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1:55 AM ET, October 31, 2008

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New York Times:
Growing Doubts on Palin Take a Toll, Poll Finds  —  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.
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CBS News:
Poll: Obama Maintains Comfortable Lead
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 …
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 …
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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
MCCAIN FINALLY FINDS HIS PLUMBER
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Joe the Plumber shows at McCain rally
Discussion: The Swamp, Wonkette and TIME.com
Joe Klein / Swampland:
And Lower...  Here we have the McCain campaign's execrable Michael Goldfarb slinging around accusations of anti-semitism—a favorite pastime, as we've seen this year, among Jewish neoconservatives.  I've never met Rashid Khalidi, but he is (a) Palestinian and therefore (b) a semite, so the charge of anti-semitism is fatuous.
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Cover this!  Inside the nastiest '08 rumors  —  Thank you for your e-mails!  —  When John McCain and Barack Obama started running for president in 2007, they were two of the most universally liked and respected politicians in America — men who even members of the opposite party saw as decent …
Scott / Kay Hagan for North Carolina:
Kay Hagan Files Suit  —  103008 KRH Lawsuit - Upload a Document to Scribd  —  GREENSBORO, NC- Kay Hagan filed a lawsuit against Elizabeth Dole and the Elizabeth Dole Committee, Inc., after Dole declined to remove her new television ad, described by North Carolina newspapers as “indecent,” …
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The Charlotte Observer:
Dole's desperate turn to Big Lie advertising
Carl Prine / PittsburghLIVE.com:
Majority of Allegheny prostitutes are on the Democratic side  —  TRIBUNE-REVIEW  —  John McCain and Barack Obama, if you're wooing a population of registered voters who are young, female and drawn to men in suits, then Allegheny County has 675 ladies ready to pull your lever.
Discussion: Don Surber and Jules Crittenden
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Rahm Emanuel: Obama's chief of staff?  —  Is Rep. Rahm Emanuel being courted to run the White House for Barack Obama?  Or is that story just part of a big (not to mention premature) D.C. guessing game?  —  Aides and advisors to Obama and Emanuel — fellow Democratic members of Congress from Ilinois …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
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Marc Ambinder:
Rahm For Chief Of Staff? Not Just Yet...
Discussion: Associated Press
Fox News:
Bill Clinton: Obama Got Lots of Help on Economic Crisis Response  —  Bill Clinton says at a rally that Barack Obama called a round of advisers during the height of the economic crisis and said, “tell me what ... to do.”  —  FOXNews.com  —  Barack Obama cultivated the image of a cool …
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.
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: Petraeus Wants to Go to Syria; Bush Administration Says No  —  Petraeus Proposed Visiting Syria But Was Rejected By Bush Administration  —  Apparently Gen. David Petraeus does not agree with the Bush administration that the road to Damascus is a dead end.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Syria Comment
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 …
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.
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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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
MCCAIN'S DISGRACE  —  The McCain campaign has been throwing around so much mud and smears in recent weeks that it's easy to miss just how ugly and shameful their character assassination of Rashid Khalidi is.  This is an entirely respectable, highly respected scholar.
Discussion: Mondoweiss
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 …
R. Jeffrey Smith / Washington Post:
A Last Push To Deregulate  —  The White House is working to enact a wide array of federal regulations, many of which would weaken government rules aimed at protecting consumers and the environment, before President Bush leaves office in January.  —  The new rules would be among …
Discussion: Kevin Drum
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.
Marc Ambinder:
Obama Recruiting Volunteers For Arizona; “Real Chance”  —  An Arizonan forwarded this e-mail to Barack Obama's supporters in Arizona:
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
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: Jules Crittenden and Say Anything
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
The association that dare not speak its name  —  McCain spokesman Michael Goldfarb isn't “lying,” as this YouTube claims  —  But his hands are tied by the candidate.  —  Jeremiah Wright remains off-limits.
Discussion: Salon and Ben Smith's Blogs
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 …
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
New York Times:
Colorado Agrees to Restore Voters to Rolls  —  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: TalkLeft, Associated Press and ACSBlog
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 …
 
 
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Reginald Fields / Openers:
Jennifer Brunner cancels cross-checking of Ohio's new voters
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Dan Elliott / Associated Press:
Air Force: Nuke missile silo fire went undetected
Discussion: TalkLeft
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Thank you, Stanley Kurtz
Klaus Marre / The Hill:
GOP halves Democratic lead in generic ballot
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Condé Nast Cuts Focus on 2 Magazines
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Barone / US News:
Election Prediction: Democrats Won't Get a Filibuster-Proof Senate
Discussion: Salon and American Power
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / Associated Press:
‘Blue Dog’ Democrats ready to bark louder on Hill
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Still No Palin Medical Records: Why?
Discussion: Hot Air
Ari / Firedoglake:
They're not even trying to be subtle
TheInDecider / Comedy Central:
Stephen Colbert Endorses Barack Obama
Discussion: Washington Wire
Scott Conroy / CBS News:
Sen. Bond Warns Palin Crowd That Obama Wants Judges Who Empathize With “The Gay”
Discussion: Think Progress
Hans Bader / OpenMarket.org:
You're Still A Racist, Obama Advisor Says
Discussion: The Corner and Sadly, No!