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4:45 PM ET, November 1, 2008

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Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
The Anatomy of a Smear  —  Here's how the right's big eleventh-hour smear on Obama was carried out.  —  First the Murdoch-owned Times of London reported Thursday that Obama's aunt, Zeituni Onyango, is living in a Boston public-housing complex.  It's unclear how the paper learned of the woman's presence in the U.S.
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The Trail / Washington Post:
Obama Campaign to Return Aunt's Donations  —  Note: Please upgrade your Flash plug-in to view our enhanced content.  —  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.
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?
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.
Mark Steyn / The Corner:   Crying Auntie  —  When first I heard about the Undocumented Auntie …
Frank James / The Swamp:
Obama's illegal immigrant aunt problem
Julie Bosman / The Caucus:
‘Hussein’ Chant at Palin Rally  —  NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. - “John McCain!  Not Hussein!”  —  So goes the latest popular chant on the campaign trail with Gov. Sarah Palin, demonstrated at a morning rally in central Florida.  —  Ms. Palin was midway through her stump speech when a group …
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Peter Hamby / CNN:
McCain's name nowhere to be seen at Palin rally  —  POLK CITY, Florida (CNN) — At a boisterous Sarah Palin rally in Polk City, Florida on Saturday afternoon, one name was surprisingly absent from the campaign décor — John McCain's.  —  Looking around the Fantasy of Flight aircraft hangar …
The Moderate Voice:
Poor, Poor John McCain: No More Time & So Many Excuses  —  With the Fat Lady about to sing, the excuses for why John McCain's campaign has sunk like a stone continue to fly fast and furious.  —  I've been collecting the ripest of these excuses over at Kiko's House in a daily feature titled “McCain-Palin Trainwreck Excuse du Jour.”
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama 52%, McCain 42% Among Likely Voters  —  Largest lead for Obama among likely voters to date  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Barack Obama leads John McCain in Gallup Poll Daily tracking interviewing conducted Wednesday through Friday by an identical 52% to 42% margin among …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Sarah Palin meets a special friend in a Pennsylvania orchard  —  NEW PARIS, Pa.—Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin arrived at the Boyer Orchards here Friday afternoon, entering a sweet-smelling wooden barn full of crates of apples.  “This is gorgeous,” Palin said, greeting workers.
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Why Wasn't This in an Ad?  —  Go Michelle!
Discussion: Riehl World View and Flopping Aces
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 …
Carrie Dann / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: 72 HOURS  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Domenico Montanaro, and Carrie Dann  —  *** 72 Hours To Go ... I Want To Be Sedated: Hey, wait a minute, there's something familiar about that number 72.  Remember the GOP's 72-hour program?  It's amazing that the 2004 buzz phrase describing …
The Politico:
McCain avoids trouble from volatile crowds  —  First, there was the angry man who told John McCain to hit Barack Obama “where it hurts.”  —  Then came the woman who called the Democratic nominee “an Arab.”  —  And don't forget the man who stood up before a packed crowd and said he was …
Sean Hennessey / WCBS-TV:
Boy Sent Home From School For Dressing As Jesus  —  Eighth Grader Told His Halloween Costume Was Offensive, Distracting  —  PARAMUS, N.J. (CBS) ― A Paramus middle school student was sent home Friday after he came to school dressed up as Jesus for Halloween.
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 and AMERICAblog News
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.
 
 
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