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3:00 PM ET, November 4, 2008

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Amanda Carpenter / Townhall.com:
A Repeat of 2004 Philly Voter Chaos, Fraud  —  GOP Election Board members have been tossed out of polling stations in at least half a dozen polling stations in Philadelphia because of their party status.  —  A Pennsylvania judge previously ruled that court-appointed poll watchers …
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John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
Milwaukee Puts a Vote-Fraud Cop Out of Business  —  Local Democrats don't take the issue seriously.  —  Last week Mike Sandvick, head of the Milwaukee Police Department's five-man Special Investigative Unit, was told by superiors not to send anyone to polling places on Election Day.
John / Power Line:
VOTER FRAUD UNDERWAY IN PHILADELPHIA  —  It's a time-honored tradition in some Philadelphia precincts: commandeer the premises and start running ballots through the machines, voting for Democrats.  It's happening again this year.  Amanda Carpenter reports:
Michelle Malkin:
Obama's civilian security force: Billy club-wielding security guards at Philly polls  —  Here's the vid of billy club-wielding “security” guards at the 1221 Fairmount Ave. polling place in Philly from Election Journal.  Just as I suspected, these guys look like NBPP from the emblem on one of the “guard's” jackets.
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Michelle Malkin:
Black Panther intimidation at the polls?  ; NBPP: “We will be at the polls in the cities and counties in many states to ensure that the enemy does not sabotage the black vote, which was won through the blood of the martyrs of our people”  —  Reader Steve e-mails: “Just after 12:00 noon …
J Chiles Esq / Election Journal:
EJ Exclusive: “Security” with Weapons Preventing Entrance to Philly Polling Place
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Schumer on Fox: Fairness Doctrine ‘fair and balanced’  —  Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday defended the so-called Fairness Doctrine in an interview on Fox News, saying, “I think we should all be fair and balanced, don't you?”  —  Schumer's comments echo other Democrats' views …
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Peter Hamby / CNN:
Palin discusses her future  —  Gov. Sarah Palin cast her vote in Wasilla, Alaska and spoke to reporters about her future.  (AP PHOTO)  —  WASILLA, Alaska (CNN) — Sarah Palin appeared calm and confident Tuesday morning during her brief sojourn to Wasilla, Alaska, where she greeted hometown supporters …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Frank James / The Swamp:
Palin, a uniter wannabe, blames media
Ryan Powers / Think Progress:
Kristol: Palin ‘reminds me a lot of FDR.’  —  Kristol: Palin ‘reminds me a lot of FDR.’»  —  Yesterday on Fox News Channel, Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol predicted that Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) has a bright future in American politics even if her ticket does not win today's election.
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
WHAT TO LOOK FOR TONIGHT  —  I didn't title this post ‘what to expect’ because I'm too temperamentally cautious, even in the privacy of my own thoughts, to get into predictions.  But I wanted to give people a sense of what key moments and events to watch to know where we're heading as we move …
Discussion: Bark Bark Woof Woof
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Mark Murray / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: A VIEWERS' GUIDE TO TONIGHT
Discussion: UnionLeader.com and The RBC
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Election Night Guide (Popcorn Included)
Discussion: Althouse, Threat Level and TVNewser
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Palin's Doctor Writes  —  I'll let AP tell the story: … We have been given no actual records of the last pregnancy, or any reccords at all, although we are told by the elusive Dr. Catherine Baldwin-Johnson that labor was at 35 weeks - not as premature as previously believed …
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Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Palin Aides Release Her Medical History
Discussion: Political Machine and CNN
HillBuzz:
Five Reasons Obama Lost This Election  —  We truly believe if all of us continue to work as hard as possible tonight and tomorrow in get-out-the-vote efforts, and if we control the Eeyores in our midst and prevent the Obamedia from depressing turnout in our ranks, that McCain/Palin …
Political Punch:
Among the Other Voters  —  CHICAGO, Ill. — Among the other voters who have shown up to vote at Shoesmith Elementary School this morning, where Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., will vote: Louis Farrakhan and William Ayers.  —  Seriously.  —  Welcome to the South Side of Chicago.  — jpt
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Washington Wire:
Ayers and Obama: Same Polling Place
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Ten Reasons Why You Should Ignore Exit Polls  —  Oh, let me count the ways.  Almost all of this, by the way, is lifted from Mark Bluemthnal's outstanding Exit Poll FAQ.  For the long version, see over there.  —  1. Exit polls have a much larger intrinsic margin for error than regular polls.
