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12:55 PM ET, October 10, 2008


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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 …
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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
HATE, FEAR, AND IGNORANCE.... On CNN last night, David Gergen …
Marc Ambinder:
Is McCain Serious About Ayers? Evidence Says No.
Frank Schaeffer / Baltimore Sun:   McCain's attacks fuel dangerous hatred
Cleveland Leader:
Barack Obama's Involvement with ACORN Unearthed, Missing Article Recovered  — Elections - Elections 2008 - News - Politics - Society - U.S. Politics - US News  —  While Barack Obama's connection with the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) has not gone entirely unreported, it has not been fully explained.
Jeane MacIntosh / New York Post:
1 VOTER, 72 REGISTRATIONS  —  ‘ACORN PAID ME IN CASH & CIGS’  —  CLEVELAND - A man at the center of a voter-registration scandal told The Post yesterday he was given cash and cigarettes by aggressive ACORN activists in exchange for registering an astonishing 72 times, in apparent violation of Ohio laws.
Serge F. Kovaleski / New York Times:
In Dozens of Calls, Palins and Aides Pressed for Trooper's Removal
Anchorage Daily News:
Troopergate findings are due today
Discussion: TPMMuckraker and The Caucus
Barbara Slavin / Washington Times:
Obama tried to sway Iraqis on Bush deal  —  In private conversations on troop presence, candidate pitched delay  —  At the same time the Bush administration was negotiating a still elusive agreement to keep the U.S. military in Iraq, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama tried …
Susan Schmidt / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Staff Slips Up With Muslim Outreach  —  The Obama campaign said it was a mistake for an outreach coordinator to join a meeting last month attended by leaders of two controversial Muslim groups as it seeks votes from large Muslim populations in swing states.
Discussion: The Jawa Report, YID With LID and MSNBC
Anthony Faiola / Washington Post:
The End Of American Capitalism?  —  The worst financial crisis since the Great Depression is claiming another casualty: American-style capitalism.  —  Since the 1930s, U.S. banks were the flagships of American economic might, and emulation by other nations of the fiercely free-market financial system …
The Corner:
Fear Itself  —  George Bush has probably had the hardest administration since Lincoln.
Discussion: alicublog and Wonkette
New York Post:
GOLLY, PALIN TO PLAY HERSELF ON ‘SNL’  —  SOCCER moms and Joe Sixpacks, listen up.  Get your beer, mooseburgers and caribou dips ready.  Sarah Palin is doing “Saturday Night Live.”  Not Tina Fey doing Sarah Palin doing “Saturday Night Live.”  But the Sarah Herself.  She has already OK'd it.
Discussion: Political Machine and
David Harsanyi / Denver Post:
Republicans have no candidate  —  This election has never been about John McCain — though his candidacy is sure to revive a debate about the worst presidential candidates of all time.  —  No, this is a referendum on Barack Obama.  And many Republicans are exuding the confidence …
Discussion: protein wisdom
Hartford Courant:
High Court Grants Gay Marriage Rights  —  Beth Kerrigan and Jody Mock sat hunkered down in front of their computer in their West Hartford home Friday morning, sifting through the voluminous Supreme Court decision in their case seeking the right to marry as a same-sex couple.
Associated Press:   Conn. Court Rules Same-Sex Couples Can Marry
Pat Shellenbarger /
Former governor Milliken backs away from McCain  —  GRAND RAPIDS — He endorsed John McCain in the presidential primary, but now former Republican Gov. William Milliken is expressing doubts about his party's nominee.  —  “He is not the McCain I endorsed,” said Milliken, reached at his Traverse City home Thursday.
William C. Ibershof / New York Times:
Prosecuting Weathermen  —  To the Editor:  —  Re “Politics of Attack” (editorial, Oct. 8) and “Obama and '60s Bomber: A Look Into Crossed Paths” (front page, Oct. 4):  —  As the lead federal prosecutor of the Weathermen in the 1970s (I was then chief of the criminal division in the Eastern District …
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.
Discussion: The E&P Pub
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 …
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
We Resume Our Meltdown Blogging
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
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 …
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.
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Ross Douthat:
Be Careful What You Wish For  —  Larison responds to my post …
Discussion: Eunomia
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
New York Times:
Obama, Purse Swelling, Plans Half-Hour TV Ad
Discussion: Ad Spotlight and Greg's Opinion
Lee Ann O'Neal / Texas Watchdog:
Ballots cast in Houston using dead voters' names
Peter Kirsanow / The Corner:
Obama, Ayers, and the Economy
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Dangerous Panic On The Far Right
 Earlier Items: 
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
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Kimberly Kindy / Washington Post:
PR Consultant Helped Palin Grab Spotlight
Christopher Hitchens / Vanity Fair:
America the Banana Republic
Discussion: Boing Boing and Jules Crittenden
Real Clear Politics:
Obama's Magic  —  And now, America, we introduce the Great Obama!
Discussion: Power Line
Boston Herald:
Pollster: Don't believe the Dem hype
Discussion: Zogby, Reason, The Opinionator and MyDD