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11:35 AM 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.
Thomas M. Defrank / NY Daily News:
Insults fly as Barack Obama & John McCain prepare for second debate  —  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.”
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Palin Attacks Obama Over Wright — Even Though McCain Said Wright Was Off Limits
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
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Barracuda  —  The resentments of Sarah Palin.
Joe Malchow / Dartblog:
Sarah Palin in Burlingame, Calif.
Discussion: Bookworm Room and Power Line
Teddy Partridge / Firedoglake:
CNN Truth-Squads Palin's “Palling Around With Terrorists” Charge: FALSE
Discussion: The Anonymous Liberal and D-Day
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?
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
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air, Israel Matzav and normblog
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.
Discussion: Power Line, Commentary and Betsy's Page
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Stocks Slide on Credit Worries in Europe  —  The selling on Wall Street began at the opening bell on Monday and only intensified as the morning went on.  Shares moves sharply lower as the banking crisis tightened its grip on the global economy.  —  The Dow Jones industrial average fell below 10,000 …
Discussion: Spin Cycle
Joe Bel Bruno / Associated Press:
Wall Street tumbles amid global sell-off
Discussion: Right Wing News and Booman Tribune
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.
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: Macsmind and Swords Crossed
Todd Beeton / MyDD:
John McCain's October Surprise
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
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.
Discussion: and
Journal poll: Obama ahead in NM  —  The poll, commissioned by the Albuquerque Journal, showed Obama had the support of 45 percent of likely voters surveyed while McCain was supported by 40 percent.  An additional 14 percent were undecided, and 1 percent supported independent Ralph Nader.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
Voter registration trends appear to favor Democrats  —  Today is the deadline for new voters to get on the rolls in several key states.  Some elections offices are overwhelmed.  —  WASHINGTON — For months, Barack Obama's presidential campaign said it would capture traditionally Republican states …
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
More on an Obama surge: Black Georgians nearly match whites …
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.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Case for Congestion Pricing  —  Every now and then Ben & Jerry's holds a free ice cream cone day during summertime.  As you know if you've ever tried to get your free cone, showing up may not cost you any money, but it sure does take a lot of time.  And of course it does!  Ice cream is tasty.
Discussion: Eschaton and Washington Post
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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
Los Angeles Times:
Steve Schmidt: The driving force behind John McCain
Michelle Malkin:
Wasn't the bailout supposed to calm the financial markets?
Discussion: Counting Sheep
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
The Keating Three  —  McCain spokesman Brian Rogers notes …
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and Spin Cycle
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court's Direction Hinges on Who Wins '08 Race