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11:55 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.  The inquiry found, 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 …
Washington Post:
Probe Finds Palin Abused Power in Case of Trooper  —  An Alaska state legislative investigator found yesterday that Gov. Sarah Palin abused executive power when she and her husband engaged in a campaign to oust her former brother-in-law from the state police force.
Bill Dyer / Townhall.com:
Branchflower report on Tasergate: Just one guy's opinion that …
MataHarley / Flopping Aces:
Trooper'gate witchhunt finale: $100K cost to taxpayers... no $5000 fine?
Jules Crittenden:
Trooper Finding  —  A hasp and a hinge or two shy of a gate …
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Troopergate probe: Palin abused power but had the right to fire Monegan
Discussion: Washington Monthly
The Politico:
Crowd boos after McCain says Obama not ‘an Arab’  —  Fearing the raw and at times angry emotions of his supporters may damage his campaign, John McCain on Friday urged them to tone down their increasingly personal denunciations of Barack Obama, including one woman who said she had heard that the Democrat was “an Arab.”
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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.
Mike Robinson / Associated Press:
Obama fundraiser, convicted of fraud, spills beans  —  CHICAGO - Jailed political fundraiser Antoin “Tony” Rezko, the Chicago real estate developer who helped launch Barack Obama on his political career, is whispering secrets to federal prosecutors about corruption in Illinois and the political fallout could be explosive.
Discussion: Newsalert
Gawker:
Sarah Palin's High-School Grades?  —  Any amateur document experts want to weigh in on this document which is floating around the web?  It purports to represent the high-school grades of one Sarah Heath of Wasilla, Alaska, now the Republican running mate.  If the report card is a forgery, it's decent work.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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Dawn Eden / The Dawn Patrol:
Nutroots use my SAT scoresheet to forge ‘Palin Grades’  —  Gawker—the same online rag that called me a “Crazed Christ-Loving Re-Virgin”—is engaging in some craziness of its own: It's asking readers to judge the validity of what it says may be 'Sarah Palin's High-School Grades' …
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and BatesLine
HillBuzz:
URGENT: Big story about to break, we are one step closer to Rezko giving Obama up to federal prosecutors  —  The Sun Times today gave a major clue that Barack Obama will indeed go down with Tony Rezko, sooner rather than later.  It looks as though Rezko is about to turn on Alexi Giannoulias …
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
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Michael Sneed / Chicago Sun Times:
Puck politics
Discussion: Wake up America, Hot Air and Newsalert
Washington Post:
McCain Mum on Former Pastor  —  Some in GOP Frustrated at Omission in Attacks on Obama  —  As John McCain's campaign hits hard at some of Barack Obama's past associations, one person closely tied to the Democratic candidate is conspicuously absent from the attacks: the Rev. Jeremiah …
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New York Times:
G.M. and Chrysler Explore Merger  —  DETROIT — General Motors is in preliminary talks about a possible merger with Chrysler, a deal that could drastically remake the landscape of the auto industry by reducing the Big Three of Detroit automakers to the Big Two.
Johanna Neuman / The LA Times President Bush Blog:
Bush the last president to run against gay rights?  —  For more than four years, the Bush White House has run against any changes in the law that would allow gay Americans — even his vice president's daughter — to marry.  —  Under the guidance of political maestro Karl Rove …
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
In Final Months in Office, Bush Is Burdened but Still Confident  —  WASHINGTON — George W. Bush began his presidency with the worst terrorist attack on American soil and he is ending it with the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.  In between, he confronted a hurricane …
Jonathan Macey / Wall Street Journal:
The Government Is Contributing to the Panic  —  It's time to let markets do their messy work.  —  Despite all the hard work and good intentions on the part of our public officials, when economists and historians look back on the current financial crisis they are likely to conclude …
Discussion: Eunomia and Pajamas Media
Associated Press:
U.S. will buy stock in banks, Paulson says  —  Last time similar program was used was during the Great Depression  —  WASHINGTON - The federal government will buy stock in American banks for the first time since the Great Depression, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said Friday …
Discussion: Athens Daily News and Tom Watson
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Jennifer Fermino / Reuters:
STOCKS SOAR! (IN BAGHDAD)
Laura Rozen / MotherJones.com:
Q: What Do Sarah Palin, Ahmad Chalabi, and the NRA Have in Common?
Discussion: MoJoBlog
New York Post:
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John Steele Gordon / Wall Street Journal:
A Short Banking History of the United States
New York Times:
A Bit of ‘I Told You So’ Outside World Bank Talks
Discussion: The Agonist
 Earlier Items: 
Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
RNC Hits Obama Campaign for Meeting with Controversial Muslim Leader …
Discussion: Spin Cycle and Wonkette
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
For Palin, some pork is kosher
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Reading Incomprehension  —  Per the Times Caucus blog Sarah …
Discussion: Stop The ACLU