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Posted on Oct 30, 2012

Sandy Shake-Up: With one week to go until the election, superstorm Sandy has shifted the dynamics of the presidential campaign. Instead of hitting the trail, President Obama will head to New Jersey on Wednesday to check out the damage from the storm. Romney, meanwhile, has been forced to juggle his campaign schedule. But, as one GOP strategist said, “Be prepared for nonstop campaigning the last four or five days.” (Read more)

Mum’s the Word: Mitt Romney repeatedly dodged questions from reporters about what he would do with the Federal Emergency Management Agency if he’s elected president. And no wonder. During one of the Republican debates last year, Romney said he supported the idea of having disaster relief handled by the states or even private sector groups. He said: “Instead of thinking, ‘In the federal budget, what we should cut?’ we should ask the opposite question: ‘What should we keep?’ ” (Read more)

Brownie Points: Michael Brown, the former FEMA director who George W. Bush said was doing a “heckuva job” after Hurricane Katrina even though he wasn’t, had the audacity to assail President Obama’s response to Sandy. His criticism: Obama acted too fast. As opposed to Brown, by the way, who was slammed for his slow reaction to Katrina. (Read more)

Christie Compliments: One person who has been appreciative of President Obama’s efforts in the wake of Sandy: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. “The president has been outstanding in this,” Christie told NBC’s “Today” show Tuesday. That’s high praise from someone who doesn’t often have nice things to say about the Obama. (Read more)

Cars, Lies and Videotape: Facts? Who needs facts? That’s essentially the message of Mitt Romney’s campaign, which is continuing to run deceptive ads in Ohio suggesting that under Obama’s watch, Chrysler will be moving production of its Jeeps to China, shipping local jobs abroad in the process. Chrysler has publicly said that claim is false. Although it’s not like that matters to the Romney campaign. (Read more)

Warren Widens Lead: In the hotly contested Massachusetts Senate race, Democrat Elizabeth Warren has opened up a seven-point advantage over incumbent Scott Brown. The latest Suffolk University poll shows Warren leading Brown 53 percent to 46 percent. (Read more)

Video of the Day: Former President Bill Clinton mocked Mitt Romney over the Republican nominee’s position on global warming a day after Sandy hit. At a campaign event for Obama in Minnesota, Clinton said, “He ridiculed the president. Ridiculed the president for his efforts to fight global warming in economically beneficial ways. He said, ‘Oh, you’re going to turn back the seas.’ In my part of America, we would like it if someone could’ve done that yesterday.”

—Posted by Tracy Bloom.

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