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9:45 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 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
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.
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama's Grandmother Dies
Discussion: Guardian
John McCormick / Chicago Tribune:
Barack Obama's grandmother Madelyn Dunham dies
Discussion: Gawker, pandagon.net and Wonkette
MSNBC:
Barack Obama's grandmother dies
Discussion: Firedoglake and Mercury Rising
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
Jason George / The Swamp:
Palin cleared by second Troopergate probe
Fox News:
Investigator: No Evidence Palin Violated Ethics Law
Discussion: Washington Post
Marc Ambinder:
Rove's Final Map: Obama 338, McCain 200  —  Karl Rove's final Electoral College map...
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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
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
The Huffington Post:
McCain's Crowd Disturbingly Small, Ten Times Less Than Planned For
Discussion: News Hounds
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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BarbinMD / Daily Kos:
This Is What Desperation Smells Like  —  If it wasn't so pitiful, it would be funny.  On the day before the election, the California Republican Party has filed a complaint against Barack Obama and his campaign: … Comedy.  Did John “Thank God My Wife Owns A Jet” McCain, reimburse anyone after he …
Discussion: Marc Ambinder and AMERICAblog News
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 …
Brian Schaffner / Pollster.com:
The Cell-Phone-Only Difference: A Final Look  —  A little over a week ago, I posted two different national trend estimates: one for pollsters who were reaching cell-phone-only (CPO) respondents by calling cell phones in addition to landlines and one for those who were only calling landlines.
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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 …
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
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.  —  FOXNews.com  —  LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. — “Hey folks, 37 more hours!”  —  Joe Biden greeted a crowd primed for the home stretch …
Discussion: Commentary and JammieWearingFool
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Huma Khan / Political Radar:
Biden: No ‘Real Gaffes’ as VP
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
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 …
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.
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
Marc Ambinder:
Hard Data Watch: New Early Voting Numbers  —  (note: significant cross-out below... Bottom line is that Obama, not McCain, has an advantage.)  —  Historically, Republicans have had an advantage over Democrats in terms of absentee balloting; Democrats tend to outperform Republicans in terms of in-person early voting.
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.”
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Palin campaign stonewalls on medical records  —  LAKEWOOD, Ohio (CNN) - With less than 24 hours to go before the presidential election, Sarah Palin still has not released her medical records and there is no indication the campaign is planning to do so.  —  Two weeks ago, Palin's campaign …
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.
 
 
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The Campaign Spot:
All Barack Obama Statements Come With an Expiration Date.  All Of Them.
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Christopher Maag / New York Times:
Hints of Comeback for Nation's First Superhighway
Discussion: City Room and Eschaton
Andrew Breitbart / Washington Times:
An Election Day Note: Thanks, President Bush
Associated Press:
Judge Refuses to Order Longer Voting Hours in Va.
Discussion: The Swamp and Below The Beltway
Scott Mayerowitz / ABCNEWS:
Recession Nation: 49 States at Risk
neo-neocon:
More from the Obama archives: waiting for the right moment to push …
Discussion: protein wisdom
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
PALIN'S RISING STAR?
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 Earlier Items: 
Ramesh Ponnuru / The Corner:
Re: Bitter What-Might-Have-Beens
Discussion: The New Republic
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Palin: ‘Far-left wing of the Democrat Party’ could takeover
Discussion: Firedoglake, NO QUARTER and The Swamp
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
What Might Have Been  —  In the end this campaign could have …
Discussion: The New Republic and Sadly, No!