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3:06 AM ET, November 2, 2008

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Canadian Press:
Palin talks hunting, politics in prank call with notorious Quebec comedy duo  —  MONTREAL — A Quebec comedy duo notorious for prank calls to celebrities and heads of state has reached Sarah Palin, convincing the Republican vice-presidential nominee she was speaking with French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
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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.
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Obama aunt leak raises questions, as does timing  —  HENDERSON, Nev. — Barack Obama did not know a relative was living in the United States illegally for the past nearly four years prior to today's Associated Press report, “but obviously believes that any and all appropriate laws be followed,” the campaign said Saturday in a statement.
Discussion: The Corner, GretaWire and JustOneMinute
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Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
The Anatomy of a Smear  —  Here's how the right's big eleventh …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
ICE investigating leak
Discussion: TPMMuckraker and AMERICAblog News
CNN:
Obama ‘congratulates’ McCain on Cheney endorsement  —  (CNN) — Sen. Barack Obama hit key swing states Saturday, taking a jab at his GOP counterpart's endorsement by the nation's vice president.  —  At an event in Laramie, Wyoming, on Saturday, Vice President Dick Cheney said he will cast his ballot for the McCain-Palin ticket.
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Washington Wire:
Obama Turns Endorsement Into Attack
Discussion: The Heretik and TalkLeft
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama knocks Cheney vote
Discussion: Daily Kos and Liberal Values
The Huffington Post:
Dick Cheney Endorses McCain
Discussion: Wonkette
CBS News:
Poll: Early Voters Strongly Prefer Obama  —  CBS News Survey Shows Democratic Ticket With 19 Point Edge Among Early Voters, 13 Point Lead Among Likely Voters Overall  —  (CBS) With just three days left until Election Day, a new CBS News poll finds that the Democratic presidential ticket …
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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 …
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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Sarah Baxter / Times of London:
Republicans try to use Oxford don to smear Barack Obama  —  The Republicans have made a last-minute attempt to prevent Barack Obama's ascent to the White House by trying to recruit an Oxford academic to “prove” that his autobiography was ghostwritten by a former terrorist.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Palin's Medical Records  —  Still AWOL.  No explanation.  Not even a gesture, which suggests to me that some in the McCain camp realize they'd rather release nothing than be implicated in anything that might hurt them after the election.  Only ABC News' Kate Snow seems to care.
Zombie / zomblog:
Osawatomie: the Weather Underground newspaper  —  Zomblog has obtained an extremely rare copy of the first issue of Osawatomie, a newspaper published by the Weather Underground in 1975.  Noteworthy passages are reproduced below, along with exact transcriptions.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Today's Polls, 11/1  —  This is beginning to look like a five-state election.  Those states are Virginia, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Nevada.  Essentially all relevant electoral scenarios involve some combination of these five states.  —  I should caution that by far the most likely scenario …
Discussion: MyDD
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.
The Buzz:
Listen to Chris Rock at Tampa Obama rally  —  TAMPA — (Listen here ) Comedian Chris Rock took the stage this afternoon and told a crowd of more than 1,000 at a College Hill little league field to go vote for Sen. Barack Obama.  Voters should choose a candidate they can relate to, who can see they're poor and understand, he said.
Jennifer Agiesta / Washington Post:
WaPo-ABC Tracking: Nine Divided by 56 is...  In a mere 56 hours, voters in Dixville Notch, NH will cast the first Election Day ballots of the 2008 contest, and in that time, John McCain will need to close a big gap among likely voters if he is to defeat Barack Obama.
Discussion: JTA Election Central
Jacques Steinberg / New York Times:
An All-Out Attack on ‘Conservative Misinformation’  —  WASHINGTON — They are some of the more memorable slip-ups or slights within the news media's coverage of the 2008 presidential campaign.  —  A Fox News anchor asks whether Senator Barack Obama and his wife had greeted each other with a “terrorist fist jab.”
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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 …
Little Green Footballs:
LGF Exclusive: Bill Ayers' ‘Prairie Fire’ in PDF Form  —  A little green birdie dropped off a package for us; the PDF version of Barack Obama associates “Billy” Ayers' and Bernardine Dohrn's 1974 communist declaration of war against the United States.  —  Includes the dedication to Sirhan Sirhan …
Associated Press:
House GOP leader uses expletive to describe Obama  —  Featured Topics: - John McCain - Barack Obama  —  OXFORD, Ohio - House Republican leader John Boehner has used a vulgar expression to refer to Democrat Barack Obama and his voting record in the Illinois legislature.
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
McCain pokes fun at his campaign on ‘SNL’  —  Featured Topics: - John McCain - Barack Obama  —  NEW YORK - Republican John McCain poked fun at his presidential campaign's financial shortcomings and his reputation as a political maverick in an appearance on NBC's “Saturday Night Live.”
 
 
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Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
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Mark Steyn / The Corner:
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