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1:15 PM ET, October 31, 2010

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P.J. Salvatore / Big Journalism:
Anchorage CBS Affiliate Caught on Voicemail Conspiring Against Alaska's GOP Senate Candidate  —  The following voice mail message was inadvertently left on the cell phone of Joe Miller campaign spokesperson Randy DeSoto.  —  The voices are believed to be those of the news director …
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Republicans Counting on Write-In Lisa Murkowski Over Joe Miller in Alaska  —  ABC's Jonathan Karl reports: A high-level GOP source tells me that party leaders have essentially given up on Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller and are now banking on a victory by write-in candidate Lisa Murkowski …
Dan / Riehl World View:
KTVA-CBS 11 Compounds Scandal After Caught Targeting Miller's Senate Campaign  —  Last night news broke that Anchorage's CBS affiliate KTVA News 11 reporters were caught on tape discussing ways in which they could potentially embarass the Senate campaign of Republican Joe Miller.
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Jon Stewart Rally Attracts Estimated 215,000  —  An estimated 215,000 people attended a rally organized by Comedy Central talk show hosts Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert Saturday in Washington, according to a crowd estimate commissioned by CBS News.  —  The company AirPhotosLive.com based …
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Examiner:
Rally to Restore Sanity - Jon Stewart's closing speech (full text)  —  Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert responded to the America's culture of punditry Saturday with their Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear.  —  After three hours of musical performances, comic bits and taped video tributes …
New York Times:
At Rally, Thousands — Billions? — Respond
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
SERVING UP A HOT CUP OF SANITY.... Towards the very end of yesterday's …
Discussion: Examiner
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Fatwa-endorsing singer featured at “Restoring Sanity” rally?
Colby Hall / Mediaite:   Yusuf Islam (AKA Cat Stevens) And Ozzy Osbourne Battle At ‘Sanity Rally’
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
The war recovery?  —  When the midterm election cycle began, the prevailing opinion was that Barack Obama was cleverer and more inspirational than anyone else on the scene.  As it ends, nothing appears to have changed.  —  OH, YES, I know that Democrats have fallen into a peck of trouble and may lose control of Congress.
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CEPR:   David Broder Calls for War With Iran to Boost the Economy
Matt Duss / ThinkProgress:   Broder: 'As We Accelerate Preparations For War [With Iran] …
Jon Ralston / Las Vegas Sun:
Atmospherics are terrible for Reid, but he will hold on  —  Harry Reid or Sharron Angle is dead, last in an occasional series:  —  It just feels as if Reid is going to lose.  —  Forget the enthusiasm gap — that word is too mild.  There is a passion gap in this race that is palpable.
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Benjamin Spillman / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Poll: Heck takes lead over Titus
Discussion: National Review
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
CNN Poll: Large advantage for GOP as election nears  —  Washington (CNN) -Two days before the midterm elections, a new national poll indicates that Republicans have a 10-point lead over the Democrats in a crucial indicator in the battle for control of Congress.
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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Congress is ‘not a lost cause,’ says top Dem  —  (CNN) - History and recent polling suggest Democrats will most likely lose their majority in the House in Tuesday's election.  But according to the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the chamber “is not a lost cause.”
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Russell Berman / The Hill:   Van Hollen: Keeping Democratic control of the House Tuesday ‘not a lost cause’
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Russ Feingold's last stand  —  JANESVILLE, Wis. — Russ Feingold has spent 18 years on the fringes of the Senate Democratic Caucus and one very hard year here in his home state running the opposite of this year's standard-issue Democratic campaign.  —  But Feingold appears on the brink …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Can the Dude Abide?  —  Barack Obama became president by brilliantly telling his own story.  To stay president, he will need to show he can understand our story.  —  At first it was exciting that Obama was the sort of brainy, cultivated Democrat who would be at home in a “West Wing” episode.
Thomas MacMillan / New Haven Independent:
WWE Faithful Vote For The Bombshells  —  They roared as “Triple H” — U.S. Senate hopeful Linda McMahon's son-in-law — pounded his opponent in the ring.  They cheered as her husband Vince urged them to wear their World Wrestling Entertainment T-shirts to the polls on Tuesday.
Frank Rich / New York Times:
The Grand Old Plot Against the Tea Party  —  ONE dirty little secret of the 2010 election is that it won't be a political tragedy for Democrats if a Tea Party icon like Sharron Angle or Joe Miller ends up in the United States Senate.  Angle, now synonymous with racist ads sliming Hispanics …
BBC:
Bomb was designed to explode on cargo plane - UK PM  —  The printer found in Dubai had a circuit board linked to a mobile phone card  —  Prime Minister David Cameron says the device in a package sent from Yemen and found on a US-bound cargo plane was designed to go off on the aircraft.
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Mirna Sleiman / Wall Street Journal:   Dubai Police: Device Bears ‘Hallmarks’ of Al-Qaeda
 
 
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