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3:10 PM ET, November 2, 2008


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P.J. Gladnick /
Hidden Audio: Obama Tells SF Chronicle He Will Bankrupt Coal Industry  —  (Please read update about the San Francisco Chronicle neglecting to mention Obama's willingness to bankrupt the coal industry at bottom of this blog.)  —  Imagine if John McCain had whispered somewhere that he was willing to bankrupt a major industry?
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama: I'll make energy prices “skyrocket”  —  In another clip from the same January 2008 interview with the San Francisco Chronicle in which Barack Obama promised to bankrupt anyone foolish enough to build coal-burning power plants, he also made an interesting admission about his entire energy plan.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama: We'll bankrupt any new coal plants
Discussion: The Anchoress and
Obama seven points ahead in CNN's final poll  —  (CNN) — Two and seven: With two days left until election day, a new national poll suggests that Barack Obama holds a seven-point lead over John McCain in the race for the White House.  —  In the CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey …
Discussion: TalkLeft, Daily Kos and CBS News
Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby Poll: One Day Is Not A Trend: Obama Holds His Lead  —  Obama 49.5%, McCain 43.8%  —  UTICA, New York — After a strong day of polling for Republican presidential candidate John McCain on Friday, Democrat Barack Obama experienced a strong single day of polling on Saturday …
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: OUR FINAL MAP  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Domenico Montanaro, and Carrie Dann  —  *** Our final map: With two days before Election Day, the final NBC News map shows Obama remaining above the 270 electoral-vote mark, with a 286-157 lead over McCain.  Last week, Obama held a 286-163 advantage.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The single worst expression in American politics  —  Joe Biden, speaking yesterday at a rally in Ohio (h/t Jonathan Schwarz): … As I wrote a couple of weeks ago (see the last few paragraphs): if I could be granted one small political wish, it would be the permanent elimination of this widespread …
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
VOTER REGISTRATION....Matt Yglesias seconds Rick Hasen's proposal to make ACORN's registration drives (and the quadrennial conservative meltdown over them) obsolete by just having the federal government do it: … I'd go even further: implement a national ID and give one to everybody, free of charge.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Hasen: Let's Run Elections Properly
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
Chisun Lee / The Politico:
GOP offers scant proof of voter fraud
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Dale Eisman / Virginian-Pilot:
Down to the wire, Va. still too close to call, poll shows  —  The earliest signs of who will be the next president might spring from Virginia and how undecided white voters such as John Morris and Sidney Blankenbeckler cast their ballots.  —  “I'm pretty disappointed in Republicans right now …
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Final polls tight in key states, with Obama enjoying small advantage
Jonah Goldberg / New York Post:
OBAMA 2012: FOUR YEARS LATER  —  A LOOK BACK AT HIS PRESIDENCY  —  It's hard to believe that just four years ago, some were talking about Barack Obama as a national savior, a secular redeemer, a “light worker.”  Even more shocking, President Obama lost the nomination of his own party to none other than Hillary Clinton.
David Yepsen / Des Moines Register:
Obama may lead Democratic landslide  —  McPain.  —  Barack Obama is beating John McCain in Iowa by a whopping 17 percentage points, according to the Iowa Poll published in today's Register.  —  Obama gets 54 percent of the vote, while McCain captures 37 percent among likely voters, according to the survey.
Discussion: Jon Swift and The Heretik
Darrel Rowland / Editorial RSS:
Obama keeps his lead in Ohio
Thomas Beaumont / Des Moines Register:
New Iowa Poll: Obama widens lead over McCain
Discussion: Salon and Washington Monthly
Washington Wire:
New Ads Focus on Obama's Ties to Jeremiah Wright  —  Nick Timiraos reports from Canton, Ohio, on the presidential race.  —  Rev. Jeremiah Wright re-entered the campaign conversation this weekend as two new ads — one by a Republican 527 group and the other by the Pennsylvania Republican Party …
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Pennsylvania GOP Ad Hits Obama Over Wright
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama will answer questions ... Wednesday  —  ABC's Jake Tapper managed to get Sen. Barack Obama's attention on the tarmac in Springfield, Mo., this morning.  —  “What would you tell your Treasury secretary to do differently with the $700 billion?” he asked, according to the pool report.
John Stanton / Roll Call:
Reid Says Stevens Cannot Serve  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was forced into the middle of Sen. Ted Stevens' (R-Alaska) re-election bid late Saturday night after a senior Senate Democrat endorsed Stevens and called on voters to disregard his seven-count felony conviction.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Matti Friedman / Associated Press:
Israel spy chief fears Jewish extremist plot  —  JERUSALEM - The head of Israel's internal security service said Sunday he is “very concerned” that Jewish extremists could assassinate an Israeli leader in an attempt to foil peace moves with the Palestinians.
New York Times:
What I Will Miss About President Bush  —  As the world knows, America will elect a new president on Tuesday.  Barring unforeseen electoral circumstances, this is George W. Bush's last Sunday to hold the presidential stage to himself.  The Op-Ed editors asked six writers to reflect on what they have most admired about him.
Jennifer Parker / George's Bottom Line:
Election Night Predictions  —  This morning on our This Week Roundtable we made our predictions for Tuesday night's outcome:  —  Mark Halperin, Time Magazine:  —  Electoral Vote — 349 Obama  —  Senate — 58 Democratic seats  —  House — Democrats net 28 House seats
Discussion: Firedoglake
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Frank Rich / New York Times:
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
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Peter J. Parisi / Washington Times:
Unasked questions for Obama
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