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1:35 AM ET, October 11, 2008

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Don Hunter / Anchorage Daily News:
Troopergate report: Palin abused power  —  A legislative investigation has concluded that Gov. Sarah Palin abused her power in pushing for the firing of an Alaska state trooper who was once married to her sister.  —  The report by investigator Steve Branchflower was made public late …
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Serge F. Kovaleski / New York Times:
Alaska Inquiry Concludes Palin Abused Powers  —  Gov. Sarah Palin abused the powers of her office by pressuring subordinates to try to get her former brother-in-law, a state trooper, fired, an investigation by the Alaska Legislature has concluded.  She was within her right, however …
Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press:
Buy AP Photo Reprints  —  Web Search:  —  Post |  Get Photos |  Get Reprints |  Reuse Options  —  Alaska panel finds Palin abused power in firing  —  ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Sarah Palin unlawfully abused her power as governor by trying to have her former brother-in-law fired as a state trooper …
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Palin schedules bus tour of West Virginia  —  CLEVELAND, Ohio (CNN) — In what may be another signal that the troubled economy is forcing John McCain's campaign to play electoral map defense, Sarah Palin has scheduled a bus tour for Sunday through West Virginia, a state that's been leaning red throughout this presidential race.
Alaska_Politics / Anchorage Daily News:
Troopergate hearing (Updated: 12-0 vote to release the report)  —  4:11 p.m.The Legislative Council just voted 12-0 to release the report, except for certain parts they consider confidential.  —  The reporters were to be available immediately, but no one seems to know where to get them here at the Legislative offices.
Alaska_Politics / Anchorage Daily News:
The Branchflower report
Discussion: Hot Air and Pam's House Blend
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:   Today's Polls, 10/10  —  With 25 days to go until the election …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
No Sleep 'Till West Virginia
Discussion: The Anonymous Liberal
Washington Post:   Alaska Legislative Probe Finds Palin Misused Power
Associated Press:   Legislative panel: Palin abused authority
CNN:
Panel: Palin abused power in trooper case
Ana Marie Cox / Swampland:
McCain Denounces Pitchfork-Wavers  —  Here in Lakeville, the traveling press was pretty sure we'd see more of the kind of vicious anti-Obama attitude that's becoming a hallmark of McCain rallies of late.  —  As the town hall started, McCain was off with more pep than usual.
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Christopher Buckley / The Daily Beast:
Sorry, Dad, I'm Voting for Obama  —  Welcome to The Daily Beast: A Q&A with Tina Brown  —  The son of William F. Buckley has decided—shock!—to vote for a Democrat.  —  Let me be the latest conservative/libertarian/whatever to leap onto the Barack Obama bandwagon.
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
TRYING TO SNUFF OUT THE FLAME  —  At a rally late today in Minnesota, John McCain addressed the heated comments, including calls to violence, coming from some supporters at his rallies this week: … Here's the (updated longer version) video of a portion of McCain's remarks:
Garance Franke-Ruta / Washington Post:
McCain's Risky Turn  —  There is a scene early in “Dead Certain,” Robert Draper's book about President Bush, when the Bush campaign, reeling from its loss to John McCain in New Hampshire in the 2000 primary, is plotting its moves for a do-or-die struggle in South Carolina.
Discussion: MSNBC and MyDD
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
McCain asks crowd to be ‘respectful’ of Obama  —  Working to dampen the angry crowd meme, McCain tells his Minnesota rally to take it easy, Amie Parnes reports: … Later in the event, man in the audience stood up and told McCain he's “scared” of an Obama presidency and who he'd select for the Supreme Court.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
McCain booed after telling crowd to be respectful to Obama  —  The gloves are off on. … He did the right thing, needless to say, but I'm not sure how this squares with Palin telling people at fundraisers how many supporters are urging her to take the gloves off.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
McCain calls Obama ‘decent person,’ is booed
Krooney / TIME.com:
STOP THE PRESSES  —  After days of watching in silence …
Discussion: The RBC and Brian Beutler
CNN:
Rage rising on the McCain campaign trail
Frank Schaeffer / Baltimore Sun:
McCain's attacks fuel dangerous hatred
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Davis: McCain blew up bailout  —  On that Acorn call, McCain campaign manager Rick Davis also credited McCain with “blowing ... up” the first bailout package when he suspended his campaign to come to Washington, something McCain's campaign had heatedly denied at the time.
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Garance Franke-Ruta / Washington Post:
As McCain Goes Negative, a GOP Senator Makes a Positive Turn
Discussion: The New Republic
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Defending the crowds  —  McCain spokesman Brian Rogers pushes …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and ArchPundit
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
THE GIST OF THE ACORN STORY  —  The Republican party is grasping on to the ACORN story as a way to delegitimize what now looks like the probable outcome of the November election.  It is also a way to stoke the paranoia of their base, lay the groundwork for legal challenges of close outcomes …
Jonathan Darman / Newsweek:
Obama opens a double-digit lead in new NEWSWEEK poll  —  Obama on the campaign trail in Columbus, Ohio.  —  The global financial meltdown has caused a dramatic shift in the 2008 presidential race, according to the latest NEWSWEEK poll.  With four weeks left in the presidential campaign …
Bob Gardinier / Albany Times Union:
Barack ‘Osama’ on Rensselaer County ballots  —  TROY — Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's last name is spelled “Osama” on hundreds of absentee ballots mailed out this week to voters in Rensselaer County.  —  The misspelling, which elections officials on both sides of the aisle insist …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and The BRAD BLOG
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Reading Incomprehension  —  Per the Times Caucus blog Sarah Paulson picked up the Washington Times story that Obama interfered with and attempted to influence Iraqi Foreign Minister Zebari while the Bush Administration was trying to negotiate the status of US forces in Iraq.
Discussion: Moonbattery
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Waxy.org:
Memeorandum Colors: Visualizing Political Bias with Greasemonkey  —  Like the rest of the world, I've been completely obsessed with the presidential election and nonstop news coverage.  My drug of choice?  Gabe Rivera's Memeorandum, the political sister site of Techmeme …
Paul Krugman:
Not about the financial crisis  —  The crisis isn't the only scary thing going on.  Something very ugly is taking shape on the political scene: as McCain's chances fade, the crowds at his rallies are, by all accounts, increasingly gripped by insane rage.  It's not just a mob phenomenon …
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Re: Complaint against Steyn dismissed  —  Mark Hemingway is right to say that free speech in Canada “does not exist in any meaningful way”.  As the British Columbia “Human Rights” Tribunal's rambling and incoherent decision makes plain, Maclean's and I were acquitted of “flagrant Islamophobia” …
Discussion: five feet of fury.
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Jay Currie:
'Roos blink … More when the decision comes available.
Discussion: The Corner
 
 
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Henry / Crooked Timber:
A bit of horserace commentary
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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Gen. Petraeus backs Obama: ‘You have to talk to enemies.’
Steven Weber / The Huffington Post:
Prop 8 = Prop Hate  —  To the children of same-sex parents: You Are Bad.
The Huffington Post:
‘Economists For McCain’ Trash McCain's New Mortgage Plan
Discussion: The Record
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Fox Poll: Nearly Two-Thirds Say Ayers Makes No Difference To Their Vote
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Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama 51%, McCain 41%
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New York Post:
GOLLY, PALIN TO PLAY HERSELF ON ‘SNL’
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