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7:15 PM ET, October 6, 2008

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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: The Swamp, Taylor Marsh and 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 …
Discussion: The Swamp and Top of the Ticket
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.
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.
Scott Conroy / CBS News:
Lagging In The Polls, Palin Shifts To Fear Tactics  —  From CBS News' Scott Conroy:  —  (FORT MYERS, FLA.) On the day when the McCain campaign released a new attack ad not-so-subtly titled “Dangerous,” Sarah Palin made a concerted effort to use words like “fearful” and “afraid” …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
The Sarah Palin-Joe Biden debate: Revealing the real source of CNN's sources
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Garance Franke-Ruta / Washington Post:
In Fla., Palin Goes for the Rough Stuff as Audience Boos Obama
Discussion: BAGnewsNotes and Booman Tribune
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:   CNN poll: Obama opens 8-point lead over McCain
Michael Crowley / The New Republic:
Lieberman: Palin Will Win “With God's Help”
Washington Wire:
WSJ/NBC News Poll: Obama and Biden Are Better Debaters
Discussion: TalkLeft
CNN:
CNN POLL: Majority think country headed for depression
Discussion: Hot Air and Ross Douthat
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!”
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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.
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.”
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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Needlenose
Moe Lane / www.redstate.com:
BREAKING: The Gloves are well and truly off on Fannie Mae.
Discussion: Wizbang
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
New McCain Attack: “Who Is The Real Barack Obama?”
Discussion: MyDD
Michael Cooper / The Caucus:
McCain: ‘Who Is the Real Barack Obama?’
Discussion: Commentary
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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Marc Ambinder:
A Republican Candidate Who Won't Endorse McCain's Health Care Plan
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
McCain campaign: Keating Five investigation was 'a political smear job …
Yuval Levin / The Corner:
The Ayers Question
Discussion: Salon
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 …
Rebecca Christie / Bloomberg:
U.S. Treasury's Kashkari to Lead Bank Bailout Office  —  Oct. 6 (Bloomberg) — The U.S. Treasury will name Neel Kashkari, assistant secretary at the department, to run the $700 billion Wall Street rescue program on an interim basis, according to a Treasury official.
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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
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.
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” …
Marc Ambinder:
David Brooks Calls The Election For Barack Obama?  —  He did so at the Atlantic's relaunch brunch in New York this afternoon, according to Ad Age, which also posts a preview of the Atlantic's new cover.
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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John Harwood / New York Times:
Is Era of Dominance Over for Conservatives?
Discussion: The Corner and The New Republic
Pew Research Center:
Post-Debate: Palin Still Seen as Unqualified, a Bump for Biden
Discussion: Hot Air
Anne / Nielsen Wire:
Who's Watching the 2008 U.S. Election Debates?
Discussion: The Swamp and Boston Globe
Megan McArdle:
Another way to understand the crash
AJStrata / The Strata-Sphere:
More Poll Posting - Obama May Be In Real Trouble If Polls Weight Samples Wrong
Jim Manzi / The Corner:
Winning  —  I've written extensively about the seriousness …
Discussion: Power Line
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Barbara Bradley Hagerty / NPR:
Can Falwell's University Tip Virginia To McCain?
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Amz / Democracy Corps:
Obama Emerges Ahead in Ohio
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Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
One Question for Sen. Obama
Discussion: pandagon.net
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
COINCIDENCE?  —  Question from a reader:  —  Does the selloff …
Alan Maimon / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Arizonans recall run-ins with McCain
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