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7:00 PM ET, November 3, 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.
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CNN:
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 …
Herbert A. Sample / Associated Press:
Obama's grandmother dies a day before election  —  Featured Topics: - John McCain - Barack Obama  —  HONOLULU - Barack Obama's grandmother, whose personality and bearing shaped much of the life of the Democratic presidential contender, has died, Obama announced Monday, one day before the election.
John Whitesides / Reuters:
Obama's grandmother dies of cancer in Hawaii  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's grandmother died of cancer, he said in a statement on Monday, a little more than a week after he interrupted the White House campaign to say goodbye to her in Hawaii.
MSNBC:
Barack Obama's grandmother dies
Discussion: Firedoglake and Mercury Rising
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama's Grandmother Dies
Discussion: Guardian
Adam Smith / The Buzz:
Tampa McCain rally: Where is everybody?  —  About 30 minutes before John McCain is scheduled to lead a rally outside Raymond James Stadium, looks like there's maybe 1,000 people here.  What's up with that?  On the day before the election?  Bush drew at least 15,000 people to a rally …
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CNN:
McCain draws small Florida crowd on race's final day  —  TAMPA, Florida (CNN) - Barack Obama may lead John McCain by just 2 points in the latest CNN Florida poll of polls, but the enthusiasm gap appears a bit wider.  —  John McCain's first rally of the day, in Tampa outside Raymond James Stadium, only drew about 1,100 people.
Washington Wire:
McCain Rally: Salter Is Smiling  —  Elizabeth Holmes reports from Blountville, Tenn., on the presidential race.  —  You know it's a big day on the McCain campaign when Mark Salter is smiling.  —  The senior aide to John McCain, known for his gruff demeanor, was practically giddy this morning on the campaign plane.
The Huffington Post:
McCain's Crowd Disturbingly Small, Ten Times Less Than Planned For  —  Something was missing from the first of John McCain's seven campaign stops today: the crowd.  —  Kicking off the last day of the election in Tampa, Florida, John McCain was welcomed by a roughly 1,000 voters.
Discussion: News Hounds
Fox News:
FOX News Poll: Obama Leads Going Into Election Day  —  Barack Obama holds a solid lead over John McCain going into Election Day — 50 percent to 43 percent — according to the final FOX News pre-election poll of likely voters.  —  FOXNews.com  —  Monday, 2008-03-308
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Marc Ambinder:   Rove's Final Map: Obama 338, McCain 200
Fox News:
FOX News/Rasmussen Reports Poll: McCain Narrows Gap in Battleground States
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
CNN Wants Its Viewers to Be Misinformed  —  Steve Hayes is not what you would call a reliable source of information.  His first book, The Connection: How al Qaeda's Collaboration with Saddam Hussein Has Endangered America was a deliberate attempt to mislead the public about the subject at hand.
Discussion: Eschaton
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The Huffington Post:
RNC Hits Obama For Visit To Sick Grandmother  —  Leaving no potential avenue of attack unexplored, the Republican National Committee has decided to bash Barack Obama over his October visit to see his ailing grandmother in Hawaii.  —  Of course the visit itself is not being criticized …
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Anamariecox / Swampland:
Keith Olbermann on McCain Campaign Giddiness: They Have “Even Less of a Clue Than I Thought.”  —  I reached Olbermann by email this morning to ask him about how it felt to be the McCain campaign's ray of sunshine.  He responded: … The McCain campaign denies Palin called an audible on complimenting Tina.
Drudge Report:
McCAIN CAMPAIGN MEMO: READING THE EXIT POLLS BILL McINTURFF, INTERNAL POLLSTER  —  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.
Discussion: The Corner, Wizbang and Flopping Aces
Peter Beinart / Washington Post:
Last of the Culture Warriors  —  Why has America turned on Sarah Palin?  Obviously, her wobbly television interviews haven't helped.  Nor have the drip, drip of scandals from Alaska, which have tarnished her reformist image.  But Palin's problems run deeper, and they say something fundamental about the political age being born.
