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1:00 PM 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.
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.
Mark Pazniokas /
Bill Clinton sneaks in before storm to boost Murphy
Jonathan Allen / Politico:
Hurricane Sandy: 5 political questions
Associated Press:
Sandy poised to make a direct hit on New Jersey
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 …
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
New Projection of Election Results: Romney 52, Obama 47  —  The bipartisan Battleground Poll, in its “vote election model,” is projecting that Mitt Romney will defeat President Obama 52 percent to 47 percent.  The poll also found that Romney has an even greater advantage among middle class voters, 52 percent to 45 percent.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama leads 51-47 in Ohio  —  PPP's newest Ohio poll finds Barack Obama leading Mitt Romney 51-47, up from a 49-48 margin a week ago.  —  It's starting to look like Obama might have turned the corner with his wins in the second and third debates.  When asked who they think won the debates …
Daniel Strauss / Ballot Box:
Romney holds slim lead on Obama in latest national tracking poll
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Eric Morath / Real Time Economics:
Labor Department Says No Decision Yet on Whether to Delay Jobs Report  —  The Labor Department said Monday that it has yet to make a decision on whether to delay Friday's closely-watched October employment report due to the effects from Hurricane Sandy.  —  Federal government offices …
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 …
Candy Crowley / CNN:
Sandy introduces big unknown into campaign
Discussion: National Review and Mediaite
Noah Bierman / The Boston Globe:
Senate race in dead heat, new Globe poll shows  —  A new Boston Globe poll shows the race between Senator Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren in a dead heat, with ample opportunity for both candidates to win the nation's most expensive Senate race eight days from now.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Election 2012
Carol E. Lee / Washington Wire:
Obama Suggests ‘Secretary of Business’ in a 2nd Term  —  President Barack Obama signaled if he wins a second term he would appoint a Secretary of Business to oversee newly-consolidated government agencies, including the Small Business Administration, and predicted “a war” …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:
In Morning Joe Interview, Obama Talks Libya And Ideas ‘I Stole From A Massachusetts Governor’  —  As mentioned earlier, Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski spoke with President Barack Obama during a New Hampshire campaign stop in a segment aired early Monday morning.
JohnMcTernan / John McTernan's Insights:
URGENT: Prayer Tonight  —  The Solemn Assembly  —  Joel 1:14 Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the LORD your God, and cry unto the LORD,  —  Commentary  —  The hurricane that is going to hit 21 years to the day from the Perfect Storm
New York Post:
NYU terrorism class asks students to plot terrorist attack  —  It's Terrorism 101.  —  A New York University class on transnational terrorism is requiring students to “hypothetically plan a terrorist attack” — and shocked cops say the outrageous lesson plan is an insult to the officers killed on Sept. 11.
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Gawker
David Corn / MoJo Articles:
Romney to Business Crowd: Obama Sees You As an “Evil”  —  The GOP candidate—and his wife—are caught on tape at a private fundraiser dismissing the president as not a “grown-up” and an arch foe of commerce.  —  Ever since I revealed Mitt Romney's 47 percent rant, tips and tapes have come through the transom—including this and this.
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 …
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Sen. Rubio's daughter released from hospital after golf-cart crash
Discussion: Politico
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Oliver Stone's new book rips Obama
Discussion: Mediaite and Weasel Zippers
Garett Jones / EconLog:
Did Nations that Boosted Education Grow Faster?
Jennifer C. Braceras / Boston Herald:
Benghazi scandal demands answers
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
Tom Stoukas / Bloomberg:
Greek Journalist Held Over List of Swiss-Account Holders
Discussion: Reuters, Guardian and Business Insider
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court grants four cases, seeks government views
 Earlier Items: 
Stanley Kurtz / National Review:
Obama's Big Reason for Going Small
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Althouse
Matt Moffett / Wall Street Journal:
Europe's Crisis Spawns Calls for a Breakup—of Spain
Discussion: Bloomberg and Via Meadia
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / New York Post:
Broken promises  —  O has dashed lefties' hopes
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Who is the real extremist on abortion?
Discussion: Hit & Run and Instapundit
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Twitter Users Who Threatened Romney's Life Remain Active
Kerry Picket / Washington Times:
Is Obama's relentless use of the espionage act keeping whistle blowers silent?
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
Steven Swinford / Telegraph:
Girls of 13 given birth control jab at school without parents' knowledge
Discussion: and BBC