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8:10 AM ET, October 7, 2008

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Garance Franke-Ruta / Washington Post:
In Fla., Palin Goes for the Rough Stuff as Audience Boos Obama  —  Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin gestures during a campaign speech on Oct. 6, 2008 in Clearwater, Fla. (Chris O'Meara/Associated Press)  —  CLEARWATER, Fla. — “Okay, so Florida, you know that you're going to have to hang onto your hats …
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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.
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
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?
Carrie Dann / MSNBC:
PALIN AGAIN HAMMERS OBAMA OVER AYERS
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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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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 …
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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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
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 …
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” …
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
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 …
Hindrocket / Power Line:
THIS MIGHT MAKE YOU FEEL BETTER  —  The market is off sharply today; some stockbrokers say that one factor in the current decline is the growing prospect of an Obama presidency.  Be that as it may, this chart, which comes from this site, helps put the current turmoil in perspective:  —  Via The Corner.
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 …
Open N.Y. / New York Times:
The Measure of a President  —  During the Presidential campaign, much has been made of Barack Obama's slender physique, with some commentators going so far as to argue that he is too thin for most Americans to relate to him.  Does candidate height and weight play a role in electoral success?
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!
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 …
 
 
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Mark R. Levin / The Corner:
The Obama Fan-Dance Must End
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
John Heilemann / New York Magazine:
How McCain Lost His Brand
Discussion: The Corner and TIME.com
Isambard Wilkinson / Telegraph:
Pakistan facing bankruptcy
Pete Yost / Associated Press:
McCain linked to private group in Iran-Contra case
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Christopher Wills / Associated Press:
Obama awarded Illinois grants to relative's group
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Gateway Pundit
 Earlier Items: 
Garance Franke-Ruta / Washington Post:
FEC Queries McCain Campaign on ‘Excessive Contributions’
Garance Franke-Ruta / Washington Post:
Keating Inquiry Appears Different, 17 Years Later
Hindrocket / Power Line:
SO MUCH FOR EUROPE  —  The European Common Market was a good idea …
Discussion: Associated Press
Byron York / The Corner:
McCain Debate Prep
Discussion: Commentary
Lynn Sweet:
McCain, Obama deal puts limits on “town hall” debate