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4:25 PM ET, October 4, 2008


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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 …
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.
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 his association with a former 1960s radical, stepping up the campaign's effort …
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 …
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 …
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
No Yards And A Cloud Of Dust
Discussion: Vodkapundit and Fausta's Blog
Scott Shane / MSNBC:   NYT: Crossed paths of Obama, '60s bomber
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 …
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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama attacks ‘radical’ McCain health plan
Discussion: TPM Election Central
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
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
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 …
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
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 …
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
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%) …
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
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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Kirit Radia / ABCNEWS:
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Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
The Ayers “We Were Just Trying To Do Property Damage” Lie
Steve Fossett / CNN:
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In Florida's Economic Pain, Obama Gains Ground
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Matthew Keys / The Desk:
Federal prosecutors charge Marco Gaudino with one count of conspiracy for allegedly giving Tim Burke credentials to access systems used by Fox News and others

Aaron Fritschner / @fritschner:
[Thread] Uri Berliner's essay on NPR bias has significant problems, including verifiable falsehoods, flawed arguments, and questionable voter registration data

Dylan Byers / @dylanbyers:
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