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7:05 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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David Talbot / Salon:
The Palins' un-American activities  —  Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her husband, Todd, at a rally in Vienna, Ohio, on Sept. 16, 2008.  —  “My government is my worst enemy.  I'm going to fight them with any means at hand.”  —  This was former revolutionary terrorist Bill Ayers back in his old Weather Underground days, right?
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.
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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David Frum:
“The Chicago Way”  —  My pals over at the Corner are very excited …
Doug Heye / The Hill's Pundits Blog:   The Second Presidential Debate
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 …
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 …
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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
RNC IE expanding buy to Maine, N.C. and Fla.
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 …
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.
Discussion: American Spectator and Donklephant
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Daniel Gross / Slate:
THE RIGHT BLAMES THE CREDIT CRISIS ON POOR MINORITY HOMEOWNERS.
Discussion: The Corner and Economix
David M. Walker / CNN:
Commentary: America's $53 trillion debt problem
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
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
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Sara Goo / Washington Post:
After Bailout, AIG Executives Head to Resort
Discussion: Seeing the Forest
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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Del Quentin Wilber / Washington Post:
Judge Orders Release of Chinese Muslims Into U.S.  —  A federal judge today ordered that 17 Chinese Muslims held at the Guantanamo Bay military prison be released into the United States by Friday, agreeing with the detainees' attorneys that the Constitution bars holding the men indefinitely without cause.
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ccrjustice.org:
Court Orders Release of 17 Innocent Guantanamo Detainees into U.S.
Discussion: MSNBC and TalkLeft
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
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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Lynn Sweet:
Obama interviewed by Brokaw at private Goldman Sachs dinner last year.
Discussion: Washington Post
Oskar Garcia / Associated Press:
ACORN office in Vegas raided in voter-fraud probe  —  LAS VEGAS (AP) - Nevada state authorities are raiding the Las Vegas headquarters of an organization that works to get low-income people to vote.  —  A Nevada secretary of state's office spokesman said Tuesday that investigators are looking …
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 …
Garance Franke-Ruta / Washington Post:
Obama Team Ready for Mud  —  NASHVILLE — Barack Obama's advisers are usually cautious about managing expectations — never predicting a landslide, always downplaying how well their candidate will do in the debates.  But with just a few hours until the second presidential debate here on Tuesday night …
Discussion: TIME.com
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.
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
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 …
 
 
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Government to unveil bank rescue
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Brett J. Blackledge / Associated Press:
State reviewing per diem payments to Palin
Don Kaplan / New York Post:
MCCAIN TO PATCH IT UP WITH DAVE
Discussion: TIME.com
Faiz / Think Progress:
U.S. debt grows too big for National Debt Clock.
Discussion: Shakesville
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Markets Plunge Despite Hint of Rate Cut
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Truthdig
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Debate Format  —  The Town Hall, in case you were wondering, is basically a farce:
Discussion: TalkLeft
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Fact-Checking the Fact-Checkers  —  Ed Whelan takes apart …
Discussion: Washington Post and The Corner
 Earlier Items: 
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.
The Campaign Spot:
Looking Hard at that CBS News Poll...
New York Magazine:
How McCain Lost His Brand
Discussion: TPM Election Central
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: NEEDING A GAME-CHANGER