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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 …
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.
Discussion: MyDD and National Review
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.”
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
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
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 …
Discussion: Commentary and The Hill
Hotline On Call:
Scozzafava for Owens?  —  Two tidbits from today's papers give us …
Elizabeth Benjamin / The Daily Politics:
Dede's Democratic Preference?
Charles Franklin / Pollster.com:
NY23 Siena Poll Again: Some Hope for Each Side
Michelle Malkin:
NYT columnist Frank Rich has the heebie-jeebies
Discussion: The Other McCain
Frank Rich / New York Times:
The G.O.P. Stalinists Invade Upstate New York
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / Washington Examiner:
It's the follow-through that matters in New York's special race
Discussion: Commentary, CNN and Riehl World View
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.
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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