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Will Bunch / Philly.com:
Pa. GOP hits rock bottom: Calls Obama “a terrorist's best friend”  —  I've been writing about political campaigns for more than a quarter-century now, and it really takes a lot to surprise me, but I am absolutely stunned at the depths that the Republican Party is willing to sink to try in win this election …
Geoff Earle / New York Post:
OBAMA: NO KNOWLEDGE OF AYERS' TERRORIST PAST  —  WASHINGTON - Barack Obama's top political adviser said today Obama “didn't know the history” of unrepentant bomber William Ayers' activities in the violent Weather Underground movement when the candidate attended a political event at Ayers' home in 1995.
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.
Discussion: Commentary and Stop The ACLU
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 …
James Fallows:
Our capacity for self-government  —  From twelve time zones away …
Mark Steyn / The Corner:   Crime passionel  —  From the statement of educators in support of Bill Ayers:
Marc Ambinder:
Who'll Call Obama A Terrorist?
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Dirty Harry / Dirty Harry's Place:
CNN Ayers Investigation: Obama Lied In Debate  —  Youtube quote: CNN investigative reporter: “But the relationship between Obama and Ayers went much deeper, ran much longer, and was much more political than Obama said.”  —  It is the lie that furthers the story.  Talk about THE LIE.
CBS News:
CBS Poll: Presidential Race Tightens  —  Survey Shows Obama Leading McCain 47 Percent To 43 Percent Among Registered Voters Nationwide Following V.P. Debate  —  (CBS) In a sign that the race for president has returned to about where it was before the first presidential debate …
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myfoxkc.com:
Teacher Suspended For Releasing Obama Youth Video  —  They're not old enough to vote, but a group of Kansas City middle school students pledging their political support is raising eyebrows.  —  A choreographed chant by a group of students at the Kansas City charter school Urban Community Leadership Academy …
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Bush Job Approval at 25%, His Lowest Yet  —  Only 3 points above the lowest in Gallup Poll history  — USA - Credit Crisis - Government and Politics - Presidential Job Approval - Americas - Northern America  —  PRINCETON, NJ — President Bush's job approval rating is at 25% …
Discussion: The Swamp and Mudflats
Laura Strickler / CBS News:
More Bogus Obama Donors Surface  —  Donations Made Between July and Early August  —  (CBS) CBS News Investigative Producer Laura Strickler wrote this story for CBSNews.com with additional reporting from Sarah Fitzpatrick and Ariel Bashi.  —  CBS News has learned that two donors …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Frank: Criticism of Congress is now racist, too  —  Barney Frank's latest defense of Congress over the financial meltdown could be predicted based on the success of Barack Obama's campaign in using the same defense.  According to Rep. Frank, any attempt to pin the blame for the collapse …
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Arnold Kling / EconLog:   My Fantasy Testimony  —  This weekend I typed up “draft testimony” …
Breaking News:
Press kept under a watchful eye  —  CLEARWATER — Constantly under the watchful eyes of security, the media wasn't permitted to wander around inside Coachman Park to talk to Sarah Palin supporters.  When reporters tried to leave the designated press area and head toward the bleachers …
Larry Rohter / The Caucus:
Drilling Down on the Facts in McCain's Speech  —  Speaking in Albuquerque on Monday, Senator John McCain attacked Senator Barack Obama on several fronts that by now have become familiar.  But many of his charges relating to the economic meltdown, taxation and health care contained inaccuracies …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Hypocrisy Doesn't Begin To Describe It  —  Ross Douthat writes: … But this is true of Obama's entire circle of comrades and associates, of course.  He didn't know who they were, or wasn't all that close to them, or never happened to be there when their life-long habit of excoriating evil America was demonstrated.
Discussion: Ross Douthat
Mickey Kaus / Slate:
PLUS—OH NO!  MCCAIN'S LOST ALTER!  —  Rezko Alert!  Federal prosecutors have moved to delay sentencing of former Obama fundraiser Tony Rezko, the Chicago Tribune reports. ...  The obvious suspicion is that he's talking.  Or at least talking about talking ... 5:08 P.M. link  —  He's Lost Alter!
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.
Washington Post:
Obama Leading In Ohio, Poll Finds  —  Edge Is 6 Points In a State Looming Large for McCain  —  Aided by the faltering economy, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has the upper hand in the race for Ohio, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, putting Republican John …
Discussion: CNN
Mark R. Levin / The Corner:
The Obama Fan-Dance Must End  —  As someone who has written critically of John McCain on a host of issues, including the Keating Five, none of it compares to the life that Barack Obama has led and his belief system.  Obama is not merely associated with domestic terrorists, Palestinian radicals …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Macsmind
Chris Isidore / CNNMoney.com:
Poll: 60% say depression ‘likely’  —  Poll finds 6 of 10 believe a depression is somewhat or very likely - seeing 25% unemployed and millions homeless and hungry.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Nearly six out of ten Americans believe another economic depression is likely, according to a poll released Monday.
 
 
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Lynn Sweet:
McCain, Obama deal puts limits on “town hall” debate