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5:35 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.
Jim Treacher / The Daily Caller:
Yeah, me too.  —  Question: How do you lay a guilt trip on somebody who's already damned?  Hey, white folks, if you're headed to Hell regardless, you may as well vote the way you want.  —  Hat tip to the Georgia Tipsheet, which notes that last week, Lowery said: “If Obama was white …
Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
Obama's inauguration reverend: All whites are going to hell
Discussion: Riehl World News and EBL
Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
Pastor who prayed at Obama's inauguration says all white people will go to hell
Discussion: Blazing Cat Fur
James Richardson / Georgia Tipsheet:
Lowery: all whites are going to hell
Discussion: GayPatriot
Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
After Brutal Polling Day, Romney Team Reassures That They'll Win  —  Mitt Romney's top staff offered reporters an endless number of reasons they're going to beat President Obama on a conference call Wednesday.  Not included on their list of Romney advantages: a clear lead in the polls.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Oct. 30: What State Polls Suggest About the National Popular Vote
Nate Cohn / The New Republic:
Romney's Window In Ohio Is Closing
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Storm Response Earns Obama Praise Amid the Election's Deadlock Drama  —  President Barack Obama, accompanied by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, second from left, and others, speaks about superstorm Sandy during a visit to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Headquarters in Washington, Oct. 31, 2012.
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.
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News poll: Race for the White House a dead heat
Discussion: Examiner and The PJ Tatler
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.
Discussion: Hot Air and EBL
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Case Against Romney: At Heart, He's a Delusional One-Percenter
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
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 …
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Biden jokes about forgetting what state he was in
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 …
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.
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 …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Obama's Libya stonewalling isn't working  —  President Obama is having no luck convincing voters and the media there is nothing amiss regarding his handling of the Benghazi attack.  —  My colleague David Ignatius is among the latest to acknowledge that there are real questions about what happened …
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
What was Obama told at the September 10, 2012, NSC meeting on ‘9/11 threats’?
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.
Jilian Fama / ABCNEWS:
Little Girl Cries Over ‘Bronco Bamma’
Discussion: blogs
Evan Axelbank / WPTV Newschannel 5:
Florida GOP memo: Democrats are ‘cleaning our clock’  —  WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A memo obtained by NewsChannel 5's Evan Axelbank, from an adviser to a Florida GOP campaign, says that the Democratic turnout effort is “cleaning our clock.”  —  The memo says, “The early and absentee turnout is starting to look more troubling.”
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 …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
You Can't Go Home Again  —  Tom Friedman ventured into the wilds this week, to his home state of Minnesota: … I wish I believed he is kidding.  But this wasn't just a routine visit home; Friedman was looking for insight into the national scene: … Which means that he found what he was looking for.
Gay Rights Group Files Complaint Over Tuesday's Text Messages  —  “It's unacceptable to launch these types of despicable attacks from dark corners,” a Human Rights Campaign spokesman said about the Federal Communications Commission complaint filing.  —  Via: @cyrsucker
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.
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 …
Discussion: Politico and The Greenroom
Tom Holbrook / The Numbers:
A Partisan Advantage for Obama?  —  As I pointed out at the end of August, I see political and economic context of the election as favoring Mitt Romney, though not overwhelmingly so.  In fact, I think that Romney's gains after the first debate partly reflected a dissatisfied electorate responding …
Discussion: The Monkey Cage
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
Dylan Byers / Politico:
The tea party gets a news site  —  Tea Party conservatives are getting their very own news site.  —  The Tea Party News Network, self-described as “the only trusted news source and the antidote to mainstream media bias,” is already live but will announce its launch tomorrow morning, with plans to start live video on election day.
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Joe Newby- / Examiner:
AFL-CIO mailer warns Oregon voters: We know your voting history
Discussion: GayPatriot
New York Times:
New Jersey Continues to Cope With Hurricane Sandy
Discussion: Weather Nerd
Charles Franklin / Marquette Law School Poll:
Marquette Law School Poll finds Obama ahead in Wisconsin, Baldwin with slight edge in close Senate race
Discussion: JSOnline and Outside the Beltway
Chad Griffin /
Act Now: Join Brad Pitt in Fighting for Marriage Equality
Peter Schwartzstein / Reuters:
90 percent of Europeans would vote for Obama: poll
Jamie Weinstein / The Daily Caller:
TheDC's Jamie Weinstein: At Alan Grayson's Hollywood fundraiser, rape jokes abound
Discussion: TPNN and GayPatriot
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 Earlier Items: 
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
In Deadlocked Race, Neither Side Has Ground Game Advantage
Discussion: Power Line and Hot Air
Meghashyam Mali / Ballot Box:
Poll: Obama up 5 points in Ohio, holds narrower leads in Virginia, Florida
Addiestan / AlterNet:
Major Retailer Urges Workers To Take ‘Civics Course’ With Anti-Obama Content
Discussion: American Prospect and Hullabaloo
Bobby Cervantes / Politico:
Iowa warns international observers of arrest
INTERACTIVE: Make Mitt Romney's tax plan add up!
Discussion: The Atlantic Online