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Sandy’s Savior

The president has suspended campaigning to lead the federal response to a devastating hurricane. Howard Kurtz on why the crisis gives Obama a big edge over Romney.
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Washington was under assault by torrential rains as President Obama stepped to a White House podium and briefed the nation on the progress of a deadly hurricane.“The great thing about America is when we go through tough times like this, we all pull together,” Obama said Monday afternoon as the television cameras rolled.

Obama’s Sandy Strategy

Top aides say the storm comes first, the campaign second. Even Romney fans admit the hurricane presents a great opportunity for the president to assert command. By James Warren
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President Obama will focus first and foremost on the impact of Hurricane Sandy, no matter how many previously scheduled campaign appearances he must drop, according to a senior White House official and a top campaign aide.“The president’s first priority is to keep Americans safe and make sure FEMA [Federal Emergency Management Agency] is working.

Labor Dept. May Hold Jobs Report

Because of the storm.
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Hurricane Sandy is literally putting a damper on everything—even everyone’s favorite monthly data announcement. The U.S. Labor Department is waiting until the “weather emergency” subsides to determine whether they’ll go ahead with the Friday release of October’s jobs report.

Election Works Around Sandy's Schedule

Obama heads to D.C.; Mitt keeps campaigning.

Super-storm or not, the political show must go on. Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney is prepared to hit all of his scheduled campaign stops Monday, rally-hopping from Ohio to Illinois to Iowa and ending his day in Wisconsin.

It’s OK to Vote for Obama Because He’s Black

A former governor’s accusation that Colin Powell endorsed Obama based on race ignited a firestorm—but James Braxton Peterson says identity politics don’t deserve their bad rap.
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On Thursday night former New Hampshire governor John Sununu suggested—no, he plainly stated—that Gen. Colin Powell endorsed President Obama for a second term because both he and the president are black. Yes! Mr. Sununu, you are right.

73 Percent of Latinos Back Obama

87 percent plan on voting.

Latino voters are super-excited about Election Day. Forty-five percent of those polled by Latino Decisions said they’re more enthusiastic this year than in 2008—and 84 percent of registered Latino voters participated in 2008. Eighty-seven percent of Hispanic voters said they will almost certainly vote Nov.

Why Colin Powell Endorsed Obama

Republicans have accused Powell of backing Obama because he’s black. But the former secretary of state endorsed the president because he thinks Obama is better for the American military, says Peter Beinart.
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Prominent Republicans seem genuinely surprised that Colin Powell has endorsed Barack Obama, again. So baffled was Romney adviser John Sununu that he chalked Powell’s decision up to racial solidarity. But that’s silly. African-Americans motivated by racial solidarity don’t spend their careers serving Republican presidents.

Five Keys to a Romney Win

Triumph on Nov. 6 may come down to the five Ws. From the weather (Sandy’s wrath) to waxing and waning party enthusiasm, former Bush and McCain adviser Mark McKinnon on what could seal the deal for Romney—or Obama.
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It’s been an epic strategic game of Risk. After four or more long years of offensive and defensive board game moves, the generals feel powerless. (Been there.) It is now up to the troops on the ground. Turnout matters. And with a little over a week to go until Election Day, victory is but a dice roll away for President Obama or Mitt Romney.

7 Best Moments From Sunday Talk

John McCain says President Obama isn’t qualified to be president, Rob Portman calls Ohio ‘a dead heat,’ Andrew Sullivan calls Romney ‘an alien,’ plus more in our Sunday Talk roundup.

Sullivan: Romney ‘An Alien That Ripped Off His Mask’Our very own Andrew Sullivan might win the “simile of the campaign” award for this gem (or ridiculous analogy, depending on your political persuasion), dropped at This Week’s Sunday roundtable.

OH Poll: Likely Voters Split 49–49

But Nate Silver says Obama's the favorite.

Will a relative handful of Ohio door knocks decide the election? Likely voters in one of the most crucial swing states are split 49–49 for President Barack Obama and opponent Mitt Romney, according to a new poll conducted by The Cincinnati Enquirer and the Ohio Newspaper Organization.

Will Sandy Swing the Election?

The Frankenstorm is canceling rallies and could black out millions during the final ad blitz. Howard Kurtz on the campaigns' new dynamics in the home stretch.
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Mitt Romney and Barack Obama have spent months meticulously planning the endgame of reaching enough wavering voters to eke out an Electoral College victory.And now it could all be blown away by a monster storm. If Hurricane Sandy does anywhere near as much damage as forecasters are predicting, it will upend both presidential campaigns and leave millions of voters focused more on personal misery than politics.

What Newt Can Teach Obama

How Romney beat Gingrich in the primary foreshadowed the general election against Obama—and shows how a President Romney will govern. From his shamelessness to the right’s hatred for Obama, Matt Latimer offers six lessons.
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The great thing about Halloween is that something has the potential to scare us more than the prospect of either of these two guys winning the election. For the past year I’ve followed the 2012 race closely, mostly as a bored observer but for a brief time as a participant, driven by sheer Romney-phobia to the Newt Gingrich campaign.

Des Moines Register Endorses Romney

Despite Democratic record.
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After almost 40 years of endorsing Democratic candidates, the Des Moines Register has switched its tune and announced Saturday it’s going with Mitt Romney. With a “vigorous debate over this endorsement,” the Register decided Romney was more adept to pull “the economy out of the doldrums.

Early Voting Begins in Florida

Romney campaigns with Rubio.
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No superstorm to stop them, voters in the battleground state of Florida showed up at the polls on Saturday as early voting kicked off for the Sunshine State. Early voting begins four days earlier this year than in 2008—with Sunday in particular expected to have high turnout, as many black churches across the state have organized “souls to the polls” events to get voters out.

Late Hit: Outside Groups Pile On Obama Attacks

Hidden donors and near-total dominance by conservatives in the shadowy outside-money arena should be chilling to anyone who believes in open democracy conducted on a level playing field, writes John Avlon.
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The Super-PAC October Surprise is here with unprecedented negative spending – and an overwhelming advantage for conservative shadow money groups flooding the airwaves against Democratic candidates. Total non-party outside spending is now estimated by the Center for Responsive Politics to exceed over $1 billion this cycle—twice what the group estimated would be spent as recently as August.

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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