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11:10 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 …
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
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
On Eve of Election, Obama Pays Tribute to His Grandmother, Who Died in Hawaii  —  CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Madelyn Dunham, who watched from afar as her only grandson rapidly ascended the ranks of American politics to the brink of the presidency, did not live to see whether he was elected.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Eli Sanders / Slog:   Will Madelyn Dunham's Vote Count?
Herbert A. Sample / Associated Press:
Obama's grandmother dies a day before election
John McCormick / Chicago Tribune:
Barack Obama's grandmother Madelyn Dunham dies
Discussion: Gawker, pandagon.net and Wonkette
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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 …
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Rachel D'Oro / Associated Press:
Report clears Palin in Troopergate probe … ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A report has cleared Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin of ethics violations in the firing of her public safety commissioner.  —  Released Monday, the report says there is no probable cause to believe Palin or any other state official violated …
New York Times:   Report Backs Palin in Firing of Commissioner
Fox News:
Investigator: No Evidence Palin Violated Ethics Law
Jason George / The Swamp:
Palin cleared by second Troopergate probe
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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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
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.
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
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.
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Fox News:
FOX News Poll: Obama Leads Going Into Election Day
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Eschaton
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 …
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 …
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.  —  FOXNews.com  —  LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. — “Hey folks, 37 more hours!”  —  Joe Biden greeted a crowd primed for the home stretch …
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Romney Can't Bring Himself To Say That McCain Has Conducted A ‘Dignified And Honest’ Campaign  —  This morning on NBC's Today Show, host Meredith Vieira asked McCain campaign surrogate Mitt Romney about a new University of Wisconsin analysis, which found that more of McCain's ads have been negative than Obama's in the past week.
Edwin Chen / Bloomberg:
Bush Praised By Both Parties for Transition Planning  —  Nov. 3 (Bloomberg) — President George W. Bush is leaving office with some of the lowest job-approval ratings in history.  He's being assailed by both of his would-be successors, one of whom will inherit two wars and the most severe financial crisis since the Great Depression.
Discussion: Marc Ambinder and techPresident
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.
Discussion: The Democratic Daily
Anita Kumar / Washington Post:
NAACP Election Suit Unsuccessful in Va.  —  A federal judge Monday refused to order any last-minute changes to Virginia's voting procedures in response to allegations by the NAACP that the state is not prepared to handle the predicted historic voter turnout in Tuesday's election.
 
 
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