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4:40 PM ET, November 6, 2012

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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Are the Democrats Trying to Steal Pennsylvania?  [Updated]  —  It is being reported that Democratic Party operatives are evicting court-appointed Republican poll watchers from polling places in Philadelphia.  Specifically, this reportedly has happened in Ward 32, Div 13; Ward 43, Div 14 …
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Fox News:
Judge issuing order to reinstate booted Philadelphia election officials, Republicans say  —  A Pennsylvania judge is issuing an order to reinstate Republican election officials across Philadelphia who allegedly were ejected or refused entry by on-site Democratic voting chief judges, GOP officials tell Fox News.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama Mural in Philadelphia Polling Place  —  Here's a picture of an Obama mural at a Philadelphia polling place: … The exact location is the 35th ward-D18 Franklin School.  —  UPDATE: A judge has reportedly ordered the mural to be covered up:
Jessica McWilliams / CBS Philly:
Judge Orders Obama Mural Covered At Northeast Philadelphia Polling Place  —  PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Local Republicans went to court to have a judge order a mural of President Obama covered up at the Ben Franklin Elementary School polling place in the Northeast Philadelphia.  —  READ: Polling Issues Impact Voting In Philly
Discussion: Election 2012 and The Raw Story
Zachary Roth / msnbc.com:
Machine turns vote for Obama into one for Romney  —  A Pennsylvania electronic voting machine has been taken out of service after being captured on video changing a vote for President Obama into one for Mitt Romney, NBC News has confirmed.  —  The video was first posted on Youtube by user “centralpavoter.”
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Max Read / Gawker:
An Expert Weighs in on That Viral Reddit ‘Voter Fraud’ Video  —  When we asked people to share their stories of voting irregularity earlier today, dozens of people shared this video — currently on the Reddit front page with nearly 20,000 up-votes — of a Pennsylvania voting machine seemingly altering a man's vote from Obama to Romney.
Matt Smith / CNN:
Long lines, sporadic snags in U.S. election
Discussion: This Just In
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Nov. 5: Late Poll Gains for Obama Leave Romney With Longer Odds  —  Mitt Romney has always had difficulty drawing a winning Electoral College hand.  Even during his best period of polling, in the week or two after the first presidential debate in Denver, he never quite pulled ahead …
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Lauren Goode / AllThingsD:
If You Want to Stay out of Jail, Don't Instagram Your Ballot  —  A not-so-surprising thing happened this morning: My Instagram feed morphed from photos of dogs, kids, fancy coffees and food porn into a stream of people's voting ballots.  —  Photo courtesy of Instagram.
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Sasha Belenky / The Huffington Post:
Chris Christie Slams ‘Know-Nothing, Disgruntled’ Mitt Romney Staffers … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Elections 2012, Chris Christie, Elections 2012, Elections 2012, Video, 2012 Presidential Election 2012, Presidential Election, Chris Christie Mitt Romney, Election 2012, Mitt Romney Chris Christie, Politics News
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Melissa Hayes / NorthJersey.com:
Christie: Hug from Bruce made me weep  —  After days touring the devastation at the Jersey Shore and across New Jersey, Governor Christie said there was a highlight to his emotional week: Finally getting the chance to talk to Bruce Springsteen, his music idol.
Joseph / Plunderbund:
[UPDATED] True The Vote Forged Signatures To Get Observers At Ohio Polls  —  Yesterday we reported that True the Vote was attempting to place observers at precincts in Central Ohio, focusing on African American districts.  We also noted that there might be some problems with the forms …
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Darrel Rowland / dispatchpolitics.dispatch.com:
True the Vote observers barred from Franklin County polling places
The Columbus Dispatch:
Election updates: At Driving Park, many must vote provisionally
Ryan J. Reilly / Talking Points Memo:
Turmoil Follows As Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Meets Reality  —  WASHINGTON — Voting and civil rights activists said Tuesday that Pennsylvania's new voter ID law was causing mass confusion across the state as people tried to go to the polls.  —  Because of a judge's ruling in October …
Discussion: Philly.com
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Wall Street Journal:   Many Voters Confront Long Lines
Ryan J. Reilly / Talking Points Memo:   Watchdog: Post-Sandy New Jersey Voting A ‘Catastrophe’
