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** FILE ** In this Feb. 11, 2012, file photo, Sarah Palin, the GOP candidate for vice-president in 2008 and former Alaska governor, speaks in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

'Procrastination PACs' dump $13M in last-minute cash into House races

Call them the procrastination PACs: Political action committees have given $13 million to House and presidential candidates in the final two weeks of the campaign, leaving candidates even less time to actually make use of the money. All of the donations came after Oct. 17, the final main donor-disclosure reports that most journalists and opposition researchers work off of before the election.

** FILE ** Rep. Charlie Rangel, New York Democrat (Associated Press)

New York ponders an extended Election Day

New York is considering extending voting past Nov. 6 to allow those affected by Superstorm Sandy to cast their votes, but at least one incumbent from the state says that would "wreak havoc," and that if he wins on Tuesday, "then I've won."

This image taken during an overflight by Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod shows storm damage from Superstorm Sandy in New Haven, Conn., on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard, Petty Officer 2nd Class Rob Simpson)

Obama vows to cut red tape in Sandy rescues

In his final weekly address before the election, President Obama used the bully pulpit Saturday to project an image of an executive responding to a natural disaster, commanding government agencies "not to let red tape and bureaucracy get in the way of solving problems" when it comes to restoring power following Hurricane Sandy's devastation of the Mid-Atlantic last week.

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney greets supporters as he campaigns at Portsmouth International Airport, in Newington, N.H., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

In weekly GOP address, Romney says 'destiny' in voters' hands

The task of the GOP weekly address fell to Mitt Romney Saturday, who used it to make a final case for himself before Tuesday's election, asking people as they step into the voting booth to consider both "the day we'll know whether we made the right choice" and the previous four years before casting their ballots.