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5:50 AM ET, October 7, 2008

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Garance Franke-Ruta / Washington Post:
In Fla., Palin Goes for the Rough Stuff as Audience Boos Obama  —  Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin gestures during a campaign speech on Oct. 6, 2008 in Clearwater, Fla. (Chris O'Meara/Associated Press)  —  CLEARWATER, Fla. — “Okay, so Florida, you know that you're going to have to hang onto your hats …
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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 …
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 …
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.
Carrie Dann / MSNBC:
PALIN AGAIN HAMMERS OBAMA OVER AYERS
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: Hot Air, Wizbang, TIME.com and Townhall.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.
Washington Wire:
WSJ/NBC News Poll: Obama and Biden Are Better Debaters
Discussion: Daily Kos and TalkLeft
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Independent Voters Move Toward Obama
Discussion: American Power
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 …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Frank: Criticism of Congress is now racist, too  —  Barney Frank's latest defense of Congress over the financial meltdown could be predicted based on the success of Barack Obama's campaign in using the same defense.  According to Rep. Frank, any attempt to pin the blame for the collapse …
Discussion: Boston Herald and Sister Toldjah
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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
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 …
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Crime passionel  —  From the statement of educators in support of Bill Ayers:  —  All citizens, but particularly teachers and scholars, are called upon to challenge orthodoxy, dogma, and mindless complacency, to be skeptical of authoritative claims, to interrogate and trouble the given and the taken-for-granted.
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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 …
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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Dirty Harry / Dirty Harry's Place:
CNN Ayers Investigation: Obama Lied In Debate  —  Youtube quote: CNN investigative reporter: “But the relationship between Obama and Ayers went much deeper, ran much longer, and was much more political than Obama said.”  —  It is the lie that furthers the story.  Talk about THE LIE.
Discussion: Lonewacko, Wizbang and Pat Dollard
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.
Pete Yost / Associated Press:
McCain linked to private group in Iran-Contra case  —  WASHINGTON - GOP presidential nominee John McCain has past connections to a private group that supplied aid to guerrillas seeking to overthrow the leftist government of Nicaragua in the Iran-Contra affair.
Discussion: Oliver Willis
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
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 and Gateway Pundit
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.
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.
 
 
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The Daily Beast:
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Discussion: Epicenter and City Room
Garance Franke-Ruta / Washington Post:
Keating Inquiry Appears Different, 17 Years Later
Hindrocket / Power Line:
SO MUCH FOR EUROPE  —  The European Common Market was a good idea …
Discussion: Associated Press
Byron York / The Corner:
McCain Debate Prep
Discussion: Commentary
Peter Wehner / Commentary:
John McCain's Act III
Discussion: No Left Turns
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Diageo/Hotline Tracking Poll: The Early Line
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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
The Charlotte Observer:
Obama offers best way out of economic disarray
Discussion: Donklephant
Marc Ambinder:
David Brooks Calls The Election For Barack Obama?
Discussion: AdAge and Wonkette
Yuval Levin / The Corner:
The Ayers Question