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10:50 PM ET, November 3, 2012

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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Obama campaign struggles to explain ‘revenge’ remark  —  CINCINNATI — A seemingly offhand utterance from President Obama has turned into a major point of contention between the two campaigns, as Team Obama tries to explain what the president meant when he told a crowd of supporters that “Voting is the best revenge.”
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Obama's November Blunder  —  One of Barack Obama's problems is that he is not a very accomplished public speaker.  When he veers away from his teleprompter, which you pretty much have to do on the stump, his instincts are poor and he tends to get into trouble.
Jeremy Herb / Ballot Box:
Obama assails Romney on Jeep ads in Ohio
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and CNN
UTSanDiego.com:
MOTHER OF SEAL: ‘I BELIEVE THAT OBAMA MURDERED MY SON’  —  A father and a mother used the word “murder.”  A brother said he won't second-guess decisions made in the heat of battle.  —  The families of three Americans killed in the Sept. 11 U.S. consulate attack in Benghazi, Libya …
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Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
News Outlets Held Back Detail Of Benghazi Attack At CIA's Request … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Wash Post, Benghazi, ABC News, Ambassador Chris Stevens, Associated Press, Glen Doherty, Media Criticism, Tyrone Woods, Benghazi Media, CIA, Cia Benghazi …
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:   Mysteries of Benghazi
Alexander Burns / Politico:
AFF poll: Minnesota a toss-up  —  Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are separated by just 1 point in Minnesota, effectively making the race there a toss-up, according to polling taken for the conservative American Future Fund.  —  Romney takes 46 percent of the vote to Obama's 45 percent in the poll …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Nov. 2: For Romney to Win, State Polls Must Be Statistically Biased  —  President Obama is now better than a 4-in-5 favorite to win the Electoral College, according to the FiveThirtyEight forecast.  His chances of winning it increased to 83.7 percent on Friday, his highest figure since …
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Michael Patrick Leahy / BREITBART.COM:
FEMA TAPS PRIVATE VENDORS TO MEET SANDY VICTIM'S NEEDS  —  FEMA's vaunted “lean forward” strategy that called for advanced staging of supplies for emergency distribution failed to live up to its billing in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.  —  In fact, the agency appears …
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Miguel Llanos / U.S. News:
Sandy death toll in US rises to 109; ‘there could be more,’ Bloomberg warns
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
Op-Ed Columnist: Mayor Bloomberg's Barrier
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Last-Minute Ohio Directive Could Trash Legal Votes And Swing The Election  —  A last-minute directive issued by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted (R) could invalidate legal provisional ballots.  Ohio is widely viewed as the most critical state for both presidential campaigns and …
John Nolte / BREITBART.COM:
OBAMA'S CLEVELAND RALLY ATTENDANCE 20X LOWER THAN 2008  —  Last night, in the cold and with long lines, 30,000 people showed up in Ohio to see Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.  That same day, Obama attracted a meager 2,800.  But enthusiasm for President FailureTeleprompter can be judged by more than comparisons with Romney.
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Aamer Madhani / USA Today:
Obama, back in Ohio, slams Romney for auto ad
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and GayPatriot
Juana Summers / Reuters:
Paul Ryan goes dark on local reporters  —  RENO — In his first eight weeks on the GOP ticket, Paul Ryan blazed his own campaign trail through the living rooms of swing-state voters, sitting for nearly 125 interviews with local television affiliates.  —  But since the week …
Politico:
Journalists open wallets for Obama and Romney  —  Reporters for Romney?  Editors for Obama?  —  Numerous journalists — self-identified reporters, editors and photographers affiliated with established news organizations — contributed money in September and October to the campaigns of President Barack Obama or Mitt Romney.
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Gregory Wallace / CNN:
Romney delivers Republican Party weekly address
Discussion: Politico and Ballot Box
Alex Leary / Tampa Bay Times:
Times/Bay News 9/Herald Florida Poll: Mitt Romney 51, Barack Obama 45
Mark Murray / First Read:
Polls: Obama stays ahead in Ohio, deadlocked with Romney in Fla.
Politico:
Exclusive: Christie was Mitt's first choice for VP  —  One of the most tantalizing subplots of the 2012 campaign has been the curious and sometimes controversial performances of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.  Now, campaign insiders tell POLITICO that Christie was Mitt Romney's first choice …
Dan Friedman / Hotline On Call:
Akin was Arrested at Least Eight Times in 1980's  —  Missouri Republican Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin was arrested at least eight times in the 1980s at anti-abortion protests, according to newly obtained records.  —  That is four arrests in addition to four the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Romney closes big: ‘Love of country’ vs. ‘Revenge’  —  About midway through Mitt Romney's speech to a crowd of as many as 30,000 who had gathered for a chilly, outdoor, red-white-and-blue Friday night rally in this suburb of Cincinnati, close Romney aide Stuart Stevens wandered through the throng by himself …
Discussion: Power Line
Katie Pavlich / Townhall.com:
BREAKING: NAACP Takes Over Houston Polling Station, Advocates for President Obama  —  HOUSTON, TX - Friday afternoon at an early polling place located at 6719 W. Montgomery Road in Houston, NAACP members were seen advocating for President Barack Obama according to volunteer poll watchers on location at the time.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Weasel Zippers
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Conflict-of-interest concerns raised as Obama races to implement health reform  —  The Obama administration is relying heavily on outside contractors to implement a core component of healthcare reform as it races to set up a federal health insurance marketplace before 2014.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Hot Air
Washington Post:
Mitt Romney's campaign insults voters  —  THROUGH ALL THE flip-flops, there has been one consistency in the campaign of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney: a contempt for the electorate.  —  How else to explain his refusal to disclose essential information?
Discussion: Politico
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Christopher Baxter / New Jersey Online:
Sandy confuses voters flooded out of usual polling places
Discussion: Politico and Election 2012
Adam Housley / Fox News:
Exclusive: Security officials on the ground in Libya challenge CIA account
Discussion: Belmont Club and Weekly Standard
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org blogs:
MSNBC President Apologizes For Matthews Calling Koch Brothers ‘Pigs’ But Won't Force Him To
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jean Merl / PolitiCal:
Berman-Sherman battle enters final weekend
Discussion: Politico and Election Law Blog
Ronald Radosh / Weekly Standard:
A Story Told Before  —  Oliver Stone's recycled leftist history of the United States
Charles Moore / Telegraph:
It is Mitt Romney's ‘gaffes’ that should win him the election
Kevin J. Jones / CNA Daily News:
Obama campaign sought Denver rally at Catholic university
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