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5:45 PM ET, November 3, 2012


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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Obama campaign struggles to explain ‘revenge’ remark  —  CINCINNATI — A seemingly offhand utterance from President Obama has turned into a major point of contention between the two campaigns, as Team Obama tries to explain what the president meant when he told a crowd of supporters that “Voting is the best revenge.”
Jeremy Herb / Ballot Box:
Obama assails Romney on Jeep ads in Ohio  —  President Obama kicked off the final weekend of his reelection campaign at a rally in Ohio, where he continued to slam Mitt Romney for claiming Jeep was sending jobs to China.  —  At the first of his four campaign rallies Saturday …
Discussion: CNN and Taylor Marsh
OBAMA'S CLEVELAND RALLY ATTENDANCE 20X LOWER THAN 2008  —  Last night, in the cold and with long lines, 30,000 people showed up in Ohio to see Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.  That same day, Obama attracted a meager 2,800.  But enthusiasm for President FailureTeleprompter can be judged by more than comparisons with Romney.
Mark Murray / First Read:
Polls: Obama stays ahead in Ohio, deadlocked with Romney in Fla.  —  Three days until Election Day, President Barack Obama maintains his lead in the key battleground state of Ohio and is locked in a close contest with Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in Florida, according to new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls.
Neil King Jr / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Holds Lead in Florida and Ohio Polls
Discussion: Politico
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Nov. 2: For Romney to Win, State Polls Must Be Statistically Biased  —  President Obama is now better than a 4-in-5 favorite to win the Electoral College, according to the FiveThirtyEight forecast.  His chances of winning it increased to 83.7 percent on Friday, his highest figure since …
Exclusive: Christie was Mitt's first choice for VP  —  One of the most tantalizing subplots of the 2012 campaign has been the curious and sometimes controversial performances of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.  Now, campaign insiders tell POLITICO that Christie was Mitt Romney's first choice …
Roger Simon / Politico:
‘Swift-Boating’ of Obama fails  —  Obama should have been destroyed by now.  That was the plan.  —  He was going to be “Swift Boated” in this election, just like John Kerry was in 2004.  —  It would be about Benghazi, where on Sept. 11 of this year, U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed.
Wall Street Journal:
The Fog of Benghazi  —  What we now know—and still don't—about President Obama's 9/11.
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:   Mysteries of Benghazi
Dan Friedman / Hotline On Call:
Akin was Arrested at Least Eight Times in 1980's  —  Missouri Republican Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin was arrested at least eight times in the 1980s at anti-abortion protests, according to newly obtained records.  —  That is four arrests in addition to four the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Election 2012
Rudy Giuliani Calls on Obama to Resign  —  Says he should quit over Libya, economy, and that McCain would have helped prevent the Benghazi attacks.  —  Zeke Miller  —  an hour ago  —  20 responses
Gregory Wallace / CNN:
Romney delivers Republican Party weekly address
Discussion: Politico
Prairie Weather:
Maybe it's the media we really need to put to a vote  —  The Washington Post — given the role it could play in the media — is a really unforgivably lousy rag with, admittedly, some good people writing for it.  Why the paper is so bad is beyond this reader.
Washington Post:
Mitt Romney's campaign insults voters
Discussion: Politico
Noel Sheppard / blogs:
Bill Maher Warns Romney Supporters: ‘Black People Know Who You Are and They Will Come After You’  —  Bill Maher on HBO's Real Time Friday might have said one of the most disgraceful things uttered during the 2012 campaign season.  —  “If you're thinking about voting for Mitt Romney …
Ronald Radosh / Weekly Standard:
A Story Told Before  —  Oliver Stone's recycled leftist history of the United States  —  Two years ago, Oliver Stone announced that he was preparing to make a documentary about recent American history.  It premieres on the CBS-owned cable network Showtime on November 12.  Titled
Alex Leary / Tampa Bay Times:
Times/Bay News 9/Herald Florida Poll: Mitt Romney 51, Barack Obama 45  —  President Barack Obama meets with supporters Friday in Hilliard, Ohio.  He holds a slight edge in the state in recent polls.  —  Florida continues to look good for Mitt Romney.  The Republican holds a 6-point lead …
Marc Caputo / Naked Politics:   Miami Herald FL Poll: Romney 51%-Obama 45%
The Fix:
Hurricane Sandy helped Obama politically, Karl Rove says  —  Hurricane Sandy's impact on the East Coast this week gave President Obama a political advantage during the final week of the campaign, Republican strategist Karl Rove said in an interview on Friday.  —  (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Washington Post:
Virginia voter fraud case expands to focus on GOP firm  —  The investigation into the arrest of a man on charges of dumping voter registration forms last month in Harrisonburg, Va., has widened, with state officials probing whether a company tied to top Republican leaders had engaged …
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Noel Sheppard / blogs:
MSNBC President Apologizes For Matthews Calling Koch Brothers ‘Pigs’ But Won't Force Him To
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jean Merl / PolitiCal:
Berman-Sherman battle enters final weekend
Discussion: Politico and Election Law Blog
Charles Moore / Telegraph:
It is Mitt Romney's ‘gaffes’ that should win him the election
Kevin J. Jones / CNA Daily News:
Obama campaign sought Denver rally at Catholic university
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Romney returns to NH, promising bipartisanship
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
Journalists open wallets for Obama and Romney
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Washington Times:
Support for Kill List and NDAA make Obama and Romney unfit for office
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Alex Seitz-Wald / Salon:
Fox attacks Bruce Springsteen for hosting charity concert
Discussion: Wonkette and The Mahablog
Jeremy Herb / Ballot Box:
Obama: Millions ‘still picking up the pieces’
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
Hurricane Sandy Threatens to Disrupt Voting on Election Day
Nigel Jaquiss / Willamette Week:
Department of Justice Investigating Alleged Ballot Fraud At Clackamas County Elections