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10:30 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.
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
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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Fox News:
Investigator: No Evidence Palin Violated Ethics Law
Jason George / The Swamp:
Palin cleared by second Troopergate probe
Marc Ambinder:
Rove's Final Map: Obama 338, McCain 200  —  Karl Rove's final Electoral College map...
Discussion: rubber hose
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Nate Silver / Newsweek:
What to Watch For  —  An hour-by-hour guide to election night. … In 2000 and 2004, the outcome of the presidential race was unknown into the wee hours of the morning (and indeed for several weeks thereafter in 2000).  This time, it is possible that we will be able to guess the winner …
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:   A Prediction Report: Obama 339 Electoral Votes, McCain 199
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 …
The Trail / Washington Post:
California GOP Files FEC Complaint Over Obama Visit to Grandmother
Discussion: The Raw Story and Towleroad
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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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Today's Polls, 11/3 (PM Edition)
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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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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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 …
 
 
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