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6:15 AM ET, November 1, 2009

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Frank Rich / New York Times:
The G.O.P. Stalinists Invade Upstate New York  —  BARACK OBAMA'S most devilish political move since the 2008 campaign was to appoint a Republican congressman from upstate New York as secretary of the Army.  This week's election to fill that vacant seat has set off nothing less than a riotous and bloody national G.O.P. civil war.
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Dede for Congress:
A Message from Dede  —  Dear Friends and Supporters:  —  Throughout the course of my campaign for Congress, I have made the people of the 23rd District and the issues that affect them the focal point of my campaign.  As a life long resident of this District, I care deeply and passionately about its people and our way of life.
Michelle Malkin:
NYT columnist Frank Rich has the heebie-jeebies  —  Aw, poor Frank Rich.  The far Left columnist for the New York Times is spooked by mainstream conservatives asserting themselves in the NY-23 congressional race.  —  Limited government activists rising up against the GOP elite?  —  Horrors!
Discussion: The Other McCain
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Blood In The Water  —  Scozzafava's statement, as she attempted to remain a Republican candidate, while actually supporting abortion rights and marriage equality: … No one knows what might happen now.  For the insurgents, it means a scalp they will surely use to purge the GOP of any further dissidence.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
NY-23 Polling Odyssey  —  So this morning around 10 AM I started up our NY-23 poll and after a few hundred interviews it appeared that Doug Hoffman was now running away with it-unweighted numbers showed him at 45% to 26% for Bill Owens and 17% for Dede Scozzafava.
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.
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
A profile in courage, it isn't  —  As conservative activists scored a political scalp, mainstream Republicans wasted no time in grasping at the coat tails of Conservative Doug Hoffman.  —  The much-watched off-year special election in upstate New York's 23rd Congressional District …
Jude Seymour / Watertown Daily Times:
SCOZZAFAVA SUSPENDS 23RD CAMPAIGN
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:   Doug Hoffman Is Scaaary!
Tony Romm / The Hill:
GOP begins to rally behind Hoffman
Discussion: National Review, Hot Air and CNN
Michelle Malkin:
Radical leftist GOP candidate Dede Scozzafava quits
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
David S. Broder on next week's elections as an opening act for 2010
Discussion: Commentary and Don Surber
Valerie Bauman / Associated Press:   Republican in NY House race suspends campaign
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
NRCC Officially Endorses Conservative Party's Hoffman In NY-23
New York Times:
Democrats Push for Plan to Cut Deficit  —  WASHINGTON — Faced with anxiety in financial markets about the huge federal deficit and the potential for it to become an electoral liability for Democrats, the White House and Congressional leaders are weighing options for narrowing the gap …
Discussion: American Power
BBC:
Abdullah pulls out of Afghan vote  —  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, saying his demands for ensuring a fraud-free election had not been met.
Los Angeles Times:
California to withhold a bigger chunk of paychecks  —  The amount goes up 10% on Sunday as Sacramento borrows from taxpayers.  Technically, it's not an income tax increase: You'll get the money back eventually.  —  Reporting from Los Angeles and Sacramento - Starting Sunday …
Discussion: Hot Air, Don Surber and Moonbattery
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Now, If Book Reviewers Read The Books...  The NY Times runs a review of a new Ayn Rand biography, “Ayn Rand and the World She Made” by Anne C. Heller.  —  The review would be even more interesting if the reviewer, Adam Kirsch of The New Republic, showed a token familiarity with Ms. Rand's work, or even with life here in reality.
Discussion: Whiskey Fire and Pajamas Media
Chris Megerian / New Jersey Online:
Paramus man claiming to work for Corzine arrested on drug charges  —  EAST RUTHERFORD — A Paramus man claiming to work for Gov. Jon Corzine's reelection campaign was arrested Friday night on drug charges after police found Ecstasy tablets in his car, authorities said.
Discussion: Raw Story
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