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10:50 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.
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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.
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 …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
McCain ad: “Dangerous”  —  John McCain sharpens his attack on Barack Obama one day ahead of their debate with his new ad, “Dangerous”.  This follows the lead of the campaign chatter over the weekend, which resurrected Obama's comments about American strategy in Afghanistan from over a year ago:
Mark Halperin / TIME.com:
McCain Response to Obama Event  —  Please see our campaign's response to Barack Obama's event in Asheville, N.C.. Today, Barack Obama accused our campaign of running ‘swift boat’ attacks for discussing in precise and truthful terms Barack Obama's relationship with William Ayers …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Truthdig
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.
Discussion: Salon and The Anonymous Liberal
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3news.co.nz:
Annette Bening defends Sarah Palin
Discussion: Don Surber
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Barracuda  —  The resentments of Sarah Palin.
Discussion: TIME.com
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
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
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: MyDD, Swords Crossed and Macsmind
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 …
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
More on an Obama surge: Black Georgians nearly match whites …
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight.com
Washington Post:   Registration Gains Favor Democrats
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
lcsun-news.com:
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
Jason Szep / Tales from the Trail:
In slip up, Palin calls Afghanistan “our neighboring country”  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin called Afghanistan “our neighboring country” on Sunday in a speech that could revive questions over her tendency to stumble into linguistic knots.
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.
Omaha World-Herald:
Palin wows the GOP faithful  —  Sarah Palin's fans could give Obamaphiles a run in the devotion department if the more than 5,000 people who listened Sunday to her Omaha speech are any indication.  —  Palin's supporters hailed the folksy Alaska governor as a “real person” who could be one of their neighbors.
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Scott Conroy / CBS News:
Palin Says Omaha Visit Was Not Campaign's Call, It Was Hers
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
The Keating Three  —  McCain spokesman Brian Rogers notes that three of McCain's fellow members of the Keating Five have endorsed Obama: Former senators Dennis DeConcini.  John Glenn, and Donald W. Riegle.  All three are Democrats — McCain was the only Republican in the group …
Discussion: Spin Cycle and Sister Toldjah
 
 
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Michelle Malkin:
Wasn't the bailout supposed to calm the financial markets?
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New York Times:
European and Asian Stocks Fall Sharply
Jim Snyder / The Hill:
With bailout passed, lobbyists look to get in the game
Discussion: Betsy's Page
 Earlier Items: 
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court's Direction Hinges on Who Wins '08 Race
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Washington Post:
Candidates Prepare for Tuesday's Town Hall Debate
Discussion: The Caucus and TIME.com
David Bernstein / The Volokh Conspiracy:
What is the Significance of Obama's Ties to Ayers (and Wright?):
BBC:
Germany agrees bank rescue
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and Truthdig
Wesley Loy / Anchorage Daily News:
Seven state employees to honor Troopergate subpoenas