McCain, GM, Dems: Everybody Panic!

Today's Dem Line: Abortion will save us! ... 12:08 p.m.

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John McCain's principled position on immigration: "You Latinos didn't vote for me, so f--- you!" (I'm paraphrasing.) ... 12:05 p.m.

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The New Johnny Apple: Joe Klein's electrifying Election Road Trip across America arrives in Sebastopol, California, where Time's premier correspondent takes the "pulse of the nation" at a "sumptuous" vineyard meal. The pulse of the nation seems to be that the "Nancy Pelosi Democrats" who own the vineyard would be happy with pre-tax-reform 70% marginal tax rates on the rich (never mind that the rich never actually paid those rates--they used tax shelters to avoid them). Campaign coverage will never be the same again. ...

Update: Got him. ... 12:00 p.m.

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Don't call me paranoid, Part XVIII: The Democrats' desperate lame-duck agenda--which we're being told not to worry about--is becoming clearer. On the list: Partial amnesty for illegal immigrants (who came when they were under 16 years old), according to sponsors of the so-called DREAM Act. ... Not mentioned: Pro-union "card check" legislation. But the night is young. Some of these early reports are almost certainly posturing, as politicians attempt to generate good will and publicity by making an ostentatious effort to pass their favorite legislation. Other possible lame-duck bills are best kept hidden until they're smuggled through at the last minute in the dead of night. "Card check" would fall into that category. ... 11:59 a.m.

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The New York Times reports that the planned General Motors IPO--designed to repay taxpayers for the stock they own in the bailed-out automaker--will be smaller than previously advertised, and "may not" meet the goal of reducing the government's stake to below 50%. ... Am I the only one who thinks the IPO, now scheduled conveniently for after the election, might not happen at all? ... 11:55 a.m.

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"FBI investigates prominent labor leader Andy Stern": Is this the story Ezra Klein missed in his chummy "exit interview" after SEIU chief Stern's abrupt resignation last spring? ... The charges--at least in this account--do not seem very strong. (An SEIU leader hired for "consulting work" who allegedly "wasn't actually doing any work"? How do you tell if a "consultant" isn't working?) ... 11:47 a.m.

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