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7:50 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
CNN:   Campaign: Obama didn't know aunt's immigration status
Marc Ambinder:
The Politics Of Auntie Zeituni
Discussion: BobKrumm.com
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 …
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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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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Palin camp responds to spoof: 'C'est la vie'  —  Sarah Palin's campaign issued an “mildly amused” response to having joined Jacques Chirac and Nicolas Sarkozy in having been the victim of a prank by a pair of French-Canadian comedians who impersonated Sarkozy on a call with the Alaska governor.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Donklephant
Julie Bosman / The Caucus:
Comment On Dit, ‘Prank Call’?
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama knocks Cheney vote  —  From his prepared remarks in Pueblo, Colorado:
Discussion: Liberal Values and Daily Kos
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
DICK CHENEY WEIGHS IN.... George W. Bush has been in hiding lately, but Dick Cheney has been secluded in his undisclosed location even more than usual this campaign season.  —  It was a pleasant surprise, then, to see the vice president pop up today to announce his support for John McCain.
Discussion: Think Progress and The Reaction
The Huffington Post:   Dick Cheney Endorses McCain
The Moderate Voice:   Poor, Poor John McCain: No More Time & So Many Excuses
Krooney / TIME.com:
Cheney: McCain “the Right Leader for This Moment in History”
Discussion: The Nation and AMERICAblog News
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Cheney: “The Right Leader For This Moment In History Is Senator John McCain”
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 …
PewResearch.org:
Internet Now Major Source of Campaign News  —  Continuing Partisan Divide in Cable TV News Audiences  —  Many more Americans are turning to the internet for campaign news this year as the web becomes a key source of election news.  Television remains the dominant source …
Discussion: Raising Kaine
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Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:   A Surge on One Channel, a Tight Race on Another
Sophia Tareen / Associated Press:
Daughter of Illinois Sen. Durbin dies at 40  —  CHICAGO - Christine A. Durbin, the oldest daughter of Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, died Saturday at age 40, according to a spokesman for the Democratic senator.  —  Christine Durbin died in a Washington, D.C.-area hospital from complications relating to a congenital heart condition.
Discussion: The Swamp
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Meeting Anna Nicole  —  Not sure if this one is another sign that they're still emptying out the oppo drawer or what, but ... amusing video.
Carrie Dann / MSNBC:
First Read: Follow candidates, not polls  —  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?
KHVO:
State Verifies Obama's Birth Certificate  —  Health Department Receives Multiple Requests For Copies  —  HONOLULU — The state's Department of Health director on Friday released a statement verifying the legitimacy of Sen. Barack Obama birth certificate.  —  The state has received multiple requests …
Discussion: Say Anything
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Did Palin Suggest We're At War With Iran?  —  Uh oh.  More trouble for Sarah Palin on the foreign policy front.  In an interview with Fox's Greta Van Susteren yesterday, Palin professed confidence in victory on Tuesday as follows: … Now, it's not fully clear that Palin was saying outright …
Discussion: Think Progress and The RBC
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 …
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.
Tom Kizzia / Anchorage Daily News:
Stevens may lose law license  —  TIMING: Bar Association counts convictions right away; he's allowed his PFD check.  —  tkizzia@adn.com  —  The Alaska Bar Association went to the state Supreme Court on Thursday seeking to suspend Sen. Ted Stevens' law license on an interim basis, pending completion of his appeals.
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
 
 
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
ICE investigating leak
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and TPMMuckraker
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
This may be a Jewish thing but...  So writes a Democrat for McCain …
Anne Bartlett / Washington Post:
Five-Hour Wait Today for Richmond Voters
Discussion: Raising Kaine
Jacques Steinberg / New York Times:
Meet Russert's Replacement? Not Yet
Discussion: TVNewser
Associated Press:
House GOP leader uses expletive to describe Obama
 Earlier Items: 
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Crying Auntie  —  When first I heard about the Undocumented Auntie …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Candidates Make Final Push in G.O.P. Bastions
Discussion: TIME.com
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Why Wasn't This in an Ad?
Discussion: Riehl World View and Flopping Aces
Eli Saslow / Washington Post:
True Believers In McCain Flock to Pa.