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9:10 PM ET, November 2, 2012

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New York Post:
This is no way to get us up & running  —  Generators should give power to people — not marathon  —  As hundreds of thousands of Big Apple residents suffer in homes left without power by Hurricane Sandy, two massive generators are being run 24/7 in Central Park — to juice a media tent for Sunday's New York City Marathon.
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Ken Belson / New York Times:
New York City Marathon Will Not Be Held Sunday  —  After days of intensifying pressure from runners, politicians and the general public to cancel the New York City Marathon in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, city officials and the event's organizers decided Friday afternoon to cancel the race.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
John Moore / ABCNEWS:
‘We Need Food, We Need Clothing’: Staten Island Residents Plead for Help 3 Days After Sandy
Byron Tau / Politico:
White House: NYC marathon a local issue (Updated)
Discussion: Associated Press
New York Times:
Patience Wears Thin as Region Cleans Up, With Toll Rising
U.S. News:
New York Marathon canceled, Bloomberg says
Lynn Zinser / New York Times:
Should the Race Be Run?  —  O.K., let's see if we have this straight …
Discussion: Politicker
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
CNN Poll: Obama 50% - Romney 47% in Ohio  —  (CNN) - With four days to go until the presidential election, a new poll indicates the race for arguably the most important battleground state remains very close.  —  According to a CNN/ORC International survey released Friday …
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Gabriella Schwarz / CNN:
TRENDING: Axelrod: Obama closing argument ‘from his loins’  —  Lima, Ohio (CNN) - David Axelrod described the message coming from President Barack Obama days before Election Day as “coming from his loins.”  —  “I've never seen him more exhilarated than he is right now.  He believes in what he's doing.
Bill Clinton / CNN:
Clinton to head to PA
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Mitt Romney's Pennsylvania gamble
Discussion: Morning Call, Taylor Marsh and Hot Air
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
In Shift, Romney Campaign Approaches Pennsylvania With a New Urgency
Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
Romney: Elect Me Or House GOP Will Wreck The Economy  —  In what his campaign billed as his “closing argument,” Mitt Romney warned Americans that a second term for President Obama would have apocalyptic consequences for the economy in part because his own party would force a debt ceiling disaster.
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Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Reid says he can't work with Romney  —  Five days before the election, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has ruled out trying to work with Mitt Romney should he win next week.  —  “Mitt Romney's fantasy that Senate Democrats will work with him to pass his ‘severely conservative’ agenda is laughable …
Wall Street Journal:
Noonan: How Far Obama Has Fallen  —  From historic figure to beleaguered incumbent in less than four years.  —  So where are we?  A softly catastrophic storm left us, in the Northeast, shocked at the depth and breadth of its power to destroy.  Everyone who could be was hunkered down Monday waiting it out …
Discussion: neo-neocon and Hot Air
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Reid: ‘Laughable’ For Romney To Say Dems Will Help Him Pass His Agenda
Discussion: Mediaite and Shakesville
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Going out on a limb: Romney beats Obama, handily … Fundamentals usually prevail in American elections.  That's bad news for Barack Obama.  True, Americans want to think well of their presidents and many think it would be bad if Americans were perceived as rejecting the first black president.
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Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Who's Really Winning Early Voting?  —  With both parties spinning early-vote totals, here's the bottom line: Republicans are significantly improving on 2008 in several big early-voting states.  —  Reuters  —  If you're following the presidential election closely, you know that Election …
Bureau of Labor Statistics:
Employment Situation Summary  —  Transmission of material in this release is embargoed USDL-12-2164 until 8:30 a.m. (EDT) Friday, November 2, 2012  —  Technical information:  —  Household data: (202) 691-6378 * cpsinfo@bls.gov * www.bls.gov/cps
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Paul Krugman:
Karl Rove's Mission Accomplished  —  The estimable Rick Perlstein has a fascinating essay about the seamless continuum from direct-mail marketing scams to direct-mail right-wing fundraising, and from there to the whole character of modern movement conservatism.  Go read.
Hayes Brown / ThinkProgress:
New Details Discredit Fox News Reports On Benghazi Attacks  —  A slew of new reporting this morning debunks Fox News reports claiming that the Obama administration withheld assistance during the Sept. 11 attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya.  With these revelations …
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Jennifer Griffin / Fox News:
Sources, emails point to communication breakdown in Obama administration during Libya attack
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
From “Hope and Change” to “Revenge”  —  During a speech in Springfield, Ohio today, the president ad libbed a remark when his supporters started booing Mitt Romney: “No, no, no — don't boo, vote,” Obama said.  That's his standard response to booing at his rallies.  But then he added this: “Vote!
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The Fix:
The Obama defectors  —  Barring some kind of last-minute surge, President Obama is going to fall well shy of the 52.9 percent he won in the 2008 election.  It might still be good enough to win, but it won't be resounding.  —  But just who exactly has deserted Obama over the last four years?
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Nov. 1: The Simple Case for Saying Obama Is the Favorite  —  If you are following some of the same people that I do on Twitter, you may have noticed some pushback about our contention that Barack Obama is a favorite (and certainly not a lock) to be re-elected.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Biden: 'There's Never Been A Day In The Last Four Years I've Been Proud To Be His Vice President'  —  Joe Biden, at a campaign event today said, “There's never been a day in the last four years I've been proud to be his vice president.”
Noah Shachtman / Wired:
How Victoria's Secret Saved the National Guard From Hurricane Sandy  —  On Monday night, Hurricane Sandy hit the armory of the New York Army National Guard's 69th Infantry Regiment, leaving the soldiers without power, hot water, or anything but the most rudimentary means of communicating with the outside world.
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Agonist
PR Newswire:
Kimball Political Consulting poll: Scott Brown 49, Elizabeth Warren 47  —  Senator Scott Brown holds a 2 point advantage of Elizabeth Warren, according to a new Kimball Political Consulting poll.  The survey stands in contrast to this week's Suffolk University poll showing Warren holding …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
 
 
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The Fix:
WaPo-ABC tracking poll: Most see U.S. on ‘wrong track’. So can Obama win?
John Ingold / Denver Post:
Poll: Obama, Romney still essentially tied in Colorado
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
House Republicans may actually add to their majority on Election Day
Discussion: Power Line and The Greenroom
BuzzFeed:
Exclusive: Lady Gaga Cuts Video For Marriage Equality Vote
Discussion: Advocate
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Obama brings back tea party rhetoric
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
 Earlier Items: 
Ellie Krupnick / The Huffington Post:
Obama's Leather Bomber Jacket Is One Pair Of Aviators Away From ‘Top Gun’ (PHOTOS)
Discussion: protein wisdom
Rasmussen Reports:
An Unpredictable End to a Very Predictable Election
Discussion: Business Insider
Matthew Vadum / Front Page Magazine:
Benghazi Investigator Slams America and ‘Islamophobes’
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Morning Jay: Why Romney Is Likely to Win
Mark Thornhill / WAFF-TV:
Nonunion Ala. crews turned away from Sandy recovery