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12:25 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.
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’?
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, and GretaWire
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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
ICE investigating leak
Discussion: TPMMuckraker and AMERICAblog News
The Trail / Washington Post:
Obama Campaign to Return Aunt's Donations
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.
Discussion: MyDD, Harry's Place and The Reaction
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama knocks Cheney vote
Discussion: Daily Kos and Liberal Values
Washington Wire:
Obama Turns Endorsement Into Attack
Discussion: TalkLeft
The Huffington Post:
Dick Cheney Endorses McCain
Discussion: Wonkette
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
DICK CHENEY WEIGHS IN.... George W. Bush has been in hiding lately …
Krooney /
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Raw Story
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 and Daily Kos
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:   A Surge on One Channel, a Tight Race on Another
Nate Silver /
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
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.
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.
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: The RBC, Daily Kos and Think Progress
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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Palin's Medical Records
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Gardiner Harris / New York Times:
The Safety Gap  —  In the belly of an industrial district south …
Tom Kizzia / Anchorage Daily News:
Stevens may lose law license
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
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
 Earlier Items: 
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Crying Auntie  —  When first I heard about the Undocumented Auntie …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Why Wasn't This in an Ad?
Discussion: Flopping Aces and Riehl World View