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2:20 PM ET, October 30, 2012


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Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Gov. Christie praises Obama response to Hurricane Sandy as ‘outstanding’  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) praised President Obama's work to help states battered by Hurricane Sandy as “outstanding” Tuesday, but cautioned that the recovery would be a prolonged effort.
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 …
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
Discussion: The Caucus and Wall Street Journal
TRENDING: Romney speaks with FEMA
New York Times:
Storm Pushes Aside Presidential Politics, Mostly
Discussion: and The Maddow Blog
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Romney would pass the buck on disasters
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Daily Kos
BuzzFeed Politics:
How One Well-Connected Pseudonymous Twitter Spread Fake News About Hurricane Sandy  —  The twitter user @comfortablysmug is one of a handful of pseudonymous Manhattan professionals who keep their widely-followed Twitter voices separate from their careers.  His bio describes him as “My Interests …
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.
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
Nature and Nature's God
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Rich Beeson /
Memo: Pennsylvania  —  Rendell: ‘Startling upset’ for Romney ‘a possibility’ in Pennsylvania  —  When Governor Ed Rendell made these comments last week, he was clearly sending a desperate call to Chicago for help in the Keystone State.  At the time, his comments were met with derision …
Maggie Haberman / Politico:   Romney starts reserving time in Pennsylvania for last two days of race (Updated)
Plain Dealer:
Flailing in Ohio, Romney rolls out Jeep ploy: editorial  —  Mitt Romney is desperate to convince Ohio voters that he's the candidate most committed to the U.S. auto industry — no matter how much confusion he must sow to do it.  —  Last week, Romney recklessly told a large audience in Defiance …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Romney expands false Jeep-to-China ad campaign  —  Mitt Romney's new television ad suggesting that the auto bailout will result in American jeep jobs getting shipped to China has been widely pilloried by news organizations, both nationally and in Ohio.  The Romney campaign's response: It is expanding the ad campaign.
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.
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Meghan McCain to GOP after Sandy: Do you still doubt climate change?  —  Political analyst Meghan McCain, daughter of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), is challenging widespread GOP skepticism about climate change in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.  —  “So are we still going to go with climate change not being real fellow republicans [sic]?”
Luis Martinez / ABCNEWS:
Soldiers Guard the Tomb of Unknowns During Hurricane Sandy
L.V. Anderson / Slate:
Could Hurricane Sandy Delay the Election?
Patrick Gavin / Politico:
Jennifer Granholm: Hurricane Sandy linked with climate change
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 …
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
The president who seems not to care  —  One of the more melancholy moments of the presidential campaign occurred for me in a screening room.  The film was Rory Kennedy's documentary about her mother, Ethel — the widow of Robert F. Kennedy.  Much of it consisted of Kennedy-family home movies …
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.
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 Maddow Blog and The Raw Story
NPR Poll Finds Presidential Race Too Close To Call … The latest and last NPR Battleground Poll for 2012 shows former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney holding the narrowest of leads in the national sample, but trailing President Obama in the dozen states that will decide the election.
Jennifer Maloney / Metropolis:
More Than 80 Homes Destroyed in Breezy Point, Queens … At least 80 flooded homes were destroyed by fire Monday night in Breezy Point, a neighborhood on the tip of New York's Rockaway Peninsula.  Hundreds of homes in this Queens neighborhood suffered flood damage and at least five houses …
Investor's Business Daily:
Newspapers Increasingly Dump Obama For Romney  —  President Obama spent roughly half an hour last Tuesday on the phone with the Des Moines Register's publisher and editor, desperately trying to win the influential Iowa newspaper's endorsement for a second term.
Discussion: Hot Air
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Halperin: Democrats now on defense in blue states
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Former Pacific Fleet chief: We need full disclosure on Benghazi — now
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
The Case Against Sending TV Reporters Out in Hurricanes
Discussion: Washington Post and Mashable!
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
The Right Man for the Job?
Harlan Spector / Plain Dealer:
Provisional ballots could keep Ohio's presidential outcome in doubt for days after election
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Israelis favor Romney over Obama by wide margin in latest poll
Discussion: Power Line and The Gateway Pundit
 Earlier Items: 
Jeff Mapes / Oregonian:
Obama leads in Oregon thanks to support from women; but marijuana measure failing on opposition …
Discussion: Hot Air, Instapundit and The Page
The return of Bain Capital
Discussion: Hot Air, GayPatriot and First Read
Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
Benghazi — no mere ‘October surprise’
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Sasha Issenberg / Slate:
Obama Does It Better
Bill McKibben / Guardian:
Hurricane Sandy has drowned the New York I love
Discussion: Bloomberg
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Congresswoman Accuses Obama Of ‘Harming’ Auto Company That Went Defunct In 1988
Discussion: Daily Kos