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3:40 PM ET, November 1, 2009

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Watertown Daily Times:
A changed race  —  Owens is best-equipped to represent NNY  —  Dierdre K. Scozzafava's decision to suspend her campaign for the 23rd Congressional District seat is a shocking development in what had already been an extraordinary race.  —  In her statement Saturday morning …
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Watertown Daily Times:
SCOZZAFAVA THROWS SUPPORT TO OWENS  —  Scozzafava released the following statement at 2 :06 p.m.:  —  I want to thank you for your support and friendship.  Over the past 24 hours, I have had encouraging words sent to my family and me.  Many of you have asked me whom you should support on Tuesday.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
NY-23: Scozzafava Endorses Owens  —  State Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava (R), who dropped from the special election in Upstate New York yesterday, has now thrown her support to Democrat Bill Owens.  —  “It's not in the cards for me to be your representative, but I strongly believe Bill …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Tony Romm / The Hill:
GOP nominee endorses Democrat after stepping aside under pressure from right  —  The Republican in a New York House race that has become a symbol of the divisions within the GOP endorsed her former Democratic rival Sunday, a sharp snub to the third-party conservative who forced her out of the race.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Jarrett: GOP ‘more and more extreme’  —  White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett said Sunday on ABC's “This Week” that the rise of a Conservative Party challenger in a closely watched upstate New York House election shows that the Republican Party leadership is “becoming more and more extreme, and more and more marginalized.”
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Scozzafava endorses Owens  —  Republican state Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava has thrown her support to Democrat Bill Owens over the newly GOP-backed candidate Doug Hoffman in next Tuesday's special election, an 11th hour development that dramatically scrambles the political picture in the nationally-scrutinized race.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Hotline On Call:
Scozzafava for Owens?  —  Two tidbits from today's papers give us …
Elizabeth Benjamin / The Daily Politics:
Scozzafava Comes Out For Owens
Discussion: Hot Air
Elizabeth Benjamin / The Daily Politics:
Dede's Democratic Preference?
Charles Franklin / Pollster.com:
NY23 Siena Poll Again: Some Hope for Each Side
Frank Rich / New York Times:
The G.O.P. Stalinists Invade Upstate New York
Michelle Malkin:
NYT columnist Frank Rich has the heebie-jeebies
Discussion: The Other McCain
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / Washington Examiner:
It's the follow-through that matters in New York's special race
Discussion: CNN, Commentary and Riehl World View
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:   Doug Hoffman Is Scaaary!
Little Green Footballs:
Doug Hoffman: The Glenn Beck Candidate  —  What exactly does Doug Hoffman stand for?  And who is he standing with?  Would you believe ... Glenn Beck?  —  At the endorsements page of Doug Hoffman For Congress, we find a link to the “Gold List” at 912candidates.org, consisting of politicians who have …
Greg Gordon / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
How Goldman secretly bet on the U.S. housing crash  —  WASHINGTON — In 2006 and 2007, Goldman Sachs Group peddled more than $40 billion in securities backed by at least 200,000 risky home mortgages, but never told the buyers it was secretly betting that a sharp drop in U.S. housing prices …
Jeff E. Schapiro / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
McDonnell extends advantage in Times-Dispatch poll  —  Republican Bob McDonnell appears poised to win the governorship and lead a GOP sweep Tuesday, ending nearly a decade of reverses for his party, according to The Richmond Times-Dispatch Poll.  —  McDonnell is favored by 53 percent …
Dan Zak / Washington Post:
Obamas give out treats, fruit to White House trick-or-treaters  —  The first lady was dressed as a leopard, with a smear of eyeliner, fuzzy ears and a spotted orange-and-black top.  The president was dressed as a middle-aged dad, with a black cardigan, checkered shirt and sensible brown slacks.
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Alan Grayson, the Liberals' Problem Child  —  WASHINGTON — On paper, Representative Alan Grayson, a freshman Democrat from Florida, seems a bit stiff: degrees from Harvard and Harvard Law; a résumé that includes clerking for the United States Court of Appeals under Judges Antonin Scalia …
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Italian Police Release Mafia Hit Video: Double Deja Vu?  —  The issue in the United States of how bystanders react — or do not react — to a crime that has unfolded before them has now emerged in Italy, on a somewhat smaller scale in an incident that seems right out of The Godfather, The Sopranos or GoodFellas.
Discussion: Hot Air
BBC:
Afghanistan poll in disarray after pull-out  —  President Hamid Karzai's rival in the second round of the Afghan presidential election has announced in Kabul that he is withdrawing from the poll.  —  “I will not participate in the election,” Dr Abdullah told supporters …
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