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Pro-Assad page claims Syria and Iran engineered Hurricane Sandy

Sources confirm that hurricane Sandy, now buffeting the U.S., was carried out by highly advanced technology developed by the heroic Iranian regime, in coordination with our resistant regime. These sources have also confirmed that experts from Syria have contributed in carrying out this work. This is the consequence of attacking Assad’s Syria and threatening its security.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2012/10/30/pro-assad-page-claims-syria-and-iran-engineered-hurricane-sandy/?wpisrc=nl_cuzheads

crickets...

Mitt Romney STILL Refuses To Talk About FEMA After Hurricane Sandy Event

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/30/mitt-romney-fema_n_2044213.html?utm_hp_ref=politics

Can I get a hell yeah?

TUE OCT 30, 2012 AT 09:50 PM PDT
Reason #26 to be optimistic: Nate Silver rises to 77.4%
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Nate Silver's http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/ latest prediction, as of T-minus 6 days before the election, is a 77.4% chance of Obama winning, up from a 72.9% chance just yesterday.

His electoral vote count stands at 299, up from 294.6 yesterday. This closely aligns with the current prediction of Sam Wang at Princeton Election Consortium, which stands at 305 electoral votes. http://election.princeton.edu/2012/10/31/election-night-scenario-tracking-tool/


Obama's numbers continue their long and steady rise for the past three weeks. Look at the trends. Ask yourself: would you trade places with Mitt Romney right now?

Bonus good news: Thanks to trix in comments, new Quinnipiac Ohio poll:
http://www.dailykos.com/comments/1152909/48177324#c5

Obama 50
Romney 45


Can I get a hell yeah?

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/10/31/1152909/-Reason-1-to-be-optimistic-Nate-Silver-rises-to-77-4


UPDATE TO ADD: Latest Swing State Polls

Here are the latest polls from the battleground states:

Ohio: Obama 50%, Romney 45% (Quinnipiac)

Florida: Obama 48%, Romney 47% (Quinnipiac)

Michigan: Obama 48%, Romney 45% (Detroit News)

Pennsylvania: Obama 48%, Romney 44% (Franklin and Marshall)

Virginia: Obama 49%, Romney 47% (Quinnipiac)

http://politicalwire.com/archives/2012/10/31/latest_swing_state_polls.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+PoliticalWire+%28Political+Wire%29



ANOTHER UPDATE:



Barack Obama to be re-elected President in 2012

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Last prediction was: $6.50 / share
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Today's Change: +$0.09 (+1.4%)


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The Big Polls So Far Today

DAVID KURTZ OCTOBER 31, 2012, 10:08 AM 454

NYT/CBS: Obama up 5 points in Ohio, 2 points in Virginia, and 1 point in Florida.

Franklin & Marshall College: Obama up 4 points in Pennsylvania.

PPP: Obama up by 5 in Wisconsin and in Iowa.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2012/10/the_big_polls_so_far_today.php?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Talking-Points-Memo+%28Talking+Points+Memo%3A+by+Joshua+Micah+Marshall%29

Women at the polls are going to make Republicans pay

American women will carry the day
GOP's gender problem


Next Tuesday, radical Republicans will be surprised if they think American women will let them get away with what they have said and what they believe: about rape, contraception, equal pay. They can deny all they want, but it is all on the public record, the crazy statements of Todd Akin, Richard Mourdock and all the rest.

Hiding behind their faith, these zealots have sought to take away the very rights women fought for throughout the long, hard decades of the 20th century.

In this camp are also Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan—no matter how much they deny it.

.....................

Come next Tuesday’s election, we will see that radiance rise again. American women are too slick to be hustled by an obvious game — just watch.



http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/american-women-carry-day-article-1.1193378#ixzz2Aqr4AoXL

Red Cross had to divert staff to deal with Romney’s phony “relief effort”



Here’s the longer Red Cross statement. Read it, then let’s talk about the criticism of Romney buried between the lines:

“The American Red Cross appreciates the support from the Romney campaign and is working with the campaign to process this donation of supplies,” the statement read. “We are grateful that both the Obama and Romney campaigns have also encouraged the public to send financial donations to the Red Cross. We encourage individuals who want to help to consider making a financial donation or making an appointment to give blood.”


Note that last line: “We encourage individuals who want to help to consider making a financial donation or making an appointment to give blood.” That’s the equivalent of your grandma saying “thank you so much for the inflatable Elvis doll, honey, and I encourage anyone else wanting to get me a birthday gift next year to try something I can actually use.”

Forget About You, What About Me?

The Red Cross outright told anyone else doing what Romney did today, to collect financial donations or blood – not supplies. It was a subtle rebuke to the Romney campaign, and an effort by the Red Cross to undo the damage Romney has already done in sending the message to the American people that the Red Cross needs us to donate food, when they don’t, and it will actually hurt their relief efforts by diverting necessary manpower.

Exactly what happened today, now that the Red Cross is having to “work with the Romney campaign to process this donation of supplies.”

http://americablog.com/2012/10/red-cross-romney-hurricane-sand.html

Leaked Florida GOP Memo: "Democratic turnout machine is cleaning our clock"

https://twitter.com/...

