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11:00 AM ET, November 1, 2012


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Diane Glidewell /
Civil rights icons pump Obama in Forsyth  —  Lowery: Don't think whites going to heaven  —  UPDATED TO INCLUDE MAYOR'S COMMENTS: 5 p.m.  —  Two icons of the civil rights movement visited Forsyth on Saturday to campaign for the reelection of Barack Obama.
Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
Pastor who prayed at Obama's inauguration says all white people will go to hell … Obama awarded Lowery the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009 / AP  —  Pastor Joseph Lowery, a civil rights movement hero who delivered the benediction at President Obama's inauguration …
Jim Treacher / The Daily Caller:   Yeah, me too.  —  Question: How do you lay a guilt trip on somebody who's already damned?
Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
Obama's inauguration reverend: All whites are going to hell
Discussion: Riehl World News and EBL
James Richardson / Georgia Tipsheet:
Lowery: all whites are going to hell
Discussion: GayPatriot
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
Two women from the Dominican Republic told The Daily Caller that Democratic New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez paid them for sex earlier this year.  —  In interviews, the two women said they met Menendez around Easter at Casa de Campo, an expensive 7,000 acre resort in the Dominican Republic.
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Sifting the Numbers for a Winner  —  A crucial element: the mix of Democrats and Republicans who show up this election.  —  It comes down to numbers.  And in the final days of this presidential race, from polling data to early voting, they favor Mitt Romney.  —  He maintains a small but persistent polling edge.
The Fix:
WaPo-ABC tracking poll: High marks for President Obama on Hurricane Sandy response  —  President Obama gets sky-high marks for his response to Hurricane Sandy, which cut a brutal path along the country's East Coast on Monday, according to the latest release of the Washington Post-ABC News tracking poll.
Mark Murray / First Read:
NBC/WSJ/Marist polls: Obama leads in Iowa, running neck and neck in N.H, Wis.  —  Less than a week before Election Day, President Barack Obama holds a statistically significant lead over Republican nominee Mitt Romney in the battleground of Iowa, while the two candidates are locked in tight races …
Marist Poll:
11/1: Obama Leads Romney in Iowa
Discussion: Firedoglake and CNN
Catherine Herridge / Fox News:
Exclusive: Classified cable warned consulate couldn't withstand ‘coordinated attack’  —  The U.S. Mission in Benghazi convened an “emergency meeting” less than a month before the assault that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, because Al Qaeda had training camps …
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Beeson: Obama ‘firewall is burning’  —  Romney political director Rich Beeson said Wednesday that the Obama team's electoral firewall — aka, Ohio, Iowa and Wisconsin — is “burning.”  —  “The firewall that I think they talked about was Iowa, Wisconsin,and Ohio,” he said on a conference call …
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
U.S. yanks support for Syrian opposition group, warns of extremist takeover of uprising  —  ZAGREB, Croatia — The Obama administration on Wednesday renounced the proclaimed leaders of the Syrian political opposition and said any group seeking to oust President Bashar al-Assad must reject attempts …
Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:
What I'm Hearing About The Sex Scandal  —  I've heard the story, but I don't want to say what it is because, well, I have no idea if it's true.  —  But in the interests of sparing you 1 heart attacks and 2 overly optimistic guesses: What it's about, rumors say, is a Senator.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Greenroom
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
The Facebook spike  —  As John notes in the adjacent post, a group of former special operators have set up a Facebook page called SOS: Special Operations Speaks.  SOS posted the graphic below on their Facebook page:  —  Facebook took the graphic down twice on the ground that it violated …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Facebook admits error in censoring anti-Obama message
Frank Newport / Gallup.Com:
Status Update on Gallup Election Polling Following Superstorm Sandy  —  Here's an update on Gallup's thinking when we suspended our national daily tracking of the presidential election campaign as of Monday, Oct. 29.  Basically, we reached the conclusion that Superstorm Sandy had compromised …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
NEWS FLASH  —  BREAKING: THREE BUSH-APPOINTED JUDGES GIVE THUMBS UP TO VOTER DISENFRANCHISEMENT IN OHIO |  Late last week, a federal district court ordered Ohio to stop disenfranchising voters who are directed to vote at the wrong polling place due to poll worker error.
