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8:40 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.
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.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Jim Geraghty and Jay Cost: How does a 70+ seat pick-up tomorrow sound?
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Morning Jay: Special “Hulk Angry! Hulk Smash!” Edition
Jim Geraghty / National Review:   Election 2010 Predictions: The House
Russell Simmons / The Huffington Post:
Don't Vote and We'll Get the Alice in Wonderland Congress From Hell!
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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’  —  (CNN) - Sarah Palin is making clear she's no fan of Politico - the news organization that published a story Sunday night quoting anonymous Republican sources saying GOP leaders will try to forestall a Palin White House bid.
Scott Wong / The Politico:
Michael Steele to GOP Sarah Palin critics: ‘Shut up’
Discussion: The Hill, Ben Smith's Blog, CNN and RedState
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
To Pay For Mortgage And Health Care, Woman Forced To Sell Letter From Obama Saying ‘Things Will Get Better’  —  Every single day, President Obama receives a special memorandum with “10 pieces of correspondence addressed to” him from Americans of all walks of life, a tradition he has kept …
Cindy Adams / New York Post:
Struggling woman has to sell Obama letter to help pay for house
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama prepared to dust off veto pen should GOP take the House
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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Delaware producer: ‘Nobody forgot’  —  One of the day's minor mysteries has been why Christine O'Donnell's half-hour campaign ad didn't air, as planned, yesterday.  —  In fact, after discussion of airing it on a broadcast station, it began at the top of this hour on Channel 28 …
Jsimoncnn / CNN:
War of words ensues in Delaware after TV exec hits back against O'Donnell  —  (CNN) - In the process of trying to motivate her base and convince last minute undecided voters to cast a ballot in her favor, Republican Christine O'Donnell has entered a war of words with a local television executive …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Oops: Cable station fails to air O'Donnell infomercial
Discussion: Bookworm Room
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 …
Ryan Seacrest / Facebook:
What Do YOU Want To Know from President Obama?  —  As he wraps up weeks of urging potential voters to get to the polls on midterm election day, President Barack Obama will join ‘On Air with Ryan Seacrest’ tomorrow, November 2 for an exclusive interview on the state of the nation and life in the White House.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama says he's ‘not worried’ about the Tea Party
Discussion: MojoCincy and Weasel Zippers
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  —  As soon as the Rally to Restore Sanity was announced, Democrats who were sweating their GOTV operations took after it as yet another problem.  I spent much of Saturday at the rally — a crush of humanity unlike anything I've seen liberals put together …
Discussion: This Just In and CNN
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 …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Miller leads in Alaska
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
John Cornyn: GOP could still win West Virginia
Discussion: CNN
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.
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 …
Anthony Shadid / New York Times:
Attack on a Church in Baghdad Hits Iraq's Soul  —  BAGHDAD — Blood still smeared the walls of Our Lady of Salvation Church on Monday.  Scraps of flesh remained between the pews.  It was the worst massacre of Iraqi Christians since the war began here in 2003.
Discussion: Eschaton
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.
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.
Metro sets new record for highest Saturday Metrorail ridership  —  Preliminary count estimates 825,437 Metrorail trips taken on Saturday, October 30  —  Metro set a new record for highest Saturday Metrorail ridership on Saturday, October 30.  Officials estimate 825,437 Metrorail trips were taken …
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 …
Aharding / CNN:
Appellate panel says 'don't ask, don't tell' should stay during appeal  —  (CNN) - A federal appeals court sided with the government Monday, allowing the military to maintain its “don't ask, don't tell” policy during an appeal of a lower court ruling that the law barring openly gay and lesbian soldiers is unconstitutional.
Discussion: The Politico and The Note
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Barack Obama preempts John Boehner's salvo
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
Steve Bartin / Newsalert:
Intrade: GOP Odds of Taking Senate Improve to 50-50
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
EXCERPTS: Charlie Gibson Interviews Sarah Palin
Discussion: Politics Daily
Annie Lowrey / Slate:
Why is the stock market looking forward to political gridlock?
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Ezra Klein
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
The Asian Challenge to Jon Stewart's Dominance
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Myglesias / Yglesias:
When Drugs Are Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Sell Drugs (By Definition)
Michelle Malkin:
Colorado Democrat Sen. Michael Bennet's disastrous cut-and-run radio interview
The Huffington Post:
Is Rick Perry The Next Sarah Palin?
Discussion: The Note, Off the Kuff and GOP 12
Is it really that bad? 75 percent say yes
David Weigel / Weigel:
Evan Bayh, Get Off the Air
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Mugged by the Moralizers
Discussion: The Big Picture and Paul Krugman