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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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Charles Krauthammer / Real Clear Politics:
A Question of Barack Obama's Character  —  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.
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.
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CNN:
Voter registration forms faked, officials say  —  CNN Special Investigations Unit  —  CROWN POINT, Indiana (CNN) — More than 2,000 voter registration forms filed in northern Indiana's Lake County by a liberal activist group this week have turned out to be bogus, election officials said Thursday.
Maggie Thurber / Thurber's Thoughts:   BREAKING: Federal Court says Ohio Secretary of State broke voter laws
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 …
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CNNMoney.com:
Global stock selloff
Barry Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
Fix the Credit Problem, Not its Symptoms
Discussion: The Agonist
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 …
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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John Dickerson / Slate:
JOHN MCCAIN'S SUPPORTERS ARE MADDER (AND SCARIER!)  THAN HE IS.  —  At a normal campaign rally, it's the candidate who tries to whip the crowd into a frenzy.  At John McCain's town-hall Waukesha, Wis., Thursday, it was the other way around.  “I'm mad, and I'm really mad,” said one man who'd been called on to ask a question.
Discussion: Swampland and BrothersJudd Blog
Real Clear Politics:
Obama's Magic  —  And now, America, we introduce the Great Obama!  The world's most gifted political magician!  A thing of wonder.  A thing of awe.  Just watch him defy politics, economics, even gravity!  (And hold your applause until the end, please.)  To kick off our show tonight …
Discussion: Power Line
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CNN:
McCain surrogate raises Obama's past drug use
Discussion: The Daily Dish
New York Times:
As Fears Ease, Baghdad Sees Walls Tumble  —  BAGHDAD — Market by market, square by square, the walls are beginning to come down.  The miles of hulking blast walls, ugly but effective, were installed as a central feature of the surge of American troops to stop neighbors from killing one another.
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and On Deadline
Wall Street Journal:
Dodd and Countrywide  —  The Senator should take the witness stand.  —  Former Lehman Brothers CEO Dick Fuld was under oath Monday when he was grilled on Capitol Hill about his role in the current financial meltdown.  But if Members really want to understand the credit mania, they should also call Chris Dodd.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Panic attacks: Voters unload at GOP rallies  —  The unmistakable momentum behind Barack Obama's campaign, combined with worry that John McCain is not doing enough to stop it, is ratcheting up fears and frustrations among conservatives.  —  And nowhere is this emotion on plainer display …
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 …
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Class War Before Palin  —  Modern conservatism began as a movement of dissident intellectuals.  Richard Weaver wrote a book called, “Ideas Have Consequences.”  Russell Kirk placed Edmund Burke in an American context.  William F. Buckley famously said he'd rather be governed …
Discussion: Eunomia, Legalities and Obsidian Wings
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
New York Times:
Fictitious Donors Found in Obama Finance Records  —  Last December, someone using the name “Test Person,” from “Some Place, UT,” made a series of contributions, the largest being $764, to Senator Barack Obama's presidential campaign totaling $2,410.07.  —  Someone identifying himself as …
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Hoover vs. Roosevelt?  —  Hope vs. fear, new vs. old: Barack Obama and John McCain have placed their bets.  These are the terms on which the 2008 presidential campaign will be decided.  —  That's why it's unfair for political bystanders to attack Obama and McCain for offering few specifics as to how they'd fix an ailing economy.
Discussion: The Corner and The Moderate Voice
Elaine Sciolino / New York Times:
Nuclear Aid by Russian to Iranians Suspected  —  PARIS — International nuclear inspectors are investigating whether a Russian scientist helped Iran conduct complex experiments on how to detonate a nuclear weapon, according to European and American officials.
Discussion: Commentary
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
Boston Herald:
Pollster: Don't believe the Dem hype  —  The presidential race is still too close to call and could come down to the very last weekend before voters decide if they like or distrust Barack Obama, a national pollster predicts.  —  “I don't think Obama has closed the deal yet,” pollster John Zogby told the Herald yesterday.
Discussion: Zogby, Reason, MyDD and Political Machine
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
iowahawk:
ACORN Files Voting Rights Suit on Behalf of Imaginary-Americans  —  ST. LOUIS - Attorneys for the voting registration organizations ACORN and Project Vote filed an anti-discrimination voting rights suit in the U.S. Federal District court this morning, alleging the United States government is involved in …
 
 
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Louis Uchitelle / New York Times:
Lawmakers Weigh Plan for Stimulus
Discussion: Townhall.com and Economist's View
The Huffington Post:
Victory Within Grasp, Obama Faces A New Choice
John Stossel / ABCNEWS:
Maybe It's Your Civic Duty Not to Vote
Tim Russo / blogger interrupted:
VIDEO: McCain-Palin Mob Part 2 …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Debate May Have Helped Obama
Washington Post:
Stocks are on track for their worst year since 1937
Paul Campos / Lawyers, Guns and Money:
The time has come to ask: What might happen to our country …
David Von Drehle / Time:
The Limits of Race  —  Lincoln County, Mo., a fast-growing …
Discussion: folo, FOX Embeds and TIME.com
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Kirsanow / The Corner:
Who is Barack Obama? Part II
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Ross Douthat:
Ayers, McCain and the Dow
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Obama buys half-hour of network primetime
 

 
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