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1:40 AM ET, October 19, 2008

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Zombie / zomblog:
Barack Obama's review of William Ayers' book  —  On December 21, 1997, Barack Obama wrote a short review of William Ayers' book A Kind and Just Parent: The Children of Juvenile Court, which had recently been published by Beacon Press.  Here's a photo of how the review appeared in the Chicago Tribune:
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John / Verum Serum:
Crossing Paths Daily: Obama and Ayers Shared an Office (Update: For Three Years)  —  It's nice to be the guy getting tips for once instead of the guy sending them.  Yesterday I got two great tips from Morgen, a reader who had found my earlier posts digging into the Obama Ayers connection.
See-Dubya / Michelle Malkin:
Oh, these are the people in your neighborhood...  Ex-guest blogger See-dubya here:  —  Hey, I'm a retired blogger now, and the best thing about retirement is that, rather than keeping up with the news, I get the chance to just settle back and read books now and then.
Discussion: NO QUARTER
Marc Ambinder:
McCain's Cosmological Breakthrough: Unreality Is Expanding  —  The McCain campaign has broken through a heretofore impenetrable barrier in quantum physics, experimentally proving the existence of unseen dimensions and, in the process, setting three of its surrogates on a pathway towards winning …
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
“Real” America Looks Different to Palin, Obama
Discussion: Washington Post
The Trail / Washington Post:
McCain Adviser Suggests NoVa Not ‘Real Virginia’
Discussion: The Jed Report and The Record
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Michelle Bachmann gives voice to the right's darkest impulses
John / Power Line:
SARAH DOES SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE  —  It's a mistake, I'm afraid.  It's not that I lack confidence in Governor Palin; I don't.  But I think it's almost always a mistake to visit an enemy's home turf without a clear understanding that you are among enemies.  —  The Saturday Night Live people are Democrats.
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The Huffington Post:
Sarah Palin On SNL With Tina Fey, Weekend Update's Alaska Rap, Baldwin And Wahlberg (VIDEO)  —  Read More: Palin Alaska Rap, Palin SNL Rap, Palin Weekend Update, Sarah Palin, Sarah Palin Alec Baldwin On Snl, Sarah Palin Mark Wahlberg Snl, Sarah Palin On Snl, Sarah Palin Saturday Ngiht Live Video …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Sarah Palin: ‘Hotter in person’ (Baldwin)
Christopher Hass / Barack Obama and Joe Biden:
100,000 in St. Louis, MO: “All I can say is, wow.”  —  Barack just concluded his speech underneath the Gatway Arch in St. Louis, in front of a record crowd of over 100,000 people.  “All I can say is, wow,” Barack said as he took the stage. … Read the full remarks of Barack's speech in St. Louis, as prepared for delivery . . .
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The Trail / Washington Post:
Obama Draws 100,000 in Missouri
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Carrie Budoff Brown / Ben Smith's Blogs:
100,000 people  —  Barack Obama apparently attracted more people …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Salon
New York Times:
Day's Campaigning Shows an Inverted Political Plane  —  ST. LOUIS — There was the feel of a political world turned upside down on Saturday as Senator John McCain found himself defending North Carolina and Virginia, while Senator Barack Obama was greeted by huge crowds in Missouri …
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Washington Wire:
Obama Rally Draws 100,000 in Missouri  —  Amy Chozick reports on the presidential race from St. Louis.  —  Barack Obama attracted 100,000 people at a Saturday rally here, his biggest crowd ever at a U.S. event.  —  The crowd assembled under the Gateway Arch on a sunny Saturday afternoon …
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
GOP turnout lagging in heavy N. Carolina early voting
Discussion: Daily Kos and Donklephant
Greta Van Susteren / Fox News:
“You have not tried to find Barack Obama's drug dealer”  —  Gloves are off ....Big Time!!!  Look for blood on the floor!!  Mrs. McCain's lawyer fires off a letter to the New York Times!  See the letter to Keller of the New York Times below:  —  Note from me: I am told we have this letter independently - see below.
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Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
What's So Awful About “Spreading the Wealth”?  —  It is hard to imagine we've heard the last of Barack Obama's interactions with William Ayers and Jeremiah Wright.  But lately John McCain seems much more interested in talking about another Obama encounter.  It's the now infamous conversation …
Discussion: The Other McCain
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The Huffington Post:
Obama Launches Own ‘Joe The Plumber’ Robocall  —  Barack Obama's campaign is trotting out its own “Joe the Plumber” to counteract efforts by John McCain to make inroads on the white working class vote.  —  A reader in Colorado sends over word that the state Democratic Party and the Obama camp …
Elwyn Tinklenberg / Daily Kos:
(Update 4) Kossacks, Thank You and Michele Bachmann, $488,127.30 raised!  —  The last few hours have been nothing short of astounding.  Since Congresswoman Michele Bachmann appeared on MSNBC's Hardball earlier tonight, there's been a deluge of support unlike anything we have seen.  —  Kossacks:
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Racists for Obama?  —  New polling and a trickle of stories from the battleground states suggest that Sen. Barack Obama's coalition includes one unlikely group: white voters with negative views of African-Americans.  —  Race has become the elephant in the room of the 2008 presidential campaign …
Sam Schulman / Weekly Standard:
Class Will Tell  —  Why is Bill Ayers a respectable member of the upper middle class and Sarah Palin contemptible?  —  Pour yourself a Johnnie Walker Black and remember.  The presidential campaign was going to be about sex—the sex of the inevitable winning candidate.  Then it was going to be about race.
Discussion: Don Surber and Pajamas Media
 
 
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Sarah Baxter / Times of London:
Barack Obama lines up a cabinet of stars as John McCain struggles on
Discussion: The Corner and JammieWearingFool
Jerry Seper / Washington Times:
Complaint hits Rezko land deal
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Among Rock-Ribbed Fans of Palin, Dudes Rule
Stephen Majors / Cincinnati.com:
Deters subpoenas voter records
New York Times:
F.B.I. Struggles to Handle Wave of Financial Fraud Cases
Discussion: TalkLeft
Katherine Burton / Bloomberg:
Lahde Quits Hedge Funds, Thanks ‘Idiots’ for Success
Discussion: Firedoglake and AMERICAblog News
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
A tale of two networks  —  Carl Cameron and Ed Henry are both top-flight reporters.
Discussion: Commentary
Peter Finn / Washington Post:
Detainee's Time Served Is Challenged
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Trouble With Character  —  David Brooks was very high on Barack Obama for a while.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Maintains Lead
Discussion: MyDD and Real Clear Politics
 

 
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