John Podhoretz / Commentary Magazine:
It's Now Public: Editors Rejigger Polls  —  With the poll-obsessed talk of the past six months, those who raise questions about problems with them are often subjected to scorn and derision on the grounds that they are simply objecting to surveys whose results they don't like.
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John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Mitt's key to victory
Mark Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
2012 Exit Polls: Why They Won't Tell You Who Won … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Elections 2012, Elections 2012, Barack Obama , Mitt Romney, Elections 2012, Barack Obama , Video, 2012 Election Polls, 2012 Exit Polls, 2012 Polls, Election 2012, Election Polls 2012, Elections, Exit Polls …
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Tom Blumer / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Will Someone in the Press Prematurely Project Obama the Winner Based on Dem-Dominated 31-State Exit Polls?
CNN:
CNN to Display Electoral Results Atop Empire State Building  —  Empire State Building to Utilize Brand New Lighting Technology  —  CNN will join forces Tuesday evening with the Empire State Building to display to New Yorkers and the network's viewers in the United States and around the world the results of the presidential election.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Election Judge Wears Obama Cap While Checking in Voters in Obama's Chicago Ward  —  Here's a photo of an election judge checking in voters in Barack Obama's Chicago ward—wearing an Obama baseball cap:  —  “This photo, taken by a voter this morning at the Ward 4, Precinct 37 polling place …
Election / BREITBART.COM:
DETROIT POLLS: OBAMA CAMPAIGNER PUNCHES VOTER IN FACE  —  REPORT: A woman in a Detroit polling location was aggressively campaigning for Obama.  A female voter in line objected.  The Obama supporter punched the woman in the face.
Joan Rusek / Plain Dealer:
Geauga election chief predicts 80 percent voter turnout today, polls are open until 7:30 p.m.  —  CHARDON - Roberta E. Halford, director of Geauga County's board of elections predicted an 80 percent voter turnout today.  —  This compares to a 78 percent turnout for the 2008 presidential election.
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Ohio Viewers Hit By Anti-Obama TV ‘Special’ On Election Eve  —  If you live in or around Columbus, Ohio, and were watching TV last night, you may have seen a local news team presenting some peculiar analysis of the presidential race.  —  ABC affiliate WSYX in Columbus aired a half-hour …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Foreign election officials amazed by trust-based U.S. voting system  —  For the head of Libya's national election commission, the method by which Americans vote is startling in that it depends so much on trust and the good faith of election officials and voters alike.
Mark Pazniokas / ctmirror.org:
McMahon dresses her city workers like Murphy supporters  —  The U.S. Senate campaign of Republican Linda McMahon outfitted its urban poll standers today in purple T-shirts styled after those worn by SEIU, the liberal union that is backing Democrat Chris Murphy.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
A CBS News Obama-Libya scandal?  Certainly.  —  Oct. 17.  That's the date on which President Obama's position on the Benghazi, Libya, attack peaked as a national issue.  The night before, in a town hall debate moderated by CNN's Candy Crowley, the president made a spectacle of noting …
 
 
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Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Scott Brown On Elizabeth Warren: “You Think She Has Anything In Common With You?”
Kevin Robillard / Reuters:
Dan Rather's gut: ‘Good day’ for Mitt
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Megan Garber / The Atlantic Online:
An Inquiring Nation Wants to Know: ‘Who Is Running for President?’
Discussion: Hit & Run and Wonkblog
Jgalloway / Political Insider:
Your daily jolt: Signs that John Barrow might survive
David Weigel / Slate:
The Black Panther Panic Returns!
bigstory.ap.org:
‘GANGNAM STYLE,’ OBAMA STYLE?
Discussion: BuzzFeed
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Chris Matthews Goes On Obnoxious Rant Against ‘Idiots’ Who Vote Third Party Or Stay Home
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Raw Story
Bloomberg:
When Zombies Invade, Who Do You Want for President?
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Romney up 92K in OH early voting? …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
John Heilemann / New York Magazine:
Mitt Romney Is Running Out of Time
Discussion: NewsBusters.org blogs
Jason Howerton / TheBlaze.com:
CHICAGO SOURCE TELLS AUTHOR BRAD THOR: OBAMA CAMPAIGN PLANNING TO PROCLAIM EARLY VICTORY …
 

 
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