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12:05 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.
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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
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  —  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
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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James V. Grimaldi / Washington Post:
Alaska Board Clears Palin in Trooper Case  —  Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin did not violate state ethics rules as governor when she fired her state police commissioner and allegedly tried to engineer the firing of her brother-in-law from the Alaska State Troopers …
Discussion: Say Anything
Rachel D'Oro / Associated Press:
Report clears Palin in Troopergate probe
Discussion: Power Line and Classical Values
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
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The Trail / Washington Post:
Karl Rove Predicts Obama Blowout
Discussion: WhirledView
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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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
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: TalkLeft and Eschaton
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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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The Huffington Post:
McCain's Crowd Disturbingly Small, Ten Times Less Than Planned For
Discussion: News Hounds
CNN:
McCain draws small Florida crowd on race's final day
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
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
The '08 Race: A Sea Change for Politics as We Know It  —  The 2008 race for the White House that comes to an end on Tuesday fundamentally upended the way presidential campaigns are fought in this country, a legacy that has almost been lost with all the attention being paid to the battle between Senators John McCain and Barack Obama.
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 …
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
 
 
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Jonathan E. Kaplan / The Washington Independent:
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