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12:50 PM ET, November 1, 2008


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Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Obama says he didn't know aunt's illegal status  —  Featured Topics: - John McCain - Barack Obama  —  CHICAGO - Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama said Saturday he didn't know his aunt was living in the United States illegally and believes that laws covering the situation should be followed.
Associated Press:
AP: Obama aunt from Kenya living in US illegally  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - Barack Obama's aunt, a Kenyan woman who has been quietly living in public housing in Boston, is in the United States illegally after an immigration judge rejected her request for asylum four years ago, The Associated Press has learned.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
BREAKING THE LAW FOR MCCAIN  —  You may have noticed that the AP is reporting that Barack Obama's aunt (who he does not seem to have a relationship with) was denied asylum in the US four years ago and is now living illegally in Boston.  Convenient timing, ain't it?
Frank James / The Swamp:
Obama's illegal immigrant aunt problem  —  A police officer on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008 outside the public housing building in South Boston where Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama's aunt Zeituni Onyango reportedly lives.  (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)  —  by Frank James
Michelle Malkin:
Obama's illegal alien aunt (and campaign donor!) is a deportation fugitive; Bush administration moves to protect her  —  Well now.  —  Turns out Aunti Zeituni Onyango, one of Democrat presidential candidate Barack Obama's many relatives made famous in his memoir, is an illegal alien.
Scott / Power Line:
DREAMS FROM HIS AUNT, PART 2  —  Yesterday we noted the London Times (here) and Boston Globe (here) news stories on Barack Obama's aunt Zeituni Onyango.  Ms. Onyango was found living in run-down Boston public housing, though she has enough money to have contributed $260 to Obama's campaign.
Marc Ambinder:
A McCain Campaign Memo  —  The last thing the McCain campaign needs on election day is demoralized Republicans.  Hence this memo, which recapitulates what Davis and co. said on a conference call with reporters this morning.
Randy Ludlow / The Columbus Dispatch:
State employee says she was ordered to check out Joe the Plumber  —  Vanessa Niekamp said that when she was asked to run a child-support check on Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher on Oct. 16, she thought it routine.  A supervisor told her the man had contacted the state agency about his case.
Michelle Malkin:   New report: Ohio employee was ordered to snoop on Joe The Plumber
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
A Presidential Vanishing Act, by Design  —  WASHINGTON — It's the week before Election Day.  Do you know where your president is?  —  Probably not, and that is by design.  With Senator John McCain lagging behind in the polls and many other Republicans fighting for their political lives …
Kathleen Hennessey / Associated Press:
Ensign: Palin not ready for presidency  —  LAS VEGAS (AP) — Republican Sen. John Ensign says Sarah Palin is not experienced enough to be president and John McCain's presidential campaign “completely mishandled” her early days on the ticket.  —  The Nevada senator made the comments …
Michael R. Blood / Associated Press:
Does Palin's maverick label still stick?
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Michael Powell / New York Times:
Obama Is Up, and Fans Fear That Jinxes It  —  In the den of his home in New Hope, Pa., a liberal Democrat sits tap-tapping at his computer.  —  Jon Downs works the electoral vote maps on Yahoo like a spiritualist shaking his Ouija board.  He calibrates and recalibrates: Give Senator John McCain Ohio, Missouri, even Florida.
Los Angeles Times:   Same-sex couples rush to marry before election day
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
WOW  —  Someone from the McCain camp must have had a pretty stern talk with former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger.  He just went on Fox with a bracingly abject apology for saying that Sarah Palin wasn't qualified to be vice president.  So abject in fact that I must say that it had something …
Eli Saslow / Washington Post:
True Believers In McCain Flock to Pa.  —  STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — He hated the helplessness of watching John McCain's efforts from afar, so Joe White, 62, loaded up his trailer in South Carolina and drove here last weekend.  He set up camp in a Wal-Mart parking lot, bought a map of State College …
Agence France Presse:
Al-Qaeda propaganda chief killed in Pakistan strike: officials … An Egyptian Al-Qaeda operative — described by the United States as the terror network's propaganda chief — was killed in a missile strike in Pakistan, security officials said on Saturday.  —  Abu Jihad al-Masri …
Associated Press:
AP poll shows Obama backers gleeful, McCain's glum  —  Featured Topics: - John McCain - Barack Obama  —  WASHINGTON - That smiling guy walking down the street?  Odds are he's a Barack Obama backer.  The grouchy looking one?  Don't ask, and don't necessarily count on him to vote next week, either.
Discussion: PoliGazette
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Deborah Howell / Washington Post:
Shorting Readers on What They Want  —  Two things are on my mind …
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Corner
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
The Amazing Race  —  I thought 1960 was the best campaign I'd ever cover.
Discussion: Don Surber
Jake / Page One:
Breaking: More Anti-McConnell Campaign Material
Josh Drobnyk / Morning Call:
NRA hoping ads bag win for McCain
Eli Lehrer / CEI:
Letter to President Bush on Midnight Regulations
Discussion: Shopfloor and The Corner
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
AP poll: 1 in 7 voters still persuadable
Discussion: Don Surber
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