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10:35 AM ET, October 29, 2012


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Jonathan Allen / Politico:
Hurricane Sandy: 5 political questions  —  The presidential campaigns are publicly hitting pause on East Coast electioneering as Hurricane Sandy spirals toward Atlantic beaches, but privately political professionals are starting to assess important questions about how it might affect next week's elections up and down the ballot.
Mark Pazniokas /
Bill Clinton sneaks in before storm to boost Murphy  —  Waterbury — On the eve of a hurricane-induced break in the political season, Bill Clinton gave Democrats a 30-minute pep talk Sunday, framing U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy's race for U.S. Senate as an election of national interest.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Political Memo: Hurricane, and Other Worries, Buffet Presidential Race  —  WASHINGTON — In the dark of night, when they get what little sleep they get these days, the people running the campaigns for president have more than enough fodder for nightmares.  Worse, come daybreak, they realize their worst fears may yet come true.
Discussion: Washington Wire and Taylor Marsh
Associated Press:
Sandy poised to make a direct hit on New Jersey  —  ATLANTIC CITY, NJ — With Hurricane Sandy poised to make a direct hit on New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie on Sunday issued a typically blunt warning to those thinking of riding it out in low-lying areas: “Don't be stupid.  Get out.”
Candy Crowley / CNN:
Sandy introduces big unknown into campaign
Discussion: National Review and Mediaite
James Barron / New York Times:
Hurricane Sandy Predicted to Bring ‘Life-Threatening’ Surge
James Hohmann / Politico:
Battleground Tracking Poll: Obama retakes lead  —  MARION, Ohio — With eight days to go until the election, President Barack Obama has recaptured a narrow national lead over Mitt Romney, riding increased support from women and an edge in early voting.  —  A new POLITICO/George Washington …
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney In GOP Debate: Shut Down Federal Disaster Agency, Send Responsibility To The States … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Elections 2012, Mitt Romney, Elections 2012, Video, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Politics News, Fema, Frankenstorm 2012, Hurricane Sandy 2012, Hurricane Sandy Fema …
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Obama's independent problem  —  President Obama has a problem with independents.  And it's not a small problem.  —  In the last three releases of the tracking poll conducted by The Washington Post and ABC News, Obama has trailed former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney among independent voters by between 16 and 20 percentage points.
Catherine Herridge / Fox News:
Early briefings on Libya strike focused on Al Qaeda, before story changed  —  Two days after the Libya terror attack, representatives of the FBI and National Counterterrorism Center gave Capitol Hill briefings in which they said the evidence supported an Al Qaeda or Al Qaeda-affiliated attack, Fox News has learned.
USA Today:
Column: Romney wrong to use “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts”  —  Romney may have co-opted the show's motto, but the women of “Friday Night Lights” know we need Obama.  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  2:09PM EDT October 28.  2012 - “Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose,” was the battle cry …
Bookworm Room:
The Obama Curse strikes again: Detroit Tigers lose the world series  —  Not only did the Detroit Tigers lose the world series, they lost spectacularly, with the Giants winning in a solid four game streak.  I predicted this outcome a few days ago, not because I know anything about baseball …
Matt Moffett / Wall Street Journal:
Europe's Crisis Spawns Calls for a Breakup—of Spain  —  Many people in Catalonia, a province known as “the factory of Spain,” feel that the rest of the country has become an economic millstone.  They're pushing for an independent Catalonia.  WSJ's Matt Moffett reports from Barcelona.
Discussion: Via Meadia
Rajoy Faces Bailout Split With Monti at Madrid Meeting
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 …
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.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Oct. 27: Minnesota Moonlights as Swing State, but Ohio and Virginia Are More Crucial
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Twitter Users Who Threatened Romney's Life Remain Active  —  More than a dozen Twitter accounts that were used as a medium to publically threaten Republican candidate Mitt Romney's life after the second presidential debate remain active, nearly two weeks later.
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / New York Post:
Broken promises  —  O has dashed lefties' hopes  —  As the 2012 presidential campaign winds to a close — it's mostly about Big Bird and binders, apparently — it's hard to recall the heady days of 2008.  But thinking back, things have really gone downhill.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Medicaid on the Ballot  —  There's a lot we don't know about what Mitt Romney would do if he won.  He refuses to say which tax loopholes he would close to make up for $5 trillion in tax cuts; his economic “plan” is an empty shell.  —  But one thing is clear: If he wins, Medicaid …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Prairie Weather
Jesse Drucker / Bloomberg:
Romney Avoids Taxes via Loophole Cutting Mormon Donations  —  In 1997, Congress cracked down on a popular tax shelter that allowed rich people to take advantage of the exempt status of charities without actually giving away much money.  —  Individuals who had already set up these vehicles were allowed to keep them.
George Stephanopoulos / ABCNEWS:
Andrew Sullivan: Mitt Romney ‘Like an Alien That Ripped Off His Mask’ at Debates  —  The Daily Beast's Andrew Sullivan blasted Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney as a “brand new candidate” following this month's presidential debates, saying on the “This Week” roundtable that Romney …
Discussion: The Raw Story
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Andrew Sullivan To ABC: If Romney Wins Florida And VA, It's The ‘Confederacy’
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Al Qaqaa and Benghazi: That Was Then, and This Is Now  —  I wrote yesterday about the media effort to help the Obama administration cover up the Benghazi scandal.  That scandal includes at least three elements: 1) the administration's failure to provide adequate security for our personnel there …
Discussion: GayPatriot
Jonathan Allen / Politico:
Hurricane Sandy: 5 political questions  —  “The president will be in the thick of it — which is when he's at his best,” the Democratic source said.  “There is no way for Romney to replicate that.”  —  Romney's answer: His campaign bus in Virginia was loaded up with relief supplies on Sunday …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and CANNONFIRE
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Stanley Kurtz / National Review:
Obama's Big Reason for Going Small
Discussion: Althouse
Christine Roberts / NY Daily News:
New Orleans fans boo Madonna after she demands they vote for Obama
Tom Infield /
Senate candidates Casey and Smith square off in debate
Discussion: Ballot Box and Hotline On Call
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Who is the real extremist on abortion?
Discussion: Hit & Run and Instapundit
Kerry Picket / Washington Times:
Is Obama's relentless use of the espionage act keeping whistle blowers silent?
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
Brody Mullins / Wall Street Journal:
Activists Pour Cash Into Voter Turnout
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Associated Press:
Former suspect in Etan Patz case to go free
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Steven Swinford / Telegraph:
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Media Decoder:
Times Reaches Tentative Deal With Newspaper Guild
J. Bradford DeLong / Brad DeLong:
inequality: Living in the Second Gilded Age
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
The Panetta Doctrine  —  The Secretary of Defense in his best grown-up voice says:
Discussion: and Hot Air