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3:20 PM ET, October 31, 2012


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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Final CBS/NYT/Q-polls in OH, FL, VA show Obama up ...  We're down to the final week of the election, where we'd normally expect to see pollsters fine-tuning their samples in order to get the most predictive survey results ahead of the election.  It's refreshing, therefore …
Roanoke College:
Roanoke College Poll:Late deciders push Romney to narrow lead over Obama in Va.; Allen overtakes Kaine in Va. Senate race  —  Governor Mitt Romney has overtaken President Barack Obama by a very narrow margin in Virginia (49% - 44%), according to a Roanoke College Poll conducted after the Presidential debates.
David Weigel / Slate:
Quinnipiac: Obama Leads in Ohio, Pennsylvania Is Obama's  —  NASHUA, NH - OCTOBER 27: U.S. President Barack Obama waves to supporters during a campaign rally at Elm Street Middle School October 27, 2012 in Nashua, New Hampshire.  With ten days before the presidential election, Obama and his opponent …
Discussion: Hot Air, GOP 12 and The PJ Tatler
CBS News:
Poll: Obama holds small Ohio edge; Fla., Va. tight  —  President Obama has maintained a five-point lead in the crucial swing state of Ohio, according to a new Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times poll of likely voters.  The survey found that Mitt Romney has gained ground in Florida and Virginia …
Geneva Sands / The Hill:
Messina: Obama has ‘dominant’ position in race  —  President Obama has a “dominant position” in the 2012 race, according to a new campaign video.  —  In the nearly five-minute video, campaign manager Jim Messina boasts that the campaign has registered millions of voters and opened …
Nate Cohn / The New Republic:   Romney's Window In Ohio Is Closing
Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
Ohio Working Class May Offer Key to Obama's Re-election
Discussion: Washington Wire
Dick Morris / The Hill:
Opinion: Here comes the landslide  —  Voters have figured out that President Obama has no message, no agenda and not even much of an explanation for what he has done over the past four years.  His campaign is based entirely on persuading people that Mitt Romney is a uniquely bad man …
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Why Exactly Is Chris Christie Subverting Mitt Romney?  —  Chris Christie is love-bombing President Obama — the man he labeled clueless just last week — and Maureen Dowd is asking why: … Here are three theories about Christie:  —  1) The first, most benign theory: Christie, in my experience …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
The ‘I’ of the Storm  —  The dramatic homestretch ad for President Obama, running on every network and in all media markets, is a home run, devastating for Mitt Romney.  —  And, best of all, the president didn't have to pay for it, or even say, “I approve this message.”
Ben Feller / Associated Press:   Analysis: Doing his job, Obama a subtle campaigner
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Through the Looking Glass
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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 …
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.
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Gingrich: Senator told me networks may have White House emails commanding counterterrorism group to stand down on Benghazi rescue  —  On Tuesday night's “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” on the Fox News Channel, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said that major news networks might …
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Petraeus and Panetta Speak—But Not the President
Discussion: Hot Air
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
1 week, 2 versions of reality  —  As if Hurricane Sandy weren't doing enough to muddle the presidential race a week before the election, the two campaigns now seem to be embracing two sharply different versions of political reality.  —  The Mitt Romney narrative: The electoral map is expanding and we are on the march.
Discussion: CNN and ABCNEWS
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Romney uses welfare attack in new ad
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Bill Clinton: Sandy highlights Obama's ‘practical problem-solving’
Discussion: Politico and Weasel Zippers
Steve Friess / Politico:
Anti-Obama texts traced to conservative activist  —  The spate of unsolicited anti-Obama text messages that have hit hundreds of cellphones in recent days appears to be the work of conservative activist Jason Flanary and his Virginia-based communications firm, ccAdvertising.
Discussion: theGrio and The Hinterland Gazette
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
GoDaddy suspends GOP ad firm's websites for anti-Obama texts
Steve Friess / Politico:
Anti-Obama text ads cause a stir
Discussion: Mediaite
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
What's Behind the State-National Poll Divergence?  —  The Hurricane Sandy-related lull in tracking polls gives us a good opportunity to look at one of the more interesting aspects of polling to develop this month: the divergence between national and state polls.
Christopher Robbins / Gothamist:
Outrage In The Powerless Zone: A Dispatch From Downtown Manhattan  —  Mayor Bloomberg said last night that we've come to “the end of the downside” of Hurricane Sandy—hey, if you can spare $150 and a cab ride, you can join him at the very first Brooklyn Nets game tomorrow.
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Axelrod wagers to shave mustache  —  David Axelrod, a senior adviser to Barack Obama's presidential campaign, said Wednesday he will shave off his mustache “of 40 years” on national television if Obama loses Minnesota, Michigan or Pennsylvania on Election Day.
Javier Manjarres / The Shark Tank:
Wasserman Schultz Involved in Police Altercation Outside Voting Precinct  —  A group of sign-waving campaign ralliers comprised of both Democrat and Republican supporters outside an Aventura, Florida polling location witnessed Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz get involved in a heated altercation …
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.
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Biden: 'I'm Going to Give You the Whole Load Today'
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Biden brands Romney's auto industry ads as ‘desperate’ and ‘cynical’
Discussion: Politico
Armenian church reportedly burned down in Aleppo
Elise Foley / The Huffington Post:
Steve King: Hurricane Sandy Aid Must Have Strings Attached To Avoid Waste On ‘Gucci Bags’
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Labor Dept: October jobs report ready Friday despite hurricane
Discussion: Politico, CNN and The PJ Tatler
New York Times:
Once-Rare Response Is Now Routine and Overused
Daniel W. Drezner:
Does the international affairs community need some Razzies?
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
U.S. Voter Turnout Will Likely Fall Short of 2004, 2008
Richard L. Hasen / The Daily Beast:
Hey Congress, Wake Up!
Robert Winnett / Telegraph:
Death knell for wind farms: ‘Enough is Enough’ says minister
Discussion: Spectator and BBC
Benjamin K. Tippett / e-Print archive:
Possible Bubbles of Spacetime Curvature in the South Pacific