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3:10 PM ET, October 7, 2008

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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Unleashed, Palin Makes a Pit Bull Look Tame  —  FORT MYERS, Fla., Oct. 6 John McCain is collapsing in the polls in Florida and other swing states, but Sarah Palin, God bless her, has a solution.  —  “For me, the heels are on, the gloves are off,” she announced at high noon Monday to a group …
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Sarah Palin: Obama's ‘left-wing agenda’  —  Sarah Palin, waging the Republican Party's presidential campaign in a state that she and John McCain count on for victory, kept up an assault today on Democratic rival Barack Obama's association with William Ayers, a Chicago education professor and onetime radical war protester in the Sixties.
City Journal:
The Bomber as School Reformer  —  Back in the early eighties, in an interview with David Horowitz and Peter Collier, Bill Ayers remembered his reaction upon learning that he would not be prosecuted by the government for his bombing spree as a member of the Weather Underground.
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
William Ayers' past was unknown: Obama
Discussion: TIME.com
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
CNN: Obama's lying about William Ayers
Discussion: The Corner and Macsmind
David Frum:
“The Chicago Way”  —  My pals over at the Corner are very excited …
Discussion: American Spectator
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org:
The Most Clueless Man in Chicago
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Peace Lovers All  —  Mark — I love that statement …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Moonbattery
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: 9-Point Obama Lead Ties Campaign High  —  Voters prefer Obama to McCain by 51% to 42%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking poll shows registered voters preferring Barack Obama to John McCain for president by 51% to 42%.  —  The nine percentage point lead …
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans' Satisfaction at All-Time Low of 9%  —  Dismal rating sets stage for town hall-style debate  — USA - Election 2008 - Government and Politics - Most Important Problem - Satisfaction - Americas - Northern America  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Presidential candidates Barack Obama and John …
Discussion: Think Progress and War and Piece
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Bush Job Approval at 25%, His Lowest Yet
Discussion: Open Left, The Swamp and Democrats.com
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Hulu, NBC Pull SNL Skit  —  But Political Skits Bringing in Huge Numbers  —  The presidential campaign has been good for “Saturday Night Live” — and for Hulu.com.  In a few short weeks, the first clip of Tina Fey impersonating Gov. Sarah Palin has become the site's most-viewed of all time.
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Michelle Malkin:
The missing SNL bailout skit — and the Soros connection
ccrjustice.org:
Court Orders Release of 17 Innocent Guantanamo Detainees into U.S.  —  Tallahassee and D.C. Religious and Community Leaders Offer Plan for Men's Support  —  Today, for the first time, a federal court ordered the release into the United States of 17 innocent Uighur men who have been imprisoned …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Associated Press
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Del Quentin Wilber / Washington Post:
Judge Orders Release of Chinese Muslims Into U.S.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
William Glaberson / New York Times:
Federal Judge Orders Release of Chinese Muslims
Discussion: The Swamp and JammieWearingFool
Roger Simon / The Politico:
How McCain could pull this one off  —  Can John McCain possibly win this thing?  Can he actually win in November?  —  The outlook is bleak: The polls are ugly, the Electoral College map is grim, the economy is getting worse, and McCain's choice of Sarah Palin may have energized the Republican base …
Rob Crilly / Times of London:
Jerome Corsi, anti-Obama author, detained in Kenya  —  A leading American neo-conservative author has been detained by immigration authorities in Kenya as he tried to launch a book smearing Barack Obama.  —  Jerome Corsi, of Swift Boat Veterans for Truth fame, was this morning being held after failing to reckon with Obamamania.
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Associated Press:
Kenya deports US author of anti-Obama book
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and NewsBusters.org
CNN:
CNN Polls: New Obama gains in battleground states  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Polls in five key battleground states in the race for the White House released Tuesday suggest that Sen. Barack Obama is making major gains.  —  The CNN/Time Magazine/Opinion Research Corporation polls of likely voters in Indiana …
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Attila Girl / Little Miss Attila:
THEATER FRAUD?  Sabotage of An American Carol and Its Opening-Week Numbers?  —  Now this sounds like enemy action.  Help me out here, folks.  —  Mpower pictures and Vivendi are starting to hear complaints about sabotage of An American Carol by employees of theaters that are carrying the movie.
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Clif / Sadly, No!:
Little Miss Attila Goes To The Movies
Discussion: Shakesville
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: NEEDING A GAME-CHANGER  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Domenico Montanaro, and Carrie Dann  —  NASHVILLE, Tenn. — McCain heads into tonight's debate here down in the polls and in need of a game-changer.  Three weeks after the Wall Street crisis began …
Discussion: New York Times and MyDD
Daily Mail:
Man shot three times in street by racist gunman - for wearing Barack Obama T-shirt … A man told today how he was shot three times in a London street for wearing a Barack Obama T-shirt.  —  Dube Egwuatu was buying a mobile telephone top-up card in an off-licence when the gunman confronted …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
ABCNEWS:
After Bailout, AIG Execs Head to California Resort  —  Rescued by Taxpayers, $440,000 for Retreat Including “Pedicures, Manicures”  —  Less than a week after the federal government committed $85 billion to bail out AIG, executives of the giant AIG insurance company headed for a week-long retreat …
Discussion: Don Surber
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Democrats refuse to talk about Fannie, Freddie in Oversight hearing  —  Democrats have begun a search for the culprit in the financial collapse in a manner somewhat akin to the OJ Simpson search for Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman's murderer.  The Hill reports that Henry Waxman's Oversight …
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Stanley Kurtz / National Review:
Planting Seeds of Disaster
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Wall Street Journal:
About That Middle-Class Tax Cut . . .  Remember the last time a charismatic Democrat made such a promise?  —  “It's like déjà vu all over again.”  —  As John McCain heads into the second round of presidential debates tonight, Yogi Berra's words come to mind.
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
This Debate's Biggest Loser  —  Reading William Kristol's column in yesterday's New York Times, I discover that Sarah Palin and I have something in common.  Kristol, who was once Dan Quayle's chief of staff and therefore, shall we say, has a Mister Rogers approach to certain politicians …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
A follow-up follow up  —  Lynn Sweet reported yesterday that the two campaigns had reached an agreement under which, among other things, moderator Tom Brokaw wouldn't ask follow-up questions tonight.  —  But Brokaw wasn't a party to the deal, I'm told, and hasn't agreed to it …
 
 
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Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
The Flimflam Strategy  —  Let's see: The financial system …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Steve Kornacki / New York Observer:
Dukakis on the Election: Obama Knows How to Win, ‘McCain Has Nothing’
Discussion: Wonkette
KPIX-TV:
CBS 5 Poll: Young Voters Lead Prop 8 Support Shift
Discussion: The Huffington Post and KFSN-TV
Zogby:
Obama 48%, McCain 45% as Presidential Race Enters Final Month
The Campaign Spot:
Looking Hard at that CBS News Poll...
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
WHICH MCCAIN WILL WE SEE?  —  Everyone knows the second presidential debate is tonight.
 Earlier Items: 
Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
IS MCCAIN OBLIVIOUS?  —  Via Andrew, this video of John …
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
A Day (Gasp) Like Any Other  —  Is it ever going to end?
Ross Douthat:
Blue America  —  Here's hoping you like the new design around these parts.
Discussion: Eunomia