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1:55 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:
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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Michelle Malkin:
Fairness Doctrine Watch: Schumer likens conservative opinion …
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
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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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 …
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Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Yikes  —  From Fox earlier (rough transcript):
Discussion: 24Ahead
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
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.
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 …
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: A VIEWERS' GUIDE TO TONIGHT  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Domenico Montanaro, and Carrie Dann  —  *** A viewers guide to tonight: Finally — Election Day.  And perhaps the best way to gauge how McCain and Obama are faring is by following the poll closing times for key states.
Discussion: UnionLeader.com and The RBC
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Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Election Night Guide (Popcorn Included)
Discussion: Threat Level, Althouse and TVNewser
Marist Poll:
Battle for the White House: The Final National Poll  —  This Marist Poll reports:  —  · The End of the Road...Obama Leads McCain by 9 Percentage Points Nationally Going Into Today's Election: The campaign trail comes to an end today for Senator Barack Obama and Senator John McCain.
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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.
CNN:
Dixville Notch has spoken: It's Obama in a landslide  —  DIXVILLE NOTCH, New Hampshire (CNN) — Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama emerged victorious in the first election returns of the 2008 presidential race, winning 15 of 21 votes cast in Dixville Notch, New Hampshire.
HillBuzz:
WARNING: this is how Election Day is going to go down.  Do not get sucked in, Eeyores!  —  We don't want to beat a dead horse here (or, donkey, as the case may be), but we need to remind you all, once more, not to be Eeyores today.  —  The Obamedia is going to do to you what they did to …
Discussion: Nice Deb and Yourish.com
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
Ariana Eunjung Cha / Washington Post:
As China's Losses Mount, Confidence Turns to Fear  —  Officials Use Bailouts to Forestall Unrest  —  SHENZHEN, China — When Chong Yik Toy Co. went bankrupt, the bosses fled without meeting their payroll and angry workers took to the streets in protest.  Less than 72 hours later, the local government came to the rescue.
David Brooks / New York Times:
A Date With Scarcity  —  Nov. 4, 2008, is a historic day because it marks the end of an economic era, a political era and a generational era all at once.  —  Economically, it marks the end of the Long Boom, which began in 1983.  Politically, it probably marks the end of conservative dominance, which began in 1980.
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.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and marbury
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Palin votes in Wasilla, talks to reporters  —  Sarah Palin cast her ballot before the sun came up back home in Wasilla, Alaska, today, expressing joy at the moment and appreciation to be among friends and family.  —  “Forever, I'm going to be Sarah from Alaska,” Palin said …
Discussion: The Swamp and Wonkette
Reihan Salam / Forbes:
What If McCain Wins?  —  A John McCain victory would represent an almost miraculous comeback.  But is miraculous the right word?  I'm in Austin, Texas, right now, a lefty enclave in the heart of Republican Texas, and I sense that many of my Barack Obama-supporting friends would consider …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Vodkapundit
CNN:
Voting machine breakdowns lead to long lines  —  (CNN) — Some voters Tuesday morning encountered machine breakdowns, long lines and late poll openings, while others cast their ballots in minutes with no problems.  —  While a record turnout is expected for the historic presidential election …
Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
America Votes, but First It Must Wait in Long Lines  —  Obama Votes With Daughters; McCain to Vote in Phoenix  —  Voters across the country are turning out, lining up and casting ballots in what could be record numbers, marking one more milestone in an already historic election.
Discussion: MoJoBlog and NewWest
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 …
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.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
 
 
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SurveyUSA:
McCain 510 Electoral Votes, Obama 28 ... How the Map Looked Exactly 2 Years Ago
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Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
The Village People  —  As Mark says, these stories don't mean …
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Brian Faughnan / www.redstate.com:
Suppressing the Vote in Lancaster County
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Anti-Semitism rising in Europe
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Jacques Steinberg / New York Times:
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