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2:40 AM ET, October 7, 2008

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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!”
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
WHO THEY ARE, WHAT THEY'RE ABOUT  —  So we have McCain today getting his crowd riled up asking who Barack Obama is and then apparently giving a wink and a nod when one member of the crowd screams out “terrorist.”  —  And later we have Sarah Palin with the same mob racket …
Will Bunch / Philly.com:
Pa. GOP hits rock bottom: Calls Obama “a terrorist's best friend”  —  I've been writing about political campaigns for more than a quarter-century now, and it really takes a lot to surprise me, but I am absolutely stunned at the depths that the Republican Party is willing to sink to try in win this election …
James Fallows:
Our capacity for self-government  —  From twelve time zones away, it looks as if the United States is in one of those moments where the capacity to get serious and face big problems is sorely tested.  —  In the short term, a worldwide financial panic and crisis.
CBS News:
CBS Poll: Presidential Race Tightens  —  Survey Shows Obama Leading McCain 47 Percent To 43 Percent Among Registered Voters Nationwide Following V.P. Debate  —  (CBS) In a sign that the race for president has returned to about where it was before the first presidential debate …
Discussion: Wizbang, Hot Air, Townhall.com and TIME.com
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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.
Lymari Morales / Gallup:
Young Voters '08: Pro-Obama and Mindful of Outcome
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
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Independent Voters Move Toward Obama
Discussion: American Power
Washington Wire:
WSJ/NBC News Poll: Obama and Biden Are Better Debaters
Discussion: Daily Kos and TalkLeft
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.
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Mark Halperin / TIME.com:
Full Remarks of McCain in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
McCain blasts Obama, Democrats for Fannie Mae meltdown
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Frank: Criticism of Congress is now racist, too
Discussion: Boston Herald and Sister Toldjah
Michelle Malkin:
The missing SNL bailout skit — and the Soros connection  —  Over the weekend, I watched a hilarious, dead-on, and surprisingly honest skit on Saturday Night Live about the craptastic bailout and its Democrat roots.  The skit called out Fannie/Freddie and featured Nancy Pelosi dragging out various sob-story …
Laura Strickler / CBS News:
More Bogus Obama Donors Surface  —  Donations Made Between July and Early August  —  (CBS) CBS News Investigative Producer Laura Strickler wrote this story for CBSNews.com with additional reporting from Sarah Fitzpatrick and Ariel Bashi.  —  CBS News has learned that two donors …
Pew Research Center:
Post-Debate: Palin Still Seen as Unqualified, a Bump for Biden  —  Continued Doubts About Financial Bailout  —  While last week's vice-presidential debate had a larger audience than any other in history, voters' impressions of Sarah Palin have changed little.
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Palin: The attacks “may get kind of rough” going forward
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Prairie Weather
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:   CNN poll: Obama opens 8-point lead over McCain
Breaking News:
Press kept under a watchful eye  —  CLEARWATER — Constantly under the watchful eyes of security, the media wasn't permitted to wander around inside Coachman Park to talk to Sarah Palin supporters.  When reporters tried to leave the designated press area and head toward the bleachers …
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Hypocrisy Doesn't Begin To Describe It  —  Ross Douthat writes: … But this is true of Obama's entire circle of comrades and associates, of course.  He didn't know who they were, or wasn't all that close to them, or never happened to be there when their life-long habit of excoriating evil America was demonstrated.
Discussion: Ross Douthat
Chris Isidore / CNNMoney.com:
Poll: 60% say depression ‘likely’  —  Poll finds 6 of 10 believe a depression is somewhat or very likely - seeing 25% unemployed and millions homeless and hungry.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Nearly six out of ten Americans believe another economic depression is likely, according to a poll released Monday.
Garance Franke-Ruta / Washington Post:
Keating Inquiry Appears Different, 17 Years Later  —  Sometimes in politics, memories fail.  —  In a conference call with reporters, attorney John Dowd was asked about a specific part of the Keating Five inquiry, the fact that Cindy McCain and her father had invested in a Keating strip mall.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Engaging on Keating  —  I'd always thought McCain's great strength …
Lynn Sweet:
McCain, Obama deal puts limits on “town hall” debate  —  WASHINGTON — Barack Obama and John McCain meet for a second debate Tuesday night with a “town hall” format, but a deal made between the camps limits the interaction the candidates will have with the undecided voters in the pool of questioners.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Garance Franke-Ruta / Washington Post:
FEC Queries McCain Campaign on ‘Excessive Contributions’  —  While the Republican Party is pushing the Federal Election Commission to investigate the possibility that Democrat Barack Obama collected excessive contributions, its own candidate is facing scrutiny on the same subject.
The Charlotte Observer:
Obama offers best way out of economic disarray  —  From Hugh McColl Jr., former chairman and CEO of Bank of America:  —  In 49 years of living in Charlotte, I've seldom offered my opinion in writing and never submitted a piece such as this.  The condition of our country compels me.
Jennifer Lawinski / Fox News:
Middle School Teacher Suspended for ‘Obama Frat’ Spat  —  A Kansas City, Mo., middle school teacher was suspended for insubordination after he posted a video of his students chanting Barack Obama slogans on YouTube.  —  FOXNews.com  —  A middle school teacher in Missouri was suspended Monday …
CBS News:
As Lehman Collapsed, Execs Were Rewarded  —  Failed Bank's Managers Received Bonuses While Pleading For Federal Aid, Documents Reveal  —  (CBS/ AP) Days from becoming the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history, Lehman Brothers steered millions to departing executives even while pleading for a federal rescue, Congress was told Monday.
Discussion: Think Progress and Daily Kos
Christopher Wills / Associated Press:
Obama awarded Illinois grants to relative's group  —  SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - As a state senator, Democrat Barack Obama awarded $75,000 in government grants to a Chicago social service organization led by a rabbi who is also his wife's cousin, records show.  —  In 1999, Obama arranged for $50,000 …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Yuval Levin / The Corner:
The Ayers Question  —  Very soon after she was picked to be McCain's running mate, Sarah Palin was attacked by Obama campaign spokesmen and a Democratic member of Congress for once being seen wearing a Pat Buchanan button.  She had an answer and the campaign offered it.
 
 
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McCain link to private group in Iran-Contra case
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Hindrocket / Power Line:
LAST REFUGE OF A SCOUNDREL  —  Barney Frank is as responsible …
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Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Crime passionel  —  From the statement of educators in support of Bill Ayers:
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David Leonhardt / Economix:
Stocks Approach a Grim Milestone
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Byron York / The Corner:
McCain Debate Prep
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John McCain's Act III
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Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Economy and Ground Game Alike Give Obama an Advantage in Ohio
Leslie Wayne / The Caucus:
Questions Linger About Palin Taxes
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Marc Ambinder:
David Brooks Calls The Election For Barack Obama?
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