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1:50 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 …
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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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:
THE LIES BIDEN TOLD  —  For all the focus on Sarah Palin's graceful performance in Thursday's vice presidential showdown, a more significant spectacle was taking place behind the other rostrum.  —  That's where Joe Biden, speaking with the pompus self-importance befitting his 36 years in the Senate …
Discussion: www.redstate.com
Time Edit / Swampland:
Did Women Like Sarah?  —  From TIME's Amy Sullivan:
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Time
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
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 …
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
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 …
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
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
Sean Cockerham / Anchorage Daily News:
Supreme Court to hear Troopergate appeal  —  The Alaska Supreme Court has agreed to hear an emergency appeal from lawyers seeking to shut down the Legislature's Troopergate investigation of Gov. Sarah Palin.  —  The action comes the day after Anchorage Superior Court Judge Peter Michalski threw …
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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.
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.
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
Howie / The Jawa Report:
Breaking, Adam Ghadan Not Dead!  —  What a shame. al-Qaeda has released a new tape featuring Adam Ghadan.  So apparently he's not dead.  Oh well another day another missile strike.  We'll get him.  —  Subscribers can download the video at Laura Mansfield's site.  —  We have the video.
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.
 
 
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Des Moines Register:
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Times of London:
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