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Scott Shane / New York Times:
Obama and '60s Bomber: A Look Into Crossed Paths  —  CHICAGO — At a tumultuous meeting of anti-Vietnam War militants at the Chicago Coliseum in 1969, Bill Ayers helped found the radical Weathermen, launching a campaign of bombings that would target the Pentagon and United States Capitol.
Marc Ambinder:
The Deadly Final Attack...  It looks like the deadlier final attack might come not from John McCain, as advertised, but from Barack Obama, with his McCcain-will-cost-you-more blitzkrieg.  McCain's already on extremely weak footing regarding the economy.  —  By eliminating McCain's …
Stanley Kurtz / The Corner:
NYT's Ayers-Obama Whitewash  —  As others have noted, today's New York Times carries a story on the relationship between Barack Obama and unrepentant Weather Underground terrorist, Bill Ayers.  The piece serves as a platform for the Obama campaign and Obama's friends and allies.
CNN:
Palin hits Obama for ‘terrorist’ connection  —  (CNN) — Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Saturday slammed Sen. Barack Obama's political relationship with a former anti-war radical, accusing him of associating “with terrorists who targeted their own country.”  —  Palin's attack delivered …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
OBAMA AND SOME GUY HE BARELY KNOWS.... About a week or so ago, the Wall Street Journal editorial page ran an 1,100-word piece from conservative writer Stanley Kurtz about Barack Obama's past with 1960's-era radical William Ayers.  The Journal gave it a provocative headline …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
McCain camp: Obama is ‘radical,’ pals around with terrorists  —  Pegged to a Times story that adds nothing to the theory that Obama and Bill Ayers were particularly close, the McCain camp is focusing on that association again today, in an attempt to move the conversation beyond the economic issues …
Fox News:
Palin Accuses Obama of ‘Palling Around With Terrorists’
Discussion: www.redstate.com
Jane Smiley / The Huffington Post:
William Ayers and John McCain
Discussion: Buck Naked Politics
Dave Winer / The Huffington Post:   John McCain is channeling Nixon now
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:   Gray Lady on Ayers-Obama connection: Nothing to see here. Move along.
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
No Yards And A Cloud Of Dust
Discussion: Pajamas Media and TigerHawk
New York Times:
Dick Cheney, Role Model  —  In all the talk about the vice-presidential debate, there was an issue that did not get much attention but kept nagging at us: Sarah Palin's description of the role and the responsibilities of the office for which she is running, vice president of the United States.
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Josh Chafetz / The New Republic:
Historical Manglings  —  What Joe Biden and Sarah Palin …
Discussion: News Hounds
Jane Bryant Quinn / Newsweek:
Vetting McCain's Health Plan  —  Tax credits would move people out of group plans and into individual policies where the benefits aren't as good.  —  If you think that “The Market”—whatever market—always works for the best, you'll love John McCain's version of health insurance reform.
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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Obama drops hidden ‘maverick’ in mail  —  It may be Palin's favorite term for McCain, but the Obama camp is sneaking in “maverick” onto a mail piece.  —  An eagle-eyed Minnesota reader sends in a piece of Obama greeting voters outside of what looks like a convenience store.  Note the cigarette sign on the door.
Hugh Hewitt / Townhall.com:
With One Month To Go: Why McCain Will Close and Win  —  Because the country cannot afford the greatest gamble in its modern history at this moment in time.  —  A confrontation with Iran looms and instability in Pakistan grows.  The Islamist threat has been beaten back in Iraq …
Maggie O'Brien / Omaha World-Herald:
Palin to make a stop in Omaha on Sunday  —  Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is planning an Omaha visit on Sunday evening, according to GOP officials.  —  Details of the visit were still being worked out.  —  The Palin visit is further evidence that the Omaha-based 2nd …
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Catholic Church Is Riven by Internal Debate  —  As the Roman Catholic church observes its annual “respect life” Sunday in this heated presidential election season, the unusually pitched competition for the Catholic voters is setting off a new round of skirmishes over the application of the church's teachings.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Maintains Significant Margin  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup Poll Daily tracking from Oct. 1-3 finds 50% of registered voters supporting Barack Obama, and 42% John McCain, for president.  —  Obama has now held a statistically significant lead over McCain for the last eight days …
Brian C. Mooney / Boston Globe:
Obama gaining crucial ground  —  Polling shifts in some key states  —  With 31 days until the election, Democrat Barack Obama's road to the White House is widening, and Republican John McCain's electoral path is narrowing.  —  The McCain campaign's decision this week to abandon Democratic-leaning Michigan …
Discussion: Greg's Opinion and Political Punch
 
 
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