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Election Coverage, Nevada Gov. Cleared, Judge Demands Wiretap Memos

POSTED: 10:28 AM ET, 11/ 3/2008 by Chris Matthews

Welcome to Monday's Daily Read. With Election Day less than 24 hours away, the Fix gives its final electoral map Still undecided? Take a look at the Post's guide to the candidates' positions on the issues. Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons was cleared in a federal investigation into his ties to a defense contractor and a federal judge is demanding memos concerning the Bush administration's wiretapping program be turned over. Please leave your comments and let us know about any stories we missed.

Election Coverage » Because half of all voters will vote in a different way than what they did in the last election, voting experts are predicting machine and ballot shortages in several swing states and late tallies on election night... meanwhile, legal challenges are pending in at least four states seeking to overturn state laws that ban thousands of prisoners and former prisoners from the polls, even after they serve their sentences... whatever the outcome of the election, the debate over how future campaigns will be financed is set to begin.— The New York Times, USA Today, LA Times

No Charges in Inquiry of Nevada Gov. » Federal prosecutors have closed an investigation into ties between Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons (R) and a defense contractor without bringing criminal charges.— The Washington Post

Next President Will Face Test on Detainees » The next president will have to contend with sobering intelligence claims against many of the remaining detainees at Guantanamo Bay. — The New York Times

EPA Curbs Factory Farm Pollution » The EPA issued new pollution control requirements for large livestock feedlots Friday that would allow farm operators to avoid having to get a permit if they claim the facility will not put harmful discharges into nearby waterways. — The Associated Press

Federal Bailout » Treasury and banking regulators say as many as 1,800 publicly held institutions could apply for government investments in coming weeks, fueled by a perception that the government is actively picking winners and losers....meanwhile, a number of financial experts fear that the federal government's attempt to rescue troubled insurance giant AIG may not work... and, in a further sign of the U.S. government's get-tough approach with banks, the FDIC threatened to seize Wachovia last month if it didn't find a buyer and passed on an initial government-assisted takeover by Wells Fargo. — The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal

Judge Orders Government to Produce Wiretap Memos » A federal judge has ordered the Justice Department to produce White House memos that provide the legal basis for the Bush administration's post-Sept. 11 warrantless wiretapping program. — The Associated Press

Tainting of Milk Is Open Secret in China »Before melamine-laced milk killed and sickened Chinese babies and led to recalls around the world, farmers say the routine spiking of milk with illicit substances was an open secret in China's dairy regions. — The Wall Street Journal

By Chris Matthews |  November 3, 2008; 10:28 AM ET The Daily Read
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