Discussion: Firedoglake
Al Arabiya / English:
Arab tweeps should stop gloating over Sandy disaster: Saudi Grand Mufti  —  The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, home to Islam's holliest sites, has condemned the gloating by radical “tweeps” in the Arab world over the Sandy storm disaster, which left more than 100 people dead in the U.S. East Coast, as “illegitimate”
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Atlas Shrugs
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
New ADP Count Slashes Job Creation for September  —  Revisions to the way payroll data firm ADP counts private sector job creation have resulted in a sharp drop in the September employment count.  —  ADP's new calculations put the monthly job creation at just 88,200, down from the 162,000 …
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Allen ad hits Kaine on coal in final days of campaign  —  Former Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) is out with a new ad ripping former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine (D) on coal and his support for climate change legislation.  —  The ad, released just five days before the election, is airing in the Richmond market, where Kaine once served as mayor.
Discussion: Politico
George Lucas Just Saved Star Wars by Firing George Lucas  —  So at long last, George Lucas has decided to get out of the moviemaking business.  He's selling out Lucasfilm, including all of its properties and moneymaking storylines, to the Mouse.  This is a good thing.  Maybe even a great thing.
15 Best Star Wars/Disney Merger Memes
Discussion: BuzzFeed
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Obama's campaign goes empty and strident  —  “It is a great advantage to a president, and a major source of safety to the country, for him to know he is not a great man.”  —  Energetic in body but indolent in mind, Barack Obama in his frenetic campaigning for a second term is promising …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Atlantic City mayor accuses Christie of ‘double standard’ in Sandy response  —  Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford accused New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) of having displayed a “double standard” in his handling of communities affected by the landfall of Hurricane Sandy.
Discussion: ABCNEWS and ABCNEWS
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
NEWS FLASH  —  DONALD TRUMP IS ROBO-CALLING FOR ROMNEY |  Real estate mogul and ardent birther Donald Trump has been asked to stump for Mitt Romney in the final week before Election Day.  Trump will be doing robo-calls in Ohio, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Florida — crucial battleground states.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Balloon Juice
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Case for Obama: Why He Is a Great President.  Yes, Great.  —  I decided to support Barack Obama pretty early in the Democratic primary, around spring of 2007.  But unlike so many of his supporters, I never experienced a kind of emotional response to his candidacy.
Agence France Presse:
Armed Islamists on Tunis streets after clashes  —  TUNIS — Dozens of Islamists, some armed with knives, took to the streets of Tunis on Wednesday after deadly clashes overnight, but there was no sign of additional security despite authorities saying there was.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Mark Shade / Reuters:
Child sex convict Sandusky sent to Pennsylvania maximum security prison  —  HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Former Penn State assistant football coach and convicted child sexual predator Jerry Sandusky will spend the rest of his days in a maximum security prison in the southwest corner of Pennsylvania …
Joe Newby- / Examiner:
AFL-CIO mailer warns Oregon voters: We know your voting history  —  AFL-CIO mailer sent to Oregon voters.  —  Credits:  —  A mailer sent to Oregon voters by the AFL-CIO warns that their voting history is a matter of public record, reported Wednesday.
Discussion: GayPatriot
Shawna Shepherd / CNN:
Politics can't scare off Ryan from his appointed Halloween rounds  —  Janesville, Wisconsin (CNN) - Even in an election year, Republican vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan stuck to a family trick-or-treat tradition.  —  On Wednesday, Mitt Romney's running mate held three rallies in his home state …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and ABCNEWS
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Leader: Americans Enslaved to Zionist Regime
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and WorldViews
Chris Kirk / Slate:
Test your knowledge of election history.
Andy Borowitz / Borowitz Report:
Romney Says He Favors Abortion in Cases Where It Makes People Vote for Him
Dave Boyer / Washington Times:
Obama's endgame: Hard sell of record, ridicule of rival
Darrel Rowland / The Columbus Dispatch:
Election may not wrap up Tuesday
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Political Memo: Romney Tones Down Campaign Rhetoric as Vote Nears
New York Times:
New Jersey Continues to Cope With Hurricane Sandy
Discussion: Via Meadia and Weather Nerd
Peter Schwartzstein / Reuters:
90 percent of Europeans would vote for Obama: poll
 Earlier Items: 
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
You Can't Go Home Again  —  Tom Friedman ventured into the wilds …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Obama's Libya stonewalling isn't working
Tom Holbrook / The Numbers:
A Partisan Advantage for Obama?
Jilian Fama / ABCNEWS:
Little Girl Cries Over ‘Bronco Bamma’
Discussion: NPR and blogs
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Storm Response Earns Obama Praise Amid the Election's Deadlock Drama