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1:50 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?
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 and Daily Kos
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
Thomas Beaumont / Des Moines Register:
New Iowa Poll: Obama widens lead over McCain
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jennifer Agiesta / Washington Post:
WaPo-ABC Tracking: Nine Divided by 56 is...
Discussion: JTA Election Central
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.
Discussion: Donklephant
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.
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
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
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Alex Roarty / PolitickerPA:
Pa. GOP airs Wright ad
Discussion: Political Machine
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 …
Michael Cooper / The Caucus:
McCain on ‘Saturday Night Live’  —  Live from New York, it was Senator John McCain, saying that he was thinking of some radically different strategies for the last three days of the presidential race.  —  “I thought I might try a strategy called the Reverse Maverick,” Mr. McCain told his interviewer.
Discussion: The Heretik
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.
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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE TOWN-HALL MYTH.... In an otherwise complimentary column, David Broder notes one of his biggest disappointments about Barack Obama's campaign. … This is, almost word for word, the argument that John McCain has made since August to explain why he felt it necessary to take his sleazy campaign into the gutter.
Darrel Rowland / Editorial RSS:
Obama keeps his lead in Ohio  —  After an unprecedented campaign that seemed to break a record for breaking records, Barack Obama stands on the threshold of history — if his poll numbers hold up.  —  The final Dispatch Poll shows the Illinois Democrat with a 6-point lead in Ohio …
Discussion: TPM Election Central and MSNBC
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