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12:40 AM ET, November 4, 2012

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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 …
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Alexander Marlow / BREITBART.COM:
LIKELY VOTER POLL: ROMNEY AHEAD IN DEEP BLUE MINNESOTA  —  We've been reporting for close to a week that Minnesota, the bluest of blue states, which has voted for the Democratic candidate in every election since 1976, is very much in play for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.
Discussion: GayPatriot
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.
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: CNN and Taylor Marsh
Andrew Welsh-Huggins / Associated Press:
Ohio provisional ballot voting order criticized  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Voter advocates on Saturday criticized an order by Ohio's elections chief dealing with the casting of provisional ballots, saying it increases the likelihood that votes could be wrongly rejected.
Discussion: The Raw Story and Balloon Juice
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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 …
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
Wall Street Journal:
The Fog of Benghazi  —  What we now know—and still don't—about President Obama's 9/11.
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:   Mysteries of Benghazi
Tom Blumer / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Thursday Report: Bloomberg Wouldn't Let Guard Into Brooklyn Over Their Possession of Guns  —  A Philly.com report tells us that “National Guard plays key role in N.J. relief efforts.”  The LA Times has reported that “More than 10,000 National Guard troops in 13 states have been mobilized …
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Miguel Llanos / U.S. News:
Sandy death toll in US rises to 109; ‘there could be more,’ Bloomberg warns
Michael Patrick Leahy / BREITBART.COM:
FEMA TAPS PRIVATE VENDORS TO MEET SANDY VICTIM'S NEEDS
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
Op-Ed Columnist: Mayor Bloomberg's Barrier
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama leads in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin  —  PPP's final polls of the 2012 election cycle in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin find Barack Obama favored to win both states, although by margins a good deal closer than he won them by in 2008.  In Pennsylvania Obama leads 52-46, while in Wisconsin his advantage is 51-48.
Discussion: JSOnline and PoliticsPA
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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Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Iowa Poll: Final stretch in Iowa gives edge to Obama  —  Iowans are feeling more optimistic about where the nation is headed, and they're giving President Barack Obama the credit.  —  Obama is up 5 percentage points in Iowa, leading Republican Mitt Romney 47 percent to 42 percent …
Discussion: WMUR, CNN and The Page
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 and GayPatriot
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
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 …
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 …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
The Vanishing Battleground  —  IN the razor-thin 1960 presidential election, John F. Kennedy campaigned in 49 states.  Richard M. Nixon visited all 50.  —  The current contest is just as close and intense, but the candidates have campaigned in only 10 states since the political conventions.
 
 
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John H. Richardson / Esquire:
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Washington Post:
Hurricane Sandy helped Obama politically, Karl Rove says
Discussion: The Mahablog and Politico
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Conflict-of-interest concerns raised as Obama races to implement health reform
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Hot Air
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
Gregory Wallace / CNN:
Romney delivers Republican Party weekly address
Discussion: Politico and Ballot Box
Jean Merl / PolitiCal:
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