Evan Axelbank, a journalist at WPTV in West Palm Beach, Florida, has gotten his hands on a leaked internal GOP memo. Apparently it was deliberately leaked by a "worried GOPer" to motivate the GOP base by showing them that a loss was possible, but it still definitely suggests
concern- as does that motivation!

The memo cites a Democratic lead in early voting "60-22 in PBC, similar to 08. If you add returned Absentee ballots to EV by party, Dems like by 30k in PBC". It also describes the Democratic turnout machine as "cleaning our clock", and warns about the effect on down-ticket races.

I'll post the direct link to the memo as soon as it's up but until then, I wanted to get this up there since I didn't see anyone else discussing it.

A GREAT sign - and along with the last few days of polls, Cook earlier today and Romney's travel schedule tomorrow, shows that Florida is really very gettable for us... and if we win it, everything else is just for show.

https://twitter.com/EvanAxelbank
https://twitter.com/search?q=%23GOP&src=hash
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/10/30/1152853/-Leaked-Florida-GOP-Memo-Democratic-turnout-machine-is-cleaning-our-clock


here it is - hard to read, but looks like Axelbank got a gem!!!

GM calls latest Romney auto ad 'politics at its cynical worst'

Source: Detroit Free Press

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has broadened his attack on President Barack Obama’s auto industry restructuring, implying that General Motors used the aid to hire more workers in China than in the U.S.

“Barack Obama says he saved the auto industry. But for who? Ohio or China?” says the narrator in a radio spot running in Ohio. “Under President Obama, GM cut 15,000 American jobs, but they are planning to double the number of cars built in China, which means 15,000 more jobs for China. And now comes word that Chrysler plans to start making Jeeps in, you guessed it, China.”

GM quickly defended its performance.

“We've clearly entered some parallel universe during these last few days,” GM spokesman Greg Martin said. “No amount of campaign politics at its cynical worst will diminish our record of creating jobs in the U.S. and repatriating profits back to this country.”

Read more: http://www.freep.com/article/20121030/BUSINESS01/121030036/1205/business01/Romney-implies-GM-used-U-S-aid-create-jobs-China

REPUKE Campaign Aide Spread False Storm Rumors-Load Of Frightening/False Info

Shashank Tripathi, Last Night’s Twitter Villain @ComfortablySmug

By Jack Stuef

This post is now available on BuzzFeed FWD, which was down for a time due to Sandy.

During the storm last night, user @comfortablysmug was the source of a load of frightening but false information about conditions in New York City that spread wildly on Twitter and onto news broadcasts before ConEd, the MTA, and Wall Street sources had to take time out of the crisis situation to refute them.

What leads a person to do such a thing, which his critics have likened to shouting “fire” in a crowded movie theater? It’s unclear. But perhaps it has something to do with the nature of anonymity. If there are no consequences for posting false “BREAKING” news, there’s an incentive to do it to an accumulate a large audience.



What @comfortablysmug didn’t count on, apparently, was losing that anonymity. Based on photos he censored and posted to the account but I found unedited elsewhere, @comfortablysmug is Shashank Tripathi, a hedge-fund analyst and the campaign manager of Christopher R. Wight, this year’s Republican candidate for the U.S. House from New York’s 12th congressional district.

FEC documents show Wight has paid Tripathi thousands of dollars this election cycle as a “consultant.” @comfortablysmug has been a vocal supporter of Mitt Romney and posted tweets suggesting he attended this year’s Republican convention. He’s listed here by a local Republican group coordinating volunteers for a Romney phone bank. He’s 29 years old.

http://gofwd.tumblr.com/post/34640321762/shashank-tripathi-last-nights-twitter-villain

Obama Will View Hurricane Damage in New Jersey with Gov. Christie

Source: ABC

Obama Will View Hurricane Damage in New Jersey with Gov. Christie

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Obama will travel to New Jersey tomorrow to view the destruction wrought by Hurricane Sandy on the state. Scheduled to appear with Governor Chris Christie, Obama has suspended personal appearances at campaign events to respond to the storm.

Speaking at the Red Cross headquarters in Washington today, Obama said his thoughts and prayers were with those who lost loved ones in the devastating hurricane, which has claimed at least ten lives in New York City alone.

“Obviously this is something that is heartbreaking for the entire nation,” he said, “And we certainly feel profoundly for all of the families whose lives have been upended, and are going to be going through some very tough times over the next several days, perhaps the next several weeks and months. The most important message that I have for them is that America is with you. We are standing behind you

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/10/obama-will-visit-hurricane-sandy-damage-in-new-jersey-with-gov-chris-christie/

BROWNIE: President Obama may have acted too quickly on Hurricane Sandy this week.

Michael Brown, former President George W. Bush's former FEMA director who was criticized for his slow reaction to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, said on Monday that President Obama may have acted too quickly on Hurricane Sandy this week.

Brown said Obama's Sunday press conference with Federal Emergency Management Agency officials was "premature" because the effect of the storm was not felt until a day later.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/264845-bushs-brownie-criticizes-obama-on-sandy
http://thinkprogress.org/security/2012/10/30/1110901/bush-fema-director-katrina-hits-obama-sandy/
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