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5:55 PM ET, October 6, 2008

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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
McCain blasts Obama, Democrats for Fannie Mae meltdown  —  We asked John McCain to take off the gloves — and he listened.  In remarks McCain will deliver today, he blasts Democrats, including Barack Obama, for their market manipulations and defense of Fannie Mae against regulator warnings.
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Mark Halperin / TIME.com:
McCain's Monday Remarks in Albuquerque  —  All: Please see excerpt from John McCain's remarks as prepared for delivery today in Albuquerque, New Mexico:  —  My opponent has invited serious questioning by announcing a few weeks ago that he would quote — “take off the gloves.”
Marc Ambinder:
Who'll Call Obama A Terrorist?  —  Jonathan Martin notes: … The reality is that a member of McCain's audience went there today.  You can hear it clearly on this video clip taken from MSNBC— after McCain asks “Who is the real Barack Obama?” the first, loudest voice can be heard answering “Terrorist!”
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain: “Who is Barack Obama?”
Discussion: The Swamp
Erick Erickson / www.redstate.com:
This Week is the Last Week  —  At this point, the campaign …
CNN:
CNN Poll: Obama advantage grows  —  Likely voters nationwide:  —  Obama: 53 percent  —  McCain: 45 percent  —  NASHVILLE, Tennessee (CNN) - A new national poll suggests Barack Obama is widening his edge over John McCain in the race for the White House.
Discussion: TalkLeft
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Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Leads 50% to 42%  —  Obama remains statistically ahead for tenth straight day  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Barack Obama leads John McCain among registered voters across the country by a 50% to 42% margin in Gallup Poll Daily tracking from Oct. 3-5, the tenth straight day in which Obama …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
The Sarah Palin-Joe Biden debate: Revealing the real source of CNN's sources
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Media Blog
Michael Crowley / The New Republic:
Lieberman: Palin Will Win “With God's Help”
CNN:
CNN POLL: Majority think country headed for depression
William Kristol / New York Times:
The Wright Stuff  —  I spoke on the phone Sunday with Sarah Palin, who was in Long Beach, Calif., preparing to take off on her next campaign trip.  It was the first time I'd talked with her since I met her in far more relaxed circumstances in Alaska over a year ago.
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Howard Wolfson / The New Republic:
It's Over: Why Bill Ayers Won't Save John McCain  —  Perpetually fretting Democrats will not want to accept it.  The campaigns themselves can't afford to believe it.  Many journalists know it but can't say it.  And there will certainly be some twists and turns along the way.
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
A CAMPAIGN JOHN MCCAIN WILL REGRET.  —  Elections have life cycles.  They have beginnings, middles, and ends.  The beginnings tend to be exciting.  The middles tend to be exhausting.  And the ends tend to be ugly.  The ends are ugly because the candidates are desperate and their teams are scared.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Health Care Destruction  —  Sarah Palin ended her debate performance last Thursday with a slightly garbled quote from Ronald Reagan about how, if we aren't vigilant, we'll end up “telling our children and our children's children” about the days when America was free.  It was a revealing choice.
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Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
McCain Plans Federal Health Cuts  —  Medicare, Medicaid Spending Would Be Reduced to Offset Proposed Tax Credit  —  John McCain would pay for his health plan with major reductions to Medicare and Medicaid, a top aide said, in a move that independent analysts estimate could result in cuts …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
MCCAIN'S OTHER SHOE DROPS
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Engaging on Keating  —  I'd always thought McCain's great strength in defending the Keating affair was that he'd acknolwedged making a huge mistake, and spent his career repenting by recasting himself as a reformer.  —  So when his campaign puts his lawyer on the line with reporters to contest …
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John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
McCain campaign: Keating Five investigation was ‘a political smear job’ on John McCain  —  Holy crap.  —  I'm listening to the McCain campaign conference call about John McCain's involvement in the Keating Five scandal.  McCain's lawyer just said that the Keating Five investigation was “political” as it concerned John McCain.
Yuval Levin / The Corner:   The Ayers Question
Krooney / TIME.com:
American History Lesson, Keating Edition
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Videos: The Ayers connection; Update: Obama doesn't read newspapers?  —  This morning, we have a series of videos dealing with the intersection of William Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, and the Obamas.  Sarah Palin's accusation that Barack Obama “palled around with terrorists” …
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United States - Department of The Treasury:
Treasury Officials  —  Neel Kashkari  —  Interim Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Financial Stability and Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for International Economics and Development  —  Neel Kashkari was designated as the Interim Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Financial Stability on October 6, 2008.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and OpEdNews
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Joe Klein / Swampland:
Embarracuda  —  I'm of two minds about how to deal with the McCain campaign's further descent into ugliness.  Their strategy is simple: you throw crap against a wall and then giggle as the media try to analyze the putresence in a way that conveys a sense of balance: “Well, it is bull-pucky …
CNN:
CNN RELIABLE SOURCES  —  Examining the Media and Coverage of Recent Stories  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.  THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.  —  HOWARD KURTZ, HOST (voice-over): Palin and the pundits.  The media verdict: Sarah Palin did far better against Joe Biden than with Katie Couric.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:   washingtonpost.com > Discussions
Megan McArdle:
How did it all happen?  —  As I write this, the dow is down 430 points, below 10,000 for the first time in four years.  Tyler Cowen has published his list of what went wrong, with which I largely concur.  Another way to think about it is as a series of cognitive errors that afflicted everyone …
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Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
What caused the financial crisis?
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and EconLog
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
BACK TO THE DSM-IV  —  Did John McCain really just say that Barack Obama gets “touchy” and “angry” whenever he gets questioned on his credentials or policies?  I know that projection is a common psychological phenomenon, especially for those who find themselves in desperate situations.
Janet Albrechtsen / Wall Street Journal:
Not Everyone Should Own a Home  —  Even without Fan and Fred, American mortgage rules are unusually lax.  —  Maybe only a friendly foreigner could say this.  But America needs to realize that not everyone can own a home.  The American Dream of home ownership for all is a fraud.
Discussion: protein wisdom
 
 
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Norman MacAfee / The Huffington Post:
Landslide Needed  —  We do not know.  —  Four weeks from now, we will vote.
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Megan McArdle:
Another way to understand the crash
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama expands NC lead
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Marc Ambinder:
David Brooks Calls The Election For Barack Obama?
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AJStrata / The Strata-Sphere:
More Poll Posting - Obama May Be In Real Trouble If Polls Weight Samples Wrong
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Jim Manzi / The Corner:
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Obama Emerges Ahead in Ohio
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Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
COINCIDENCE?  —  Question from a reader:  —  Does the selloff …
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Arizonans recall run-ins with McCain
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Biden's Fantasy World
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