November 1st, 2010
09:45 PM ET

Countdown to Election Day: Join the Live Chat

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We have new polling on how tomorrow's elections could go. Some members of the 'best political team in television' are here to talk about the biggest races. Some very big names with their jobs in jeopardy and some big names hitting the campaign trail working to get out the vote. Plus, a racially charged robocall making headlines. We're keeping them honest.

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Filed under: Live Blog
November 1st, 2010
09:29 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Race-Baiting Robocall?!

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Tonight on 360°, allegations of race-baiting ahead of Tuesday's elections. We're keeping them honest.

In a recorded call to voters, Democratic Alabama State Senator Hank Sanders warns that a vote for Republicans in the governor and lieutenant governor race would mean returning blacks to "the cotton fields of Jim Crow."

Sanders is an African-American. Hear what he told Anderson about his controversial message.

Plus, a preview of some of the biggest matchups tomorrow across the country. Republicans need 39 seats to take control of the House, and 10 seats in the Senate. Our political panel weighs in on the races to watch.

Plus, see what has Sarah Palin all fired up. It prompted her to say, "I'll just ignore this crap."

Join us for these stories and much more at 10 p.m. ET on CNN. See you then.

Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
November 1st, 2010
05:38 PM ET

Beat 360° 11/1/10

Ready for today's Beat 360°? Everyday we post a picture you provide the caption and our staff will join in too. Tune in tonight at 10pm to see if you are our favorite! Here is the 'Beat 360°' pic:

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden smile during a 'Moving America Forward' rally at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio, on October 31, 2010. (Photo credit: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

Have fun with it. We're looking forward to your captions! Make sure to include your name, city, state (or country) so we can post your comment.

UPDATE: Beat 360° Winners

Staff Winner: Coochie coochie coo, Mr. President! – Will Armsby

Viewer Winner: Vice President Biden urges President Obama to attend his Rally to Restore Profanity. – Tamara from Queens

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Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
November 1st, 2010
03:15 PM ET

What's at stake in the House: Hostility 'on nitroglycerin'

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Deirdre Walsh
CNN Congressional Producer

Editor's note: Deirdre Walsh has covered Capitol Hill for CNN for five years. Prior to joining CNN's Congressional unit, Walsh worked as producer for "Judy Woodruff's Inside Politics," the first television program exclusively focused on political coverage.

Washington (CNN) - With an incoming freshman class of conservative and Tea Party Republicans skewing the GOP conference to the right, there will be little mood for compromise or bipartisan legislation on any major issues in the House, most observers say.

Ron Bonjean, a Republican strategist who worked for the last Republican House speaker, Dennis Hastert, put it bluntly:" It's been a hostile atmosphere, but it will be hostile on nitroglycerin."

While Ohio Republican Rep. John Boehner, who would be the next speaker should Republicans regain control of the House, plans reforms that he says will make the chamber work better, he's already signaled he's not planning to negotiate with the White House or congressional Democrats on his party's top priorities.

Asked last week by talk show host Sean Hannity about a fellow Republican's suggestion to hold off on repealing health care, Boehner said, "This is not a time for compromise, and I can tell you that we will not compromise on our principles."

Full story

Filed under: 360° Radar • Deirdre Walsh • Raw Politics
November 1st, 2010
03:00 PM ET

Palin: Politico report is 'crap'

CNN Political Unit

(CNN) – Sarah Palin is making clear she's no fan of Politico – the news organization that published a story Sunday night quoting anonymous Republican sources saying GOP leaders will try to forestall a Palin White House bid.

"Politico, Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei, they're jokes," Palin told Fox News on Sunday night, referring to the writers of the story. "This is a joke to have unnamed sources tearing somebody apart limb by limb."

"If they would man up and if they would, you know, make these claims against me then I can debate them, I can talk about it, but to me they're making stuff up again," the former Alaska governor continued.

