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9:25 AM 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.
Discussion: CNN, The Raw Story and New York Times
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 …
Discussion: Politico and CNN
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.
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.
Luis Martinez / ABCNEWS:
Soldiers Guard the Tomb of Unknowns During Hurricane Sandy
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:
GOP strategist: Romney is right, close FEMA, nobody cares about it
Lymari Morales / Gallup.Com:
Gallup Polling During Hurricane Sandy
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
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Team Mitt: He wouldn't cut FEMA
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.
Discussion: Daily Mail and Poor Richard's News
Chicago Tribune:
At least 16 deaths, 7.5 million without power in Superstorm Sandy's wake  —  Much of New York was plunged into darkness Monday by a superstorm that overflowed the city's historic waterfront, flooded the financial district and subway tunnels and cut power to hundreds of thousands of people.
Brad Plumer / Wonkblog:
Yes, Hurricane Sandy is a good reason to worry about climate change
Washington Post:
At least 16 dead after Sandy devastates New Jersey, swamps Lower Manhattan
Discussion: Guardian, Bloomberg, Wonkblog and
Jessica McWilliams / CBS Philly:
Sandy Makes Landfall At The Jersey Shore
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 …
The Atlantic Wire:
People Who Can't Do Math Are So Mad At Nate Silver  —  The New York Times' Nate Silver has created a model to predict the outcome of the presidential election that's watched by just about every pundit, and yet Silver's model refuses to perfectly reflect the conventional wisdom spouted by just about every pundit.
Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
Romney Surrogate Reassures Ohio Voters: Mitt Won't Repeal Roe v. Wade  —  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 …
Discussion: The Raw Story and Crooks and Liars
Mike Allen / Politico:
SANDY STRIKE: Superstorm plays havoc with final week — Obama wants a consolidated Secretary of Business — S.F. Giants sweep World Series — Jim Messina, David Remnick b'days  —  MORNING MINDMELD: We're at a rare, and perhaps fleeting, moment when each campaign thinks it PROBABLY will win, but isn't SURE.
Discussion: Mediaite and New York Times
Jessica E. Lessin / Wall Street Journal:
Apple's Forstall Refused to Apologize  —  Apple Inc. executive Scott Forstall was asked to leave the company after he refused to sign his name to a letter apologizing for shortcomings in Apple's new mapping service, according to people familiar with the matter.
Laura / Democracy Corps:
Cell phones: why we think Obama will win the popular vote, too  —  We will poll this week - awaiting the unfolding storm on the East Coast - but we want to share why we think the national tracking averages likely underrepresent Obama's vote.  The main issue is cell phones and the changing America that most are under-representing.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Congresswoman Accuses Obama Of ‘Harming’ Auto Company That Went Defunct In 1988  —  A Republican congresswoman accused the Obama administration of promulgating regulations that are undermining job creation at an auto manufacturer that has been defunct since 1988.
Grace Wyler / Business Insider:
Mitt Romney Has Been Telling A Huge Whopper About The Auto Industry, And His Campaign Is Finally Paying For It  —  Mitt Romney is facing intense pushback today over a new Ohio campaign ad that appears to suggest — falsely — that Chrysler is moving U.S. jobs to China.
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Misleading Romney Auto Ad Backfires With Media
4 possible freak election outcomes  —  Could the 2012 campaign end in a tie?  Is it possible for Mitt Romney to end up as president — with Joe Biden as his vice president?  Could the presidential election end up decided by the U.S. Supreme Court, again?  —  The short answer is: probably not.
Discussion: Addicting Info and CNN
Steve Kornacki / Salon:
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U.S. Tries to Coordinate Anti-Militant Push in Mali
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Elizabeth Harrington / CNSNews:
Obama on ‘Flexibility’ with Putin: 'It's Hard to Negotiate Additional Treaties When I'm Off Campaigning'
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
Report: Fast and Furious a product of DOJ ‘deliberate strategy’ laid out by Eric Holder, other senior Obama officials
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
James S. Robbins / Washington Times:
TRR: Is a General losing his job over Benghazi?
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Sen. McCaskill's mother dies
Discussion: Associated Press, CNN and Politico
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Ann Romney: We Need To ‘Throw Out’ The Public Education System
Discussion: Addicting Info
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John Sides / The Monkey Cage:
The Track Record of Pre-Election Polls (in 2 Graphs)
Discussion: Wonkblog
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Clinton: Obama's Feelings Most Hurt Over Jeep Ad
Discussion: and Hot Air
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Video Surfaces Of Romney Defending Birth Certificate Discrimination Against Same-Sex Couples