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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

In Deadlocked Race, Neither Side Has Ground Game Advantage | Pew Research Center for the People and the Press

Just as the presidential race is deadlocked in the campaign’s final days, the candidates are also running about even when it comes to the ground game. Voters nationally, as well those in the closely contested battleground states, report being contacted at about the same rates by each of the campaigns. And with a fifth of likely voters reporting already having cast their ballots, neither Barack Obama nor Mitt Romney has a clear advantage among early voters. This is in sharp contrast to early voting at this point four years ago, which favored Obama by a wide margin.

via www.people-press.org

Strangely not what Ax is saying. --TS

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Inside the Minds of the Perfectionists - WSJ.com

Where does such perfectionism come from? Experts have long blamed parents who overemphasized achievement or made their love conditional on meeting certain goals. But recent research suggests that the genes that parents pass along may play an ever bigger role.

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Who Ya Gonna Call? In Britain, - WSJ.com

HAVERFORDWEST, Wales—If there is a gold standard in ghost hunting, Steve Parsons is probably it. Armed with high-tech sensors, 35 years' experience and a healthy dose of skepticism, the 51-year-old Englishman comes from a venerable tradition of sober inquiry into poltergeists, telepathy, the afterlife and things that go bump in the night.

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Iowa warns international observers of arrest - Bobby Cervantes - POLITICO.com

Iowa has joined Texas in warning international election observers of possible criminal prosecution if they violate state laws and get near polling places on Election Day.

via www.politico.com

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Quietly, Catholic bishops draw a stark choice for the faithful between Romney-Obama by Andrew Malcolm - Investors.com

As a result of what Catholic church leaders regard as some blatant double-dealing by the Democrat president on his ObamaCare regulations, the church has quietly launched a massive national information campaign among millions of church faithful.

via news.investors.com

Toldja. --TS

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Rove: Sifting the Numbers for a Winner - WSJ.com

In addition to the data, the anecdotal and intangible evidence—from crowd sizes to each side's closing arguments—give the sense that the odds favor Mr. Romney. They do. My prediction: Sometime after the cock crows on the morning of Nov. 7, Mitt Romney will be declared America's 45th president. Let's call it 51%-48%, with Mr. Romney carrying at least 279 Electoral College votes, probably more.

via online.wsj.com

Hmmm, well, from Rove's mouth to God's ear. --TS

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Law Profs: Obama 72%, Romney 19%

Law Profs back President Obama over Mitt Romney 72% to 19%, according to Brian Leiter's poll.

Update #1:  Brian Leiter closed the poll with 420 votes cast and a final tally of Obama 69%, Romney 22%.  See The Law Professors Have Spoken:

I'm impressed (or distressed) by the strong showing for the Republican, and surprised by the tepid support for both Johnson and Stein.  As further evidence that legal academics lean to the right, do contrast the results when I polled philosophers on the election!

via taxprof.typepad.com

Actually 1 in 5 is about twice what I would have guessed, so I feel pretty good about it. --TS

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International monitors at US polling spots draw criticism from voter fraud groups - The Hill - covering Congress, Politics, Political Campaigns and Capitol Hill | TheHill.com

United Nations-affiliated election monitors from Europe and central Asia will be at polling places around the U.S. looking for voter suppression activities by conservative groups, a concern raised by civil rights groups during a meeting this week. The intervention has drawn criticism from a prominent conservative-leaning group combating election fraud.

via thehill.com

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Residents of 'Europe's oldest town' sliced their dead in half and buried them from the pelvis up | Mail Online

Residents of what is thought to be Europe's oldest town cut their dead in half and buried them from the pelvis up, according to archaeologists.

via www.dailymail.co.uk

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Vatican lauds 'human' James Bond, 'licence to cry' - Telegraph

His womanising and predilection for gunning down Britain's enemies may not make him the most Godly of characters, but L'Osservatore Romano devoted an entire page and five articles in praise of the British spy in its Wednesday edition.

As the new Bond film Skyfall opened in Italian cinemas, the Vatican paper of record said it was one of the best of the 23 Bond films that have been made since the franchise began 50 years ago.

via www.telegraph.co.uk

I'm looking forward to it. 007 is a Catholic (secretly, of course, like Shakespeare and many others). --TS

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