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11:40 AM ET, October 31, 2009

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Jude Seymour / Watertown Daily Times:
SCOZZAFAVA SUSPENDS 23RD CAMPAIGN  —  SIENA POLL SUGGESTS REPUBLICAN CAN'T WIN  —  Dede Scozzafava, the Republican and Independence parties candidate, announced Saturday that she is suspending her campaign for the 23rd Congressional District and releasing all her supporters.
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Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
BREAKING: Scozzafava drops out of NY 23  —  Republican Dede Scozzafava has suspended her bid in next Tuesday's NY 23 special election, a huge development that dramatically shakes up the race.  She did not endorse either of her two opponents — Conservative party candidate Doug Hoffman or Democrat Bill Owens.
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
NY23: SCOZZAFAVA QUITS!  UPDATE: New poll shows Hoffman in dead heat with Democrat Owens  —  Just confirmed that Republican candidate Dede Scozzafava has quit the race.  Speaking to supporters, Scozzafava broke down in tears.  —  UPDATE: Scozzafava, the hand-picked choice of the New York state GOP …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Steele: Hoffman win is a GOP win  —  Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said Friday that a victory by Doug Hoffman, the third-party candidate in the Nov. 3 New York special election, is a win for the GOP.  —  The actual Republican nominee, Dede Scozzafava, trails Hoffman …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
What the NY-23 Special Election Is Really About
Discussion: American Power
Norm Eisen / White House.gov Blog Feed:
Transparency like you've never seen before  —  Today marks a major milestone in government transparency — and an important lesson in the unintended consequences of such vigorous disclosure.  —  We previously announced that the White House in December of this year would …
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Norm Eisen / The White House:
Visitor Records  —  As part of President Obama's commitment to government transparency, we are providing records of White House visitors on an ongoing basis online.  In December 2009, we will begin posting all White House visitor records for the period from September 15th onwards under the terms of our new voluntary disclosure policy.
Bill Dedman / msnbc.com:
Obama names 110 White House visitors  —  Most guests still hidden; list includes Bill Gates, Oprah, Newt Gingrich  —  The White House on Friday released a small list of visitors to the White House since President Barack Obama took office in January, including lobbyists, business executives, activists and celebrities.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Political Punch:
$160,000 Per Stimulus Job?  White House Calls That ‘Calculator Abuse’  —  Posting its results late this afternoon at Recovery.gov, the White House claimed 640,329 jobs have been created or saved because of the $159 billion in stimulus funds allocated as of Sept. 30.
Stephen Spruiell / The Corner on National Review Online:   A Tip On Using the White House Visitor Logs, Just Posted — By: Stephen Spruiell
The Hill:
White House visitor records show CEOs, celebrities, lobbyists, familiar names
Discussion: The Politico
Jazz Shaw / The Moderate Voice:
So Much for Tort Reform  —  As we dig deeper into the behemoth House health care bill, the blatant honesty of Howard Dean shines through the extensive document.  You may recall when the former DNC chair said, “the reason why tort reform is not in the bill is because the people who wrote …
Discussion: Hot Air and RedState
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Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Michelle Bachman on Pelosi Health Care Bill: “This Is the Crown Jewel …
Discussion: Power Line and Weasel Zippers
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:   A Gift for the Lawyers  —  A friend points out a little nugget …
Capitol Confidential / Big Government:
Pelosi Health Care Bill Blows a Kiss to Trial Lawyers
Linda Rogers / L.A. NOW:
Gavin Newsom quits race for California governor  —  San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, who has been seen as a leading contender to be the next governor of California, announced today that he is quitting the race.  —  Newsom is withdrawing from the Democratic primary amid lackluster poll numbers and meager fund-raising receipts.
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Los Angeles Times:   Gavin Newsom drops out of California governor's race
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Newsom drops out of Cali. gov race
Discussion: Swing State Project
Washington Post:
Obama seeking options on troops levels in Afghanistan  —  President looks to send fewer additional troops  —  President Obama has asked the Pentagon's top generals to provide him with more options for troop levels in Afghanistan, two U.S. officials said late Friday, with one adding …
CREW:
CREW LAWSUIT RESULTS IN RELEASE OF NOTES OF CHENEY'S FBI INTERVIEW IN WILSON LEAK CASE  —  30 Oct 2009 // Washington, D.C. - Today, after successfully winning a lawsuit against the Department of Justice, under court order, CREW received documents related to former Vice President Dick Cheney's interview …
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Nick Baumann / MoJo Blog Posts: mojo:
22 Things Dick Cheney Can't Recall About the Plame Case
Discussion: Emptywheel
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
ACORN video creates new conservative star  —  Breitbart wins following Web sites provide outlet to the right  —  Andrew Breitbart blew into Washington recently for what amounted to a victory lap.  —  The Internet entrepreneur spent last week soaking up accolades from conservatives …
Adam Kirsch / New York Times:
Ayn Rand's Revenge  —  A specter is haunting the Republican Party — the specter of John Galt.  In Ayn Rand's libertarian epic “Atlas Shrugged,” Galt, an inventor disgusted by creeping American collectivism, leads the country's capitalists on a retributive strike.
 
 
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George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Read It Here First  —  The Bottom Line has obtained a copy …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Alan Cowell / New York Times:
Chirac Ordered to Face Trial in France
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Deal in Senate on Protecting News Sources
Discussion: The Caucus and MoJo Blog Posts
The Note:
Pelosi on Awkward Moment with Reid: It's Not Him — It's Afghanistan
 Earlier Items: 
Susie Madrak / Crooks and Liars:
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Discussion: Firedoglake
Chris Edwards / Cato @ Liberty:
The Death of Private Investment
Bill Hennessy / Big Government:
New York 23: When a Nation Calls
Fox News:
Gore Vidal: Thirteen-year-old Roman Polanski rape victim was a ‘hooker’
Discussion: The Reaction, Shakesville and RedState