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12:50 PM ET, November 1, 2010


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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 …
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 …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
GOP headed for PA sweep
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
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 …
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.
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
BUMMER. Kid Dresses Up as Obama Joker For White House Halloween Party
Mike Allen / The Politico:
John Boehner to hit President Obama on ‘enemies’
The Politico:
Next for GOP leaders: Stopping Palin  —  POLITICO Slideshows require the Adobe Flash Player.  —  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.
The Huffington Post:
Is Rick Perry The Next Sarah Palin?
Discussion: The Note and 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.
David Weigel / Weigel:
What I Saw at the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear
Discussion: This Just In and CNN
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 …
Gregory Simmons / ABCNEWS:
Vote 2010: Reid, Optimistic and Upbeat, Pushes Hard in Final Days of Campaign
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.
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: The Big Picture
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 …
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.
Beth Reinhard / St. Petersburg Times:
232 media outlets to cover Marco Rubio on Election Night  —  Perhaps the most sought-after press credential in the country on Nov. 2: Republican Senate frontrunner Marco Rubio's party at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables.  —  As of yesterday, the campaign had received requests from 232 media outlets.
Discussion: Hotline On Call
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.
Study: Alcohol ‘most harmful drug,’ followed by crack and heroin
Discussion: Shakesville and Prairie Weather
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.
Neil King Jr / Wall Street Journal:
Vote Hints at Historic Political Volatility  —  KOKOMO, Ind.—Voters this week look set to do something not seen since the early 1950s: Oust a substantial number of sitting House lawmakers for the third election in a row.  —  The apparent Republican resurgence suggests the country is caught …
Byron Tau / Ben Smith's Blog:
Tacos for all  —  A Maryland-based restaurant is offering free food for voting customers tomorrow, but they may be running afoul of federal election laws.  —  According to their website, California Tortilla is offering a free taco to anyone who either says they voted or brings in a sticker.
On Giving Up  —  Jon Stewart's Rally for Sanity yesterday featured Yusuf Islam aka Cat Stevens singing “Peace Train”.  Islam/Stevens previously showed his commitment to peace and sanity by saying that death was the appropriate punishment for Salman Rushdie's “blasphemy”.
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Ezra Klein:
The media's pro-Palin corruption
Scott / Power Line:
Investigate this  —  In a series of posts on Obama administration …
Discussion: BLACKFIVE and Chicago Boyz
Darrel Rowland / DispatchPolitics:
Kasich by a hair  —  The governor's race is tight; voter turnout will be the key.
Discussion: The Fix, Talking Points Memo and TPMDC
Ezra Klein:
Military stimulus  —  I'm pretty skeptical that a war with Iran …
Discussion: Yglesias, The Reaction and Hit & Run
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
New Senate unlikely to include black members; few candidates ran in 2010
Discussion: Chicago Tribune
Is it really that bad? 75 percent say yes
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Vanity Fair:
The 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Poll
Discussion: The Hill and Weasel Zippers
 Earlier Items: 
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Sen. Bayh: GOP wins could improve chances of Obama reelection
Discussion: The Politico
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Rossi holds small lead
Discussion: Firedoglake and Hot Air
Neil Irwin / Washington Post:
Federal Reserve's, Bernanke's credibility on line with new move to boost economy
Discussion: Yglesias
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
GOP ahead in Illinois
Discussion: Lynn Sweet
Damien Cave / New York Times:
Young Voters Say They Feel Abandoned
Hans A. von Spakovsky / National Review:
The Justice Department Goes to Alaska
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