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3:00 PM ET, November 1, 2010

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Scott Rasmussen / Wall Street Journal:
A Vote Against Dems, Not for the GOP  —  Voters don't want to be governed from the left, right or center.  They want Washington to recognize that Americans want to govern themselves.  —  In the first week of January 2010, Rasmussen Reports showed Republicans with a nine-point lead on the generic congressional ballot.
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Miller leads in Alaska  —  Joe Miller is favored heading into the final two days of the US Senate campaign in Alaska.  37% of voters say they'll pick him while 30% plan to vote for Scott McAdams and another 30% plan to write in Lisa Murkowski.  —  Miller is winning despite having …
John Harwood / New York Times:
With Victory, Republicans Would Face Uncertainty  —  MIAMI — If voters engineer the Congressional makeover that strategists in both parties now expect, the implications for governance over the next two years, and for America's political future, remain a mystery.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
GOP headed for PA sweep
Discussion: Hot Air
Gallup:
Republicans Appear Poised to Win Big on Tuesday  —  Lead in generic ballot large enough to give Republicans solid majority control of U.S. House  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The final USA Today/Gallup measure of Americans' voting intentions for Congress shows Republicans continuing to hold …
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
5 Reasons Republicans Could Do Even Better Than Expected  —  Dawn breaks over New York City on Wednesday, Nov. 3.  Democrats catching the early train to work are thinking about adding a little whiskey to their morning coffee.  Because the headlines they are reading are truly terrible.
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
What if it's a massacre?  - Gallup: ‘Unprecedented’ GOP lead - Monday stakes: Pelosi, Obama, Barbour in hot seat - Dems bank on GOTV - Ralston predicts Reid win  —  THE DAY BEFORE - WHAT IF IT'S A MASSACRE?  Remember over the summer, when we were debating whether House Republicans needed …
Discussion: New York Times
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Final Gallup Poll sees historic GOP wave into 'uncharted territory …
Discussion: protein wisdom and Big Government
The Politico:
Next for GOP leaders: Stopping Sarah Palin  —  Top Republicans in Washington and in the national GOP establishment say the 2010 campaign highlighted an urgent task that they will begin in earnest as soon as the elections are over: Stop Sarah Palin.  —  Interviews with advisers …
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Scott Wong / The Politico:
Michael Steele to GOP Sarah Palin critics: ‘Shut up’
Discussion: CNN, The Note and Taylor Marsh
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Romney calls Palin presidential run ‘great’
The Huffington Post:
Is Rick Perry The Next Sarah Palin?
Discussion: Off the Kuff
David Carr / New York Times:
Rally to Shift the Blame  —  In his new role as a political leader, which is what you call somebody if he hosts a rally on the Washington Mall for over 200,000 people, Jon Stewart was a little hemmed at the Rally to Restore Sanity on Saturday.  Because sanity should know no party, partisan rhetoric was not on the teleprompter.
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David Weigel / Weigel:
What I Saw at the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear
Discussion: This Just In and CNN
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama prepared to dust off veto pen should GOP take the House  —  President Obama is ready to flex some muscle by using the veto pen if Republicans win back a majority in the House.  —  Democrats and White House aides said that Obama is prepared to wield his veto pen and effectively stare …
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Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
BUMMER.  Kid Dresses Up as Obama Joker For White House Halloween Party  —  On the bright side, at least the president didn't have another meltdown.  —  President and Michelle Obama greeted kids for Halloween at the White House.  —  They didn't expect this...  One of the kids dressed as Obama Joker.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
John Boehner to hit President Obama on ‘enemies’
Robin Bravender / The Politico:
Harry Reid loss could reopen nuke debate  —  Opponents of a Nevada nuclear waste dump thought they'd finally managed to kill the Yucca Mountain project.  Then came Sharron Angle.  —  The tea party-backed Republican stands a good chance at ousting Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid …
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   Can Reid Still Win?
