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4:30 PM ET, October 8, 2008

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Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama's Lead Over McCain Expands to 11  —  52% share of the vote is Obama's highest to date  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking report shows Barack Obama with a 52% to 41% lead over John McCain.  —  These results, based on Oct. 5-7 polling …
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
2005  —  “He [Obama] said they have not spoken by phone or exchanged e-mail messages since Mr. Obama began serving in the United States Senate in January 2005” (New York Times, 10/3)  —  Why in the world was Barack Obama still communicating on the phone or via email with Bill Ayers up until 2005 …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
SCRAPPING THE AYERS ATTACK ALREADY?.... The political world was told to expect some ugly, guilt-by-association attacks last night.  We'd hear about Bill Ayers.  And Tony Rezko.  And maybe even Jeremiah Wright.  The phrase “unrepentant terrorist” would be bandied about.  —  And then, nothing.
Hotline On Call:
Palin's First Avail  —  On the plane this afternoon from FL to NC.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Nitya / Political Radar:
Palin Fields Questions on Plane  —  ABC News' Imtiyaz Delawala Reports: For the first time in a month on the campaign trail, Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin took questions from her full traveling press corps, covering topics ranging from her continued connection of Sen. Barack …
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Mark Halperin / TIME.com:
McCain Release on Ayers
Discussion: The New Republic
Eric Zorn / Change of Subject:
What is (and isn't)'terrorism'?  —  It's common these days …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Roland Martin / CNN:
Martin: Ayers case is risky for McCain-Palin
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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Marc Ambinder:
The McCain Resurgence Plan
Discussion: Hot Air and Kevin Drum
Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:
Obama's 180 on genocide  —  JOHN MCCAIN'S opening words last night were: “Senator Obama, it's good to be with you at a town hall meeting!”  Indeed it was.  We now know why Barack Obama declined McCain's invitation earlier this year to appear together in a series of 10 town hall meetings around the country.
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Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Paging Rick Warren  —  Why did a town hall debate in Nashville revolve around what interests an East Coast newsman?  —  A presidential debate at its best gives voters a glimpse of a candidate's personality, quick-wittedness, likeability, sense of humor, judgment, basic honesty, knowledge, even character.
Discussion: Guardian, Commentary and YID With LID
Salon:
Nobody's dummy  —  What a powerful letter — which I am pleased to share with Salon readers.  Yes, let us not forget the tragic series of dubious political judgments that led the U.S. to lurch into Southeast Asia after the French had prudently packed up and left.
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The Jed Report:
McCain Loses It: Calls Americans ‘My Fellow Prisoners’  —  Update (12:26pm): I've posted an extended version of the clip in the vodpod so you can see the context.  McCain was talking about his domestic policies, and clearly meant to say “Americans” or “countrymen” or somesuch.
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   LOSING IT?  —  In most political speeches, the common refrain is “my fellow citizens”.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Palin's Kind of Patriotism  —  Criticizing Sarah Palin is truly shooting fish in a barrel.  But given the huge attention she is getting, you can't just ignore what she has to say.  And there was one thing she said in the debate with Joe Biden that really sticks in my craw.
Tom Shales / Washington Post:
A Showdown That Was More of a Letdown  —  Considering how adamantly John McCain advocated a “town hall” arrangement for this year's presidential debates, viewers might justifiably have expected him to thrive in the debate held last night in Nashville, since it followed that format.
Discussion: The Corner
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The Politico:
Debate II: McCain struggles to derail Obama
Discussion: USA Today and Salon
CNN:
Transcript of second McCain, Obama debate
Matthew Weaver / NO QUARTER:
Obama is Hiding a Radical Past!  —  Edited and updated at 8:50 p.m. ET.  —  Did you know that Barack Obama was affiliated with a leading national socialist party?  Barack Obama didn't include in his 2008 resume that he entered politics in the mid-1990s endorsed by Chicago's leading socialists.
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Time Edit / Swampland:
They Liked Him, They Really Liked Him  —  From TIME's Amy Sullivan:  —  As he did for the first presidential debate, Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg gathered a group of undecided voters in a swing state (this time Colorado) to watch the town hall, polling them before and after to gauge …
Washington Wire:
Obama's Name Again Is Used in Attack  —  Elizabeth Holmes reports from Lehigh, Pa., on the presidential race.  —  Barack Obama's middle name was attack fodder once again Wednesday when John McCain and his running mate Sarah Palin were introduced at a rally here in Lehigh, Pa.
Discussion: Swampland and TIME.com
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Wall Street Journal:
Housing Pain Gauge: Nearly 1 in 6 Owners ‘Under Water’  —  More Defaults and Foreclosures Are Likely as Borrowers With Greater Debt Than Value in Their Homes Are Put in a Tight Spot  —  The relentless slide in home prices has left nearly one in six U.S. homeowners owing more on a mortgage …
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
Md. Police Put Activists' Names On Terror Lists  —  The Maryland State Police classified 53 nonviolent activists as terrorists and entered their names and personal information into state and federal databases that track terrorism suspects, the state police chief acknowledged yesterday.
Discussion: Reason, ACSBlog and Open Left
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
John Boehner on Barney Frank: 'He's from Massachusetts, although he can't say the word 'Massachusetts"  —  House minority leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), one of the GOP architects of the $700 billion Wall Street bailout, outlined a few Republican talking points for the final weeks of the election Tuesday …
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Jim Tankersley / The Swamp:
McCain's ‘suspension’: not quite  —  Turns out John McCain never did quite “suspend” his campaign during negotiations over the federal bailout plan, at least on television.  —  Tucked into a new report today on the campaign air wars from the Wisconsin Advertising Project is this factoid:
Discussion: TPM Election Central
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Marc Ambinder:
Ad Spending Update: McCain's 100% Negative
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Knoxville News-Sentinel:
UTK student David Kernell indicted in Palin e-mail hacking case  —  David C. Kernell, 20, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Knoxville, Tennessee., for intentionally accessing without authorization the e-mail account of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.  —  More details as they develop online and in Thursday's News Sentinel.
Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica:
750,000 lost jobs?  The dodgy digits behind the war on piracy  —  A 20-year game of Telephone  —  If you pay any attention to the endless debates over intellectual property policy in the United States, you'll hear two numbers invoked over and over again, like the stuttering chorus …
 
 
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One swing voter, swung
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Jay Nordlinger / The Corner:
Celebration  —  Friends, have you seen this video?  Maybe you have.
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Vikas Bajaj / New York Times:
Forget Logic; Fear Appears to Have Edge
Discussion: The Corner
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ACORN's voter registrations questioned
CNN:
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Calculated Risk:
The Adjustment Process  —  When I started this blog (Jan 2005) …
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Vote Vets vs. McCain on G.I. Bill
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New U.S. intelligence report warns ‘victory’ not certain in Iraq
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FIRST THOUGHTS: NOTHING CHANGED
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