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The Morning Report

In the Headlines

"With Time Running Short, Campaigns Engage in a Noisy Air War" (Jim Rutenberg, New York Times) - The campaigns of Senators Barack Obama and John McCain are making their last-ditch advertising pitches in a loud, televised shouting match over health care and taxes, terrorism and presidential readiness, trying to sway the few remaining undecided voters or to push wavering supporters to the polls on Tuesday.

"McCain campaign accuses L.A. Times of 'suppressing' Obama video" (Los Angeles Times) - John McCain's presidential campaign Tuesday accused the Los Angeles Times of "intentionally suppressing" a videotape it obtained of a 2003 banquet where then-state Sen. Barack Obama spoke of his friendship with Rashid Khalidi, a leading Palestinian scholar and activist.

"Poll: McCain has cut into Obama's edge on jobs, economy" (Steven Thomma, McClatchy) - "Joe the Plumber" may be paying off for John McCain. The Arizona senator scored sharp gains on the pivotal issue of jobs and the economy in the past week, helping him gain a bit on front-runner Barack Obama and narrow the presidential race as it heads into the final week, according to an Ipsos/McClatchy Poll released Tuesday.

"Dems get ready to rule" (Michael Sandler, The Hill) - A landslide victory next Tuesday would give Barack Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reshape government policy dramatically. By controlling the White House and expanding their Senate majority, Democrats would remove the most reliable weapons used by the GOP to block their agenda: the filibuster and the veto.

On the Morning Shows

CBS Early Show - Dan Bartlett, Bush's ex-communications director on Obama's infomercial tonight: "He has this tendency to get presumptuous as if he's already won. I think it can have a negative ad in some of these states. I do think there's a little bit of risk."

From Late Night

Letterman:

(Greg Bobrinskoy contributed to the Morning Report.)