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9:05 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.
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: BobKrumm.com and GretaWire
Marc Ambinder:
The Politics Of Auntie Zeituni
Discussion: BobKrumm.com
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.
Julie Bosman / The Caucus:
Comment On Dit, ‘Prank Call’?
Discussion: The Impolitic and TIME.com
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama knocks Cheney vote  —  From his prepared remarks in Pueblo, Colorado:
Discussion: Daily Kos and Liberal Values
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
DICK CHENEY WEIGHS IN.... George W. Bush has been in hiding lately …
Discussion: Think Progress and The Reaction
Washington Wire:
Obama Turns Endorsement Into Attack
Discussion: TalkLeft
The Huffington Post:
Dick Cheney Endorses McCain
Discussion: Wonkette
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Cheney: “The Right Leader For This Moment In History Is Senator John McCain”
Krooney / TIME.com:
Cheney: McCain “the Right Leader for This Moment in History”
Discussion: The Nation and AMERICAblog News
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 …
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
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.
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
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
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, Daily Kos and The RBC
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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
ICE investigating leak  —  An update from Kelly Nantel, the press secretary for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, on the leak of Obama's half-aunt's immigration status:
Discussion: TPMMuckraker and AMERICAblog News
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 …
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?
 
 
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Tom Kizzia / Anchorage Daily News:
Stevens may lose law license
Discussion: 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
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Crying Auntie  —  When first I heard about the Undocumented Auntie …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
 Earlier Items: 
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