Keith Olbermann / The Huffington Post:
Fox News' Major Garrett Defends Obama Against “Fox & Friends” In Leaked E-Mail  —  Fox News correspondent Major Garrett shot back in defense of Barack Obama against the network's morning show's effort to suggest that he has ignored Fox News throughout the campaign.
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Palin On Democrats: “Do They Think The Terrorists ... Are The Good Guys?”  —  In a speech just now in Missouri, Sarah Palin unleashed some of the most ostentatious POW-POW-POWing of the campaign, and strongly implied that Dems think the “terrorists” are the “good guys.”
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Kevin Drum
MTV:
Barack Obama Answers Your Questions — Check Out The Full Interview Here!  —  For your responses, watch ‘Ask Obama’ on Monday at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET on MTV.  —  MTV News sat down with Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Saturday in Nevada, but we weren't alone.
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
The Republicans' appalling attack on Rashid Khalidi.  —  On the clouded synapses of Sen. John McCain, it became clear as his campaign limped and lurched to its close, the termites had been dining long and dining well.  However much one might have admired the low comedy of his closing routine …
Joe Klein / Swampland:
To The Mountaintop  —  Word comes that Barack Obama's grandmother has died.  The timing is ridiculous.  But think, for a moment, if you will of Madelyn Dunham, a white woman from Kansas, strolling the aisle of a supermarket, or having lunch in a coffee shop, with her grandson …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air and Commentary
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Penn: Democrats Must Snatch Defeat from the Jaws of Victory  —  One happy result of the way the primaries came out is that Mark Penn is writing op-eds in The Financial Times rather than advising the next President of the United States: … To just repeat what I said in response …
Marc Ambinder:
Obama's Nevada State Director Dies  —  Terence Tolbert, Barack Obama's Nevada state director, died suddenly of a heart attack yesterday.  He was 44, and a former senior aide to New York City schools chancellor Joel Klein and mayor Michael Bloomberg.  —  For this reason, the mood …
Discussion: GothamSchools and Salon
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
What Might Have Been  —  In the end this campaign could have been a clear-cut and honest choice between two world views, unapologetically expressed.  I think with McCain his conservative/centrist views and 30-year public life were pretty well known to the public.  Like it or not, the voters knew what they would get.
Discussion: The New Republic and Sadly, No!
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Palin: ‘Far-left wing of the Democrat Party’ could takeover  —  LAKEWOOD, Ohio (CNN) - With her voice beginning to crack on this final marathon day of campaigning, Sarah Palin promised an audience in Ohio: “We will win!”  —  “You can just feel it here,” she said at a rally in the Cleveland suburbs.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
On The Plane  —  Ana Marie Cox participates in one of the weirdest rituals of the dying media paradigm: … Not only is this business of traveling with the candidate not very useful, with its huge ratio of time spent traveling to time spent doing stuff, but it's also quite expensive for the news organization paying for your travel.
 
 
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Edwin Chen / Bloomberg:
Bush Praised By Both Parties for Transition Planning
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Associated Press:
Judge Refuses to Order Longer Voting Hours in Va.
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Scott Mayerowitz / ABCNEWS:
Recession Nation: 49 States at Risk
Discussion: Think Progress
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
PALIN'S RISING STAR?
Discussion: Eschaton
Ramesh Ponnuru / The Corner:
Re: Bitter What-Might-Have-Beens
Discussion: The New Republic
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
‘We live it’  —  An interesting little clip from CNN's iReport …
Discussion: Wonkette
ABCNEWS:
Obama: ‘Not Going to Get Everything Done’ If Elected President
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
McCain slips, almost credits ‘Joe the Bomber’ for rise in polls.»
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Simon Jenkins / The Huffington Post:
Obama Stock Is Overpriced; Sell, Sell
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Marc Ambinder:
In One Weekend, 1.8 million Doors Knocked For Obama
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Palin campaign stonewalls on medical records