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7:45 PM ET, October 15, 2008

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Africanpress / African Press International:
Shocking development: Mrs Obama decides enough is enough: “My husband was born in Hawaii and adopted by his step father, does that make him unpatriotic; she asks”, on a direct telephone to API.  —  Accusing API of colluding with American internet bloggers in an effort to bring down her husband …
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Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
Obama Campaign Says Michelle Obama ‘Interview’ on ‘African Press’ Web Site Is 100% Bogus  —  The conservative blogs are all atwitter about a bizarre interview allegedly with Michelle Obama on a Web site called “African Press International.”  —  “My husband was born in Hawaii and adopted by his stepfather …
Byron York / The Corner:
That Michelle Obama Report
Lawrence O'Donnell / The Huffington Post:
Colin Powell Is Ready To Endorse  —  When Colin Powell turns off his TV after the final presidential debate, he will have learned everything he is going to learn about the candidates vying to succeed his former boss, George W. Bush.  Powell has made it clear that he has been thinking …
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Fox News:
Hip-Hop-Dancing Colin Powell Fuels Speculation He'll Endorse Obama  —  Colin Powell showed off his hip-hop moves at an ‘Africa Rising’ celebration in London Tuesday, fueling speculation that the former secretary of state is about to endorse Barack Obama for president.  —  FOXNews.com
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Voting for Obama anyway  —  I just got an astounding e-mail from a Republican consultant I know well.  He's a guy who's always thought Obama had a “glass jaw,” and was always among those agitating for hitting Obama harder.  —  Recently, he conducted a focus group in an upper-Midwestern state …
Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
Obama Flack Accidentally Sends Out Pre-Debate Talking Points  —  “Reminder: These are for staff only and not for distribution,” warns the e-mail.  —  And then, the spin, accidentally sent to reporters this morning.  —  “* This is John McCain's last chance to turn this race around …
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Drudge Report:
OBAMA CAMPAIGN ISSUES TALKING POINTS TO MEDIA AHEAD OF DEBATE  —  The Obama campaign issued a set of debate ‘talking points’ to media on Wednesday morning, the DRUDGE REPORT can reveal.  —  Press Secretary Sean Smith issued the directive in an email from Pennsylvania, 12 hours before the debate.
Discussion: Gawker
Washington Post:
Exclusive: Verizon and AT&T Provided Cell Towers for McCain Ranch  —  BY JAMES V. GRIMALDI  —  Early in 2007, just as her husband launched his presidential bid, Cindy McCain decided to resolve an old problem — the lack of cellular telephone coverage on her remote 15-acre ranch near Sedona …
James Janega / Chicago Tribune:
Bill Ayers: ‘What could I possibly add?’  —  Decades removed from his radical opposition to the Vietnam War, UIC professor William Ayers lies low amid the political furor  —  As his name was tossed back and forth Tuesday in the fury of the presidential campaign, 1960s radical William Ayers spent …
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John McCormick / The Swamp:
Will Obama vs. McCain include Ayers?
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs, Hot Air and TIME.com
David Singleton / Scranton Times-Tribune:
Breaking news: Secret Service investigating threat from Scranton Palin rally  —  The U.S. Secret Service is investigating a threatening remark directed at Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama during a political event in Scranton.  —  The agency followed up on a report in The Times-Tribune …
Ed Blazina / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Murtha expects Obama to win Pa.  —  Says it has taken time for voters to embrace black candidate  —  U.S. Rep. John Murtha said today he expects Democratic nominee Barack Obama to carry Pennsylvania in next month's presidential election.  —  Mr. Murtha, a 17-term Democrat from Johnstown …
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Associated Press:
Murtha: Western Pa. ‘racist’ but Obama should win
Discussion: protein wisdom
Reginald Fields / Metro:
Brunner: I'll obey court order, but thousands could lose their right to vote  —  COLUMBUS — More than 200,000 Ohioans who registered to vote this year for the first time or updated their voting information since Jan. 1 could be affected by the latest court ruling requiring the state to set …
Discussion: www.redstate.com and Hot Air
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“Waterboard Him!”  —  In a perfect confluence of all the current …
Discussion: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
PALIN'S DELUSIONS WORSEN.... I can understand Sarah Palin feeling humiliated by her Troopergate scandal.  An independent investigation concluded that she violated state ethics, abused the powers of her office, and lied about it.  This isn't exactly easy to spin away this kind of violation of the public trust.
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Ben / Think Progress:
Palin: ‘No Abuse Of Power There At All’ In Troopergate Report
Discussion: KDKA-TV
Matt Bai / New York Times:
Working for the Working- Class Vote  —  For a guy who just four years ago was running his first statewide campaign, Barack Obama has made startlingly few missteps as a presidential candidate.  But the moment Obama would most like to take back now, if he could, was the one last April when …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
McCain, advisers divided over Wright attack  —  John McCain is at odds with many of his top advisers over launching a renewed attack on Barack Obama's ties to his long-time pastor and mentor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, according to campaign sources.  —  Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin …
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Family Security Matters:
Exclusive: Obama - ‘Spread the Wealth Around’ Reveals Socialist Plan for America  —  Interview with Joe Wurzelbacher … PAM MEISTER: You recently met Sen. Obama on the campaign trail in Ohio, and you asked him a question about his tax policies.  What exactly was your question for him?
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Charles Hurt / New York Post:   OBAMA FIRES A ‘ROBIN HOOD’ WARNING SHOT
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
National Republicans Pull Ads in Louisiana  —  The National Republican Senatorial Committee has decided to pull its television advertising out of Louisiana, a decision that drastically reduces the party's chances at its lone takeover opportunity in this election cycle.
Discussion: TPM Election Central
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Before Final Debate, Obama Leads by 7  —  McCain's 43% matches his high over the past two weeks  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking report shows Barack Obama continuing to lead John McCain, now by seven percentage points among registered voters, 50% to 43%.
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Previewing the Final Presidential Debate
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
CIA Tactics Endorsed In Secret Memos  —  The Bush administration issued a pair of secret memos to the CIA in 2003 and 2004 that explicitly endorsed the agency's use of interrogation techniques such as waterboarding against al-Qaeda suspects — documents prompted by worries among intelligence officials …
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Peter Hamby / CNN:
Palin unaware of Russian energy meeting in Alaska  —  DOVER, New Hampshire (CNN) - The campaign of vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin said the Alaska governor was unaware of a visit by Russian energy officials to Anchorage on Monday.  —  Eight high-level officials from Gazprom …
Discussion: Emptywheel
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
GOP deploys squirrels  —  Meet Tony Romo and Mickey Mouse.  —  They are this year's version of those dolphins that stalked John Kerry in 2004, swapping out “flip-flopping” for ACORN.  —  The nut-hunters swooped into Harry Smith's Manhattan nest this morning, surprising the CBS “Early Show” anchor.
Real Clear Politics:
Roundtable on McCain, Rep. Lewis and Race  —  HUME: The panel is going to join us in just a moment to talk about what has become a heated issue in this campaign.  —  But before we start that, let's take a look at this.  This is from John Lewis, the congressman from Georgia who was a prominent member …
Discussion: protein wisdom, Hot Air and Commentary
A.L. Bardach / Slate:
The GOP's Bill Ayers?  —  THE MCCAIN CAMPAIGN HAS ITS OWN QUESTIONABLE CONNECTIONS TO BOMBERS AND ASSASSINS.  —  The campaign of John McCain has made much of Barack Obama's relationship with Weather Underground bomber-turned-university professor Bill Ayers, whom Republicans call an “unrepentant terrorist.”
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
 
 
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Don't Mean to Be a Party Pooper
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