Full story on the CNN Political Ticker

Filed under: 360° Radar
November 1st, 2010
12:00 PM ET

Update: Arkansas school board member officially resigns over anti-gay post

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CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - A school district member in Arkansas who came under fire for an anti-gay post on a social networking site formally submitted his resignation to the school board Monday, according to the Midland School District superintendent.

The board unanimously voted at a specially called meeting to accept Clint McCance's resignation, Superintendent Dean Stanley said.

McCance, then vice president of the school district in Pleasant Plains, wrote on his personal Facebook page that he wanted gay people to commit suicide, according to The Advocate, a newspaper focusing on gay news.

McCance used the terms "queer" and "fag" repeatedly, promised to disown his own children if they are gay and stated that he enjoys "the fact that [gay people] give each other AIDS and die."

He apologized Thursday for the comments, telling CNN's Anderson Cooper that he planned to resign.

Full story

Filed under: 360º Follow • Bullying • Gay & Lesbian Issues • T1
November 1st, 2010
10:30 AM ET

Letters to the President: #651 'Bracing for impact'

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Reporter's Note: The clock is ticking down to one of the bigger midterm elections this country has seen in a while. I mean, uh, since the last one.

Dear Mr. President,

When I am a passenger in a car driven by my producer and she is executing one of her more hair raising automotive tricks (and trust me, there are some that would make David Copperfield’s eyes bug out) I often reach up and grab the plastic handle above the window. It is one of the more pointless things that I do in life. I’m not sure how strong that handle is, but I am almost certain if she launches us over a guardrail and falling through space toward a distant river below, I will neither be able to hold the car up in the air, nor keep myself from being jostled on the descent. And btw, she’s pointed this out to me more than once, as she has laughed maniacally and stomped the accelerator through the floorboard.

The point is, sometimes even when you fear a hard hit is only moments away, you have to recognize your limitations in terms of stopping it, and focus on what you’re going to do afterward.

You are no doubt preparing for tomorrow, and expecting a disappointment. Now, it could be a little disappointment or a big one, but the polls suggest either way you’re not going to be breaking out champagne. So what will you do on Wednesday?

November 1st, 2010
09:30 AM ET

What's at stake in the Senate: More gridlock ahead?

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Ted Barrett
CNN Congressional Producer

Editor's note: Ted Barrett has covered Congress for CNN for 11 years.

Washington (CNN) - Senate Democrats learned this year how difficult it was to pass bills over a determined GOP minority. Now they are bracing for possible legislative gridlock as Republicans are poised to pick up several seats in Tuesday's election.

Any expectations that a more evenly divided Senate might actually lead to cooperation and compromise could be unrealistic. The animosity and distrust between the two parties is already thick, and likely to get worse as the 2012 presidential campaign gets under way.

President Obama regularly talks about bringing the sides together - doing so might allow him to hash out deals this year on energy, education, trade and the debt - but Republicans are highly skeptical he will make compromises. "He will go into campaign mode and try to make us look evil," a senior GOP leadership aide predicted, echoing the broad sentiment of Republicans on the Hill.

Democrats are equally doubtful that Republicans will want to work with them. For starters, they think newly elected Tea Party-backed senators, who have promised to curb Washington's influence, will press Republican leaders not to cut deals.

"Many Republicans appear to be opposed to the very idea of coming here to legislate," said a top Senate Democratic leadership aide.

Full story

Filed under: 360° Radar • Raw Politics • Ted Barrett
November 1st, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Steele to Palin critics: Shut up!

Alexander Mooney
CNN Ticker Producer

(CNN) – Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele is defending Sarah Palin against recent attacks Monday, telling CNN that GOP detractors of the former vice presidential nominee need to "shut up."

"These Republican leaders who don't put their names in print but make comments in shadows need to shut up," Steele told American Morning's John Roberts Monday. "We're focused on winning elections tomorrow night. We're not focused on 2012."

Steele's comments were in reference to a Politico article out Monday in which a string of unnamed Republicans, feeling Palin could not be a viable presidential contender, said it will be the party's goal to prevent her from running in 2012.

Full story on the CNN Political Ticker

Filed under: 360° Radar