Franks (R-AZ), Peter Hoekstra (R-MI), and Kenny Marchant (R-TX). She now has a total of 34 cosponsors, in addition to herself as the primary sponsor.

Of course, there is no such threat to replace the dollar as America's currency. Even if a global currency of some kind were adopted -- and even that isn't in any way a sure thing -- it would be for international exchanges and reserves, not for domestic use.

Check out the full list of cosponsors, after the jump.

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Norm Coleman and the GOP are continuing to lay the groundwork to keep this drawn-out legal process going even longer, as the election court is to rule some time fairly soon that Al Franken is the winner of the race.

Norm appeared on Fox News today:

Norm reminded viewers that there will not be a certificate of election right after the court rules, as it will have to be appealed to the Minnesota Supreme Court: "Listen, it's taken a long time, but this is not judicial fast food."

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The state of Alaska is providing with one of those great entertaining moments from a mostly one-party state: When members of the same party, in this case the Republicans, start openly ripping each other apart.

Congressman Don Young has broken from the calls by Sarah Palin and the Alaska Republican Party, who say that Democratic Sen. Mark Begich should resign because he was only elected through the botched prosecution against Sen. Ted Stevens. After Stevens was convicted of several felony counts, Begich went on to narrowly win the election -- but now the Justice Department has dropped all the charges in light of prosecutorial misconduct. Young doesn't like the result, but it is what it is.

Young is going a bit further, however, and making a suggestion for another way that Ted Stevens could make a political comeback: Running for governor in 2010. This would presumably involve Stevens running against Sarah Palin, a giant of her state's politics. Now why would Young suggest such a thing?

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Much of this weeks budget drama centered around what it will portend for clean energy legislation. At the end of it all, though, environmental groups are fairly united behind the final products.

Josh Dorner of the Sierra Club says, "We aren't putting out a statement about passage, but obviously we are very excited that both the House and the Senate delivered the president what he needs, more than ample room to do whatever he wants to do on clean energy."

Steven Biel, Greenpeace's Global Warming Campaign Director, echoes that sentiment. "It's good that they've included the reserve fund [for clean energy legislation]," Biel says. "It represents political momentum in the right direction.... You've got senators from coal and oil producing states voting to support cap and trade."

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Grassroots progressive groups are beginning to chime in with reactions to House and Senate Budget resolution, and they're all pretty positive. Roger Hickey, co-director of Campaign for America's Future (CAF) said, "The economic recovery package and this budget are needed to begin moving us in a dramatically different direction. This budget represents transformational change."

For a time, anyhow, CAF had dedicated itself to opposing the obstructive efforts of conservative Democrats in the Senate, and they may be encouraged by the fact that only two such Democrats (Evan Bayh and Ben Nelson) voted against the bill.

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Yesterday, John Boehner's office told us Republicans would be standing by their claim that cap and trade legislation would cost American households an average of $3,128 a year--even though John Reilly, the scientist upon whose study they based that estimate, told them their calculations were wildly off.

Now Boehner's made it official by releasing a "Leader Alert" explaining their fuzzy logic.

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