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4:45 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.
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 …
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Palin says Obama ‘palling around’ with terrorists  —  ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin on Saturday accused Democrat Barack Obama of “palling around with terrorists” because of an old association with a former '60s radical, stepping up an effort to portray Obama as unacceptable to American voters.
Jane Smiley / The Huffington Post:
William Ayers and John McCain  —  Every time I think of William Ayers, I also think of John McCain, because they are of the same era, and they both believed in the efficacy of violence.  According to an article in Friday's New York Times, McCain once said of Ayers, “How can you countenance someone …
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
McCain Plans Fiercer Strategy Against Obama
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
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 …
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
Wall Street Journal:   The Trouble With Harry  —  Sen. Reid cries ‘bankruptcy’ in a panic.
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Palin gives more to charity than Biden  —  Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin made considerably less money than rival Sen. Joe Biden, but the Palin family gave more to charity in the last two years than Biden has in the last eight combined, according to Palin's tax records released Friday afternoon.
New York Post:
Discussion: NO QUARTER and
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 …
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama attacks ‘radical’ McCain health plan
Discussion: TPM Election Central
Bill Sammon / Fox News:
Lawmaker Accused of Fannie Mae Conflict of Interest  —  Unqualified home buyers were not the only ones who benefitted from Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank's efforts to deregulate Fannie Mae throughout the 1990s.  —  So did Frank's partner, a Fannie Mae executive at the forefront of the agency's push to relax lending restrictions.
The Huffington Post:
Leo, Ellen, Halle And More Celebs' New Message: Don't Vote (VIDEO)
Discussion: and Underground
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%) …
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 …
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
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.
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 …
Sean Cockerham / Anchorage Daily News:
Supreme Court to hear Troopergate appeal
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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