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9:10 AM ET, November 7, 2006


 Top Items: 
Washington Post:
It's a Candidate Calling.  Again.  —  Republicans Deny Subterfuge as Phone Barrages Anger Voters  —  This year's heavy volume of automated political phone calls has infuriated countless voters and triggered sharp complaints from Democrats, who say the Republican Party has crossed the line …
New York Times:
Repeat Calls Spur a Debate Over Tactics  —  Karyn Hollis, an English professor at Villanova University outside Philadelphia, said the same computerized calls had been ringing her telephone as often as five times a day for more than a week.  —  They all start with a simple, if somewhat ambiguous …
Discussion: Daily Kos, AMERICAblog and Election Law
Jamie Holly / Crooks and Liars:
Enough is Enough!  —  That is what Jonathan Alter just reported …
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
For Democrats, Even a Gain May Feel Like a Failure  —  In most midterm elections, an out-of-power party picking up, say, 14 seats in the House and five seats in the Senate could call it a pretty good night.  —  But for Democrats in 2006, that showing would mean coming up one seat shy of taking control of both the Senate and the House.
Rove expresses frustration over Crist's no-show  —  CRAWFORD, Texas (CNN) — White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove expressed frustration Monday over Florida GOP gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist's decision not to appear with President Bush at a rally in Pensacola.
Discussion: Pajamas Media and AMERICAblog
Michael Kinsley / Slate:
Pelosi's Platform  —  HOW THE DEMOCRATS COULD GOVERN IF THEY WIN THE HOUSE.  —  What will a Democratic House of Representatives under Speaker Nancy Pelosi be like?  The Republicans have been painting an unattractive portrait of Democrats roasting young children on a spit in the Capitol rotunda and whatnot.
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:   Kinsley: Democratic Platform Embarrassing
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
Exit-Poll Secrecy Measures Aim to Plug Leaks to Blogs  —  Two-by-two, polling specialists from ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News and the Associated Press will go into rooms in New York and Washington shortly before noon Tuesday.  Their cellphones and BlackBerrys will be confiscated …
Discussion: Blogs of War
Mark Steyn / Chicago Sun Times:
Election season is bad time for slip of the quip  —  My face time with John Kerry has been brief but choice.  In 2003, I was at a campaign event in New Hampshire chatting with two old coots in plaid.  The senator approached and stopped in front of us.  The etiquette in primary season …
Washington Post:
Angry Campaigns End on an Angrier Note  —  Iraq War Remains Paramount Issue as Voters Go to Polls  —  As the 2006 campaign staggered to an angry close, national security and the Iraq war dominated the final-day debate of midterm elections in which national themes, not simply local choices, have framed the most competitive races.
Discussion: Is That Legal? and Guardian
Tom Raum / Associated Press:
Eastern States Seen As Election Key
Discussion: Riehl World View
Lvdem /
Re: Santorum Poll Released by Indicted Republican Operative  —  This poll raised a variety of concerns when it showed up in my mailbox this morning.  See below:  —  What is a very likely voter?  I've never seen that term in a poll before.  I've seen likely voter, registered voter and eligible voter …
Sec. of Virginia State Board of Elections Finds Widespread Incidents of Voter Suppression  —  Threats of Incarceration, Changed Polling Locations, and Fliers to "Skip the Election."  —  Over the past several days, voters throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia have filed complaints …
Discussion: Lean Left
Washington Post:
Primary Bugs, New Glitches Fueling Jitters In Md. and Va.
Discussion: The Caucus
Damien Cave / New York Times:
N.Y. Plans to Make Gender Personal Choice  —  Separating anatomy from what it means to be a man or a woman, New York City is moving forward with a plan to let people alter the sex on their birth certificate even if they have not had sex-change surgery.  —  Under the rule being considered …
Bryan Caplan / Cato Unbound:
THE MYTH OF THE RATIONAL VOTER  —  There's an election tomorrow.  Do voters know what they're doing?  According to the typical economist — and many political scientists — the answer is "No, but it doesn't matter."  How could it not matter?  The main argument is that the public's errors cancel out.
N.C. Aizenman / Washington Post:
Ortega Set To Reclaim Nicaraguan Presidency  —  Daniel Ortega, the former Marxist president and nemesis of President Ronald Reagan, appears to have won back Nicaragua's top job.  —  With 62 percent of precincts reporting, Ortega was comfortably leading the field of five presidential contenders …
Discussion: The Reaction
Times of London:
Saddam will be hanged 'by end-January'  —  By Ned Parker of The Times in Baghdad  —  The former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein will be hanged by the end of January, a senior member of Nouri al-Maliki's Dawa party predicted today as an around-the-clock curfew kept the lid on sectarian violence …
Proteus / Eject! Eject!:
SEEING THE UNSEEN Part 1  —  Folks, as in The Olden Days, this is a long read.  It is an essay, not a blog entry.  Print it, copy and paste it, or just grab a cup of coffee and settle back.  —  Oh, and all the pictures enlarge with a click, if you are so inclined.
David A. Lieb / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: Election chief concerned about voter confusion  —  JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Secretary of State Robin Carnahan raised concerns about potential voter confusion in Tuesday's elections, citing her own experience casting an absentee ballot as an indication that some poll workers may wrongly …
Discussion: Macsmind and ACSBlog
Robert Novak /
To: Our Readers  —  Democrats are set to gain 19 House seats, two Senate seats, and five governorships in tomorrow's elections.  It is a sign of Republicans' sorry state that, at this point, this is actually a very favorable outlook for them.  —  In the last day of the midterm election campaign …
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John Fund / Opinion Journal:
Following the Election Returns
Discussion: TigerHawk and TIME
Susan Montoya Bryan / Associated Press:
Democrats accuse Republicans of misdirecting voters, GOP fires back
Fergus Walsh / BBC:
Plan to create human-cow embryos
Michael Barone / Real Clear Politics:
Democrats Stuck in the '60s
Josh White / Washington Post:
Soldiers say Iraq pullout would be devastating
Greg Palast:
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
Mark Halperin's flip-flop at ABC News
Michael Moore /
The Race Between the Right Wing and the Right Thing ...a message from Michael Moore
 Earlier Items: 
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Cut and run? Let's retire that phrase
Los Angeles Times:
Don't abort precedence  —  The Supreme Court has already ruled …
Discussion: ACSBlog and SCOTUSblog
TRex / Firedoglake:
Late Nite FDL: Please Remain Calm
Discussion: TalkLeft and Wizbang
Rasmussen Reports:
Missouri Senate : Talent (R) 49% McCaskill (D) 48%
Pajamas Media:
Brad R. / Sadly, No!:
Memories  —  Just in case you need some extra motivation …
William Beutler / Blog P.I.:
Nice Work If You Can Get It: A Closer Look at Campaign Blogger Remunerations