Monday’s Mini-Report

MONDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:

* There were some discouraging reports today on construction, manufacturing, and auto sales, but the markets were surprisingly quiet.

* In March, five states were believed to be experiencing recessions. By the end of September, that number had reached 30.

* Remember the flyers being circulated in predominantly African-American neighborhoods in Virginia, telling people to vote on Wednesday? Those responsible will likely face criminal charges.

* Terence Tolbert, the Obama campaign’s Nevada state director, died suddenly of a heart attack yesterday. He was just 44.

* Hell hath no fury like a Fox News personality scorned.

* What about campaign polls and voters who only use cell phones? Brian Schaffner crunches some numbers.

* Apparently, right-wing blogs are worked up today about a “hidden” Obama interview that wasn’t “hidden” at all.

* Dick Cheney’s hometown paper offers an endorsement I don’t think the V.P. is going to like.

* “Ferris Bueller” weighs in with a message on behalf of the Obama campaign. (He uses actual dialog from the movie!)

* Looking at the six major national tracking polls, Eric Kleefeld adds the numbers together, weights them based on sample sizes, and finds on the election’s eve that Obama leads McCain, 51.9% to 44.3%. Kleefeld concluded, “Counting today, Obama’s lead has increased by small amounts in the last five consecutive composites.”

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

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