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8:30 AM ET, October 10, 2008

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Serge F. Kovaleski / New York Times:
In Dozens of Calls, Palins and Aides Pressed for Trooper's Removal  —  ANCHORAGE — The 2007 state fair was days away when Alaska's public safety commissioner, Walt Monegan, took another call about one of his troopers, Michael Wooten.  This time, the director of Gov. Sarah Palin's Anchorage office was on the line.
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Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press:
Sensitive Palin ethics report kept secret, for now  —  ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Sworn to secrecy, Alaska lawmakers have begun reviewing a lengthy and politically sensitive investigative report focusing on whether Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin abused her authority as governor.
Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press:
Palin pre-empts state report, clears self in probe  —  ANCHORAGE, Alaska - On the eve of a report on a legislative panel's abuse-of-power investigation into Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, campaign officials released their own report clearing her of any wrongdoing.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama on Ayers: ‘I assumed that he had been rehabilitated’  —  In an interview with the sympathetic conservative talk radio host this afternoon, Obama offered the clearest explanation yet of how an extremely careful politician allowed himself anywhere near a former '60s radical who would become …
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Moment of Truth  —  Last month, when the U.S. Treasury Department allowed Lehman Brothers to fail, I wrote that Henry Paulson, the Treasury secretary, was playing financial Russian roulette.  Sure enough, there was a bullet in that chamber: Lehman's failure caused the world financial crisis, already severe, to get much, much worse.
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Washington Post:
Anger Is Crowd's Overarching Emotion at McCain Rally  —  There were shouts of “Nobama” and “Socialist” at the mention of the Democratic presidential nominee.  There were boos, middle fingers turned up and thumbs turned down as a media caravan moved through the crowd Thursday …
Michelle Malkin:
Judge rules Ohio Secretary of State violated federal election law; plus ACORN victim on tape  —  Well, there's news breaking tonight — and it's good news for election integrity.  A federal district court judge has found Democrat Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner guilty of violating federal election laws.
Discussion: Palestra.net and Wizbang
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Maggie Thurber / Thurber's Thoughts:
BREAKING: Federal Court says Ohio Secretary of State broke voter laws  —  A federal court ruled tonight that Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner violated federal election laws by not taking adequate steps to validate the identity of newly registered voters.
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CNN:
McCain surrogate raises Obama's past drug use  —  (CNN) — A prominent surrogate for John McCain on Thursday raised Barack Obama's admitted cocaine use as a teenager and said the Illinois senator should speak candidly about it to the American people.  —  Speaking to Dennis Miller …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Hollywoodreporter / The Live Feed:
Obama buys half-hour of network primetime  —  Barack Obama has purchased a half-hour of primetime television on CBS and NBC, sources confirm.  —  The Obama campaign is producing a nationwide pitch to voters that will air on at least two broadcast networks.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:   A half-hour of prime time?  —  I'm starting to get the sense …
Eric Pfanner / International Herald Tribune:
Iceland is all but officially bankrupt  —  REYKJAVIK: People go bankrupt all the time.  Companies do, too.  But countries?  —  Iceland was on the verge of doing exactly that on Thursday as the government shut down the stock market and seized control of its last major independent bank.
Discussion: Vox Popoli and pandagon.net
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Guardian:   Gordon Brown considers legal action against Iceland
Nouriel Roubini / Nouriel Roubini's Global …:
The world is at severe risk of a global systemic financial meltdown and a severe global depression  —  The US and advanced economies' financial system is now headed towards a near-term systemic financial meltdown as day after day stock markets are in free fall, money markets have shut …
Fredreka Schouten / ABCNEWS:
Obama, Paul net most military workers' campaign donations  —  Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Ron Paul have little in common politically, except their opposition to the Iraq war.  —  Both top a new list of presidential candidates receiving campaign contributions from people who work …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Salon:
Meet Sarah Palin's radical right-wing pals  —  Extremists Mark Chryson and Steve Stoll helped launch Palin's political career in Alaska, and in return had influence over policy.  “Her door was open,” says Chryson — and still is. … Video: Interview with former Alaskan Independence Party chairman Mark Chryson
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Rothenberg Warns of GOP “Bloodbath”  —  The horizon looks bleak for House and Senate Republicans.  AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite  —  UPDATE, 4 pm: The Cook Political Report is also amping up their predictions of Democratic gains in the House and Senate next month.
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The Rothenberg / The Rothenberg Political Report:
For Republicans, Another Blood Bath Looms on Horizon
Discussion: Washington Post and MSNBC
Barry Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
Fix the Credit Problem, Not its Symptoms  —  Two weeks ago Monday, markets traded down 300 points at the open.  The sell-off seemed to be in anticipation of what was widely considered to be a poorly thought-out bailout plan.  As it became clear that the $700 billion package was not going to be approved …
Discussion: The Agonist
Charles Krauthammer / Real Clear Politics:
Obama & Friends: Judge Not?  —  WASHINGTON — Convicted felon Tony Rezko.  Unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers.  And the race-baiting Rev. Jeremiah Wright.  It is hard to think of any presidential candidate before Barack Obama sporting associations with three more execrable characters.
Discussion: marbury
Pam Benson / CNN:
Report: U.S. spied on Americans' intimate conversations abroad  —  CNN National Security Producer  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Congress is looking into allegations that National Security Agency linguists have been eavesdropping on Americans abroad.  —  The congressional oversight committees …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Truthdig
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Hispanics turn cold shoulder to McCain  —  Despite championing immigration reform in 2007, John McCain is poised to lose the Hispanic vote by a landslide margin that is well below President George W. Bush's 2004 performance.  —  Polls show Obama winning the broadest support from Latino voters …
Paul Volcker / Wall Street Journal:
We Have the Tools to Manage the Crisis  —  Now we need the leadership to use them.  —  Today, the financial crisis has reached a critical point.  The sharp decline in the stock market and its volatility dramatically make the point.  More important if less visible, the flow of credit through …
Discussion: Floyd Norris and The Big Picture
David Von Drehle / Time:
The Limits of Race  —  Lincoln County, Mo., a fast-growing exurb northwest of St. Louis, is one of a handful of U.S. counties that always vote for the winning candidate in presidential elections.  This perfect record goes back more than a half-century.  And it explains why I recently set …
Discussion: folo, FOX Embeds and TIME.com
Peter Kirsanow / The Corner:
Who is Barack Obama?  Part II  —  Following the links on John Hinderaker's post on Obama's apparent affiliation with the Democratic Socialists of America/New Party leads you to DSA newsletters that make several references to Obama between 1995—2004.  According to the newsletters:
Discussion: This ain't Hell …
 
 
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