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Monday, November 5, 2012

The Early Word: The Last

Today's Times

  • With each passing day, President Obama has taken note every time he passes a milestone, and his checklist of “lasts” grows longer as he races through a bone-weary weekend before Tuesday's election, Peter Baker writes.
  • The political prize that eluded Mitt Romney in 2008, and his father four decades before that, is suddenly within agonizingly close reach, putting Mr. Romney in a strange and unfamiliar moment, Ashley Parker and Michael Barbaro write.
  • The parties faced off in the first of what could be a growing number of legal disputes over presidential ballots and how they are counted - a preview of potential clashes that could emerge in swing states over Tuesday's voting, Mark Landler and Michael D. Shear report.
  • Outside money is pouring into the Senate campaigns as the parties look for a last-minute opening just before the election, Jonathan Weisman and Derek Willis report.
  • Bi ll Clinton has strained his voice campaigning for the president, solidifying his status as the hardest-working man in a game he plays like no one else, Mark Leibovich writes.

Happening in Washington

  • The Supreme Court will hear arguments and issue rulings.