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12:30 AM ET, October 6, 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.
Obama accuses McCain of looking for distractions  —  (CNN) — Sen. Barack Obama on Sunday charged that Sen. John McCain's campaign is launching “Swift boat-style attacks” on him instead of addressing the country's problems.  —  “Sen. McCain and his operatives are gambling that they can distract …
Discussion: and MyDD
Joe Malchow / Dartblog:
Sarah Palin in Burlingame, Calif.
Discussion: Power Line
Patterico's Pontifications:
Any Argument Against Barack Obama Is By Definition Racist
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Don Surber
Scott Conroy / CBS News:
Palin Says She Wants To Talk About Issues, Adds That Obama Pals With A Terrorist
Mike Allen / The Politico:
30 days - Obama going up with ad calling McCain “erratic in a crisis” …
Discussion: The Caucus and
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.
Washington Wire:
Congressional Scrutiny of the Wall Street Continues
Discussion: Buck Naked Politics and TalkLeft
Marc Ambinder:
Democrats To Raise McCain Associations To Keating, Others  —  Democratic surrogates say they've been given the go-ahead from the Obama campaign to mention John McCain's associations with S&L kingpin Charles Keating and other historically tarnished creatures when asked about Obama's connection to ex-Weatherman William Ayers.
Discussion: Spin Cycle and Liberal Values
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Exclusive: Obama to hit McCain on Keating Five  —  Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) on Monday will launch a multimedia campaign to draw attention to the involvement of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in the “Keating Five” savings-and-loan scandal of 1989-91, which blemished McCain's public image and set him on his course as a self-styled reformer.
Jason Szep / Tales from the Trail:
In slip up, Palin calls Afghanistan “our neighboring country”  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin called Afghanistan “our neighboring country” on Sunday in a speech that could revive questions over her tendency to stumble into linguistic knots.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
John M. Broder / The Caucus:
Biden's Mother-in-Law Dies  —  Bonny Jean Jacobs, 78, the mother-in-law of Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., the Democratic vice presidential nominee, died this afternoon after a long illness.  Mr. Biden has canceled all campaign appearances Monday and Tuesday to be with his wife, Jill Jacobs Biden, and their families.
Discussion: The Raw Story
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:   A death in Biden's family
Wesley Loy / Anchorage Daily News:
Seven state employees to honor Troopergate subpoenas  —  Alaska Attorney General Talis Colberg announced today that seven state employees will now honor subpoenas to testify in the legislative investigation of the Troopergate affair.  —  Colberg said the decision comes in light of a judge's ruling …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Mudflats
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 …
Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
McCain's brother says N. Va. ‘Communist country’
Discussion: Washington Post
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Mich GOP county chair calls McCain move “complete crock of crap”  —  Al Ribeiro, until now McCain's Michigan state director, had the unenviable task of sending out an email to Republicans in the state explaining as delicately as possible why they were pulling out.
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 …
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.
Scott Conroy / CBS News:
Palin Says Omaha Visit Was Not Campaign's Call, It Was Hers  —  From CBS News' Scott Conroy:  —  (OMAHA, NEB.) - Sarah Palin said at a hastily scheduled Sunday night rally in this solidly red state that the decision to come here was hers alone and was not the defensive move by her campaign …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Jon Meacham / Newsweek:
The Palin Problem  —  Yes, she won the debate by not imploding.  But governing requires knowledge, and mindless populism is just that—mindless.  —  Photos: (from left) J. Scott Applewhite / AP; Khue Bui for Newsweek  —  From the magazine issue dated Oct 13, 2008
Discussion: The Corner and American Power
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.
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Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
“Racist” Nonsense  —  Because I'm so cool, I'm watching a tivo'd …
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Hindrocket / Power Line:
FORGETTING THE PAST  —  My radio partner Brian Ward …
Discussion: TigerHawk
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