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3:00 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.
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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?
The Trail / Washington Post:
Obama Campaign to Return Aunt's Donations  —  The campaign of Sen. Barack Obama will refund a small number of contributions made by Obama's aunt, who has been living in the United States illegally, according to a published report.  —  The woman, Zeituni Onyango, lives in public housing …
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Reaction
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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 …
The Moderate Voice:   Poor, Poor John McCain: No More Time & So Many Excuses
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 …
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.
Discussion: www.redstate.com and Don Surber
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Why Wasn't This in an Ad?  —  Go Michelle!
Discussion: Riehl World View and Flopping Aces
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
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Candidates Make Final Push in G.O.P. Bastions  —  Senator John McCain and Senator Barack Obama began their final push for the White House on Saturday, returning to the themes that had marked their candidacies, with Mr. Obama calling for a break from the Bush era and Mr. McCain challenging …
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.
Hez Holland / Reuters:
EU to send aid to Congo, mulls sending troops  —  KIBATI, Congo (Reuters) - Two European ministers promised help Saturday to desperate refugees who have fled fighting in east Congo, but played down the idea of the European Union sending troops there to protect civilians.
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.
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.
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Los Angeles Times:   Same-sex couples rush to marry before election day
 
 
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Discussion: Commentary and The Moderate Voice
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David S. Broder / Washington Post:
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Josh Drobnyk / Morning Call:
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