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7:30 PM ET, November 1, 2009


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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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Maggie's Farm, MyDD and National Review
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 …
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, consisting of politicians who have …
Elizabeth Benjamin / The Daily Politics:
Scozzafava Comes Out For Owens  —  One day after she suspended her own campaign and declined to publicly endorse either of her opponents, Republican Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava has formally announced her support for Democratic candidate Bill Owens. … This isn't a huge surprise.
Discussion: Hot Air
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Scozzafava endorses Democrat Owens  —  In a statement released a little while ago, Dede Scozzafava endorsed Democrat Bill Owens, effectively uniting local Republican and Democratic leaders against a grassroots and national conservative insurgency.  —  Scozzafava — liberal even by the standards …
Michelle Malkin:
How Scozzafava repays NRCC and RNC  —  Hey, how did that six-figure RNC donation to the NRCC plus $85,000 to the New York GOP plus nearly half-million-dollar investment in advertising and other independent expenditures on behalf of radical leftis Dede Scozzafava work out?
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
White House: NY 23 Shows GOP Becoming More Extreme
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
More NY-23 mess
Discussion: The Hill and Hot Air
Charles Franklin /
NY23 Siena Poll Again: Some Hope for Each Side
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Scozzafava endorses Owens
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Hotline On Call:
Scozzafava for Owens?  —  Two tidbits from today's papers give us …
Elizabeth Benjamin / The Daily Politics:
Dede's Democratic Preference?
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / Washington Examiner:
It's the follow-through that matters in New York's special race
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner on National Review Online:
The Wire: Left and Right — By: Jonah Goldberg  —  Stephen — I agree entirely that Simon doesn't see The Wire the way I do.  I'm just not sure I care.  (Ross Douthat brought up this point a while back.  To which I responded, “The Wire is Chomskyite!  Jimmy Crack Corn and I Don't Care!").
Discussion: QandO and Daily Pundit
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 …
The Huffington Post:
Fox Gives Rush Limbaugh 30 Minutes To Tee Off On Obama (VIDEO)  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  The Obama White House has, for the past few weeks, waged an informal war on Fox News, lashing out against the network for its conservative bias and blacklisting it from interviews with high-ranking administration officials.
CIT Files for Bankruptcy  —  On Sunday afternoon, the company filed for Chapter 11 — but under a so-called prepackaged bankruptcy plan that will enable it to emerge from court protection by the end of the year.  —  Sunday's filing, made in a Manhattan federal court, caps months of efforts by CIT to stay alive.
Discussion: DailyFinance and Calculated Risk
New York Times:
Transparent Election Is Not Possible, Says Rival to Karzai  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — Abdullah Abdullah, the chief rival to President Hamid Karzai, announced on Sunday that he would withdraw from the Nov. 7 Afghan runoff election, effectively handing a new term to Mr. Karzai but potentially damaging the government's credibility.
Discussion: Reuters and Jules Crittenden
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