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7:55 PM ET, October 30, 2012


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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 …
Hayes Brown / ThinkProgress:
Bush's FEMA Director During Katrina Criticizes Obama For Responding To Sandy Too Quickly  —  Former FEMA Director Michael Brown offered criticism of President Obama's early responses to Hurricane Sandy yesterday, including a dig at the administration's response to last month's attack in Libya.
Sam Levin / The Latest Word:
Michael Brown, ex-FEMA head, has advice, criticism for Obama about Hurricane Sandy  —  Colorado is not facing any danger from Hurricane Sandy, but the effects of the storm can still be felt here, with the Obama and Romney camps canceling scheduled rallies.  Today, we decided to check …
The Man Behind @ComfortablySmug, Hurricane Sandy's Worst Twitter Villain  —  He's a hedge fund analyst, Republican political consultant, and deliberate spreader of false information.  —  During the storm last night, user @comfortablysmug was the source of a load of frightening but false information …
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.
Al Gore / Al's Journal:
Statement on Hurricane Sandy  —  This week, our nation has anxiously watched as Hurricane Sandy lashed the East Coast and caused widespread damage—affecting millions.  Now more than ever, our neighbors need our help.  Please consider donating or volunteering for your local aid organizations.
Stuef / BuzzFeed FWD:
Shashank Tripathi, Last Night's Twitter Villain @ComfortablySmug  —  This post is now available on BuzzFeed FWD, which was down for a time due to Sandy.  —  During the storm last night, user @comfortablysmug was the source of a load of frightening but false information about conditions …
Sabrina Siddiqui / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney Refuses To Talk About FEMA After Hurricane Sandy Event
Noel Sheppard / blogs:
MSNBC Ridicules Romney for Collecting Food and Supplies for Sandy Victims
Discussion: Pat Dollard
Mark Fischetti / Scientific American Blog Network:
Did Climate Change Cause Hurricane Sandy?
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
Nature and Nature's God
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The Morning Plum: Romney's Jeep-to-China lie earns brutal headlines in Ohio  —  As David Plouffe wrote in his memoir of Campaign 2008, the Obama team has long thought that one of the most effective ways to influence independents and undecided voters is via local media in key battleground states.
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 …
Detroit Free Press:
New Romney ad: Did Obama's rescue of GM create more jobs in China?
Discussion: Politico and The Raw Story
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Romney expands false Jeep-to-China ad campaign
Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
Romney Camp Going Off The Fact Checking Rails In Ohio
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.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Politico: Looks like a draw on early voting
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 …
Paul Santos / The Walt Disney Company Press Releases:
DISNEY TO ACQUIRE LUCASFILM LTD.  —  An investor conference call will take place at approximately 4:30 p.m. EDT / 1:30 p.m. PDT today, October 30, 2012.  Details for the call are listed in the release.  —  Global leader in high-quality family entertainment agrees to acquire world-renowned Lucasfilm Ltd …
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Obama and Christie to Assess Damage in New Jersey  —  President Obama will join Chris Christie, the Republican governor of New Jersey, in viewing damage from the storm on Wednesday, the White House announced on Tuesday as Mr. Obama praised relief efforts at a Red Cross headquarters in Washington.
Discussion: Gothamist
Geneva Sands / The Hill:
Christie: I don't give ‘a damn’ about presidential politics right now
Discussion: Politico and Jammie Wearing Fools
Drew Katchen /
Gov. Christie praises Obama's response to ‘major disaster’ of Hurricane Sandy
Discussion: Washington Wire
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.
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
NPR: 8-point swing puts Romney in front
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Weasel Zippers
Jennifer Maloney / Metropolis:
Dozens of Homes Destroyed in Breezy Point … 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 were swept off …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Chris Bragg / Crain's New York Business:
The Insider: Rep. Bob Turner's home lost to fire
Dave Boyer / Washington Times:
‘Forward’: Obama gets a little electioneering in during FEMA briefing  —  President Obama may have suspended his campaign rallies due to Hurricane Sandy, but he managed to squeeze in his campaign slogan — intentionally or not — during a briefing Tuesday with federal emergency officials.
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 …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Why Democrats Are Right to Politicize Sandy  —  Disasters are inherently political, because government is political, and preventing and responding to disasters is a primary role of the state.  But there is an innate tension in overtly politicizing a disaster.
Jon Cohen / The Fix:
WaPo-ABC tracking poll: Popular vote > electoral college  —  Most likely voters — including both Democrats and Republicans — say the winner of the presidential election should be decided by popular vote, not the electoral college, according to the latest release of the Washington Post-ABC News tracking poll.
Discussion: and Business Insider
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Ariane Devogue / ABCNEWS:
Could Election Day Be Postponed?
Discussion: Politico and ABCNEWS
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Say Anything: Top Romney Surrogate Claims Romney Justices Won't Kill Roe v. Wade
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Clinton: Romney Wrong to Hit Obama for Promising ‘to Turn Back the Seas’
Michael Barone / Financial Times:
Either way, the vote will end the New Deal
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Domenech / Real Clear Politics:
Are We Looking at an Undertow Election?
Discussion: Vodkapundit
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Halperin: Democrats now on defense in blue states
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
The president who seems not to care
Jeff Mapes / Oregonian:
Obama leads in Oregon thanks to support from women; but marijuana measure failing on opposition …