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So say three judges.

Eric Black sets out the potential legal steps after this ruling but says:

The likeliest outcome — no matter whether Team Coleman takes their case to the U.S. Supreme Court and/or tries to get a fresh start in federal district court — is that Franken will be seated in the Senate in roughly May or June.

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Two Americas

Do these these polling breakdowns show why the Republicans are the party of tax cuts for the rich and the Democrats are the party of (relative) social welfare? Or do those policy platforms show why the voting in America breaks down in this way?

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Change

that would give Brian Harradine the shits:

President Obama plans to sign an executive order today reversing a Bush-era policy banning federal funding for international groups that promote or perform abortions, according to the Associated Press.

UPDATE, 4:40 pm: The president has signed the executive order.

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The Friday Freebie

The Friday Freebie is where I share an online, open-access resource that I think readers might find interesting and useful. Each week, I will introduce a free resource that I think will be useful to teh angry Leftists – books, podcasts, web sites, etc. The aim is to compile a toolkit for understanding and advancing progressive ideals.

This week’s freebie rounds out our Bush Legacy Project (pending investigations and/or prosecutions). Author Ron Schalow contacted me this week to let me know that his book “Bullshit Artist: The 9/11 Leadership Myth” is now available for free online.

Schalow’s book is a biting  commentary on the actions of the Bush administration’s actions around the time of the 9/11 attacks. He charts the timeline of events on that day, as well as how the Bush administration worked in the days after the event to create a public perception of decisive leadership.

You can read Schalow’s book here – the for-sale version has the footnotes providing sources for all of Schalow’s information about the events. It’s a refreshing antidote to these types of claims – arguing that when the most obvious, serious opportunity for protecting the national security in the past eight years took place, the Bush administration struggled to get the job done, before and during that event.

Do you have a tip for future freebies? Contact me with any suggestions or requests.

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you can see the innards of:

US President Barack Obama [official profile] on Wednesday issued the first executive orders of his presidency, focusing on White House ethics and transparency. The Executive Order on Presidential Records [text] grants broader public access to the records of previous presidential administrations, reversing restrictions implemented by former President George W. Bush. The second Executive Order on Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Personnel [text] bans those individuals from accepting gifts from lobbyists and implements so-called “revolving door bans” to restrict personnel movement between related public and private sector jobs within certain time frames.

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Change

Game on:

One of President Barack Obama’s first acts is to order federal agencies to halt all pending regulations until his administration can review them.

The order went out Tuesday afternoon, shortly after Obama was inaugurated president, in a memorandum signed by new White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel.

Game on Mk II:

The U.S. moved Tuesday to halt the Guantanamo war crimes trials, filing motions to suspend proceedings for 120 days until President Barack Obama’s administration completes a review of the system for prosecuting suspected terrorists.

The motions, made at the direction of Obama and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, will be considered early Wednesday by the military judges hearing the cases of five men charged in the Sept. 11 attacks and of Canadian Omar Khadr, who is accused of killing an American soldier with a grenade in Afghanistan in 2002.

The Rule of Law – coming soon to a shining beacon of democracy near you.

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This is what a close election looks like: 1,209,188 vs 1,209,183 at the time of writing. You can also have a look at what the contested ballots look like.

In other news on the Minnesota ballot changes, Nate Silver notes that the Canvassing Board thinks Brett Favre is less likely to be a real person than are Lizard People. He also reports on the Minnesota Supreme Court’s ruling on the procedure for counting wrongfully rejected ballots.

UPDATE: As of Saturday morning, Franken appears to have taken the lead – but obviously, this is far from settled.

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