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Monday, November 3, 2008

CNN=Politics...one more day!


Oh, yes... tomorrow the obsessed election-watchers get their last mainline dose and start withdrawal pains! How are they going to handle not having the constant updates, the polls, the pundits, the bar arguments? Will therapy be needed? Is there a 12-step program? Miles O'Brien takes a look:

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Thursday, Miles did a piece about those big, old, clunky voting machines. I always voted on these babies until I moved to the Left Coast, and they were great. You really FELT your vote when you cast it. Thunk, thunk, thunk, and then pulling that lever to record them...KACHUNK! And they apparently could not be rigged, how reassuring would that be to have these days?

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On his show this weekend, D.L. Hughley interviewed the professor seen in that piece, and as they spoke, ran a time-lapse clip of how he doctored one of those new machines. Less than seven minutes to rig it. Scary stuff:


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Tuesday, Jeffrey Toobin ran through the implications this election will have on the Supreme Court, possibly the longest-lasting impact the new president will have, since the people he names to the bench will be ruling on cases for decades to come:

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Saturday night, Michael Ware paid a late-night call to the NewsRoom to discuss the political impact on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan:

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Finally, I'd like to end with Fareed Zakaria's final word from his Sunday show. What does it mean to be an American? General Colin Powell made some excellent points during his recent Meet the Press appearance:

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If you're one of the lucky ones able to vote early and have already done so, sit back and enjoy tomorrow (once you've called everyone you know and made sure that THEY have voted!) If you will be voting tomorrow, make sure to go early, wear comfortable shoes, and enjoy yourself no matter how long the lines are. You are helping to make history -- we could have the largest voter turnout in decades, and it's about time we cared enough!

We'll be live-blogging on ATA tomorrow, so be sure to join us for the climax of the CNN=Politics party and -- all hyperbole aside -- the most important US presidential election any of us have witnessed!

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