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11:25 PM ET, November 2, 2008

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Scott Conroy / CBS News:
Palin Unleashes New Attack Against Obama On Coal  —  From CBS News' Scott Conroy:  —  (MARIETTA, OHIO) - Seizing on a newly released audio tape picked up by the Drudge Report, Sarah Palin took the opportunity here in coal country to accuse Barack Obama of “talking about bankrupting the coal industry.”
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P.J. Gladnick / NewsBusters.org:
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?
The Trail / Washington Post:
McCain in Pennsylvania: I'm a ‘Coal Booster’  —  SCRANTON, Pa. — Campaigning in coal-rich Pennsylvania, GOP presidential nominee John McCain pledged this afternoon that if elected president, he would ensure that the U.S. exports coal overseas — something that U.S. policy already permits.
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.
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Obama McCain Race Gets Uglier By The Hour
Discussion: MSNBC and Washington Wire
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
JOE THE SKINHEAD  —  When he was just the topic du jour because of his question to Barack Obama back in the neighborhood in Ohio, that was one thing.  But “Joe the Plumber” is now actively campaigning with and for John McCain, appearing on stage with him at multiple events, etc.
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Hillary Clinton / NY Daily News:
The man for the moment: Hillary Clinton makes the case for Barack Obama  —  On Tuesday, New Yorkers and Americans have a big decision to make.  Do we continue to pursue the policies of the past eight years or do we chart a new course?  I believe we can and we must chart a new course led by President Barack Obama.
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
McCain surrogate Joe the Plumber questions Obama's loyalty to the U.S.»  —  Recently, Joe “the Plumber” Wurzelbacher has been hitting the campaign trail for and with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).  Last week, he was sharply rebuked by Fox News's Shep Smith for agreeing that a vote for Sen. Barack Obama …
Discussion: 24Ahead and News Hounds
Pew Research Center:
Obama Leads McCain 52% to 46% in Campaign's Final Days  —  McCain Narrows Gap  —  Barack Obama holds a significant lead over John McCain in the final days of Campaign 2008.  The Pew Research Center's final pre-election poll of 2,587 likely voters, conducted Oct. 29-Nov. 1 …
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On Politics:
Final USA TODAY/Gallup estimate: Obama, 53%; McCain, 42%  —  Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama leads Republican John McCain by 11 percentage points in the last USA TODAY/Gallup national poll of likely voters before Election Day.  —  With less than two days to go before polls open, the contenders' support is estimated to be:
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
CBS Poll: Obama Maintains 13 Point Lead
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Myths and Realities  —  Jay Nordlinger writes at The Corner: … That may what “the evidence of [Nordlinger's] lived experience” says, but it would be strongly at odds with the historical pattern.  Here's Andrew Gelman's map of voting patterns among the top third of the income distribution in 2004:
Discussion: Eschaton
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Jay Nordlinger / The Corner:   Dept. of Enduring Myths
Jonathan Curley / Christian Science Monitor:
My wife made me canvas for Obama; here's what I learned  —  This election is not about major policies.  It's about hope. … There has been a lot of speculation that Barack Obama might win the election due to his better “ground game” and superior campaign organization.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
How soon will we know on election night?  —  Answer: Pretty soon, potentially.  Via CNN, a rundown of when the polls in various battleground states close (all times ET): … I didn't include Iowa because it's not a battleground anymore, assuming it ever was, but that's also a 10 p.m. close for what it's worth.
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Jay Newton-Small / Time:
A Long Campaign, And a Changed Barack Obama  —  Left to Right: Barack Obama announces his run for the presidency in February of 2007 ; Barack Obama at a campaign rally this week..  —  Almost two years ago, in the first months of Barack Obama's campaign for the presidency …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Mark Blumenthal / Pollster.com:
Morning Status Update for Sunday 11/02  —  The most important thing to keep in mind about pre-election polls is that they come with random variability built-in.  That mostly predictable variation — known to most of us as “the margin of error' — comes from interviewing what we hope amounts …
Discussion: Salon and Donklephant
Keith Thomson / The Huffington Post:
The Most Accurate Election Forecast?  Hardcore Gamblers  —  Recently I was in Kentucky, reporting on horseracing for Garden & Gun.  A “whale” (bettor of thousands of dollars per day) I interviewed, Mike Maloney, successfully traded securities, options and futures, but chose to go to the track every …
Discussion: The Buzz
The Huffington Post:
McCain Did Not Disclose Keating Business Deal To Investigators  —  The New Republic published an explosive story Saturday evening detailing how John McCain, in all likelihood, leaked information to investigators of the Keating Five scandal that was designed to help his image at the expense of the other four Senators involved.
Discussion: The New Republic and Campaign Silo
Little Green Footballs:
Soviet Doggies Bark for Barack  —  You have got to be kidding me.  —  Yesterday Zombie posted a photo of a silly Barack Obama poster featuring a barking dog, titled Bark for Barack!  —  But the original version of this poster was anything but silly.  It's a copy of a Soviet propaganda poster painted …
Discussion: zomblog
Jim Lindgren / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Obama's first fulltime employer, Business International, had substantial SDS ties in the 1960s.  —  After graduating from Columbia in 1983, Obama's first fulltime job was to work for an international business newsletter firm, Business International.  From all accounts (including Obama's) …
Discussion: 24Ahead
Frank James / The Swamp:
Palin misstates anti-Obama data source  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio — At Gov. Sarah Palin's Sunday rallies, she's earned big responses by repeating the line that an independent organization has found that Sen. Barack Obama's proposed policies “would destroy 6 million jobs over the next decade.”
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
The Cellphone Effect, Continued  —  These are Barack Obama's leads in the likely voter models presently included in the Real Clear Politics average, plus the Research 2000 poll which they arbitrarily exclude.  —  The polls in the Cingular-y orange color include cellphones in their samples; the polls in gray do not.
Jay Nordlinger / The Corner:
A Reason to Elect McCain  —  There are a lot of people who didn't like Edmund Morris's biography of Reagan, which was authorized — they said it was a failure, or at least a missed opportunity.  I don't know.  I didn't read it.  But I do know this: Morris had one insight into Reagan, and it was perfectly observed.
Discussion: Power Line
 
 
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