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3:10 AM ET, October 30, 2008

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Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
Sarah Palin Vows to Remain Player in 2012: ‘Not Doing This For Naught’  —  John McCain's Vice Presidential Running Mate Remains Focused on Election Day Win  —  Gov. Sarah Palin suggested that if the Republican ticket is defeated on Tuesday she expects to be a player in the next election four years from now …
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Helen Philpot / Margaret and Helen:
What was I thinking when I called Sarah Palin a bitch?  —  I am surprised that some of you are up in arms about my calling Sarah Palin a bitch, or John McCain an ass or even George Bush a jackass.  I read your comments about how I should be more respectable and not call Sarah Palin a bitch.
Atrios / Eschaton:
Rogue  —  Funny.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Why Blogging Rocks  —  Because every now and again a new blog emerges that knocks your socks off: … And you should read what these two old broads think about Sarah Palin.
Discussion: Margaret and Helen
ABCNEWS:
Transcript Excerpts from Elizabeth Vargas' Interview With Gov. Sarah Palin
Times of London:
Found in a rundown Boston estate: Barack Obama's aunt Zeituni Onyango  —  James Bone in Boston, Rob Crilly in Kogelo and Ben Macintyre  —  Barack Obama has lived one version of the American Dream that has taken him to the steps of the White House.  But a few miles from where the Democratic …
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Michelle Malkin:
Obama TV: Dear Leader's infomercial  —  Higher purpose...blahblahblah...Change We Need...blahblahblah...Every American must play a role...Take care of one another...blahblahblah...  Just doing a little pre-liveblogging of the Obama-mercial, which begins in just a few minutes.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Power Line
Jeffrey Ressner / The Politico:
Joe the Plumber pursued for record deal  —  Move over, Sanjaya, and tell William Hung the news: Joe the Plumber is being pursued for a major record deal and could come out with a country album as early as Inauguration Day.  —  “Joe” — aka Samuel Wurzelbacher, a Holland, Ohio …
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Larry Rohter / The Caucus:
Joe You-Know-Who Gets a Manager
Jimmy Orr / Christian Science Monitor:
Joe the Plumber is now Joe the foreign policy advisor?
Discussion: TalkLeft and Balloon Juice
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Confederate Yankee:
The Lady Vanishes  —  I've learned from an intelligence and strategic communications source that on May 18, 2004, Obama came to Washington, DC on a fundraising trip.  His trip also included an appearance at the May 2004 AIPAC Policy Conference.  —  Prior to Mr. Obama arriving in Washington …
Ta-Nehisi Coates:
Effete Liberals, Bomaye  —  OK, I'm tired of this.  Someone—who shall remain nameless—just asked me if I was “nervous” about Obama.  FTDS.  I don't believe in black cats.  I don't toss salt over my shoulder.  I step under ladders whenever the mood strikes me.  I break mirrors in my spare time.
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
McCain Now Running Robocalls Attacking Obama In Home State Of Arizona!  —  John McCain and the Republican National Committee are now running robocalls attacking Obama as weak on terrorism — in McCain's home state of Arizona, according to multiple readers from the state.
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
The Decided Go in Droves to Vote Early  —  HENDERSON, Nev. — At grocery stores across Las Vegas, voters are casting their ballots, and then shopping for bananas or hitting the slot machines a few feet away.  —  About 100 people have voted from the windows of their cars, A.T.M. style …
Discussion: TIME.com
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Chuck Todd / MSNBC:
Can McCain close?  —  Don't dismiss the likelihood that this race will tighten  —  WASHINGTON - A number of folks will view the polling memo from John McCain's pollster, Bill McInturff, as nothing more than rose-colored spin in order to prop up the Republican mindset in the days before Election Day.
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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Is McCain Coming Back? (Revisited)
CNN:
Poll: Obama surges in Colorado, makes gains on Electoral Map  —  (CNN) — Does the road to the White House run through the Rocky Mountains?  A new state poll in Colorado suggests that Barack Obama has doubled his lead over John McCain there, as the Democratic nominee claims more territory on CNN's Electoral Map.
The American Conservative:
Francis Fukuyama PDF  —  I'm voting for Barack Obama this November for a very simple reason.  It is hard to imagine a more disastrous presidency than that of George W. Bush.  It was bad enough that he launched an unnecessary war and undermined the standing of the United States throughout the world in his first term.
Discussion: Emptywheel and Right Wing News
Calvin Woodward / Associated Press:
Obama's prime-time ad skips over budget realities  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama was less than upfront in his half-hour commercial Wednesday night about the costs of his programs and the crushing budget pressures he would face in office.
