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4:40 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.
Nate Cohn / The New Republic:
Romney's Window In Ohio Is Closing
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
David Weigel / Slate:
Quinnipiac: Obama Leads in Ohio, Pennsylvania Is Obama's
Discussion: Hot Air, The PJ Tatler and GOP 12
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 …
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Through the Looking Glass  —  I know, I know: everybody knows Dick Morris is a lying, spin-mad hack, so why would I pay any attention to what he's saying?  Here's why: everybody does not know (or more likely, care) that Morris is full of it, which is why he has a column in a respectable publication …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama leads 50-45 in Ohio
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Poll: Obama up by 8 in Wisconsin
Discussion: Politico and CNN
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 …
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 …
Ginger Gibson / Politico:
Chris Christie aide denies rift with Mitt Romney
Discussion: CNN, The Hill and American Power
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 …
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.
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Petraeus and Panetta Speak—But Not the President
Discussion: AEIdeas and Hot Air
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Biden already thinking about 2016  —  Election Day isn't for another six days, but Vice President Biden is already thinking about 2016.  —  Appearing at an eatery in Florida on Wednesday, Biden was chatting by phone with a Republican voter when the vice president half-jokingly …
Discussion: CNN, Politico and Taegan Goddard's …
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Joe Biden: “Are You Indian?”  Man: “American!”  —  Awkward exchange on the campaign trail in Florida.  —  Image by The Oshkosh Northwestern, Joe Sienkiewicz / AP  —  Vice President Joe Biden had an awkward exchange at an stop at a restaurant in Sarasota, Fla. today.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Biden: 'I'm Going to Give You the Whole Load Today'
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Oct. 30: What State Polls Suggest About the National Popular Vote
Poll: Romney closes gap on Obama in Michigan
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
GoDaddy suspends GOP ad firm's websites for anti-Obama texts  —  Virginia-based GOP advertising firm ccAdvertising was behind a flood of anti-Obama text messages sent Tuesday night, according to Web domain records.  —  By Wednesday morning, GoDaddy, a domain registrar, had suspended the firm's websites for spam and abuse.
Steve Friess / Politico:
Anti-Obama texts traced to conservative activist
Discussion: theGrio and The Hinterland Gazette
Steve Friess / Politico:
Anti-Obama text ads cause a stir
Discussion: Mediaite and
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Messina gives up on Arizona  —  Obama strategists have suggested on and off this cycle — and earlier — that the president could make a play to compete in Arizona, a traditionally conservative-leaning state that has become more competitive thanks to a growing Latino population.
Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
Romney Camp: Pay No Attention To The Auto Companies Calling Us Liars  —  Two auto companies made a surprise foray into the presidential campaign on Tuesday, bluntly calling out Mitt Romney for his deceptive Ohio ads that suggest they plan to ship local jobs to China.
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Biden brands Romney's auto industry ads as ‘desperate’ and ‘cynical’
Discussion: CNN and Politico
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.
Elise Foley / The Huffington Post:
Steve King: Hurricane Sandy Aid Must Have Strings Attached To Avoid Waste On ‘Gucci Bags’ … FOLLOW:  —  Steve King, Elections 2012, Natural Disasters, Steve King, Video, Christie Vilsack, Christie Vilsack 2012, Disaster Relief, Hurricane Sandy 2012, Hurricane Sandy 2012, Iowa 2012 …
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Bill Clinton: Sandy highlights Obama's ‘practical problem-solving’
Discussion: Politico and Weasel Zippers
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
Mark Memmott / NPR:
Dear Little Girl: Sorry We Made You Cry About ‘Bronco Bamma’ And Mitt Romney … Oh my goodness, do we feel bad now:  —  “A 4-year-old Fort Collins girl expressed her frustration over the seemingly never-ending presidential campaign,” Denver's 9News reports.
Rush Limbaugh:
Why the Media Shelters Obama  —  RUSH: I want to expand on the racial component of this and the media's devotion to Obama and why they are sheltering him.  They are suppressing stories on Benghazi.  They're suppressing stories on his incompetence, the fact he's in over his head, he's unqualified, doesn't know what he's doing.
Discussion: Politico
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Bobby Cervantes / Politico:
Iowa warns international observers of arrest
Discussion: FP Passport
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Donnelly up seven over Mourdock in internal poll
Discussion: Politico
INTERACTIVE: Make Mitt Romney's tax plan add up!
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Economix
Phil Galewitz /
Romney Narrows Gap With Obama On Voters' Trust To Manage Medicare
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Case Against Romney: At Heart, He's a Delusional One-Percenter
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
All Four Anti-Equality State Campaigns Run Misleading ‘Parents’ Rights' Ad
Discussion: Advocate and Daily Kos
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Pro-Obama group ties Romney to unpopular Florida governor
Discussion: CNN
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Labor Dept: October jobs report ready Friday despite hurricane
Discussion: CNN, Politico and The PJ Tatler
New York Times:
Once-Rare Response Is Now Routine and Overused
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Hot Air
Javier Manjarres / The Shark Tank:
Wasserman Schultz Involved in Police Altercation Outside Voting Precinct
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