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Douglass K. Daniel / Associated Press:
Analysis: Palin's words carry racial tinge … WASHINGTON (AP) - By claiming that Democrat Barack Obama is “palling around with terrorists” and doesn't see the U.S. like other Americans, vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin targeted key goals for a faltering campaign.
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CNN:
Fact Check: Is Obama ‘palling around with terrorists’?  —  Get the facts!  —  The Facts: In making the charge at a fund-raising event in Englewood, Colorado, and a rally in Carson, California, Palin was referring at least in part to William Ayers, a 1960s radical.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
30 days - Obama going up with ad calling McCain “erratic in a crisis” — Palin as pitbull  —  Retail analyst sees “worst Christmas shopping season in a century” ... Dems see path to 60 in Senate ... Nagourney/Zeleny: Obama testing found health care “a less-threatening way to talk about the economy …
Michelle Malkin:
Palin-bashing Associated Press cries “RAAAACISM!”  —  Putting the “Ass” in “Associated Press,” one of the wire service's Obama water-carriers attempts to smear Sarah Palin as a racist for spotlighting Barack Obama's longtime relationships with Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers:
Little Green Footballs:
Ayers Was on Woods Fund Board with Obama When He Stepped on Flag  —  Barack Obama was much older than 8 when William Ayers was photographed stepping on a US flag in 2001, for an article in which Ayers said he had “No Regrets” for his violent actions in the Weather Underground.
The Raw Story:
Lieberman: McCain draws the line at using Rev. Wright
Michael Abramowitz / Washington Post:
Palin Seizes On Obama's Ayers Ties
Bob Von Sternberg / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Minnesota Poll: Obama leaps ahead of McCain  —  The Democrat's lead in the state is tied to the economy, the debate and new party strength.  —  Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has opened up a commanding lead in Minnesota over Republican John McCain, according to a new Star Tribune Minnesota Poll.
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Darrel Rowland / Editorial RSS:
Dispatch Poll: Obama opens lead on McCain  —  Early voting makes pre-Nov. 4 standings more important  —  Amid growing concerns about the economy, Ohio Democrats are coming home to Sen. Barack Obama, giving him a 7-point advantage in a new Dispatch Poll as the volatile presidential campaign swings into its final month.
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Obama takes big lead in new Minn. poll
Discussion: The Swamp and Prairie Weather
Michael Isikoff / Newsweek:
Obama's ‘Good Will’ Hunting  —  From the magazine issue dated Oct 13, 2008  —  The Obama campaign has shattered all fund-raising records, raking in $458 million so far, with about half the bounty coming from donors who contribute $200 or less.  Aides say that's an illustration of a truly democratic campaign.
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Amanda Carpenter / Townhall.com:   RNC: Obama Accepted Illegal, Foreign Campaign Cash
Peter Wallsten / Los Angeles Times:
Frank talk of Obama and race in Virginia  —  As Obama supporters push to win the dead-even battleground state, they are talking directly about race, betting that the best way to put neighbors at ease is to open up.  —  WHITEWOOD, VA. — The isolated towns of Virginia's Appalachian coal region …
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Erika Bolstad / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Poll: Palin more likeable, but Obama/Biden gets the votes  —  WASHINGTON — Undecided voters who watched Thursday's vice presidential debate really like Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin but they're not certain she's ready to lead the country, according to the findings of a new Ipsos/McClatchy online poll.
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Patterico's Pontifications:
Maybe It Wasn't Sarah's Fault
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:   Sarah's Pompom Palaver
Rasmussen Reports:
59% Would Vote to Replace Entire Congress  —  Congress was front and center in the national news last week and the American people were far from impressed.  If they could vote to keep or replace the entire Congress, 59% of voters would like to throw them all out and start over again.
Discussion: www.redstate.com
Matt / Think Progress:
Ifill: Palin ‘blew me off’ during the debate.  —  During the vice presidential debate on Thursday, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin announced that she “may not answer the questions that either the moderator or you want to hear.”  In fact, “On at least 10 occasions, Palin gave answers that were nonspecific …
Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
McCain's brother says N. Va. ‘Communist country’  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate John McCain's brother made an apparent joke at a campaign rally this weekend that might not play well in parts of newly competitive Virginia.  —  Joe McCain, speaking at an event …
Matthew Archbold / Creative Minority Report:
Hilarious Example of Media Bias  —  You've got to watch this video.  CNN's Soledad O' Brien ran a focus group of self declared Republicans, Democrats and undecideds during the Palin/Biden debate.  —  Soledad asked them immediately after the debate, “How many thought Joe Biden won the debate tonight?”
 
 
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