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8:45 PM ET, October 28, 2012


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James Barron / New York Times:
Hurricane Sandy Predicted to Bring ‘Life-Threatening’ Surge  —  Hurricane Sandy, a menacing monster of a storm that forecasters said would bring “life-threatening” flooding, churned toward some of the nation's most densely populated areas on Sunday, prompting widespread evacuations and the shutdown of New York City's transit system.
Andy Lagomarsino /
Hurricane Sandy makes National Weather Service ‘go Jersey’ in warning … At 2:41 p.m., The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J. issued this public information statement.  It is very blunt language and written in all caps.... after all, this is New Jersey.  Consider this a “get the hell out of the beach,” NWS style.
Associated Press:
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Weekly Standard
Rachel E. Stassen-Berger / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Minnesota Poll: Obama leading, but Romney sees gains  —  The president's 3-point lead in state is within poll's margin of error.  —  As the presidential race tightens across the country, a new Star Tribune Minnesota Poll has found that it is narrowing here as well, with President Obama holding …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Virtual tie in ... Minnesota?
John Hinderaker / Power Line:   Minnesota, Now In Play
Meghashyam Mali / Ballot Box:
Poll: Romney, Obama tied at 49-49 in Ohio
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
A Desperate, Deceptive Gambit for Romney in Ohio  —  How desperate is Mitt Romney to win Ohio?  Before you answer, pay attention to what he and his campaign have been saying about the auto industry in the last few days.  —  As you may have heard, Romney on Thursday scared the bejeezus …
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
Romney Auto Bailout Ad Tells Four Myths In 30 Seconds  —  As Mitt Romney continues to struggle to explain his various positions on the auto rescue that saved General Motors and Chrysler, his presidential campaign has released an ad about the bailout that is littered with falsehoods and misdirections.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Oct. 27: Minnesota Moonlights as Swing State, but Ohio and Virginia Are More Crucial  —  With the election so close, Saturday is no longer a day of rest for pollsters.  Eight polls were released from potentially competitive states:  —  This is a diverse group of polls that does not really lend itself to a snappy summation.
Romney Campaign Brushes Off “538” Projections  —  Nate Silver's newest reader: Stu Stevens.  —  Source:  —  CELINA, Ohio — As Mitt Romney's campaign works to exude confidence in the home stretch, one wonky, liberal, self-made New York Times election forecaster has emerged as a particularly tricky obstacle.
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Andrew Sullivan To ABC: If Romney Wins Florida And VA, It's The ‘Confederacy’  —  During this Sunday's edition of ABC's This Week, Daily Beast writer Andrew Sullivan claimed that if Republican nominee Mitt Romney wins back Florida and Virginia in the upcoming 2012 presidential election …
The / TheGazette:
Gazette endorsement for president: Romney  —  President Barack Obama has made his mark during his historic first term.  The Affordable Care Act of 2010, a massive overhaul of the health care system that has some features we support.  A stimulus measure that the majority of economists …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Lee Enterprises / Quad City Times:
Our presidential endorsement: Ready for change
Yahoo! News:
Insurers nervous over prospect of a Romney victory  —  You'd think health insurance CEOs would be chilling the bubbly with Republican Mitt Romney's improved election prospects, but instead they're in a quandary.  —  Although the industry hates parts of President Barack Obama's health care law …
Discussion: AMERICAblog and The Agonist
Anna Palmer / Politico:
Kasich: Romney will carry Ohio  —  Gov. John Kasich predicted on Sunday that Mitt Romney will come out on top in Ohio on Election Day.  —  “I believe right now we are currently ahead, internals show us currently ahead,” Kasich said on NBC's “Meet the Press.”
Bernie Becker / Ballot Box:
Gov. Kasich downplays role of auto bailout in Ohio's recovery
Discussion: Politico
Joshua Davidovich / The Times of Israel:
Obama offered to reestablish full ties with Iran, Israeli paper reports  —  Israel was told about and opposed president's diplomatic incentives package, initiated soon after he took office, and Iran rebuffed it, according to Maariv  —  Soon after he took office, President Barack Obama began …
Noel Sheppard / blogs:
Gingrich: Obama Cancels Campaign Trips Due to Hurricane, Didn't Cancel Them Over Benghazi  —  Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich took quite a shot at Barack Obama Sunday.  —  Appearing on ABC's This Week, Gingrich said of the President, “You'll notice he's canceling his trips over the hurricane.
Adam C. Smith / Tampa Bay Times:
Tampa Bay Times/Bay News 9 poll: I-4 voters back Romney 51-45  —  A campaign sign promotes Mitt Romney outside Republican Party headquarters along Semoran Boulevard in a mostly Hispanic area of Orlando on Thursday.  —  It has been a fundamental rule of Florida politics for decades …
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Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
The Panetta Doctrine  —  The Secretary of Defense in his best grown-up voice says:
Discussion: Hot Air
Meghashyam Mali / Ballot Box:
Gallup daily: Romney leads Obama 50-46 among likely voters
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
President in Shining Armor
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
McCain: White House Libya response either a ‘cover-up’ or ‘incompetence’
Discussion: Wake up America and Politico
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Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
RNC chief Priebus: Voters are ‘not talking’ about Mourdock remark
Discussion: CNN
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Why I Am Pro-Life  —  HARD-LINE conservatives have gone …
Las Vegas Review-Journal:
VA chief in Las Vegas questioned in Berkley ethics probe
Washington Post:
House elections spell a Republican story and victory