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8:55 AM ET, November 2, 2010


 Top Items: 
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
5 Reasons Democrats Could Beat the Polls and Hold the House  —  It was hard to pinpoint exactly when in the night things started to go wrong.  But at some point, a trash can was knocked over in John Boehner's office in the Rayburn House Office Building.  A half-hour later on the other side of town …
The Cook /
The Cook Report Issues Final Forecast: GOP Gains 50 to 60 Seats in the House  —  In its final forecast for the election cycle, The Cook Political Report expects a gain for Republicans of 50 to 60 seats in the House, with six to eight seats in the Senate.  Below are the final outlooks and latest ratings changes.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
House Forecast: G.O.P. Plus 54-55 Seats; Significantly Larger or Smaller Gains Possible  —  Republicans are well-positioned to win control of the House of Representatives in tomorrow's elections, and quite possibly to achieve the largest gain made by either party in a Congressional election since World War II.
Wall Street Journal:
Pressure Builds on Obama to Shake Up Inner Circle  —  Some high-level Democrats are calling for President Barack Obama to remake his inner circle or even fire top advisers in response to what many party strategists expect to be a decisive defeat on Tuesday.  —  Tensions have come to the surface …
Geoff Earle / New York Post:
Voters to show ‘Dem’ no mercy  —  Tweet  —  WASHINGTON — Angry voters head to the polls today and are set to throw out Democrats across the country — a wave of pink slips that Republicans say reflects the nation's deep dissatisfaction with President Obama's economic policies.
Benjamin Sarlin / The Daily Beast:
A Midterm Flashback  —  As you may have noticed, we at The Daily Beast have been busily digging into coverage of blowouts past for historical parallels to tomorrow's election.  I wanted to highlight one little gem from the news archives as we head into the final day of the midterms.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Top Democrat says party faces ‘bloodbath’ on Election Day  —  Democrats could be facing a political “bloodbath” tomorrow if the polling is accurate, the third-ranking House Democrat said Monday.  —  House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said Democrats must show up in full force on Nov. 2 …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and The Politico
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Jim Geraghty and Jay Cost: How does a 70+ seat pick-up tomorrow sound?
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Election 2010 Predictions: The House
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Rally to Restore ‘Worst Persons in the World’  —  Say it ain't so, Keith!  Say it ain't so!  —  Countdown host Keith Olbermann, in a fit of (toned-down) pique at Jon Stewart's false equivalence of MSNBC with Fox News, announced tonight that he is “suspending” the “Worst Persons in the World” segment, with an eye toward killing it.
Discussion: Pat Dollard, Hot Air and The Blaze
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Keith Olbermann Suspends ‘Worst Persons’ Segment Until Further Notice  —  Longtime fans of Countdown may have been disappointed to learn tonight that one of the franchise segments, “Worst Persons,” is no longer - at least for the time being.  Why?  Well as host Keith Olbermann explains in the segment below …
Discussion: Tuned In and The Reaction
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Barack Obama preempts John Boehner's salvo  —  Hours before a scheduled scolding by House Republican Leader John Boehner in Ohio, President Barack Obama said Monday that he should have used the word ‘opponents’ instead of 'enemies'" in a Univision radio interview.
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Boehner vs. Obama
Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
Palin pounds ‘puppy-kicking’ Politico for heavy use of anonymous sources  —  On Monday, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin mocked her media detractors - Politico, specifically — as “puppy-kicking, chain-smoking porn producers” for their heavy use of anonymous sources in a quote as memorable as Spiro Agnew's …
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
TRENDING: Palin: Politico report is ‘crap’
The Huffington Post:
President Obama To Do Interview With Ryan Seacrest  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION? … WASHINGTON — The administration's last-minute push to turn out the vote is spurring some unconventional media outreach efforts.  But none of them have been quite as unlikely as that announced on Monday …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama says he's ‘not worried’ about the Tea Party
Aharding / CNN:
Morgan Freeman in middle of campaign ad controversy  —  (CNN) - North Carolina Republican congressional candidate B.J. Lawson's campaign said it was “tricked” by a production company after it was revealed that actor Morgan Freeman was not the narrator in Lawson's latest ad, as the campaign had previously claimed.
