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7:50 PM ET, October 5, 2008


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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.
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.
Nate Silver /
Why It (Probably) Won't Work  —  With Sarah Palin's attack yesterday on Barack Obama's patriotism and his ties to former Weather Underground ringleader William Ayers, the McCain campaign has left little doubt about in which direction it intends to head over the final month of the campaign.
Discussion: TalkLeft, The Swamp and American Power
Little Green Footballs:
Ayers Was on Woods Fund Board with Obama When He Stepped on Flag
Scott Conroy / CBS News:
Palin Says She Wants To Talk About Issues, Adds That Obama Pals With A Terrorist
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.
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
Garance Franke-Ruta / Washington Post:
RNC to File FEC Complaint on Obama Fundraising Practices  —  A lawyer for the Republican National Committee today said the party will ask the Federal Election Commission to look into the source of thousands of small-dollar contributions to the presidential campaign of Sen. Barack Obama.
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.
Amanda Carpenter /   RNC: Obama Accepted Illegal, Foreign Campaign Cash
Now Wall Street may shun $700bn bail-out  —  Fears are mounting that many Wall Street banks and financial firms will refuse to participate in the US government's $700bn bail-out package, leaving global markets and world economies in a perilous state for months to come.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Va. GOP fears McCain could lose the state  —  Virginia Republicans are warning that John McCain's prospects for winning a state that has been in the GOP column in every presidential election since 1964 could be in jeopardy.  With Barack Obama treating the Old Dominion like a battleground state …
Discussion: and Oliver Willis
Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:   McCain's brother says N. Va. ‘Communist country’
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 …
Paul Begala, Mike Murphy, Chuck Todd, David Gregory, Gwen Ifill, Peggy Noonan and David Yepsen  —  MR. TOM BROKAW: Our issues this Sunday: Just 30 days to go and the battle for electoral votes is shifting rapidly.  We take you through the national political map and the key battleground states …
Discussion: PoliBlog (TM) and Balloon Juice
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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
A death in Biden's family  —  Biden clears his schedule through Tuesday.  —  “The Obama-Biden campaign today cancelled Sen. Biden's schedule Monday and Tuesday because of the passing of Jill Biden's mother, Bonny Jean Jacobs, this afternoon after a long illness.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Former Obama adviser on invading Israel  —  Samantha Power left the Barack Obama campaign in March of this year, after a somewhat overblown kerfuffle over her reference to Hillary Clinton as a “monster”.  Power advised Obama on foreign policy, having spent her career detailing genocides …
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Mich GOP county chair calls McCain move “complete crock of crap”
Allison Sherry /
Dead heat in Colorado
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Satyam / Think Progress:
Cheney Biographer: Palin Views Cheney's Vice Presidency As A Role Model
Discussion: TalkLeft and Because I said so
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
A shot across the bows
Discussion: Daily Kos and Spin Cycle
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War on Taliban cannot be won, says army chief
Discussion: New York Times and Guardian