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3:50 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
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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Ian Urbina / The Caucus:
At the Polls: Lines and Lawsuits  —  Voters flocked to the polls early this morning only to find parking lots already packed, turnout high and long lines already snaking around the block.  The Times's Ian Urbina is reporting throughout the day on problems at the polls.
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and Truthdig
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
WHAT TO LOOK FOR TONIGHT
Discussion: Bark Bark Woof Woof
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: A VIEWERS' GUIDE TO TONIGHT
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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
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
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 …
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
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
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
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
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
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
My simple thought on voting  —  Most of what you do is for expressive value anyway, so you shouldn't feel guilty about voting, if indeed you vote.  The people who think they are being instrumentally rational by not voting are probably deceiving themselves more.
Discussion: Will Wilkinson and EconLog
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 Mooney / CNN:
Rove suggests landscape favors Obama  —  (CNN) - John McCain and his aides are still banking on a come-from-behind victory Tuesday, but the GOP's most famous political strategist is forecasting Obama is well positioned to win.  —  Karl Rove, the man widely credited with engineering President Bush's …
Amanda Carpenter / Townhall.com:
Is Some Clarification on Voter Fraud Too Much to Ask For?  —  Ron Jones of Philadelphia told CNN's Brian Todd he was so inspired to vote he voted more than once.  —  “It's time for change, man,” Jones said.  He complained about the long lines and said that “I decided to come back and vote a couple times.”
 
 
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Noah Millman / The American Scene:
I Do Endorsements  —  I feel very strange supporting Obama …
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
CNN:
Soggy ballots challenging scanning machines in Chesapeake, VA
Discussion: Marc Ambinder
inRich.com:
Problems at the polls: Voting issues caused by weather, human error
Discussion: Yourish.com
Mark Blumenthal / Pollster.com:
Morning Status Update for 11/04
Discussion: TPMCafe and The Swamp
Josh Marshall / TPMCafe:
Those Prop 8 Ads  —  Some time early Monday Google Adsense …
 Earlier Items: 
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Reports from the Front  —  From Minnesota: … Columbus, Ohio:
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and TBogg
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
Reihan Salam / Forbes:
What If McCain Wins?  —  A John McCain victory would represent …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Vodkapundit