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4:55 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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Attiyah Buford / NBC Philadelphia:
Voting Problems in Philly & South Jersey  —  Pennsylvania is turning into one of the major voting problem hotspots of this election according to Election Protection, the nation's largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition.  —  The Coalition has taken hundreds of calls from voters.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Firedoglake
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!
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:   Poll problems and poll problem spin
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 …
Matt Lewis / Townhall.com:
Rush Limbaugh on Black Panthers Engaging in Voter Intimidation
Discussion: Marc Ambinder
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Democracy in Action Cont'd
Discussion: Brian Beutler
J Chiles Esq / Election Journal:
EJ Exlusive Video: Police Responding to Intimidation at Philly Polling Place
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and 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
Nora Ephron / The Huffington Post:
Thinking About Bill  —  As I listened to Sarah Palin's recent phone call with “Nikolas Sarkozy,” I couldn't help thinking about Bill Kristol.  —  I think about Bill Kristol far too much.  I almost never used to.  Before he began writing his Monday column in the New York Times, I rarely saw him on television.
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Ryan Powers / Think Progress:   Kristol: Palin ‘reminds me a lot of FDR.’
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.
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.
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
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.
Discussion: Riehl World View
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 …
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:
Today's Polls and Final Election Projection: Obama 349, McCain 189  —  It's Tuesday, November 4th, 2008, Election Day in America.  The last polls have straggled in, and show little sign of mercy for John McCain.  Barack Obama appears poised for a decisive electoral victory.
James Pethokoukis / US News:
The Latest From Inside McCain HQ  —  I just talked to one of my best Team McCain sources who told me that heading into today all the key battleground polls were moving hard and fast in their direction.  The source, hardly a perma-optimist, thinks it will be a long night, but that McCain is going to win.
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.
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:
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Fearful Conservatives Push New Talking Point: ‘This Is A Center-Right Country’  —  Last Friday, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer called the United States “the quintessential center-right country,” and wondered why it was “poised to reject” Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), “the quintessential center-right candidate.”
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
City Room:
Tim Robbins Faces Mix-Up at Polling Place  —  The actor Tim Robbins, looked dejected and annoyed around 10:30 a.m., as he was sitting in a folding chair at the McBurney YMCA at 125 West 14th Street, one of the more than 1,300 polling places throughout New York City.
Ynetnews:
Obama camp denies Jerusalem promised to Abbas  —  Dennis Ross vehemently denies report by Lebanese newspaper saying Democratic presidential hopeful told Abbas, Fayyad he would support their right to stable sovereign state.  Senior Abbas aide also says report ‘completely unfounded’  —  Roee Nahmias
Discussion: Israel Matzav
WSB-TV:
Some Georgians Suspected Of Voting Twice  —  ATLANTA — Georgia's Secretary of State has launched a full investigation and may seek criminal charges against three Georgia men who appear to have early-voted twice.  —  “This is extraordinarily disturbing,” said Secretary of State Karen Handel.
Discussion: Power Line
Marc Ambinder:
A Relatively Smooth Election.  Really.  —  In 2000 and 2004, Democrats were more vigilant than Republicans about voting machine malfunctions and potential problems.  This cycle, the volume of complaints from Republicans on election day seems to be exceeding what Democrats are producing.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
NADER: I HAVE ONLY ONE WORD FOR YOU...  From MSNBC.com's Bob Sullivan  —  Satire.  —  That's how Ralph Nader closed his third-party presidential campaign today at a small press conference in Washington D.C.'s National Press Club.  He instructed reporters that he would only give one-word answers …
Discussion: The New Republic and Wonkette
 
 
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Loving Big Government
Discussion: The American Scene and The Corner
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Obama's Foreign Legions
Discussion: protein wisdom
Noah Millman / The American Scene:
I Do Endorsements  —  I feel very strange supporting Obama …
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
First Impressions: Ohio Clinton Country Likes 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
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
WHAT TO LOOK FOR TONIGHT
Associated Press:
World hopes for a ‘less arrogant America’
Discussion: BlondeSense and MyDD
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