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Are Things Breaking Obama’s Way?

From swing-state polls to an eleventh-hour endorsement, the president appears to have a slight edge. But Howard Kurtz says Mitt Romney isn’t toast yet.
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Maybe it’s the better-than-expected jobs report. Maybe it’s Mike Bloomberg coming down from his royal throne to endorse Barack Obama. Maybe it’s the hurricane cleanup or the candidates racing to last-minute rallies in Ohio and Wisconsin.

R.I.P. Romney

Mitt made multiple mistakes that will lead to his defeat on Tuesday. Some of them date all the way back to 2008.
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The campaign has come down to a race between Mitt’s media and Mitt’s mistakes—and the mistakes are winning. We have now crossed the billion dollar mark in ad purchases. In Ohio alone, the two sides, Super PACs and all, are spending $30 million in the closing week—and in the battleground states overall, Romney forces are outspending Obama by $30 million.

CNN Poll: Obama Up in Colo.

While Pew study shows mostly negative coverage.
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It's the home stretch now. A CNN/ORC poll released Thursday showed President Obama leading 50 percent to 48 percent among likely voters in Colorado, but the president's slim lead is well within the margin of error. The tightly contested battleground state—with nine electoral votes went for Obama in 2008, and this time around, he has a tiny lead with independents.

Mitt’s Weird Late Buying Spree

Romney is throwing long in states thought to be out of his reach. James Warren reports on Team Obama’s reaction—and their ad-buy edge.
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President Obama’s campaign is leaving little to chance as it quickly rebuts Mitt Romney’s surprise, even head-scratching, media buys in at least three states assumed to be Obama wins on Election Day: Minnesota, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.

Obama’s Medium Mo’ in Ohio

After key endorsements by Bloomberg, Powell, and others, and a coolheaded response to the Sandy disaster, the president may be peaking at the right time.
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Draw a line along President Obama’s endorsements by Mayor Bloomberg and The Economist, his post-Sandy stand with Chris Christie, and the deployment of Colin Powell ads to the swing states, and you’ll see why the president suddenly has the Big Mo—Moderate Momentum—heading into the preelection weekend.

‘The Civil Rights Issue Of Our Time’

Thousands of transgender voters could encounter problems at the polls, reports Alex Berg.
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After coming out as a transgender woman, Claire Swinford recalled her first time back at the polls as an “incredibly uncomfortable, very, very embarrassing” experience.When Swinford, 41, voted in Arizona’s 2010 primary, she was stopped by a poll worker who refused to let her cast her ballot because of her identification documents.

End It for the Kids’ Sake

A sobbing kid tired of ‘Bronco Bama’ and Mitt Romney captures a larger sentiment among many Americans this campaign season: Where was the passion and pathos last seen in 2008?
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Less than a week out from Election Day, the political press corps has gone gaga over a weepy 4-year-old in a pink-and-white Hello Kitty jacket.Abigael Evans became a viral sensation this week when her mom posted a video clip of the strawberry-blond cherub sobbing piteously that she was “tired of Bronco Bamma and Mitt Romney.

Why Romney’s the Wrong Man

The candidate lies to women, manipulates the truth about his taxes and his tax policy, and covers for racists. The ‘Waiting to Exhale’ author’s case for President Obama.
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Mitt Romney is a pimp. He’s pimping his base, lying every opportunity he gets with the hope that the uninformed—as well as those who are supporting him because they just want to get that black man out of the White House—will spread his ill will and surrender to his lack of compassion for those who have suffered because of what President Bush and corporate America have done to Americans.

Candidates Back on the Attack

After Hurricane Sandy.
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Well, that was bound to happen eventually. GOP candidate Mitt Romney and President Obama went back on the attack Thursday after a few days of relative decency in light of Hurricane Sandy. Romney attacked Obama on defense, arguing again that if the president is reelected it will result in “a smaller Air Force and an older Air Force.

Mr. Burns Endorses Romney

The villainous Springfield billionaire is salivating for life under the Mormon mensch. From Dan Quayle to Christine O’Donnell, see more thanks-but-no-thanks campaign backers.

‘The Simpsons’ villain is already sizing up the Lincoln Bedroom. See more toxic presidential endorsements.

Why the Long Face, Dems?

If Democrats are so convinced that President Obama will win, they why are they so depressed? Michael Medved on the scenario everyone’s ignoring—a Romney landslide.
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When leading pundits, pollsters and prognosticators seem to agree that the re-election of President Obama is all but inevitable, why do grassroots Democrats seem so anxious and depressed?If the president’s most ardent supporters feel soul-deep certainty that their candidate has richly earned another term in office, then how is it that they universally acknowledge that he’ll draw far fewer votes than he did as an untried freshman senator four years ago?A revealing report by Joe Garofoli in the San Francisco Chronicle found local liberals “so freaked out about the prospect of President Obama losing his re-election bid that they can’t sleep at night.

Stars You Want on Your Side

It’s been another big campaign season for celebrity endorsements. From Lady Gaga to Donald Trump, The Daily Beast crunched the numbers to find out which stars generate the most political publicity.
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It’s nothing new for celebrities to do a few laps around the press circuit for their favorite candidate. Frank Sinatra sang in support of President Kennedy and Mary Tyler Moore preached about President Carter’s stance on women’s issues.

GOP Candidate: Abortion Adds to Rape Trauma

John Koster asks, "How does that make it better"?

And the Republican Party was so close to Election Day without anymore candidates making comments on rape. Washington state congressional candidate John Koster gave his two cents on the "rape thing" in comments captured on tape over the weekend and released Wednesday.

Romney's Radicalism

Pundits and voters persist in believing that Mitt Romney is a covert moderate. But as Carl Bernstein reports, it's far more likely he'll enact the Tea Party's far-right agenda.
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With only a few days to go before the presidential election, it may be too easy for voters and the press to ignore the single most salient aspect of Mitt Romney's candidacy: his unwillingness to reject or confront in any significant way the truly radical nature of today's Republican Party in Washington, including its record, tactics, and philosophy.

Grinding It Out for Obama

Organized labor, badly divided in 2010, has stopped its internal bickering—and is out in force for the reelection campaign. Michelle Cottle on the engine driving the Dems’ ground game.
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No more debates. No more conventions. No more major speeches. Heck, Mitt Romney has signaled he won’t even be doing any more media interviews. Now, barring some unforeseeable cataclysm, it’s all over but the ground game. Last time around, the Obama ground game killed.

Stewart: Florida Does It Again!

On 'The Daily Show's first post-election episode, Jon Stewart questioned the Sunshine State's relevance. Sorry, Florida, we elected a president without you.

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