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8:55 PM ET, October 30, 2008

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New York Times:
Increasingly, Poll Shows Palin Hurting McCain's Chances  —  A growing number of voters have concluded that Senator John McCain's running mate, Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska, is not qualified to be vice president, weighing down the Republican ticket in the last days of the campaign, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.
gqrr.com:
Stan Greenberg's Letter To Bill McInturff, Lead Pollster, McCain-Palin 2008  —  To: Bill McInturff, lead pollster, McCain-Palin 2008  —  Partner, Public Opinion Strategies  —  From: Stan Greenberg, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner and Democracy Corps  —  RE: STATE OF THE RACE AND BALLOT POSITION
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John Dickerson / Slate:
The McCain campaign is unusually upbeat.  Does it have reason to be?  —  With only five days left until Election Day, John McCain's campaign aides seem happier than they have been in a while.  For the last few days, the campaign has been increasingly buoyed by what it says has been improvement …
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
JOE?  WHERE DID YOU GO?  —  From NBC/NJ's Adam Aigner-Treworgy  —  DEFIANCE, Ohio — “Where is Joe?  Is Joe here with us today?”  —  That's the question John McCain asked roughly 6,000 people at Defiance Junior High School here this morning, But the correct answer was no — Joe the Plumber was nowhere to be found.
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Anne / Nielsen Wire:
21.7% Of Households In Top Local TV Markets Watched Obama Infomercial  —  The combined overall household rating for Senator Barack Obama's Wednesday night infomercial, in the top 56 local television markets where Nielsen maintains electronic TV meters, was 21.7.
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Randy Ludlow / The Columbus Dispatch:
Checks on ‘Joe’ more extensive than first acknowledged  —  Tax, welfare info also sought on McCain ally  —  A state agency has revealed that its checks of computer systems for potential information on “Joe the Plumber” were more extensive than it first acknowledged.
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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Joe the Plumber shows at McCain rally
Discussion: The Swamp, TIME.com and Wonkette
Dana Bash / CNN:
Joe the Plumber - A No Show!
Discussion: Political Radar
Reuters:
Qaeda wants Republicans, Bush “humiliated”: Web video  —  DUBAI (Reuters) - An al Qaeda leader has called for President George W. Bush and the Republicans to be “humiliated,” without endorsing any party in the upcoming U.S. presidential election, according to a video posted on the Internet.
Economist:
It's time  —  America should take a chance and make Barack Obama the next leader of the free world  —  IT IS impossible to forecast how important any presidency will be.  Back in 2000 America stood tall as the undisputed superpower, at peace with a generally admiring world.
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
McCain: 'When I'm President, we're not gonna let' Exxon reap record profits.»  —  Today, ExxonMobil shattered records by reporting a $14.83 billion profit, just in the third quarter.  Campaigning in Ohio, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) declared that when he's President, “we're not gonna let that happen.”
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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Huffington Post Writer Stabs Lover 222 Times  —  It was inevitable that the Huffington Post would somehow end up sullied by recruiting such a massive army of unpaid contributors.  But few would have imagined something this awful: Valued HuffPo political blogger Carol Anne Burger shot herself Friday …
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Dylan Boyle / Iowa State Daily:
Pre-emptive ejection: Audience members removed at McCain rally in Cedar Falls  —  Audience members escorted out of Sen. John McCain's, R-Ariz., campaign event in Cedar Falls questioned why they were asked to leave Sunday's rally even though they were not protesting.
Washington Post:
WaPo-ABC Tracking: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do  —  Sen. John McCain has made no evident headway in separating himself from President Bush in the final days of the campaign, and that connection continues to be a drag on his candidacy.  —  According to the new Washington Post-ABC News daily tracking poll …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Scott Conroy / CBS News:
Sen. Bond Warns Palin Crowd That Obama Wants Judges Who Empathize With “The Gay”  —  From CBS News' Scott Conroy:  —  (CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO.) - Taking the stage as one of the pre-program speakers at a Sarah Palin rally here in Rush Limbaugh's hometown, Sen. Kit Bond, R-Missouri …
The Charlotte Observer:
Dole's desperate turn to Big Lie advertising  —  North Carolina knows from sad experience about negative election campaigns and misleading, untruthful advertising.  In the 1950 campaign, opponents of the late UNC President Frank Porter Graham used a doctored photo of his wife with a black man …
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Robert Arena / AMERICAblog News:   Hagan hits back on Dole
iowahawk:
As a Conservative, I Must Say I Do Quite Like the Cut of this Obama Fellow's Jib  —  By T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII  —  Columnist, The National Topsider  —  Membership Chairman, The Newport Club  —  When my late father T. Coddington Van Voorhees VI founded the iconoclastic conservative …
Richard S. Dunham / Houston Chronicle:
Poll finds 23% of Texans think Obama is Muslim  —  WASHINGTON — A University of Texas poll to be released today shows Republican presidential candidate John McCain and GOP Sen. John Cornyn leading by comfortable margins in Texas, as expected.  But the statewide survey of 550 registered voters …
Justin Rood / ABCNEWS:
McCain-Palin Campaign Snubs Penn State Prez  —  Unwelcome at Palin Campus Event Because He's a “Big Democrat”  —  A McCain-Palin campaign official snubbed the president of Penn State University who inquired about attending a campus speech Tuesday by Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin …
Jason Horowitz / New York Observer:
Erica Jong Tells Italians Obama Loss ‘Will Spark the Second American Civil War.  Blood Will Run in the Streets’  —  It seems that the final days of the presidential campaign have made Erica Jong and her friends more than a little anxious.  —  A few days ago, Jong, the author and self-described feminist …
Discussion: Say Anything and The Anchoress
Pierre Thomas / ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: U.S. Expects Bin Laden Message Near Election  —  Analysts: OBL Could Speak Out in an Effort to Prove His Relevance  —  Multiple senior government officials tell ABC News the intelligence community is anticipating a message from Osama bin Laden before or just after the presidential election.
