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7:15 PM ET, October 4, 2008


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Scott Shane / New York Times:
Obama and '60s Bomber: A Look Into Crossed Paths  —  CHICAGO — At a tumultuous meeting of anti-Vietnam War militants at the Chicago Coliseum in 1969, Bill Ayers helped found the radical Weathermen, launching a campaign of bombings that would target the Pentagon and United States Capitol.
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Palin says Obama ‘palling around’ with terrorists … ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin on Saturday accused Democrat Barack Obama of “palling around with terrorists” because of his association with a former 1960s radical, stepping up the campaign's effort …
Stanley Kurtz / The Corner:
NYT's Ayers-Obama Whitewash  —  As others have noted, today's New York Times carries a story on the relationship between Barack Obama and unrepentant Weather Underground terrorist, Bill Ayers.  The piece serves as a platform for the Obama campaign and Obama's friends and allies.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
OBAMA AND SOME GUY HE BARELY KNOWS.... About a week or so ago, the Wall Street Journal editorial page ran an 1,100-word piece from conservative writer Stanley Kurtz about Barack Obama's past with 1960's-era radical William Ayers.  The Journal gave it a provocative headline …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
McCain camp: Obama is ‘radical,’ pals around with terrorists  —  Pegged to a Times story that adds nothing to the theory that Obama and Bill Ayers were particularly close, the McCain camp is focusing on that association again today, in an attempt to move the conversation beyond the economic issues …
Julia Hoppock / Political Punch:
Obama About to Be Hit on Questionable Associates  —  The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the FBI is looking into whether or not former Obama pal Tony Rezko — convicted in June of attempted extortion, mail and wire fraud, and aiding and abetting bribery — paid for all or part of $90,000 worth work …
Fox News:
Palin Accuses Obama of ‘Palling Around With Terrorists’
Marc Ambinder:   The Deadly Final Attack...
Jane Smiley / The Huffington Post:
William Ayers and John McCain
Discussion: Buck Naked Politics
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:   Gray Lady on Ayers-Obama connection: Nothing to see here. Move along.
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
No Yards And A Cloud Of Dust
Discussion: Pajamas Media and TigerHawk
New York Times:
Dick Cheney, Role Model  —  In all the talk about the vice-presidential debate, there was an issue that did not get much attention but kept nagging at us: Sarah Palin's description of the role and the responsibilities of the office for which she is running, vice president of the United States.
Josh Chafetz / The New Republic:
Historical Manglings  —  What Joe Biden and Sarah Palin …
Discussion: News Hounds
Hugh Hewitt /
With One Month To Go: Why McCain Will Close and Win  —  Because the country cannot afford the greatest gamble in its modern history at this moment in time.  —  A confrontation with Iran looms and instability in Pakistan grows.  The Islamist threat has been beaten back in Iraq …
Kevin Duchschere / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Franken bypasses Coleman as voters react to attack ads  —  DFL U.S. Senate candidate Al Franken has moved into his first solid lead over incumbent Republican Norm Coleman, according to a new Star Tribune Minnesota Poll.  —  The survey, conducted Tuesday through Thursday …
Gallup Daily: Obama Maintains Significant Margin  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup Poll Daily tracking from Oct. 1-3 finds 50% of registered voters supporting Barack Obama, and 42% John McCain, for president.  —  Obama has now held a statistically significant lead over McCain for the last eight days …
Charles Babington / Associated Press:
Obama assails McCain over health care proposal
Discussion: Political Radar, TalkLeft and MSNBC
Washington Post:
GOP Strategists Whisper Fears Of Greater Losses in November  —  With the party already struggling to generate enthusiasm for its brand, Republican strategists fear that an outpouring of public anger generated by Congress's struggle to pass a rescue package for the financial industry may contribute …
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
What's The Matter With Harry?  —  One of the more curious — but not unprecedented — incidents in the last couple of weeks involved Harry Reid.  The Wall Street Journal explains: … But this wasn't the only such incident: … All of this raises the question: are they trying …
Discussion: Silent Running
Wall Street Journal:   The Trouble With Harry  —  Sen. Reid cries ‘bankruptcy’ in a panic.
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Catholic Church Is Riven by Internal Debate  —  As the Roman Catholic church observes its annual “respect life” Sunday in this heated presidential election season, the unusually pitched competition for the Catholic voters is setting off a new round of skirmishes over the application of the church's teachings.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Brian C. Mooney / Boston Globe:
Obama gaining crucial ground  —  Polling shifts in some key states  —  With 31 days until the election, Democrat Barack Obama's road to the White House is widening, and Republican John McCain's electoral path is narrowing.  —  The McCain campaign's decision this week to abandon Democratic-leaning Michigan …
Discussion: Greg's Opinion and Political Punch
Rasmussen Reports:
45% Say Biden Won Debate, 37% Say Palin  —  The Vice Presidential debate on Thursday night attracted a bigger television audience than the Presidential debate a week earlier, but is not likely to have much of an impact on the results of Election 2008.  —  Forty-five percent (45%) …
The Huffington Post:
Leo, Ellen, Halle And More Celebs' New Message: Don't Vote (VIDEO)  —  Just say...  Bill O'Reilly And Barney Frank Face-Off Over Fannie & Freddie: “You're A Coward!”  “You Think That Toughness Is Yelling And Ranting And Trying To Bully”  —  Bill O'Reilly and Barney Frank faced off …
Discussion: and Underground
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Michael Cooper / New York Times:
With a Month to Rally, McCain Hones His Attacks
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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Obama drops hidden ‘maverick’ in mail
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
Palin's Alternate Universe
Discussion: TalkLeft
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
The Ayers “We Were Just Trying To Do Property Damage” Lie
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Talking in Points
Discussion: and TalkLeft
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