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9:00 AM ET, October 31, 2012


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Wall Street Journal:
Big Storm Opportunism  —  Did you know Hurricane Sandy favors higher marginal tax rates?  —  Our former editor Robert Bartley once quipped (fondly) about the writer Jude Wanniski that he thought a capital-gains tax cut could intercept a Soviet SS-20 missile in mid-flight.
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Odd couple Christie and Obama to tour devastated NJ shore  —  President Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) will travel together on Wednesday to inspect the damage that Hurricane Sandy inflicted on the Garden State.  —  Obama and Christie make for an odd couple …
Discussion: Politico, Capital Tonight and DealBook
Hayes Brown / ThinkProgress:
Bush's FEMA Director During Katrina Criticizes Obama For Responding To Sandy Too Quickly
Sam Levin / The Latest Word:
Michael Brown, ex-FEMA head, has advice, criticism for Obama about Hurricane Sandy
Lynne Peeples / The Huffington Post:
Hurricane Sandy Could Displace Rats, Spread Infectious Disease
Daily Mail:
Will global warming bring storm barriers to New York Harbor? …
Al Gore / Al's Journal:
Statement on Hurricane Sandy
Noel Sheppard / blogs:
MSNBC Ridicules Romney for Collecting Food and Supplies for Sandy Victims  —  This one is really hard to believe, even for the most biased so-called “news network” in the nation.  —  MSNBC on Tuesday totally trashed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney for collecting food and supplies …
Becket Adams /
MSNBC ANCHOR CRITICIZES ROMNEY'S STORM VOLUNTEERISM: RED CROSS DOESN'T WANT OR NEED YOUR NON-MONETARY DONATIONS  —  MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell on Tuesday questioned the sincerity of a “storm relief” event organized by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Ohio, arguing …
Jed Lewison / Daily Kos:
Romney lines everybody up to give him stuff the Red Cross says it doesn't want  —  So here's what things looked like at the donation table at Mitt Romney's “storm relief” event before he arrived:  —  And here's things nearly an hour later when Mitt Romney finally arrived:  —  At least he didn't wash clean dishes.
Tyrel Linkhorn / Toledo Blade:
Chrysler CEO to employees: Jeep will remain in U.S.  —  Facebook Twitter Reddit Digg E-mail Print Rss  —  Chrysler chief executive Sergio Marchionne circulated an e-mail to Chrysler Group LLC employees today strongly restating the automaker's promise that it will not move existing U.S. production of Jeeps to China.
Craig Trudell / Bloomberg:
Chrysler CEO Reiterates Jeep Production Staying in U.S.
Poll: Romney closes gap on Obama in Michigan  —  Mitt Romney is within striking distance of Barack Obama in Michigan in the final days before the election, buoyed by more who are convinced the Republican is a viable alternative to the president, with the ability to turn around the economy.
Discussion: Ballot Box
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Detroit News poll: 3-point race in Michigan  —  As the Obama campaign goes on the air in Michigan, a newspaper poll there shows a close race with a small lead for the president: … Obama's lead is within the margin of error, which may reflect the tightening of the race nationally …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
New York Times:
Race Narrows as Campaign Enters Its Final Week  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio — President Obama and Mitt Romney enter the closing week of the campaign in an exceedingly narrow race, according to the latest poll by The New York Times and CBS News, with more voters now viewing Mr. Romney as a stronger leader …
Jon Cohen / The Fix:
WaPo-ABC tracking poll: Popular vote > electoral college
Discussion: Business Insider and
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Councilman Pushes For Charges Against Twitter User Who Spread Falsehoods  —  “I hope the fact that I'm asking for criminal charges to be seriously considered will make him much less comfortable and much less smug,” says Vallone  —  New York City Councilman Peter Vallone told BuzzFeed Tuesday …
BuzzFeed Politics:
How One Well-Connected Pseudonymous Twitter Spread Fake News About Hurricane Sandy
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Lingering questions about Benghazi  —  The attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi has become a political football in the presidential campaign, with all the grandstanding and misinformation that entails.  But Fox News has raised some questions about the attack that deserve a clearer answer from the Obama administration.
Stephen Battaglio /
The Biz: President Barack Obama Reveals His Favorite TV Shows  —  As Election Day approaches, President Barack Obama agreed to share with us his favorite television series and provide insight into some of his other pop-culture habits.  Check out Governor Mitt Romney's picks here.
Discussion: Politico and theGrio
OBAMA ON HURRICANE: ‘WE LEAVE NOBODY BEHIND’  —  Today, during a non-campaign campaign stop at the Red Cross, President Obama told the nation something his administration obviously didn't believe during the seven-hour attack on our consulate in Benghazi (and a nearby annex) on the night of September 11 …
Awr Hawkins / BREITBART.COM:
FACEBOOK CENSORS NAVY SEALS TO PROTECT OBAMA ON BENGHAZI-GATE  —  Over the weekend, Facebook took down a message by the Special Operations Speaks PAC (SOS) which highlighted the fact that Obama denied backup to the forces being overrun in Benghazi.  —  The message was contained in a meme …
Richard Dunham / Texas on the Potomac:
The Morning After: First storm-related anti-Obama attack ad appears  —  A friend of ours in northern Virginia received this flier delivered to her apartment's front door this morning:  —  The ad, attacking President Obama, declared, “WE'VE SEEN STORMS IN VIRGINIA, BUT NONE LIKE THIS...”
Americans Still Give Obama Better Odds to Win Election  —  54% of Americans think Obama will win; 34% predict Romney  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — A majority of Americans continue to believe that Democratic President Barack Obama will win re-election Tuesday over Republican challenger Mitt Romney, by 54% to 34%.
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
FROM OHIO: GROUND GAME REPORT  —  For the past two days, Ali Akbar and I have been talking to Americans for Prosperity about their grassroots organizing effort here in Ohio.  We visited their Columbus office Monday night, talked today to AFP's Ohio state policy director, Seth Morgan …
Discussion: Da Tech Guy's Blog
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Romney campaign to hit the road with 100 surrogates
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Investor's Business Daily:
A Department Of Business Is None Of Obama's Business
New York Subway System Faces Weeks to Recover From Storm
Discussion: Joe. My. God. and The Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
Stephens: Barack Obama and Other Has-Beens
Rich Lowry / National Review:
The President's Insulting Campaign
Discussion: Betsy's Page and alicublog
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Ryan ‘Packs’ Hurricane Relief Donations In During Wisconsin Photo-Op
 Earlier Items: 
Hunter Schwarz / BuzzFeed:
Romney Camp Says They Don't Make Hats In China
NBC's Andrew Rafferty / First Read:
McCain rips Obama on Libya at relief event
Mickey Kaus / The Daily Caller:
The Birth Certificate 4-Step
Discussion: Hot Air
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
Governor Romney After the (2006) Flood: Not Good