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11:40 AM, Oct 21, 2009 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
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Gov. Paterson deals with the tough choices the federal government doesn't ever make: "I promise I will put (the soda tax) back in my budget address and give the Legislature another chance to do it," Paterson said during an interview on WNYC. "But you can't keep voting down the ways to create revenues and then saying you don't want to make cuts."

Most ethical Congress in history now locking Republicans out of the Government Oversight committee room because they're demanding uncomfortable votes on sweetheart mortgage deals. "Because they [Republicans] don't know how to behave," Towns said in a statement to POLITICO.

All right, who's gonna leak Paul Ryan shirtless pictures to go with my Flake pics? "When I saw Paul Ryan - man, he's gotten in great shape. He doesn't have a six-pack; he's got, like, a 12-pack," Brady, a Texas Republican, says of his fellow GOP-er, who hails from Wisconsin.

Dems are planning to stay home in Virginia Nov. 3.

"Young men who voted for either McCain or Barr suffered immediate drops in their testosterone levels after the election results were announced." So, Dem wins create more Dems, huh? Vicious cycle.

The Va. gubernatorial race is now officially an Obama referendum, thanks to new Deeds ad.

Our banana republic finances: "Two examples - one ridiculously expensive, one just ridiculous. But both reveal a nation completely unwilling to deal with current trillion-dollar deficits or long-term shortfalls many multiples of that number."

The opposition: "Non-Maine Republicans object to the Senate Finance bill for three substantive reasons that will be difficult to address without fundamentally changing the direction of reform."

"I thought the government plan was dead," Thune said. "I don't think that anymore."