Discussion: Hot Air and Alternate Brain
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
OBAMA X.  —  Granted, it's probably (okay, certainly) not true.  But if that crazy person who runs Atlas Shrugged is right and Barack Obama really is the son of Malcolm X, that would make my day.  Honestly, who wouldn't give Malcolm props for that one?  And think there's anyway we can fit Tupac into the bloodline?
Marc Ambinder:
Counterevidence Watch: Obama + 3 In The Fox Poll  —  http://www.foxnews.com/projects/pdf/ 103008_poll.pdf  —  A Democratic reader writes: … Small variations in weighting can have proportionately large effects on the perception of a poll, t'is true.  —  But I'm no expert on this question …
CBS News:
Poll: Obama Maintains Comfortable Lead  —  CBS/NY Times Survey Finds Double-Digit Advantage For Democrat As Voters Express Fear About Both Candidates Becoming President  —  (CBS) With less than one week until Election Day, Barack Obama maintains a clear lead over John McCain in the presidential race …
New York Times:
Voter Purge Rejected in Colorado  —  DENVER — Tens of thousands of Coloradans who had been removed from the state's voter rolls will be allowed to vote in next week's election and given extra protections so their ballots are counted, under an agreement reached late Wednesday in federal court here.
Discussion: Associated Press and ACSBlog
David Peisner / Esquire:
Why White Supremacists Support Barack Obama  —  How do racists, anti-Semites and all-purpose hate-mongers view the possibility of America's first black president?  Not necessarily the way you think they would.  —  If recent polls are to be believed, white voters favor John McCain over Barack …
Discussion: The Corner and Say Anything
Marc Ambinder:
Obama Recruiting Volunteers For Arizona; “Real Chance”  —  An Arizonan forwarded this e-mail to Barack Obama's supporters in Arizona:
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Lead Among Likely Voters 5 to 7 Points  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Barack Obama holds a statistically significant lead over John McCain in both Gallup likely voter models, according to Oct. 27-29 Gallup Poll Daily tracking.  In the traditional model, which defines likely voters based …
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
John McCain: Not More of the Same  —  Barack Obama and his allies have spent the last year arguing that John McCain is just like George W. Bush.  They're wrong.  In reality, McCain's brand of great power neoconservatism, recession economics, and conflicted environmentalism makes him McDifferent
Atrios / Eschaton:
In Which Michael Goldfarb Has A Bad Day  —  Though Sanchez shouldn't have internalized the premise of Khalidi being anti-Semitic.  Just because the McCain campaign says something doesn't make it so.
Hans Bader / OpenMarket.org:
You're Still A Racist, Obama Advisor Says  —  Even if you vote for Obama, you're still probably a racist, according to Harvard law professor Charles Ogletree, in his remarks at a recent panel discussion at my alma mater.  Ogletree, Obama's top advisor on race issues, explains that since Obama is …
Wyatt Andrews / CBS News:
Reality Check: The Cost Of Obama's Pledges  —  Web Exclusive: If Victorious, Barack Obama May Find Fewer Resources Than He Needs For His Campaign Promises  —  (CBS) This story was written by CBS News correspondent Wyatt Andrews.  —  Without question, the Barack Obama infomercial served …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Still No Palin Medical Records: Why?  —  Was that promise last week another lie?  Again, I challenge Mark Salter personally.  He called me crazy for asking questions about Sarah Palin's alleged fifth pregnancy.  If you think questions are not worth asking, or based on nothing but partisanship and hate …
Discussion: Hot Air
Michael Barone / US News:
Election Prediction: Democrats Won't Get a Filibuster-Proof Senate  —  If, as seems likely but not quite certain, Barack Obama is elected next Tuesday, a key question for public policymaking will be how many Democrats are elected to the Senate.  Currently, there are 51 Democrats there …
Discussion: Salon
 
 
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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
The association that dare not speak its name
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and Salon
Fox News:
Bill Clinton: Obama Got Lots of Help on Economic Crisis Response
Discussion: Hot Air
New York Magazine:
Heilemann: Barack and Bill Still Strangers, Despite Appearances
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / Associated Press:
‘Blue Dog’ Democrats ready to bark louder on Hill
Discussion: Donklephant
Jim Oliphant / The Swamp:
Obama on Supreme Court, right to privacy
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
Ohio Provisional Ballots May Prove Pivotal
Ari / Firedoglake:
They're not even trying to be subtle
 Earlier Items: 
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Lott: GOP should ‘aggressively pursue’ Lieberman
Discussion: Daily Kos
Lynda Waddington / Iowa Independent:
Breaking: Rubashkin arrested, will appear in federal court today
TheInDecider / Comedy Central:
Stephen Colbert Endorses Barack Obama
Discussion: Washington Wire
James A. Barnes / National Journal Online:
Reliable Red States No Longer
Bob Kerrey / NY Daily News:
How Obama can walk the post-partisan talk
John Hood / The Corner:
A Joke And What It Reveals  —  Speaking in front of a huge audience …
Discussion: Newshoggers.com and protein wisdom