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The Rundown

8 a.m. ET: Time to kick back and relax, as the well-oiled machine that is American democracy essentially runs itself today. We all deserve a rest, after everything that has happened in the last 24 hours:

The polls opened. Dixville Notch cast its votes, and there was a huge brawl, prompting the deployment of riot police and tear gas (just seeing if you're awake). Barack Obama learned that his grandmother had died. Sarah Palin released her medical records in appropriately bizarre fashion (why the delay?), and was cleared in the second Troopergate probe. John McCain hit seven states, Obama visited three and the final polls suggested the Democrat was ahead nationally by the high single-digits.

But wait ... there's more!

Joe the Plumber was on Larry King's show, in a conversation for the ages (hopefully the DVD will be out by Christmas). Ads about Jeremiah Wright were all over the airwaves, months after they could (maybe) have made a difference. The Redskins lost (badly), which means Obama will win. In theory.

A juror in the Ted Stevens case admitted that she lied about her father's death so she could be excused from the jury to attend a horse race, and Stevens tried to save his job back home with a 2-minute ad that sought to explain how he could serve Alaska even though his colleagues might boot him from the Senate. Also fighting to save their jobs: Elizabeth Dole, Mitch McConnell, Saxby Chambliss and, perhaps, John Ensign and John Boehner.

Which brings us to the question of the morning: Are you registered to vote? If you are, then listen to all those celebrities and go to the polls. Then sit back and watch. After everything that happened yesterday, today should be pretty quiet. Right?

By Ben Pershing  |  November 4, 2008; 8:00 AM ET
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