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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.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Debate Live-Blog and Chat!  —  The second John McCain/Barack Obama presidential debate will start at 9 PM ET, and Hot Air will be at the forefront of instant commentary!  I'm using the Cover It Live system again tonight, but I'm combining it with the Ustream chat room from my show.
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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 …
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Garance Franke-Ruta / Washington Post:   ACORN Nevada Office Raided
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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CNN:
Records: Ayers, Obama crossed paths on boards
Discussion: Townhall.com and Macsmind
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Robert Gibbs Still Doesn't Know Much About Obama and Ayers
Discussion: Townhall.com
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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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.
Kate Howard / Tennessean.com:
Cindy McCain makes appearance at Children's Hospital  —  Cindy McCain said today that she expects her husband to clear the record at tonight's debate and let America know where he truly stands.  —  McCain, who stopped to visit a half-dozen children at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital …
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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Sara Goo / Washington Post:
After Bailout, AIG Executives Head to Resort  —  Less than a week after the federal government offered an $85 billion bailout to insurance giant AIG, the company held a week-long retreat for its executives at the luxury St. Regis Resort in Monarch Beach, Calif., running up a tab of $440,000 …
Discussion: Seeing the Forest
Garance Franke-Ruta / Washington Post:
Obama Team Ready for Mud  —  Obama campaign spokesman Robert Gibbs in St. Paul, Minn. (Jim Mone/Associated Press)  —  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.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and TIME.com
Daniel Gross / Slate:
THE RIGHT BLAMES THE CREDIT CRISIS ON POOR MINORITY HOMEOWNERS.  THIS IS NOT MERELY OFFENSIVE, BUT ENTIRELY WRONG.  —  We've now entered a new stage of the financial crisis: the ritual assigning of blame.  It began in earnest with Monday's congressional roasting of Lehman Bros. CEO Richard Fuld …
Discussion: Salon, Economix and The Corner
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 …
Discussion: MoJoBlog and Shakesville
Alexandria Sage / Reuters:
EBay CEO embraces bold changes to spur growth  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Staff cuts and new acquisitions will help eBay Inc (EBAY.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) compete in the long-term, while new incentives in its core auctions business will spur consumer shopping this holiday season, eBay's chief executive said Monday.
Discussion: Washington Wire and Marc Ambinder
Michelle Malkin:
Liveblogging the town hall debate: Me, me, me  —  I don't have any prizes to give away, but you get Special MM.com Bonus Points if your insipid question suggestion gets asked tonight.  —  As for drinking game proposals, I recommend taking a swig every time Tom Brokaw inserts his two cents after the citizens ask their questions.
Discussion: Dr. Melissa Clouthier
Julie Bosman / The Caucus:
Palin on the Plane  —  GREENVILLE, N.C. - After more than a month on the campaign trail, Gov. Sarah Palin has finally taken questions from her traveling press corps.  —  The very brief press conference occurred on a flight from Pensacola, Fla., to Greenville, N.C., when Ms. Palin walked …
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Live-blogging the big “town hall” debate.  —  6:14 Central Time: I'm just setting up the post so you'll know I'm doing this again.  —  8:11: After they blame each other for the financial crisis, Obama tells us we don't want to hear them blaming each other.  We just want to know how to stay in our homes and pay our bills.
Discussion: Classical Values and TigerHawk
Marc Ambinder:
Live Blogging: Second Half Hour  —  9:55: Obama's reference to his mom's death was pretty powerful...I think his best moment so far.  And he seems much more at ease discussing health care and defending his plan than McCain does explaining or defending his.  —  9:54: McCain: Health care is a privilege.
Discussion: MyDD
Kieran Nicholson / Denver Post:
Glass smashed at Dems' Denver HQ  —  KathrynScott Osler Denver Post (THE DENVER POST |  Someone threw bricks through the glass door and a window of the Colorado Democratic Party headquarters in west Denver early this morning.  —  No one was inside the office at 777 Santa Fe Drive when the incident happened.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
ROUND TWO DEBATE BLOGGING #2  —  9:29 PM ... Except for defense, veterans affairs and “some other vital programs”.  Wow, that's pretty air tight.  —  9:30 PM ... This debate's so boring I don't even know what to tell the staff to upload to youtube.  —  9:33 PM ... $20 for whoever can grab John McCain's notepad and let me see it.
Discussion: Ta-Nehisi Coates
CNN:
McCain, Obama both vow to get bin Laden  —  (CNN) — Sen. John McCain said Tuesday that he knows how to handle foreign affairs and questioned Sen. Barack Obama's judgment.  —  “My judgment is something that I think I have a record to stand on,” McCain said.
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Reaction
Associated Press:
Obama wishes he had more time for staying fit  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Barack Obama says he wishes he had more time for staying fit.  And the Democratic presidential candidate admits that he still occasionally smokes a cigarette.  —  “Most of my workouts have to come before my day starts,” …
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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John Fleming / Anniston Star:
McCain wrote on behalf of ex-trooper now awaiting trial in civil rights slaying
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Ali / Think Progress:
Palin will sit for two more Fox News interviews; campaign scoffs …
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Barbara Walters: Stop Discussing William Ayers!
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MCCAIN TO PATCH IT UP WITH DAVE
Discussion: TIME.com
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Debate Format  —  The Town Hall, in case you were wondering, is basically a farce:
Discussion: D-Day and TalkLeft
Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
Peggy Noonan Admits GOP Base Is Full Of Racist A**holes
Discussion: The Other McCain
Steve Kornacki / New York Observer:
Dukakis on the Election: Obama Knows How to Win, ‘McCain Has Nothing’
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Daily Mail:
Man shot three times in street by racist gunman - for wearing Barack Obama T-shirt
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