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6:50 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  —  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?
Marc Ambinder:
The Politics Of Auntie Zeituni
Discussion: BobKrumm.com
CNN:
Campaign: Obama didn't know aunt's immigration status
Discussion: Whiskey Fire
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: The Reaction
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 …
Krooney / TIME.com:
Cheney: McCain “the Right Leader for This Moment in History”
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
The Moderate Voice:   Poor, Poor John McCain: No More Time & So Many Excuses
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Cheney Endorses McCain
Discussion: Think Progress and The Heretik
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 …
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 …
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.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
'GOT'EM RIGHT WHERE WE WANT'EM' WATCH  —  From McCain campaign manager Rick Davis's campaign memo just out this evening, discussing why Obama's decision to run ads in Georgia, Arizona and North Dakota is a sign the McCain camp has him on the ropes ...  Translation: The fact that Arizona …
Discussion: Comedy Central
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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?
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
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.
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
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Why Wasn't This in an Ad?  —  Go Michelle!
Discussion: Riehl World View and Flopping Aces
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.
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 …
CBS4:
The Faces Of Barack Obama, From 2003 To 2004  —  CHICAGO (CBS4) ― When CBS4's Antonio Mora first interviewed Barack Obama in the summer of 2003, almost no one knew who he was.  —  Mora was working for CBS affiliate WBBM, and the skinny, young state legislator from Illinois had just launched …
 
 
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Mark Steyn / The Corner:
This may be a Jewish thing but...  So e-mails a Democrat for McCain …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Anne Bartlett / Washington Post:
Five-Hour Wait Today for Richmond Voters
Discussion: Raising Kaine
KHVO:
State Verifies Obama's Birth Certificate
Discussion: Say Anything
Jacques Steinberg / New York Times:
Meet Russert's Replacement? Not Yet
Discussion: TVNewser
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Meeting Anna Nicole
Discussion: Althouse and The Jed Report
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Crying Auntie  —  When first I heard about the Undocumented Auntie …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
 Earlier Items: 
Marc Ambinder:
If it's All About Pennsylvania....
PewResearch.org:
Democrats Post Gains in Affiliation Across Age Cohorts
Discussion: Daily Kos and Prairie Weather
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Candidates Make Final Push in G.O.P. Bastions
Discussion: TIME.com
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
The Amazing Race  —  I thought 1960 was the best campaign I'd ever cover.
Discussion: Don Surber
Eli Saslow / Washington Post:
True Believers In McCain Flock to Pa.