Discussion: Washington Post
PR Newswire:
Lawson for Congress Confirms Morgan Freeman Narration in Latest TV and Radio Ad
Sara Kugler Frazier / Associated Press:
NYC mayor says independent president a good idea  —  NEW YORK — Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an independent who has considered running for president, declared Monday that an independent has a better chance at succeeding in the White House than a Republican or a Democrat.
Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
Judge questions Justice Department's lawsuit against Arizona immigration law  —  A federal appellate judge expressed deep skepticism Monday about a Justice Department lawsuit challenging Arizona's new immigration law, leaving uncertain the Obama administration's chances of stopping the law from taking effect.
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
'Don't Ask' policy kept in place
Discussion: Power Line, CNN and The Note
Urban Cowgirl /
The Battle of Harris County  —  A firsthand look at early voting in Houston  —  Voting signs outside a polling station in Harris County.  —  On Friday, Oct. 29, the last day of early voting in Houston, the walkway into Moody Park's polling station in Houston looked like a gauntlet.
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
ABC News and Breitbart are now at war  —  It's not like we don't try to warn people.  —  It's not like Media Matters hasn't meticulously detailed the way Andrew Breitbart routinely wrestles with the truth and loses.  We've made it plain to anyone who's interested that Breitbart is a propagandist, plain and simple.
U.S. Feared Parcel Bomb Plot Was Coming; Saw September ‘Dry Run’  —  Saudi Intelligence Provided UPS, FedEx Tracking Numbers to Stop ‘Real Thing’  —  US intelligence officials feared that al Qaeda terrorists in Yemen were plotting to attack the United States and actually intercepted …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Star-Telegram / PoliTex:
Proceeds from Perry's book going to think tank (Updated)  —  Regardless of how things pan out tomorrow night, Gov. Rick Perry's latest book will go on sale on Nov. 15.  Excerpts of “Fed Up!:  Our Fight to Save America from Washington” are now available online and provide some details …
J.P. Freire / Beltway Confidential:
Crazed Democrats in Virginia attack opponents, throw signs  —  If you thought negative campaign ads were a problem in this election, perhaps you haven't spent enough time in Virginia's 5th district.  This video depicts two men unleashing a string of racial epithets at members of Americans for Prosperity, who took the video.
Discussion: Instapundit
Memorial Hospital cites Obama Health Care Reform on hospital layoffs  —  South Bend, Ind. … With St. Joseph County's unemployment rate still sitting above ten percent, things could be getting worse thanks to cuts at Memorial Hospital.  Those cuts began back in June and hospital leaders say there's no end in sight.
Discussion: Beltway Confidential
Larry O'Connor /
MSNBC's Matthews: ‘Elitist’ Obama Not Like ‘Patriotic’ and ‘Inclusive’ Candidate  —  The knives are already coming out and it's not even election day.  MSNBC hosts will be spending a lot of time tomorrow explaining what happened to their dream-doll of a President.  Chris Matthews had a head-start today.
Discussion: Mediaite and Newsalert
Ramya / CitizenTube:
The 2010 election on YouTube: By the numbers  —  In these 2010 midterm elections, campaigns, voters, and interest groups have continued to innovate new ways to share their political opinions on YouTube.  Because YouTube is a platform where anyone can post and share videos globally …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Lisa Murkowski soft on caucusing with GOP  —  Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) says she hasn't yet committed to caucusing with Republicans if she wins her write-in bid against GOP nominee Joe Miller.  —  “I am still a Republican I have not changed that.  But I think it's important to recognize …
David Catanese / The Politico:
Joe Miller race now a referendum on Sarah Palin
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Moderate Voice
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
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Eric Shawn / Fox News:
Stopping Voter Fraud
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG and Election Law
Michael Luo / New York Times:
Democrats Outspend G.O.P. in TV Ads in House Races
Discussion: Hot Air
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
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Discussion: CNN and Daily Kos
 Earlier Items: 
Abel Harding / Florida Times Union:
Corrine Brown campaign offers free meals for early voters
Discussion: Election Law Center
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Reid defiant in the face of possible defeat
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Doing My Part to Boost Voter Apathy
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Delaware producer: ‘Nobody forgot’
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Morning Jay: Special “Hulk Angry! Hulk Smash!” Edition
Discussion: Commentary and Power Line