Seanmalstrom / Malstrom's Articles News:
Toast  —  I've checked my email, and I have over a hundred new messages.  And I can't get to anything resorting to ‘Sean Malstrom’ due to real life situations.  Luckily I changed my career gears long ago.  But my old profession of political analysis is going to be absolutely destroyed.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Good Riddance  —  Today being the day America chooses a successor, it's worth reflecting for a moment on the abysmal leader we have right now.  I think an issue like asking whether or not George W. Bush is the worst president we've ever had gets a little too imponderable considering the historical issues.
Discussion: The Sideshow and Eschaton
Fred Barnes / Wall Street Journal:
We Could Be In for a Lurch to the Left  —  A President Obama would not face the same constraints as his Democratic predecessors.  —  There's an old saying that politics in America is played between the 40 yard lines.  What this means, for those unfamiliar with football, is that we're a centrist country …
Agence France Presse:
Obama thanks ‘gracious’ press … Democrat Barack Obama made a rare foray to the press section of his campaign plane early Tuesday — election day — to thank reporters for accompanying him on his grueling 21-month ride.  —  Also thanking the media for expressions of condolence following …
David Henke / Northfield News:
St. Olaf prof resigns after election sign fiasco  —  Philip Busse, the St. Olaf College professor who admitted to stealing campaign signs in a national political blog read by millions, has resigned.  —  St. Olaf spokesman David Gonnerman issued the following statement Monday afternoon:
Discussion: Fox News, Don Surber and Hot Air
Boyd Reed / eastside93's Blog:
I Didn't Vote For Obama Today  —  I have a confession to make.  —  I did not vote for Barack Obama today.  —  I've openly supported Obama since March.  But I didn't vote for him today.  —  I wanted to vote for Ronald Woods.  He was my algebra teacher at Clark Junior High in East St. Louis, IL.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Last laugh may replace the scream  —  Howard Dean doesn't believe in luck, nor does he leave matters to chance.  —  “My favorite quote is from Louis Pasteur: Chance favors the prepared mind,” Dean said in an interview Monday while campaigning in John McCain's home state of Arizona.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Associated Press:
World hopes for a ‘less arrogant America’  —  BERLIN - A world weary of eight years of George W. Bush was riveted Tuesday by the drama unfolding in the United States.  Many were inspired by Barack Obama's focus on hope, or simply relieved that — whoever wins — the current administration is coming to an end.
Discussion: BlondeSense and MyDD
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Turning out, everywhere  —  As far as I can figure out from my morning email, turnout is unprecedented everywhere, from Democratic enclaves in Northern Virginia to Florida to Central Pennsylvania.  Readers in both Republican and Democratic spots say the lines are longer than they were four years ago.
SurveyUSA:
McCain 510 Electoral Votes, Obama 28 ... How the Map Looked Exactly 2 Years Ago  —  Exactly two years ago, SurveyUSA completed interviews with 600 voters in every state (30,000 total interviews), asking them how they would vote in a 2008 Presidential Election between John McCain and Barack Obama.
Discussion: MoJoBlog and Daily Kos
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Jim Moran on the Simplistic Notion That People With Wealth Are Entitled To Keep It  —  Moran always manages to stick a foot in his mouth shortly before elections, but it makes little difference, as he's running in the heavily blue Northern Virginia 8th District.
 
 
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Josh Marshall / TPMCafe:
Those Prop 8 Ads  —  Some time early Monday Google Adsense …
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Reports from the Front  —  From Minnesota: … Columbus, Ohio:
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and TBogg
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Rove suggests landscape favors Obama
Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
Kerry at Foggy Bottom?
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and ATTACKERMAN
The Campaign Spot:
Republicans Kept Pace in Colorado's Early Voting
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
The Village People  —  As Mark says, these stories don't mean …
Discussion: Cogitamus
Peter Baker / The Caucus:
Is Redskins' Game an Omen for McCain?
Discussion: Weekly Standard and TalkLeft
 Earlier Items: 
HillBuzz:
WARNING: this is how Election Day is going to go down. …
Discussion: Nice Deb and Yourish.com
John Tierney / New York Times:
Basics | Obama and McCain Walk Into a Bar ...
Discussion: The Corner and Don Surber
David Brooks / New York Times:
A Date With Scarcity
Reihan Salam / Forbes:
What If McCain Wins?  —  A John McCain victory would represent …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Vodkapundit