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* In a victory for Democrats, a federal judge has ruled that all Ohio voters may vote in person during the final three days leading up to Election Day. Republican lawmakers had previously helped pass a law limiting in-person voting during the final 72 hours to military personnel. Democrats challenged that rule. Now, the state's Republican attorney general says he will appeal the Friday decision.

* President Obama will visit Louisiana on Monday to to take stock of the recovery effort following the impact of Hurricane Issac. Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has called Mitt Romney's Friday trip to Louisiana to review storm damage a "hypocrisy" because a House GOP plan would have gutted disaster relief. Romney adviser Stuart Stevens responded: "The thought never occurred to me that it would be inappropriate to come and see people."

* Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) is up with a new TV ad attacking Rep. Shelley Berkley (D) for voting for Medicare cuts. The ad references several Berkley votes, including a vote for Obama's health care law, which rolled back Medicare payments to hospitals and insurers but did not cut benefits.

* Former senator George Allen's (R) Virginia Senate campaign has canceled its ad reservation for next week. Allen campaign adviser Dan Allen said it was part of the “constant adjustments being made to our ad schedule.” Democrats, on the other hand, speculate the move is a consequence of a fundraising deficit to former Democratic National Committee chairman Tim Kaine.


* Embattled Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) is back on the campaign trail. He appeared Thursday at the Northwest Missouri state fair and offered the GOP presidential ticket some praise it would probably rather do without. "I totally support the Ryan, Romney ticket," Akin said. "I'm completely on board. I think they're great. I've worked with Paul Ryan. He is excellent. Best guy on the budget of anyone in the Congress that I know of. And I think they're fantastic and I am looking forward to working with them."

* Vice President Biden was the latest high-profile Democrat to criticize Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) GOP convention remarks blaming Obama for the closure of a GM plant that was slated to be shuttered before the president took office. "What he didn't tell you is the plant in Janesville actually closed when President Bush was still in office," Biden said at a campaign stop in Lordstown, Ohio.

* A Democratic poll conducted for House Majority PAC/SEIU/AFSCME/Friends of Democracy shows the race between freshman Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-Minn.) and former Democratic congressman Rick Nolan is about even, with Nolan at 47 percent and Cravaack at 44 percent.

* Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) says Romney's convention speech left him skeptical. "I remain very, very skeptical of hearing anything that will change the course of history. We have a debt problem. We have a spending problem, but how many things did he list to cut?” he said.


Happy Friday!

With Aaron Blake