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8:55 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 …
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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 …
Darrel Rowland / The Columbus Dispatch:
Dispatch Poll: Ohio's a toss-up  —  Obama has edge, but high GOP turnout could turn Ohio to Romney  —  Early voting in Franklin County  —  The “Ohio firewall” precariously stands for President Barack Obama, but a strong Republican turnout could enable Mitt Romney to tear it down on Election Day.
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.
Washington Post:   Ohioans line up for early voting in the battleground state
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama up 8 in Minnesota, amendments may be going down  —  PPP's final Minnesota poll of the 2012 election cycle finds Barack Obama leading comfortably, 53-45.  We've conducted four surveys of the state since Labor Day and found Obama leading by a margin in the 7-10 point range on each of them.
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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
Guardian:
Iran denies suspending uranium enrichment  —  Move reported as gesture of goodwill before negotiations with US over nuclear programme next week was down to ‘misquote’  —  Iran's state media has denied reports that Tehran had suspended the enrichment of uranium at 20% in a goodwill gesture ahead of talks with the world's major powers.
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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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.
Discussion: Free Beacon and Weekly Standard
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 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
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 …
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: Weasel Zippers and The Jawa Report
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
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Oregon County Elections Official Under Investigation For Ballot Tampering  —  The Clackamas County Elections Office is under investigation by the Oregon Department of Justice for possible ballot tampering, reports the Oregonian.  A temporary election worker allegedly filled in a straight Republican ticket …
 
 
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Richard A. Oppel Jr / The Caucus:
Biden Takes a Daylight Saving Time-Themed Swipe at Romney
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David Martosko / The Daily Caller:
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New York Times:
Editorial | The Struggle to Cast a Vote: Voting Rights: Upholding Democracy
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Tim Stanley / blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
Romney offers a real alternative to Obama, Bush and the whole New Deal sexy state circus
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
The Vanishing Battleground
ABCNEWS:
NJ Residents Displaced by Storm Can Vote by Email
John H. Richardson / Esquire:
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Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Iowa Poll: Final stretch in Iowa gives edge to Obama
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Conflict-of-interest concerns raised as Obama races to implement health reform
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Sandy confuses voters flooded out of usual polling places
Adam Housley / Fox News:
Exclusive: Security officials on the ground in Libya challenge CIA account
Discussion: Belmont Club and Weekly Standard
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