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November 1, 2012
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National Pulse 
  • Obama, Romney campaigns sprint for the finish
      
    Reuters
    The Obama and Romney campaigns are locking in their strategies for the final push ahead of Election Day, with both campaigns placing huge TV ad buys and arranging frantic campaign tours of key swing states. President Barack Obama is spending today in Wisconsin, Nevada and Colorado, while Republican challenger Mitt Romney is holding three events in Virginia. Both campaigns will then turn their attention to Ohio, without which either side would struggle to win the White House. The Hill (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Agenda Items 
  • Christie, Obama trade praise over Sandy relief efforts
      
    Obama with Gov. Christie and storm survivors in N.J./Reuters
    President Barack Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, offered praise for one another Wednesday during a tour of the Garden State's storm-stricken coast. The optics of the situation could benefit Obama as the election nears, although Christie aides and N.J. analysts said the leaders weren't making political calculations. "I really think the two people here are doing what their primary jobs are, which are as chief executives, addressing what is absolutely a massive disaster," says Rutgers pollster David Redlawsk. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Daily Chuckle 
  • Online atlas offers precinct-level view of 2008 election results
      
    ESRI
    Researchers at Stanford and Harvard have joined forces to create an online "Election Atlas" giving a precinct-level view of the 2008 election results. The tool lets researchers glean information about the demographic and geographic foundations of President Barack Obama's winning coalition, showing how Obama and John McCain split rural and suburban voters. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

The Conversation 
Data Points 
  • What will Sandy mean for the election?
    Hurricane Sandy has devastated the East Coast -- and all anyone cares about is whether it will affect the election, says Stephen Colbert. "Make no mistake folks, this hurricane has got election all over it," Colbert declares. Comedy Central (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
SmartQuote 
Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be."
--Sydney J. Harris, American journalist
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