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2:30 PM ET, October 4, 2008

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Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
McCain Plans Fiercer Strategy Against Obama  —  Sen. John McCain and his Republican allies are readying a newly aggressive assault on Sen. Barack Obama's character, believing that to win in November they must shift the conversation back to questions about the Democrat's judgment …
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: TIME.com
CNN:
Linguist: Palin spoke at higher level than Biden did  —  (CNN) — An analysis carried out by a language monitoring service said Friday that Gov. Sarah Palin spoke at a more than ninth-grade level and Sen. Joseph Biden spoke at a nearly eighth-grade level in Thursday night's debate between the vice presidential candidates.
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New York Post:
THE LIES BIDEN TOLD
Discussion: www.redstate.com
Time Edit / Swampland:
Did Women Like Sarah?  —  From TIME's Amy Sullivan:
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Time
Jules Crittenden:
AP Goes Neo-Con  —  OK, al-P and reasonable people might dispute that.  —  But try as it might to discuss where we are five years on without giving Bush any props, the Associated Press has to admit that we have some leverage, and a substantial national interest, at stake in that nascent democracy won …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Don Surber
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Robert H. Reid / Associated Press:
Analysis: Stable Iraq could influence Mideast
Discussion: Say Anything
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 …
Discussion: The Marathon Blog and Atlas Shrugs
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
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama: McCain health plan ‘radical’  —  With families increasingly worried about their economic security, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) is opening a major assault on what he charges is a “radical plan” by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to decentralize health insurance.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama attacks ‘radical’ McCain health plan
Discussion: TPM Election Central
Paul Vercammen / CNN:
O.J. Simpson guilty of armed robbery, kidnapping  —  LAS VEGAS, Nevada (CNN) — Former gridiron great O.J. Simpson was found guilty Friday of all 12 counts in the armed robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers at a Las Vegas, Nevada, casino hotel last year.
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Steve Friess / New York Times:
O. J. Simpson Found Guilty in Robbery Trial
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
DESPERATE  —  Republican state legislators, at the behest of the McCain campaign, have now filed an emergency appeal with the Alaska Supreme Court trying to shutdown the ‘Troopergate’ investigation.  The plaintiffs (echoing the Bush v. Gore decision) claim “the plaintiffs and Alaskans …
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Gail Collins / New York Times:
Talking in Points  —  The Republicans were euphoric over Sarah Palin's debate performance, particularly the part in which she stood tall and refrained from falling off the stage.  “There are conservatives and Republicans across America who are ... breathing a sigh of relief,” …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Discourse.net
Gallup:
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 …
Discussion: MyDD and Donklephant
Martin Feldstein / Wall Street Journal:
The Problem Is Still Falling House Prices  —  The bailout bill doesn't get at the root of the credit crunch.  —  A successful plan to stabilize the U.S. economy and prevent a deep global recession must do more than buy back impaired debt from financial institutions.
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Michigan Republicans oppose McCain pullout  —  In the aftermath of John McCain's decision to pull out of Michigan, Republicans in the state are expressing shock and bewilderment at his move—and aren't willing to cede the state's 17 electoral votes just yet.
 
 
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Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
The Ayers “We Were Just Trying To Do Property Damage” Lie
Steve Fossett / CNN:
Fannie Mae forgives loan for woman who shot herself
Discussion: AMERICAN DIGEST
Howie / The Jawa Report:
Breaking, Adam Ghadan Not Dead!
Randal C. Archibold / New York Times:
California May Ask U.S. for Loan
Discussion: The New Republic, Wonkette and Economix
Damien Cave / New York Times:
In Florida's Economic Pain, Obama Gains Ground
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and TIME.com
 Earlier Items: 
Des Moines Register:
Basu: Is McCain too thin-skinned for presidency?
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Times of London:
That rubbish they talk about the credit crunch
Discussion: Media Blog
William Bradley / The Huffington Post:
12 Reasons Why McCain Can Still Win
Discussion: Newshoggers.com