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Republicans have won Tuesday's other special election, in Nevada's second congressional district, with Republican former state Sen. Mark Amodei winning the GOP stronghold. This following on top of Republican Bob Turner's upset win in the historically Democratic stronghold of New York's ninth district.

At time of writing, with 68% of precincts reporting, Amodei leads Democratic state Treasurer Kate Marshall by a margin of 57%-37%, and he has been projected as the winner by the Associated Press. It should be noted that there has likely been a large majority of the total votes already counted -- Nevada is a state that has heavily embraced absentee and early voting, and those ballots were mostly tallied up very early in the count.

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QUEENS, NY -- In an upset victory, it appears that Republican Bob Turner has defeated Dave Weprin in the special election to replace Anthony Weiner, who resigned amid the public firestorm that followed his sending a lewd picture to a college student over Twitter.

The Assocated Press and NY1 called the race for Turner with the majority of precincts in NY-09 counted and Weprin trailing 53-47. At a results party, Weprin refused to concede, promising supporters a "long night" until absentee and paper ballots came in. Democrats had hoped their union-backed GOTV efforts would push them over the edge, but the numbers were grim from the start as they came in.

"We had 1500 workers going to the polls," City Council member Mark Weprin, David's younger brother, said looking over my shoulder at the results. "What the hell is wrong with us?"

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A Ron Paul fan named Brian got drunk in Montana one night and was pulled over for allegedly driving under the influence. National Geographic's cameras were there.

"The Constitution is your right!" he yells in a clip that aired on National Geographic's Frontier Force and was posted on YouTube this week. "Why can't you guys just assume to me that this is my Constitutional right."

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As expected, Republican Mark Amodei will win the special election for NV-02 comfortably. AP’s just called the race.

The Republican Party is attacking the Obama administration for its ties to Solyndra, the California solar panel manufacturer previously praised by President Obama and given a half a billion dollar loan guarantee. The company went belly up abruptly earlier this month and is under investigation by the FBI. Karl Rove's American Crossroads is getting in on the action, planning to file its own Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for the Department of Energy's communications about the company.

It's certainly a ripe target. Solyndra was raided by the FBI earlier this month. The Government Accountability Office had raised concerns that the Energy Department agreed to back five companies -- including Solyndra -- with loans without properly assessing their risk of failure. All this from a company that Obama described as a company with a "true engine of economic growth."

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With a little less than 25% of precincts of reporting, Bob Turner is slightly ahead of Dave Weprin, 51% to 49%, or 7,901 votes to 7,537.

The day has come.

Nearly three weeks after Twitter promised it would unveil an analytics tool to accompany its "t.co" link-shortening wrapper for all links posted on the website, the company unveiled a preview version of the all-new product at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco.

The product is beta-tested with select partners this week and will be fully public in "a few weeks," according to the company.

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President Obama introduced the American Jobs Act yesterday at the White House, clutching a print-out bound by a paper (or binder, fine) clip. Can you even believe that he would use a clip like that? What a jerk. Wait, what?

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Rick Perry has picked up the endorsement of another fellow Republican governor: Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval

Sandoval announced his support forPerry in a statement late Tuesday, just a day after another governor, Louisiana's Bobby Jindal, also endorsed Perry:

Our nation needs a leader in the White House who understands the role of government and our economy. Governor Rick Perry has the strongest record of job creation, fiscal discipline, and executive branch leadership among the presidential candidates. As a governor, Rick Perry created a tremendous blueprint for job creation and as President, I know he will get America working again. I consider Governor Perry a friend and I am proud to endorse his campaign for President.

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