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5:00 PM ET, November 2, 2008

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P.J. Gladnick / NewsBusters.org:
Hidden Audio: Obama Tells SF Chronicle He Will Bankrupt Coal Industry  —  (Please read update about the San Francisco Chronicle neglecting to mention Obama's willingness to bankrupt the coal industry at bottom of this blog.)  —  Imagine if John McCain had whispered somewhere that he was willing to bankrupt a major industry?
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama: I'll make energy prices “skyrocket”  —  In another clip from the same January 2008 interview with the San Francisco Chronicle in which Barack Obama promised to bankrupt anyone foolish enough to build coal-burning power plants, he also made an interesting admission about his entire energy plan.
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: OUR FINAL MAP  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Domenico Montanaro, and Carrie Dann  —  *** Our final map: With two days before Election Day, the final NBC News map shows Obama remaining above the 270 electoral-vote mark, with a 286-157 lead over McCain.  Last week, Obama held a 286-163 advantage.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama: We'll bankrupt any new coal plants
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Final polls tight in key states, with Obama enjoying small advantage
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
How soon will we know on election night?
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Obama McCain Race Gets Uglier By The Hour
Discussion: MSNBC
Tim Craig / Washington Post:
Final Mason-Dixon Poll Shows Close Race
Washington Wire:
Attack Ad Charges Obama Will Undermine U.S. Security
Discussion: TalkLeft
Rick Moran / Right Wing Nut House:
OBAMA BRAGS ABOUT BANKRUPTING COAL POWER PLANT COMPANIES
Discussion: Washington Wire and TigerHawk
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The single worst expression in American politics  —  Joe Biden, speaking yesterday at a rally in Ohio (h/t Jonathan Schwarz): … As I wrote a couple of weeks ago (see the last few paragraphs): if I could be granted one small political wish, it would be the permanent elimination of this widespread …
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CNN:
Obama seven points ahead in CNN's final poll  —  (CNN) — Two and seven: With two days left until election day, a new national poll suggests that Barack Obama holds a seven-point lead over John McCain in the race for the White House.  —  In the CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey …
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Jonah Goldberg / New York Post:
OBAMA 2012: FOUR YEARS LATER  —  A LOOK BACK AT HIS PRESIDENCY  —  It's hard to believe that just four years ago, some were talking about Barack Obama as a national savior, a secular redeemer, a “light worker.”  Even more shocking, President Obama lost the nomination of his own party to none other than Hillary Clinton.
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
VOTER REGISTRATION....Matt Yglesias seconds Rick Hasen's proposal to make ACORN's registration drives (and the quadrennial conservative meltdown over them) obsolete by just having the federal government do it: … I'd go even further: implement a national ID and give one to everybody, free of charge.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   Hasen: Let's Run Elections Properly
Chisun Lee / The Politico:
GOP offers scant proof of voter fraud
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Pew Research Center:
Obama Leads McCain 52% to 46% in Campaign's Final Days  —  McCain Narrows Gap  —  Barack Obama holds a significant lead over John McCain in the final days of Campaign 2008.  The Pew Research Center's final pre-election poll of 2,587 likely voters, conducted Oct. 29-Nov. 1 …
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Continues to Outpace McCain  —  Holds 8-point lead among “traditional likely voters”  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Voters' presidential preferences remain favorable to a Barack Obama win on Tuesday, with 51% of traditional likely voters supporting the Democratic nominee for president, and 43% backing John McCain.
Discussion: Donklephant and Wizbang
CNN:
Townsfolk stuff Palin effigy with explosives  —  BATTLE, England (CNN) — Townsfolk in England have delivered their explosive verdict on Sarah Palin, stuffing a giant effigy of the U.S. Republican vice presidential nominee with fireworks and blowing her up to raucous cheers.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama will answer questions ... Wednesday  —  ABC's Jake Tapper managed to get Sen. Barack Obama's attention on the tarmac in Springfield, Mo., this morning.  —  “What would you tell your Treasury secretary to do differently with the $700 billion?” he asked, according to the pool report.
John Stanton / Roll Call:
Reid Says Stevens Cannot Serve  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was forced into the middle of Sen. Ted Stevens' (R-Alaska) re-election bid late Saturday night after a senior Senate Democrat endorsed Stevens and called on voters to disregard his seven-count felony conviction.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Three Big Myths About The 2004 and 2008 Elections  —  When I tell people how well Obama is doing in the polls, here are three of the most common responses I receive:  — “Yeah, but Kerry was winning at the end of the campaign, too.”  — “Yeah, but Kerry was way ahead among early voters, too.”
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Slog
Matti Friedman / Associated Press:
Israel spy chief fears Jewish extremist plot  —  JERUSALEM - The head of Israel's internal security service said Sunday he is “very concerned” that Jewish extremists could assassinate an Israeli leader in an attempt to foil peace moves with the Palestinians.
 
 
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Michelle on Obama's confidence
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Sarah Lyall / International Herald Tribune:
Iceland, mired in debt, blames Britain
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Times of London:
Questions raised over Syrian complicity in US raid
Discussion: Syria Comment and A Blog For All
Jennifer Parker / George's Bottom Line:
Election Night Predictions
Discussion: Firedoglake
 Earlier Items: 
Karen E. Crummy / Denver Post:
Swinging Obama's way  —  Poll shows majority of unaffiliated …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Frank Rich / New York Times:
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE TOWN-HALL MYTH.... In an otherwise complimentary column …