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3:30 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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Skip / GraniteGrok:
BREAKING - POSSIBLE VOTER FRAUD IN NH!  —  It is being reported that the NH GOP has gone to court to stop possible voter fraud.  It seems that Republican poll watchers are being kept up to 40 feet away (can't read or hear stuff from that distance) from the Registration areas at the poll locations - THIS IS ILLEGAL!
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 Exlusive Video: Police Responding to Intimidation at Philly Polling Place
Discussion: www.redstate.com
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 …
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Frank James / The Swamp:
Palin, a uniter wannabe, blames media
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Sarah Talks to the Press After Voting in Alaska
Discussion: Hot Air, Commentary and Gateway Pundit
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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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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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 …
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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, Hot Air and Don Surber
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 …
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
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
First Impressions: Ohio Clinton Country Likes Obama  —  TOLEDO, Ohio—I didn't expect Sue Wolfinger to tell me much.  Forty-five and trim, and wearing a blue zip sweatshirt, she looked like she was in a hurry as she left her polling place this morning.  While she agreed to answer a few questions …
Discussion: Marc Ambinder
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.
Leslie Wayne / The Caucus:
The Tally on Independent Spending  —  One thing that should end on Wednesday morning is the sound of money being spend on electioneering from independent groups on the right and the left.  —  And when it does, and someone does the final tally, there are estimates that around $400 million will have been spent by these outside groups.
Discussion: TPM Election Central
Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
Kerry at Foggy Bottom?  —  John Kerry was one of the first party leaders to endorse Barack Obama.  (wdcpix)  —  Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), the Democratic nominee for president in 2004, has emerged as a leading candidate for secretary of state — should Sen. Barack Obama win the presidency Nov. 4.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and ATTACKERMAN
 
 
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Pete Abel / The Moderate Voice:
Early Morning Voting in a Bellwether State
Megan McArdle:
Big Day  —  This is a pretty great day to be living in a heavily black neighborhood.
Discussion: TigerHawk
City Room:
Tim Robbins Faces Mix-Up at Polling Place
Discussion: New York Magazine and Gothamist
CNN:
Soggy ballots challenging scanning machines in Chesapeake, VA
Discussion: Marc Ambinder
Mark Blumenthal / Pollster.com:
Morning Status Update for 11/04
Discussion: The Swamp and TPMCafe
Amanda Carpenter / Townhall.com:
Is Some Clarification on Voter Fraud Too Much to Ask For?
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
 Earlier Items: 
The Campaign Spot:
Republicans Kept Pace in Colorado's Early Voting
SurveyUSA:
McCain 510 Electoral Votes, Obama 28 ... How the Map Looked Exactly 2 Years Ago
Discussion: MoJoBlog and Daily Kos
HillBuzz:
WARNING: this is how Election Day is going to go down. …
Discussion: Nice Deb and Yourish.com
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