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6:10 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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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
HIS DISGRACE KNOWS NO BOUNDS  —  As we saw yesterday, John McCain's latest gambit is to juice up his and Palin's crowds into calling Obama a “terrorist”, hurling racial epithets at black reporters (presumably, there aren't many in attendance as supporters), or just random calls for murder.
Discussion: Spin Cycle, ATTACKERMAN, Daily Kos and folo
Washington Wire:   Palin Continues Hammering Obama on Policy and Character
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
William Ayers' past was unknown: Obama  —  NASHVILLE — Barack Obama has since condemned the Vietnam war-protest tactics of William Ayers, though a top adviser said today Obama didn't know of his past when Ayers hosted a campaign reception for Obama in 1995.
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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.
David Talbot / Salon:
The Palins' un-American activities
Discussion: Reason
Doug Heye / The Hill's Pundits Blog:   The Second Presidential Debate
Washington Wire:
Obama Camp Rebuffs Ayers Connection
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
David Frum:
“The Chicago Way”  —  My pals over at the Corner are very excited …
Discussion: American Spectator
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
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 forbidden skit: Full transcript and screenshots of SNL's Soros …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Advisers worry about ‘grumpy McCain’  —  When Politico's Ryan Grim approached Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) after the evening of the Senate bailout vote, the reporter didn't even get his question out.  —  “Excuse me, you're bothering me,” McCain said.  —  It was a surprising rebuke …
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Obama Outspending McCain Nearly 3 to 1 on Television  —  Barack Obama is outspending John McCain at nearly a three-to-one clip on television time in the final weeks of the presidential election, according to ad buy information obtained by The Fix, a financial edge that is almost certainly contributing …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
McCain dumps racial-joking campaigner  —  The McCain campaign has denounced a racially charged, anti-Barack Obama newspaper column written by one of the Republican campaign's organizers in Virginia, and has removed the author-activist from his post as a member of the candidate's statewide leadership team …
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Steve Kornacki / New York Observer:
Dukakis on the Election: Obama Knows How to Win, ‘McCain Has Nothing’  —  When John McCain's campaign made it clear over the weekend that their stretch-run strategy would lean heavily on raising questions about Barack Obama's personal history and past “associations,” Obama's communications director provided …
Discussion: Wonkette
Fox News:
ACORN Vegas Office Raided in Voter Fraud Investigation  —  ACORN's Las Vegas headquarters has been raided by Nevada authorities looking for evidence of voter fraud.  —  LAS VEGAS — Nevada state authorities are raiding the Las Vegas headquarters of an organization that works to get low-income people to vote.
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Markets Slide After Bernanke Remarks  —  Another late day slide.  —  Stocks skidded lower on Tuesday afternoon despite reassurances from the chairman of the Federal Reserve, Ben S. Bernanke, that the central bank was prepared to lower interest rates, words that many investors had said they were waiting to hear.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Truthdig
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New York Times:   With Outlook Dim, Bernanke Says Fed May Act on Rates
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
McCain also said U.S. troops killed civilians  —  John McCain in 2000 said because of tactical decisions U.S. troops were put in the position of killing civilians in Kosovo — something awfully similar to the comments he's now attacking Barack Obama for.  —  During a Republican primary debate …
Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
Peggy Noonan Admits GOP Base Is Full Of Racist A**holes  —  A rather revealing exchange on ‘Hardball’ last night in which Nooner tells the truth about her fetid, decaying party (ignore the BS about Nooner being undecided about who to vote for): … Calling Obama a terrorist?  Fine.
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
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 and Commentary
Faiz / Think Progress:
U.S. debt grows too big for National Debt Clock.  —  The National Debt Clock in New York's Times Square — first erected in 1989 when the debt was less than $3 trillion — cannot keep pace with the growing national debt, now at more than $10 trillion.  NBC's Brian Williams reported last night that …
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Bush Now Least Popular President Since Polling Began  —  Not sure how I missed this yesterday, but with the new Gallup poll, George W. Bush has passed Nixon and Truman, and become the least popular President of all-time.  According to the Roper Center, here is the worst net approval / disapproval result …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Debate Format  —  The Town Hall, in case you were wondering, is basically a farce: … In essence, Tom Brokaw and his staff will be asking the questions.  They're sifting through a big group of people, and their pre-set questions, and picking the questions they like.
Discussion: TalkLeft
KPIX-TV:
CBS 5 Poll: Young Voters Lead Prop 8 Support Shift  —  SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5) ― A new CBS 5 poll finds that California's Proposition 8 has picked up support in the wake of a television ad campaign that features footage of San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom proclaiming same-sex marriage is here to stay “whether you like it or not.”
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Garance Franke-Ruta / Washington Post:
Obama Team Ready for Mud
Discussion: TIME.com
Don Kaplan / New York Post:
MCCAIN TO PATCH IT UP WITH DAVE
Discussion: TIME.com
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Fact-Checking the Fact-Checkers  —  Ed Whelan takes apart …
Discussion: Washington Post and The Corner
David M. Walker / CNN:
Commentary: America's $53 trillion debt problem
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Looking Forward to a Friendly Townhall Debate
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
When Will The Press Do Its Job?  —  They have blinked, as Richard Cohen reiterates today.
 Earlier Items: 
The Campaign Spot:
Looking Hard at that CBS News Poll...
New York Magazine:
How McCain Lost His Brand
Discussion: TPM Election Central
Wall Street Journal:
About That Middle-Class Tax Cut . . .
Discussion: American Spectator and Donklephant