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7:55 PM ET, October 8, 2008

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The Huffington Post:
David Brooks: Sarah Palin “Represents A Fatal Cancer To The Republican Party”  —  In an interview with The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg at New York's Le Cirque restaurant to unveil that magazine's redesign, Brooks decried Palin's anti-intellectualism and compared her to President Bush in that regard:
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 …
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
What is Obama's Ceiling?  —  This post is going to seem slightly less relevant now that Gallup has come in showing an 11-point lead for Obama.  But the other five daily tracking polls (yes, there are now that many trackers) all showed movement toward John McCain.
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Your Daily Poll Warnings, Take Three  —  I've been posting daily poll warning threads recently, and looking at the comments in Quick Hits on the tracking polls, clearly I need to keep doing so.  There is nothing wrong with worrying about daily tracking polls—I do so, too.
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
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”.
Discussion: Open Left
Satyam Khanna / Think Progress:
McCain addresses crowd as ‘my fellow prisoners.’
Jbrown / Politically Drunk On Power!:
Web Archives Confirm Barack Obama Was Member Of Socialist ‘New Party’ In 1996  —  UPDATE: WE WILL POST AT LEAST ONE MORE SOURCE COMING TOMORROW!  Subscribe to feeds or bookmark page.  —  In June sources released information that during his campaign for the State Senate in Illinois …
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Stanley Kurtz / The Corner:
Obama Acorn Cover-up?
P.J. Gladnick / NewsBusters.org:
Will MSM Report on Obama Membership in Socialist New Party?
Discussion: YID With LID and Doug Ross
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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David Harsanyi / Denver Post:
Negativity and the truth  —  Most polls tell us that Americans …
Discussion: protein wisdom
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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Katie Allison Granju / Because I said so:
The real reason a lot of women can't stand Sarah Palin  —  There's a ridiculous fluff piece in TIME this week that's getting a lot of attention.  In it, a female essayist alleges that among the reasons many women can't stand Sarah Palin is the fact that she's just too darn attractive.
Brad DeLong / Grasping Reality with Both Hands:
John McCain's New Mortgage Plan Is Worse than I Had Imagined Possibly, Even Given What I Know About John McCain  —  Douglas Holtz-Eakin says, this morning: … What does this mean?  It means that John McCain wants to give $100 billion of taxpayers' money to America's worst-behaving mortgage financiers.
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Paul Krugman:
To do, not to do  —  Readers ask what I think should be done about the financial crisis.
Discussion: Kevin Drum
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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Hotline On Call:
Palin's First Avail  —  On the plane this afternoon from FL to NC.
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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The Politico:
The worst debate ever  —  With the country at one of its most interesting — not to mention terrifying — moments in a generation, John McCain and Barack Obama met in Nashville for what was surely one of the dullest and least satisfying presidential debates in memory.  —  There have been boring debates before, of course.
Discussion: The Swamp and JustOneMinute
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.
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.
Dean Reynolds / CBS News:
Reporter's Notebook: Seeing How The Other Half Lives  —  From CBS News' Dean Reynolds:  —  (NASHVILLE, TENN.) - After most of the previous 12 months covering Barack Obama's campaign for the presidency, it was interesting, instructive and, well, relaxing to follow John McCain for the last few days.
Discussion: Townhall.com and Don Surber
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 …
Wockner:
Polls flip: Gays now losing marriage in Calif.  —  A TV ad showing San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom saying California is going to have same-sex marriage “whether you like it or not” is being credited with flipping poll numbers to favor the Nov. 4 ballot proposition to amend the state constitution …
Richard A. Epstein / Forbes:
Robert Nozick Vs. The U.S. Congress  —  Now that yesterday's market nosedive shows the disappointing Congressional bailout has not calmed markets, let the post-mortem begin.  Disasters like this latest financial meltdown don't just happen.  Mistakes this huge require an impoverished political philosophy to grease the skids.
Kate Sheppard / Gristmill:
One swing voter, swung  —  For the first time in this year's presidential debates, the two candidates were asked point-blank about what they would do to address climate change in the first two years of their administration.  —  Ingrid Jackson asks the candidates about environmental issues.
John Bresnahan / The Crypt's Blogs:
Judge throws out some key prosecution evidence in Stevens trial  —  Judge Emmet Sullivan threw out two big pieces of evidence in the Justice Department's prosecution of Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) after it was disclosed that prosecutors failed to provide defense attorneys with all the information they needed to put on their case.
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
Justin Fox / The Curious Capitalist:
Treasury prepares for a TARP-and-switch.  And it's a good thing, too  —  Did anybody else notice that when Hank Paulson was describing in his press conference today what the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act enables Treasury to do, the first thing he listed was “to inject capital into financial institutions”?
Zack Exley / Firedoglake:
The New Organizers: Obama's Neighborhood Teams  —  Inside the Obama campaign, almost without anyone noticing, an insurgent generation of organizers has built the Progressive movement a brand new and potentially durable people's organization, in a dozen states, rooted at the neighborhood level.
Discussion: Marc Ambinder
James Erik Abels / Forbes:
Times To Shutter IHT Site  —  The New York Times' Web site is getting more global, and IHT.com is going bye-bye.  —  The Times told staff in an internal e-mail Tuesday that the paper's flagship Web site will soon become host to news from sister paper the International Herald Tribune and that the Tribune's site will be shuttered.
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: Open Left, Boing Boing, Reason and ACSBlog
 
 
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Marc Ambinder:
Obama's Top Field Generals Dispatched To Florida
Discussion: Facing South
Larry Sandler / JSOnline:
Felon accused of voting violations
Hugh Hewitt / Townhall.com:
President Barack Hoover
Discussion: Ed Driscoll.com
Ross Douthat:
The Limits of McCainism  —  Patrick Ruffini on the debate:
Discussion: The Next Right
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Parsing in St. Paul
 Earlier Items: 
Anne / Nielsen Wire:
42% Of Households In Top Local TV Markets Watched McCain and Obama's Second Debate
Discussion: Don Surber
Jay Nordlinger / The Corner:
Celebration  —  Friends, have you seen this video?  Maybe you have.
Discussion: Dirty Harry's Place
Jim Tankersley / The Swamp:
McCain's ‘suspension’: not quite
Discussion: TPM Election Central
CNN:
Bush: The elephant in the room
Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica:
750,000 lost jobs? The dodgy digits behind the war on piracy
Time Edit / Swampland:
They Liked Him, They Really Liked Him  —  From TIME's Amy Sullivan …