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Nevada going down to the wire...  The Nevada Senate race is headed …
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
CROWD ROARS AT WORLD SERIES As Bush Zings a Strike to Start Game 4 (Video)  —  What a moment!  —  George Bush 41 and George Bush 43 entered the stadium together tonight to throw out the first ball at the World Series.  —  THE CROWD ROARED.  —  Then GW threw a strike to home plate catcher Nolan Ryan to start off game 4.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THAT'S NOT AN ESPECIALLY IMPRESSIVE SKILL IN A PRESIDENT. …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Mugged by the Moralizers  —  “How many of you people want to pay for your neighbor's mortgage that has an extra bathroom and can't pay their bills?”  That's the question CNBC's Rick Santelli famously asked in 2009, in a rant widely credited with giving birth to the Tea Party movement.
Discussion: Paul Krugman and The Big Picture
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
A Donation Clouds Fox News Report  —  The Fox Business Network focused on what it called “The War on Business” all last week, but on Tuesday its coverage was decidedly more focused — with a series of reports about a California ballot initiative that its parent company, the News Corporation, had spent $1.3 million to defeat.
WNYMedia.net:
Carl Paladino's Halloween Drunktacular  —  While Andrew Cuomo was in Monroe County rallying supporters and actually campaigning, Carl Paladino was having himself a helluva time at South Buffalo watering hole, Potter's Field.  The bar, just down the block from Carl's house is one of his favorite places …
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
O'Donnell has trouble airing 30-minute TV ad in Delaware  —  Christine O'Donnell is taking a page from the playbook of Barack Obama.  The Republican Senate candidate has produced a 30-minute television advertisement in the form of a documentary chronicling her connection with the people of Delaware.
BBC:
Alcohol ‘more harmful than heroin’ says Prof David Nutt  —  Professor David Nutt: “In terms of the cost to society, alcohol causes the biggest harm”  —  Alcohol is more harmful than heroin or crack, according to a study published in medical journal the Lancet.
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CNN:
Study: Alcohol ‘most harmful drug,’ followed by crack and heroin
Discussion: Shakesville and Prairie Weather
Michelle Malkin:
Colorado Democrat Sen. Michael Bennet's disastrous cut-and-run radio interview  —  Just last week, I noted Colorado Democrat Sen. Michael Bennet's botched attempt to spoon-feed the local media.  —  The Bennet campaign screwed up again big time again — sending him to phone …
David Weigel / Weigel:
Evan Bayh, Get Off the Air  —  It's not usually a good idea to write off of a negative reaction to a TV show.  It works for recaps of reality shows, perhaps, but not politics.  But I have watched Evan Bayh, the retiring senator from Indiana, bring his Eeyore act to Morning Joe and I'm not sure …
CNN:
Is it really that bad? 75 percent say yes  —  Washington (CNN) — The number of Americans who say things are going badly in the country, at 75 percent, is higher than it has been on the eve of any midterm election since the question was first asked in the mid-1970s, according to a new national poll.
Brad Johnson / ThinkProgress:
‘Kill Some Crackers’: GOP Group Pays Fox Affiliates To Influence Election With Anti-Obama Propaganda  —  Several Fox television stations and one ABC affiliate in key battleground states are running a Republican front group's anti-Obama propaganda as paid programming in the final days leading up to the election.
 
 
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Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Labor Unions Fear Rollback of Rights if G.O.P. Wins
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Mohammed Tawfeeq / CNN:
58 dead as Iraqi forces end church siege
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journalists.org:
MSNBC.com, NPR, Pro Publica and CNN.com take top honors at 2010 …
Josh Barro / National Review:
Obama's “Decoupling” Proposal Is a Trap
Ezra Klein:
The media's pro-Palin corruption
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
 Earlier Items: 
Scott / Power Line:
Investigate this  —  In a series of posts on Obama administration …
Discussion: BLACKFIVE and Chicago Boyz
Byron Tau / Ben Smith's Blog:
Tacos for all  —  A Maryland-based restaurant is offering free food …
Vanity Fair:
The 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Poll
Discussion: The Hill and Weasel Zippers
Neil King Jr / Wall Street Journal:
Vote Hints at Historic Political Volatility
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Rossi holds small lead
Discussion: Firedoglake, Hot Air and Daily Kos
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Close Senate race in Colorado
Discussion: National Review, Daily Kos and POLISING