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11:55 AM ET, October 30, 2012


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New York Times:
Storm Barrels Through Region, Leaving Battered Path  —  As Hurricane Sandy churned inland as a downgraded storm, residents up and down the battered mid-Atlantic region woke on Tuesday to lingering waters, darkened homes and the daunting task of cleaning up from once-in-a-generation storm surges and their devastating effects.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney and Ryan announce ‘storm relief’ efforts for Tuesday  —  Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan scheduled “storm relief” events Tuesday after previously canceling planned campaign rallies.  —  Romney will attend an event in Kettering, Ohio …
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Hurricane Sandy 2012: Chris Christie heaps praise on Obama  —  In TV interviews and on Twitter, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a staunch backer of Mitt Romney, was effusive in his praise on Tuesday for President Barack Obama's handling of Hurricane Sandy.  —  “It's been very good working …
Annie Colbert / Mashable!:
7 Fake Hurricane Sandy Photos You're Sharing on Social Media  —  Fake Hurricane Sandy photos flew around Twitter and Facebook on Monday, as users shared jaw-dropping images.  Unfortunately, the race to post the most striking pics has most folks skipping the all-important fact check.
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
Nature and Nature's God
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Luis Martinez / ABCNEWS:
Soldiers Guard the Tomb of Unknowns During Hurricane Sandy
Patrick Gavin / Politico:
Jennifer Granholm: Hurricane Sandy linked with climate change
L.V. Anderson / Slate:
Could Hurricane Sandy Delay the Election?
Discussion: National Review and Election 2012
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:
GOP strategist: Romney is right, close FEMA, nobody cares about it
Lymari Morales / Gallup.Com:
Gallup Polling During Hurricane Sandy
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
In U.S., 15% of Registered Voters Have Already Cast Ballots  —  Early voting highest in the West and among seniors; similar by party ID  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Fifteen percent of registered voters nationwide have already cast their ballots in this year's election, according to Gallup Daily tracking for the week ending Oct. 28.
GALLUP SHOCK: ROMNEY UP 52-45% AMONG EARLY VOTERS  —  Very early on, before this campaign started in earnest, live or die, I publicly cast my lot with Gallup and Rasmussen.  As a poll addict going back to 2000, these are the outlets that have always played it straight.
New York Times:
A Big Storm Requires Big Government  —  Most Americans have never heard of the National Response Coordination Center, but they're lucky it exists on days of lethal winds and flood tides.  The center is the war room of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, where officials gather to decide …
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Romney would pass the buck on disasters
Discussion: The Huffington Post
TRENDING: Romney speaks with FEMA
Discussion: The Mahablog, The Fix and First Read
Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
Romney Surrogate Reassures Ohio Voters: Roe v. Wade Safe Under Romney  —  In the frenetic push to win all-important Ohio, Mitt Romney's campaign is saying a lot of things to a lot of people.  And on Monday, a top Romney surrogate told a group of Jewish voters in the Buckeye State …
Katie Cotton / Apple:
Apple Announces Changes to Increase Collaboration Across Hardware, Software & Services  —  Jony Ive, Bob Mansfield, Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi Add Responsibilities to Their Roles  —  Apple® today announced executive management changes that will encourage even more collaboration between …
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
EXCLUSIVE: Romney Campaign Training Poll Watchers To Mislead Voters In Wisconsin  —  Mitt Romney's campaign has been training poll watchers in Wisconsin with highly misleading — and sometimes downright false — information about voters' rights.  —  Documents from a recent Romney poll watcher …
Discussion: The Raw Story
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Upside of Opportunism  —  Let's try to imagine what the world would look like if President Obama is re-elected.  —  Washington over the next four years would probably look much as it has over the last two: Obama running the White House, Republicans controlling the House and Democrats managing the Senate.
Sasha Issenberg / Slate:
Obama Does It Better  —  When it comes to targeting and persuading voters, the Democrats have a bigger advantage over the GOP than either party has ever had in the modern campaign era.  —  A few weeks ago, two Washington Post journalists who barely three months before Republicans lost control …
Al Arabiya / English:
Egyptians who vote for draft constitution will go to ‘hell:’ Salafi leader  —  Egyptians who vote for a draft constitution that does not establish “shariah rulings” as the country's main jurisprudence will go “to hell,” a Salafi political leader has said.  —  Adel Afifi, the founder …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
Benghazi — no mere ‘October surprise’  —  A conservative's challenge to the so-called mainstream media: Where is the feeding frenzy on the Libya story?  —  David Gregory is seen interviewing President Obama in 2009.  (Pete Souza / White House / Bloomberg)
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Nate Silver: One-term celebrity?  —  Nate Silver could be a one-term celebrity.  —  The New York Times's resident political predictor says President Barack Obama currently has a 74.6 percent chance of winning reelection.  It's a prediction that liberals, whose heart rates continue to fluctuate …
Bill McKibben / Guardian:
Hurricane Sandy has drowned the New York I love  —  The subway is more than mass transit - it's the city's very roots.  The idea of the metro swamped by cold, salt water is unbearable  —  New York is the city I love best, and I'm trying to imagine it from a distance tonight.
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