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3:20 AM ET, November 4, 2008


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Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Obama's Grandmother Dies  —  CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A tragic turn of events for Sen. Barack Obama: his ailing grandmother died today.  —  Here's a statement from Obama and his sister Maya Soetoro-Ng:  —  “It is with great sadness that we announce that our grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, has died peacefully after a battle with cancer.
Obama's grandmother dies after battle with cancer  —  (CNN) — Sen. Barack Obama's grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, has died following a bout with cancer, Obama and his sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, said Monday.  —  She was 86.  —  “She was the cornerstone of our family, and a woman …
Eli Sanders / Slog:
Will Madelyn Dunham's Vote Count?  —  I was talking with a coworker earlier today about how sad it was for Barack Obama's grandmother to have died on the day before the election.  My coworker took the sadness one step further, wondering if Madelyn Dunham's vote (she voted by early absentee ballot) would now not be counted.
Discussion: Newsweek Blogs and The RBC
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Obama Pays Tribute to His Grandmother After She Dies
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Joe Klein / Swampland:
To The Mountaintop  —  Word comes that Barack Obama's grandmother has died.
Associated Press:
Obama's Grandmother Dies On Eve Of Election
Gateway Pundit:
Breaking: FOX News Reports McCain Camp VERY OPTIMISTIC!  (Video)  —  Breaking: FOX News is reporting that...  The McCain Campaign is VERY OPTIMISTIC with the latest developments.  —  Carl Cameron who is traveling with the McCain Campaign says John McCain is the most optimistic as he has been in 14 years!
The Trail / Washington Post:
Karl Rove Predicts Obama Blowout  —  The architect is not optimistic.  —  Karl Rove, who is widely credited as the mastermind behind President Bush's election victories in 2000 and 2004, predicts that Democratic nominee Barack Obama will win Tuesday's election with 338 electoral votes while Republican John McCain garners 200.
Discussion: WhirledView and DownWithTyranny!
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
The '08 Race: A Sea Change for Politics as We Know It
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:   A Prediction Report: Obama 339 Electoral Votes, McCain 199
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
First town weighs in on election at midnight  —  (CNN) — The first wave of election returns won't flow in until 7 p.m. ET Tuesday night, but the results in one precinct will be known much sooner.  —  Dixville Notch, a village in New Hampshire's northeast corner, will begin voting at the stroke …
Matthew Borghese / All Headline News:   First Votes In As New Hampshire Town Picks Barack Obama
The Moderate Voice:   Election Day 2008: Live Blogging From Coast To Coast
Lisa Demer / Anchorage Daily News:
New Troopergate report clears Palin  —  A new report just released — hours before the polls open on Election Day — exonerates Gov. Sarah Palin in the Troopergate controversy.  —  The state Personnel Board-sanctioned investigation is the second into whether Palin violated state ethics law …
James V. Grimaldi / Washington Post:
Alaska Board Clears Palin in Trooper Case
Discussion: Say Anything
New York Times:   Report Backs Palin in Firing of Commissioner
Fox News:   Report Released Shows No Evidence Palin Violated Ethics Law
Jacques Steinberg / New York Times:
Networks May Call Race Before Voting Is Complete  —  At least one broadcast network and one Web site said Monday that they could foresee signaling to viewers early Tuesday evening which candidate appeared to have won the presidency, despite the unreliability of some early exit polls in the last presidential election.
Drudge Report:
McCAIN CAMPAIGN MEMO: READING THE EXIT POLLS  —  As we have seen in previous election cycles, the exit poll results do leak early and that ends up influencing the coverage of the race before even the first state polls close at 6:00 PM Eastern.  —  However, we want to remind the campaign …
The Trail / Washington Post:
California GOP Files FEC Complaint Over Obama Visit to Grandmother  —  Perhaps the most ill-timed press release of the 2008 campaign arrived shortly after 1:30 p.m. today, sent by the Republican National Committee.  —  The release forwarded word that the California Republican Party filed …
Discussion: The Raw Story and Towleroad
Little Green Footballs:
Columbia Univ. Director Replies to Request for Khalidi Tape: ‘Yeah, Right ... Loser’  —  An LGF reader contacted Columbia University (and a lot of other potential sources, including the LA Times) with a polite request that they help release the tape of Rashid Khalidi with Barack Obama …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Say Anything
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Obama's Attack Ad On Himself  —  I should have gotten this out earlier, but just didn't get all the video clips together quick enough.  In putting this together, it's been surprising, even to someone who's followed the entire presidential race in great detail, the extent to which Obama has gotten away …
Fox News:
Biden Offers His Take on Girls  —  In what has become noted and typical fashion, the Delaware senator isn't shy to express his view of the origin of women's strength.  —  —  LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. — “Hey folks, 37 more hours!”  —  Joe Biden greeted a crowd primed for the home stretch …
Nate Silver /
Today's Polls, 11/3 (PM Edition)  —  With fewer than six hours until voting begins in Dixville Notch, New Hampshire, the national polling picture has cleared up considerably.  Barack Obama is on the verge of a victory, perhaps a decisive victory, in the race for the White House.
The Campaign Spot:
All Barack Obama Statements Come With an Expiration Date.  All Of Them.  —  By popular demand, the list of expired Obama statements...  Consumers should be aware that promises, pledged, and soul-healing rhetoric are only effective for a limited time; upon expiration they become “just words.”
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
THE NEW POLL TAX.  —  This is why Rachel Maddow matters:  —  The poll tax was a sly system of disenfranchisement used in the Jim Crow era to disenfranchise Southern blacks.  Aware that the Constitution now assured everyone the “right” to vote, Southern states imposed a voting fee heavy enough …
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Obama's Support Built on Change, McCain's on Experience  —  Reasons given for support echo findings from earlier this year  —  PRINCETON, NJ — As voters prepare to go to the polls on Nov. 4, a new Gallup Poll panel survey shows that Barack Obama voters say they are motivated to vote …
The Prowler / American Spectator:
Aunt Zeituni's Protectors  —  ALL IN THE FAMILY  —  Senior aides to Sen. Barack Obama and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick were aware that Obama's aunt, Zeituni Onyango, was living in the United States illegally and in a South Boston public-housing project, and were monitoring her at the request …
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
“Yavelow Study Confirms Ayers Hand In Obama's ‘Dreams’”  —  For what it's worth: … The Yavelow analysis — and a lot more from Cashill — is available at the link.  —  I report, you decide.  But do read the whole thing.  —  Having not done an analysis myself, I can only point …
Discussion: The Other McCain and Dean's World
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John McCormick / The Swamp:
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Anne Applebaum / Slate:
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One Day to Go and McCain Is Between Barack and a Hard Place
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