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12:30 PM ET, October 6, 2008


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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.
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.
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” …
Thomas M. Defrank / NY Daily News:
Race gets ugly as insults start to fly  —  WASHINGTON — It's getting McNasty again.  —  A day after Sarah Palin accused Barack Obama of “palling around with terrorists,” Obama struck back Sunday with a tough ad painting John McCain as “erratic.”  —  “Our financial system is in turmoil.
Erick Erickson /
In 1996, Media Coverage of Bill Ayers Was Too Extensive to Believe Obama Did Not Know Who Ayers Was  —  Barack Obama's chief strategist, David Axelrod, claims Obama did not know that Bill Ayers was a domestic terrorist.  You can see the claim here.  —  I think that is fatuous nonsense.  Why?
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Palin Attacks Obama Over Wright — Even Though McCain Said Wright Was Off Limits  —  Sarah Palin has now attacked Barack Obama over his association with Reverend Wright — even though John McCain himself explicitly said this spring that Wright was off limits and that attacking Obama …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Keating, coming … A couple of quick thoughts on Keating and Ayers.  First, Obama's campaign has been notably disciplined in not talking about Keating, so this rollout will perhaps have a bit more pop in the media than the Ayers story, which McCain started talking about a while ago …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Palin softens ‘terrorist’ attack on Obama
Mark Murray / MSNBC:   FIRST THOUGHTS: OBAMA AT 264  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray …
Mark Halperin /
McCain Response to Obama Event
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
McCain: I'm Not Raising Taxes.  I'm Cutting Medicare!  —  Barack Obama says John McCain would raise people's taxes by changing the way the IRS looks at health insurance.  McCain says he wouldn't.  —  Who's right?  —  Quite possibly McCain.  But only because he's decided to slash Medicare and Medicaid instead.
Discussion: Kevin Drum
Los Angeles Times:
Mishaps mark John McCain's record as naval aviator  —  Three crashes early in his career led Navy officials to question or fault his judgment.  —  John McCain was training in his AD-6 Skyraider on an overcast Texas morning in 1960 when he slammed into Corpus Christi Bay and sheared the skin off his plane's wings.
Discussion: The Seminal, The RBC and Macsmind
Todd Beeton / MyDD:
John McCain's October Surprise
Joe Bel Bruno / Associated Press:
Dow plunges below 10,000; lowest level since 2004  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street tumbled Monday, joining a selloff around the world, as fears grew that the financial crisis will cascade through economies globally despite bailout efforts by the U.S. and other governments.
Discussion: TVNewser and Booman Tribune
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Stocks Slide on Credit Worries in Europe
Discussion: MyDD and Spin Cycle
Jerusalem Post:
Ex-officials misled by pro-Obama video  —  A video released by the Jewish Council for Education & Research which appeared to show several retired senior IDF and Mossad officials supporting Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has proven to be misleading, with a number of officials …
Wall Street Journal:
Biden's Fantasy World  —  Sarah Palin may not know as much about the world, but at least most of what she knows is true.  —  In the popular media wisdom, Sarah Palin is the neophyte who knows nothing about foreign policy while Joe Biden is the savvy diplomatic pro.
Washington Post:
Candidates Prepare for Tuesday's Town Hall Debate  —  In one of the most beautiful spots on the globe, Sen. John McCain spent much of Saturday holed up in a dark hotel conference room, engaged in intense debate preparation.  At the end of it, the GOP nominee told his aides that was crazy …
Discussion: Booman Tribune, The Caucus and
Amy Chozick / Wall Street Journal:   McCain's Town-Hall Prowess Faces Litmus Test in Debate
Nic Robertson / CNN:
Sources: Taliban split with al Qaeda, seek peace  —  LONDON, England (CNN) — Taliban leaders are holding Saudi-brokered talks with the Afghan government to end the country's bloody conflict — and are severing their ties with al Qaeda, sources close to the historic discussions have told CNN.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
More on an Obama surge: Black Georgians nearly match whites in new voter registration  —  Secretary of State Karen Handel is on record saying that there is no giant surge of voter registration in Georgia — and in the largest context, she's right.  —  Newly released figures from her office show …
Michael Crowley / The New Republic:
Lieberman: Palin Will Win “With God's Help”  —  Via CNN streaming video, I watched Sarah Palin's event in Clearwater, Florida, this morning.  She was heartily introduced there by John McCain's pal Joe Lieberman.  The former Democrat is a very strange figure these days, far from his moorings in the Democratic Party.
Alan Johnson / Editorial RSS:
Rock the early vote  —  Franklin County voters flock to vote even before Bruce Springsteen's event  —  When the astronaut made way for the Boss on the Oval, 10,000 people roared in unison, “Bruuuuce!”  —  “You don't get introduced by John Glenn every day,” Bruce Springsteen said, breaking into an impromptu version of Mr. Spaceman.
Annette Bening defends Sarah Palin  —  Actress Annette Bening has become the latest celebrity to join the debate over US vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin - insisting the politician “deserves our respect”.  —  The Republican has come under fire from a host of stars …
Discussion: Don Surber
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New York Times:
Europe Tested by Financial Crisis
Discussion: Crooked Timber and Donklephant
New York Times:
Full of Doubts, U.S. Shoppers Cut Spending
Discussion: Right Wing News
Janet Albrechtsen / Wall Street Journal:
Not Everyone Should Own a Home
Discussion: protein wisdom
Mike Murphy / Swampland:
30 Days Out...  Lots of process talk on the political tom-toms right …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Sebastian Mallaby / Washington Post:
Blaming Deregulation  —  The financial turmoil has pushed …
Peter Lawler / No Left Turns:
Give Me a Bleeping Break!
Discussion: Eunomia and The Corner
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Case for Congestion Pricing
Discussion: Washington Post and Eschaton
 Earlier Items: 
Los Angeles Times:
Steve Schmidt: The driving force behind John McCain
Journal poll: Obama ahead in NM
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
The Keating Three  —  McCain spokesman Brian Rogers notes …
Discussion: Spin Cycle and Sister Toldjah
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Barracuda  —  The resentments of Sarah Palin.