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A bad omen for the White House: Democrats fail to hold on to the seat once held by Rep. Anthony Weiner. Republican Bob Turner defeated his Democrat David Weprin in a special election in heavily Democratic NY-9 last night. And while Weprin was far from a strong candidate, there’s no way the Democratic Party thought they’d lose Weiner’s seat when he became embroiled in scandal earlier this year. Republicans will say this is another sign of President Obama’s weakness, and there may be some truth to that. NY-9 is a heavily Jewish district where the president’s approval ratings are in the 30s. Israel was a major issue in this race. But if Democrats failed here, what does it tell us about how they might do in South Florida in 2012? 


By the way, the Republican also won - as expected - in that other special election for a House seat in Nevada.


President Obama continues pitching his American Jobs Act. Today’s stop: the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina.


And the New York Times takes an in-depth look at an issue that only started drawing national attention in the most recent Republican presidential debates – Rick Perry’s executive order to immunize girls in Texas against HPV, the virus that causes cervical cancer. 


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