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2:25 PM 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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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Breaking: Scozzafava quits after Siena poll; Update: Hoffman campaign asking for endorsement?  —  Stacy McCain reports today that Dede Scozzafava has quit the special election in New York after an independent pollster found her badly trailing both Douglas Hoffman and Democrat Bob Owens.
Michelle Malkin:
Radical leftist GOP candidate Dede Scozzafava quits  —  Finally: The spoiler exits the race.  —  Stacy McCain has the scoop: … Hey, GOP elites: Can you hear conservatives NOW?!  —  Ed Morrissey at Hot Air has the latest Siena Poll that doomed Scozzafava and adds:
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
BREAKING: Scozzafava suspends NY 23 campaign  —  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 …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Dede Drops Out!  —  Just four days before the election, Republican nominee DeDe Scozzafava abandoned her campaign for the congressional seat in New York's 23rd Congressional district.  Why?  “It was time to do the right thing, which is to release the Republican County chairs …
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
NY-23: GOP Candidate Drops Out  —  Dede Scozzafava, the Republican candidate in the NY-23 special election, has suspended her campaign with a tearful, regretful statement delivered at her headquarters in Watertown, N.Y. Scozzafava's move clears a path for unlikely Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman …
Discussion: Minnesota Independent
Mark Preston / CNN:
Gingrich endorses Hoffman  —  WASHINGTON (CNN)- Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who came under fire from some conservatives for endorsing Dede Scozzafava in next week's special Congressional election in New York, is now backing Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Other McCain
CNN:
RNC commends Scozzafava, endorses Hoffman
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:   Scozzafava Drops Out of Congressional Race
Paul Volpe / The Fix:
Scozzafava drops out of NY-23 special election
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Karl Vick / Capitol Briefing:
New Poll Shows a Dead Heat in N.Y.'s 23rd District Between Democrat, Conservative
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Chuck Todd / msnbc.com:
REPUBLICANS CATCH A BIG BREAK IN NEW YORK 23
Discussion: Daily Pundit
Jude Seymour / Watertown Daily Times:
SCOZZAFAVA SUSPENDS CAMPAIGN
Think Progress:
Right Wing Falsely Asserts Right Wing Boogeymen Bill Ayers And Jeremiah Wright Visited The White House  —  Early this evening, the White House voluntarily released nearly 500 visitor records of “individuals visiting the executive mansion between Inauguration Day and the end of July.”
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Jesse Lee / The White House:
The White House Blog
Norm Eisen / White House.gov Blog Feed:
Transparency like you've never seen before
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, Liberal Values and RedState
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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
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 …
Angela Montefinise / New York Post:
‘Corzine staffer’ busted with drugs  —  A man who identified himself as an official with New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine's re-election campaign was arrested last night after cops found found ecstasy tablets wrapped and ready to be sold in his car, police said.  —  Jason Shih, 25 …
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 …
Political Punch:
Obama Administration Invokes State Secrets Privilege...Again  —  The Obama administration invoked the controversial “state secrets” privilege again on Friday, arguing that if U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker were to permit a legal case against the government to proceed, he would be putting national security at risk.
Discussion: Power Line and Riehl World View
Nick Baumann / MoJo Blog Posts: mojo:
22 Things Dick Cheney Can't Recall About the Plame Case  —  Notes from former Vice President Dick Cheney's interview with the FBI about the leak of Valerie Plame Wilson's covert CIA identity were finally released on Friday afternoon after a lengthy legal battle.
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Los Angeles Times:
Gavin Newsom drops out of California governor's race  —  The San Francisco mayor makes the decision amid lackluster poll numbers and meager fund-raising receipts.  Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown, expected to run, is left with little Democratic primary opposition.  —  Gavin Newsom repeatedly told …
Discussion: Neptunus Lex
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