Discussion: AMERICAN DIGEST
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Dennis Prager: Equality ‘Is A European Value, Not An American Value’  —  Right-wing radio host Dennis Prager spoke before an audience of 3,000 at Minneapolis' Orchestra Hall, during which he attacked the “left” for constructing “a grand edifice of lies about America.”
Gerry Dorsey / Weekly World News:
OCTOBER SURPRISE: UFO ALIEN NOW ENDORSES McCAIN!  —  WASHINGTON, DC - In a shocking reversal with major implications for the U.S. presidential election, political kingmaker, the Alien has switched his endorsement from Barack Obama to John McCain amid furor.  Both political camps are buzzing …
Discussion: www.redstate.com
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama: ‘American Stories, American Solutions’  —  Here's the whole thing.  —  post comment | … Wow, that was fast.  It's not even over on tv yet.  —  People are really suffering!  Man, how the heck did we get here?  Will no one be held accountable?
Discussion: Liberal Values and Sister Toldjah
Mark Hemingway / The Corner:
A Very Special Obama  —  To some extent, I think it was smart of Obama to try and use the event to offer up more in the way of concrete policy specifics.  I'm not sure how successfully he did that, but I think from a strategic point of view that it was the smart thing for him to do with the time.
Sean Quinn / FiveThirtyEight.com:
McCain Miami Rally, Getting Ugly Down Here  —  Look in later today for our On the Road piece from Wilmington, North Carolina.  We're a bit ahead of our coverage, which occasionally happens out here with the long distances, input, output and timing demands.  Tonight we'll be at the Obama-Clinton rally …
Discussion: Left in the West
Ian Urbina / The Caucus:
Ohio Vote-Challenge Effort Hits Another Roadblock  —  The Department of Justice will not require Ohio to disclose the names of voters whose registration applications did not match other government databases, according to two people familiar with discussions between state and federal lawyers.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Rasmussen Reports:
McCain Trusted More on Taxes and Economy  —  After several weeks of John McCain's campaign attacks on Barack Obama's tax plan and idea of “spreading the wealth around”, the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds voters trust McCain more than Obama on taxes, 47% to 45%.
Karen Tumulty / Time:
Hidin' Biden: Reining In a Voluble No. 2  —  Anyone who has watched Joe Biden over 35 years in the Senate might have a little bit of trouble recognizing the guy who is running to be Barack Obama's Vice President.  Oh, yes, he looks like the same fellow.  But traveling with Biden during …
Yvonne Miller-Halee / CBS News:
Palin Target Of New Ethics Complaint  —  CBS News Investigative Unit Has Learned Of New Complaint Related To Travel By Alaska Governor's Children  —  (CBS) CBS News Investigative Producer Yvonne Miller-Halee and Kim Lengle wrote this story for CBSNews.com.
Patrick Ruffini / The Next Right:
What It Will Take to Build a Rightroots Movement  —  Keying off Jon Henke, John Hawkins has sparked an enormously provocative and healthy discussion about punditry vs. activism in the conservative blogosphere.  Here he hits the nub of the problem: … Put more succinctly …
Greg Gutfeld / Fox News:
Armed and Dangerous: Should Gov. Palin Use Her Looks as a Weapon?  —  So last week, columnist Kathleen Parker desperately tried to convince anyone who would listen how John McCain ended up choosing Sarah Palin as a running mate.  —  Her conclusion: He was hypnotized by her hotness.
Discussion: FOX Forum and Dirty Harry's Place
 
 
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MSNBC:
Bill Clinton hails Obama as America's future
Discussion: Reuters and MyDD
Fausta / Fausta's Blog:
The Gap: “Vote twice”?
Amanda Carpenter / Townhall.com:
Policy Changes in the Obamamercial
Little Green Footballs:
Obama's ‘Civilian National Security Force’
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Sadly, No!
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Just A Friendly Election Reminder
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Following the Script: Obama, McCain and ‘The West Wing’
Discussion: Political Punch
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
RNC goes up with “experience” message
 Earlier Items: 
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Texas Voters Urged to Avoid Straight-Party Option, After Vote-Flip Complaints
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG
Greg Palast / The Huffington Post:
7 Ways to Steal Back Your Vote
Ana Marie Cox / The Washington Independent:
Palin: Maverick or Rogue?
Glen Johnson / Associated Press:
McCain's GOP support showing more cracks