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1:33 AM ET, November 4, 2012

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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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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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.
Andrew Cohen / The Atlantic Online:
Ohio's Provisional Ballot Order: The Biggest Legal Story of the Weekend  —  A late voting directive from Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted begets an “emergency motion” about how to count provisional ballots.  —  Associated Press  —  With just a few dozen hours left before polls open on Election Day …
Discussion: theGrio
Washington Post:   Ohioans line up for early voting in the battleground state
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
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
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 …
Guardian:
Iran suspends uranium enrichment  —  Move intended as gesture of goodwill before negotiations with US over nuclear programme begin next week  —  Iran has suspended the enrichment of uranium stockpiles to the 20% purity needed to bring it a short step from building a nuclear device, news services in the region have reported.
Discussion: The Agonist
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
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
Op-Ed Columnist: Mayor Bloomberg's Barrier
New York Times:
In Ohio, a Study in Contrasts as 2 Campaigns Get Out Vote  —  CINCINNATI — Inside a peeling former nightclub here, Obama volunteers are perched on any seats they can find, trays of half-eaten sandwiches line an old mirrored bar and a hand-scrawled list of “office needs” includes toilet paper and Teddy Grahams.
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: The Daily Caller and JSOnline
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
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.
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
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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John H. Richardson / Esquire:
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Conflict-of-interest concerns raised as Obama races to implement health reform
Discussion: Hot Air and Weekly Standard
Juana Summers / Reuters:
Paul Ryan goes dark on local reporters
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
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Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org blogs:
MSNBC President Apologizes For Matthews Calling Koch Brothers ‘Pigs’ But Won't Force Him To
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Gregory Wallace / CNN:
Romney delivers Republican Party weekly address
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Charles Moore / Telegraph:
It is Mitt Romney's ‘gaffes’ that should win him the election
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