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Former House candidate Tan Nguyen (R) was convicted yesterday of lying to investigators during a voter suppression probe surrounding an intimidating letter sent to Spanish-speaking voters.

Nguyen, a Republican who challenged Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) in 2006, was convicted of obstruction of justice.

According to prosecutors, Nguyen lied to investigators about his involvement with a mailing, written in Spanish and sent to 14,000 households, that warned that "emigrados" could go to jail for voting. The mailing was written on letterhead similar to that of an anti-immigration group in California.

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Here's one way to look at President Obama's press conference yesterday on his tax cut deal.

Fox News reporter James Rosen, one of the network's ostensible straight news reporters, said last night on The O'Reilly Factor that Americans should be concerned about national security after Obama, Rosen said, showed he's open to negotiating with hostage-takers.

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Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) blasted President Obama's tax cut compromise yesterday. She decried the "moral corruptness" of the idea of giving wealthy Americans a tax cut extension on the backs of poor and middle class workers.

To many, it came out of nowhere. After all, she voted for these tax cuts back in 2001, and, by her own admission, isn't really known for taking on progressive causes against the center and the right. But check out this portion of her criticisms of the plan, which went unreported.

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The 2010 House cycle is now officially over, with Republican nominee Randy Altschuler conceding to incumbent Rep. Tim Bishop (D-NY) in the final disputed House seat of the cycle.

In the most recent totals, Bishop leads by 263 votes, with under 1,000 absentee ballots remaining to be counted. Bishop led by a very narrow margin in the Election Night count. However, during the recanvassing process -- when the counties essentially proofread their spreadsheets compared to the numbers from the voting machines -- Altschuler briefly pulled ahead.

However, absentee ballots remained to be counted, and Bishop took the lead as that process went forward. The Altschuler campaign attempted for a time to challenge absentee ballots on the grounds of residency or handwriting on the envelopes. But in the end, Altschuler called Bishop this morning to concede.

This finalizes the Republican gains of the cycle at 63 House seats, for a total House makeup of 242 Republicans to 193 Democrats.

On Tuesday, President Obama defended his tax cuts compromise, suggesting the deal will result in effective policy, rather than merely "sanctimonious" pride in the purity of one's belief. The American people, however, don't appear to see eye to eye with the President on this, according to a newly released Bloomberg poll.

When respondents were asked if they generally favor or oppose eliminating tax cuts that the wealthiest Americans have received in recent years, 59% say they are in favor while 38% say they oppose.

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The Minnesota gubernatorial race is expected to come to an end today, five weeks plus one day after Election Day, with Republican state Rep. Tom Emmer reportedly to concede defeat to Democratic former U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton.

The news was first reported by KSTP, the local ABC affiliate in the Twin Cities area, and has also been confirmed by the Star Tribune. Emmer has an announcement scheduled for 10:30 a.m. CT. This election follows the disputed Minnesota Senate race from the 2008 cycle, which lasted for eight months of counting and litigation -- but this current race always seemed likely to take much less time, because even its close margin of about 9,000 votes was far wider than the Senate race that came down to just a couple hundred votes.

Going into the recount, Dayton led by 8,770 votes, or 0.42%. While this was within the 0.5% needed to trigger a statewide recount, many observers doubted from the start that Emmer could have pulled ahead -- including Fritz Knaak, a former lawyer for Norm Coleman. By comparison, the 2008 Senate recount and litigation resulted in a net change in the margins of only a few hundred votes. However, a possible drawn-out legal contest could have resulted in Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty staying in office in the interim, with the opportunity to work with a newly elected Republican legislature.

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Here's what's so strange about the Dem leaders' acute angina over the Obama tax cut compromise.

Rewind to last month: Democratic aides -- and even some legislators -- are predicting a cave. They see the end game -- a temporary extension of all the Bush tax cuts -- but they don't want to get there without 1). putting the GOP on the record blocking middle-income cuts, and 2). securing some goodies for themselves. Unemployment was one possibility. A vote on the START treaty was another. But something.

Well...that's exactly what they got.

Same thing goes in the House. The fact that the Dems lost their nerve and didn't vote on tax cuts before the election has been rehashed to death. But most seem to have forgotten that the reason, which is that several dozen Democrats were pushing for...a temporary extension of the Bush cuts. They got their wish before, and now that the White House needs a sizable number of Democrats to back their compromise with the GOP, they're getting it again.

That doesn't mean the rest of the Democratic party has to be thrilled about it. And clearly they're not. But the idea that top Democrats were broadsided by this week's announcement -- which actually exceeded the rumors in some ways -- is pretty ridiculous.

For Obama, Tax Deal Is A Back-Door Stimulus Plan The New York Times reports: "Mr. Obama effectively traded tax cuts for the affluent, which Republicans were demanding, for a second stimulus bill that seemed improbable a few weeks ago. Mr. Obama yielded to Republicans on extending the high-end Bush tax cuts and on cutting the estate tax below its scheduled level. In exchange, Republicans agreed to extend unemployment benefits, cut payroll taxes and business taxes, and extend a grab bag of tax credits for college tuition and other items."

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama will receive the presidential daily briefing at 9:30 a.m. ET. He will meet at 10:15 a.m. ET with Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski, and the two will hold an expanded meeting at 10:30 a.m. ET, and then deliver statements to the press and take questions at 11:05 a.m. ET. Obama and Vice President Biden will meet with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at 2:15 p.m. Obama will hold a Cabinet meeting at 3:30 p.m. ET, and meet with senior advisers at 4:50 p.m. ET. He will sign the Claims Resolution Act, providing for the recent settlement with African-American farmers, at 5:30 p.m. ET.

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