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November, 02, 2012

Weekly Show

In our last show before Election Day, we take a look at the final campaign sprint in a close election. Also, Hurricane Sandy hit the eastern United States and influences the last week of the race. Also, a look at the new unemployment numbers. Joining Gwen: Jackie Calmes, New York Times; John Harris, Politico; John Harwood, CNBC and New York Times; Amy Walter, ABC News.

Reading Between the Lines

Gwen's Take

Both presidential candidates have been campaigning hard with under a week to go until Nov. 6 (Photo: CNN)

The days tick down to a precious few, and partisans on both sides of the political divide are asking the same essential question: What’s gonna happen?

Storm provides Obama with a commander-in-chief moment

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For a day at least, Hurricane Sandy appears to have done for President Obama what he has not been able to do for himself. In a campaign notable mostly for its negativity, the historic storm provided Obama with a commander-in-chief moment a week before Election Day.

Storm response dominates Obama's agenda

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With a death toll of at least 50 and losses that could top $45 billion, "super-storm" Sandy put President Obama, East Coast governors, local officials and tens of millions of people to the test Tuesday.

Sandy won’t blow the recovery away

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Hurricane Sandy looks on track to wreak a lot of economic damage on the Eastern Seaboard. It’s almost impossible, as of early Monday, to predict how expensive that damage will be in the short term. But most economists expect the overall effect on the U.S. economy to be minimal over the next several months.

In middle of a messy election, a nightmare makes landfall

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In the dark of night, when they get what little sleep they get these days, the people running the campaigns for president have more than enough fodder for nightmares. Worse, come daybreak, they realize their worst fears may yet come true.

Will Sandy add another twist to tight race?

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President Obama, plowing into the final week of what he calls his last campaign, cannot realistically gauge how Hurricane Sandy might change his fortunes in a election so close it could shift in a breeze, let alone a gale.

Obama makes detour to visit hurricane site

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President Obama took a short detour from campaigning on Monday to inspect the damage wrought by Hurricane Isaac last week and the government response, a stop that took on outsized political overtones in this campaign season.

Romney and black voters: An uneasy relationship

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A major storm bearing down on New Orleans can never come at an opportune time, but Isaac is arriving at a particularly difficult moment for Mitt Romney and for his party, which has yet to completely shake the perception that the GOP left African-Americans adrift in a drowned city seven years ago.

Isaac Thwarts Democrats’ Romney-Bashing Plans

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The counterprogramming punch that Democrats planned to land on the GOP at its national convention has been pulled. The Tampa war room that Democrats opened on Saturday has fallen silent, a testament to the power of a tropical storm and the dispiriting optics of savaging an opposing party while convention delegates shield themselves from pelting rain and slashing winds.