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9:35 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 …
Hayes Brown / ThinkProgress:
Bush's FEMA Director During Katrina Criticizes Obama For Responding To Sandy Too Quickly
Al Gore / Al's Journal:
Statement on 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? …
Sam Levin / The Latest Word:
Michael Brown, ex-FEMA head, has advice, criticism for Obama about 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 …
The Making Of Romney's Storm Relief Event  —  A scramble to depoliticize a political campaign, and $5,000 in supplies from Wal-Mart.  “Just grab something.”  —  Image by Brian Snyder / Reuters  —  DAYTON, Ohio — The last-minute decision by Romney high command Monday to suspend politics …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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.
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
Obama team continues confidence tour with video  —  (CNN) - President Barack Obama's campaign manager continued his confidence push in a web video released Wednesday, telling supporters the incumbent Democrat was ahead of his rival in key battlegrounds, and would win the election if “we do what we need to do” on Election Day.
Romney campaign to hit the road with 100 surrogates
Discussion: GOP 12
NBC's Andrew Rafferty / First Read:
McCain rips Obama on Libya at relief event
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.
Detroit Free Press:
New Romney ad: Did Obama's rescue of GM create more jobs in China?
Craig Trudell / Bloomberg:
Chrysler CEO Reiterates Jeep Production Staying in U.S.
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 …
The Man Behind @ComfortablySmug, Hurricane Sandy's Worst Twitter Villain
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 …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama leads by 5 in Wisconsin and Iowa  —  New Public Policy Polling surveys in Wisconsin and Iowa, conducted on behalf of Health Care for America Now, find Barack Obama leading by 5 points in each state.  In Iowa the spread is 50/45, representing a 3 point increase in Obama's advantage compared to a week ago.
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 …
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%.
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
Governor Romney After the (2006) Flood: Not Good  —  PHOTO BY JIM DAVIS/THE BOSTON GLOBE VIA GETTY IMAGES  —  Now that he's again decided to mention (obliquely) that he was our governor once, and we're all up here in the Commonwealth (God save it!) being awakened by the sweet sounds …
Discussion: Wonkette and Slog
Jason Cherkis / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney Vetoed Flood Prep Funding In 2004, Blamed For Subsequent Flooding
Ashley Perks / The Hill:
The Hill's 2012 Top Lobbyists  —  2012 hasn't been the best year for K Street, but it's too soon to call it a bust.  —  A divided government and the demands of campaigning have kept Congress in low gear, depressing revenue at lobby shops and leaving trade associations and grassroots groups in planning mode.
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...”
Benjamin K. Tippett / e-Print archive:
Possible Bubbles of Spacetime Curvature in the South Pacific  —  In 1928, the late Francis Wayland Thurston published a scandalous manuscript in purport of warning the world of a global conspiracy of occultists.  Among the documents he gathered to support his thesis was the personal account …
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
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