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1:30 PM ET, November 4, 2012


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Andrew Cohen / The Atlantic Online:
Ohio's Provisional Ballot Order: The Biggest Legal Story of the Weekend  —  A late voting directive from Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted begets an “emergency motion” about how to count provisional ballots.  —  Associated Press  —  With just a few dozen hours left before polls open on Election Day …
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Last-Minute Ohio Directive Could Trash Legal Votes And Swing The Election  —  A last-minute directive issued by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted (R) could invalidate legal provisional ballots.  Ohio is widely viewed as the most critical state for both presidential campaigns and …
Washington Post:   Ohioans line up for early voting in the battleground state
Detroit's Fox 2:
Dead heat for Romney and Obama in latest Michigan poll  —  WJBK Fox 2 -  —  Who are you most likely to vote for in the Presidential election - Democratic President Barack Obama, or Republican Nominee, Governor Mitt Romney, another candidate, or are you undecided?
Mark Murray / First Read:
Final national NBC/WSJ poll: Obama 48%, Romney 47%
Discussion: CNN and Ballot Box
Neil King Jr / Wall Street Journal:
Obama and Romney Deadlocked, Poll Shows
Discussion: Business Insider
Lee Enterprises /
Our pick: Mitt Romney  —  • Wisconsin State Journal editorial  —  Not enough hope and too little change.  —  That is President Barack Obama's record on the economy, debt and Washington gridlock after four years in the White House.  —  The State Journal editorial board endorses Mitt Romney in Tuesday's presidential election.
NY Daily News:
Our choice for America's future: The Daily News endorses Mitt Romney for president  —  Four years after endorsing Obama, News finds the hopes of those days went unfulfilled  —  Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney holds a rally with his wife Ann at Colorado Springs municipal airport …
Elect Mitt Romney president of the United States  —  Had Barack Obama done the job of president with the same passion and vision he displayed in seeking it, he would likely deserve another term.  He did not.  —  Against this we must weigh Mitt Romney, an imperfect candidate but one who has a special track record too.
Discussion: GayPatriot
Darrel Rowland / The Columbus Dispatch:
Dispatch Poll: Ohio's a toss-up  —  Obama has edge, but high GOP turnout could turn Ohio to Romney  —  Early voting in Franklin County  —  The “Ohio firewall” precariously stands for President Barack Obama, but a strong Republican turnout could enable Mitt Romney to tear it down on Election Day.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama leads in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin  —  PPP's final polls of the 2012 election cycle in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin find Barack Obama favored to win both states, although by margins a good deal closer than he won them by in 2008.  In Pennsylvania Obama leads 52-46, while in Wisconsin his advantage is 51-48.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and JSOnline
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama up 8 in Minnesota, amendments may be going down
Dustin Hawkins / BREITBART.COM:
Zogby: Sandy Helping Obama With Independents  —  More ways to share...  Mixx  —  Stumbled  —  LinkedIn  —  Vine  —  Buzzflash  —  Newstrust  —  Technocrati  —  Forward Article  —  Despite President Barack Obama turning the tide with a five-point swing among Independents …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama leads 50-47 nationally
Discussion: Business Insider and Politico
David Martosko / The Daily Caller:
Hannity show played 2011 union ‘Scabs!’ and ‘Scumbags!’ audio, called it post-Sandy outrage  —  UPDATE: The Daily Caller has learned that the audio Sean Hannity played during his Friday, Nov. 2 broadcast was taken from a 2011 union protest against replacement workers during a Verizon strike.
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Ryan, Quiet for Now, Is Said to Be Planning for an Active Role  —  CINCINNATI — Representative Paul D. Ryan may have largely disappeared from the national spotlight down the campaign homestretch, ceding attention to Mitt Romney.  But if the Republican ticket prevails, Mr. Ryan plans to come back roaring …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Matt Blaze / Matt Blaze's Exhaustive Search:
Voting by Email in New Jersey  —  Some very preliminary thoughts.  —  New Jersey was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, and many parts of the state still lack electricity and basic infrastructure.  Countless residents have been displaced, at least temporarily.  And election day is on Tuesday.
Jeremy Herb / Ballot Box:
Axelrod: Romney's effort in Pennsylvania a sign GOP campaign in ‘deep trouble’  —  Senior Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod said Mitt Romney's visit to Pennsylvania shows the GOP nominee's campaign is in “deep trouble” and losing in the traditional battlegrounds.
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Talking Points Memo:
Haley Barbour: Hurricane Sandy 'Broke Romney's Momentum'  —  GOP stalwart Haley Barbour argued Sunday on CNN's “State of the Union” that Hurricane Sandy worked to President Obama's political benefit in the election.  —  “The hurricane is what broke Romney's momentum,” he said.
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Ohio Sen. Portman says Ohio likely to prove decisive  —  Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) said his home state is likely to prove decisive for the presidential election Sunday morning.  —  When asked by CNN's Candy Crowley if he thought there was a way Romney could win without carrying the state, he smiled.
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Shane Goldmacher /
Bloomberg Aims to Be Gun-Control Counterweight to NRA  —  The New York mayor takes on the National Rifle Association in what an aide suggests is a curtain-raiser for elections to come.  —  As independent Michael Bloomberg nears his final year as New York  —  City mayor, the billionaire …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Jennifer Griffin / Fox News:
What laser capability did Benghazi team have?  —  Sources who have debriefed the team that was at the CIA annex the night of the attack in Benghazi say that the CIA operators from the Global Response Staff, or GRS, were equipped with Mark 48 machine guns and had two types of laser capability.
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Top Obama adviser: Romney's play for Pennsylvania a ‘desperate ploy’  —  Mitt Romney's last-minute campaign push in Pennsylvania is a “desperate ploy at the end of the campaign,” Obama senior adviser David Plouffe said on ABC's This Week Sunday morning.  —  “To win Pennsylvania …
Discussion: CNN
Joe Weisenthal / Business Insider:
Jim Cramer: Obama Is Going To Obliterate Romney In A Historic Landslide  —  The Washington Post asked a bunch of pundits/gurus/big-names for their electoral predictions.  —  There's a big list of folks, and almost all see Obama winning.  —  Among the names on the list.
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New York Post:
Devastated Rockaways residents lash out at Bloomberg during unannounced visit
Discussion: protein wisdom
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
Beck Acts as a Bridge Between Romney and Evangelical Christians
Discussion: Althouse
Washington Post:
Obama has slight lead in electoral votes; Congress expected to remain status quo
Discussion: Ballot Box and Election 2012
Kyle Balluck / The Hill:
GOP nominee Mitt Romney began his final weekend campaign blitz …
New Jersey Online:
Battered by Sandy, Staten Island feels forgotten
Discussion: Power Line
Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
Romney Seeks Vengeance For Obama's ‘Revenge’ Remark
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
2012 Ad Blitz: Big Money, Smaller Audience
Discussion: Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Richard A. Oppel Jr / The Caucus:
Biden Takes a Daylight Saving Time-Themed Swipe at Romney
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
New York Times:
Editorial | The Struggle to Cast a Vote: Voting Rights: Upholding Democracy
Discussion: Daily Kos and THEROOT.COM
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Oregon County Elections Official Under Investigation For Ballot Tampering
New York Times:
In Ohio, a Study in Contrasts as 2 Campaigns Get Out Vote
Iran denies suspending uranium enrichment
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
The Vanishing Battleground
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Romney closes big: ‘Love of country’ vs. ‘Revenge’
Discussion: Power Line and GayPatriot
Katie Pavlich /
BREAKING: NAACP Takes Over Houston Polling Station, Advocates for President Obama