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10:35 AM 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 …
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.
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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.
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 …
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 …
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Crime passionel  —  From the statement of educators in support of Bill Ayers:
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
James Fallows:
Our capacity for self-government  —  From twelve time zones away …
CNN:
CNN Polls: New Obama gains in battleground states  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Polls in five key battleground states in the race for the White House released Tuesday suggest that Sen. Barack Obama is making major gains.  —  The CNN/Time Magazine/Opinion Research Corporation polls of likely voters in Indiana …
Discussion: TPM Election Central
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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 …
Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
John McCain's options narrow on the electoral college map
Discussion: American Power and TalkLeft
Michelle Malkin:
The missing SNL bailout skit — and the Soros connection  —  Over the weekend, I watched a hilarious, dead-on, and surprisingly honest skit on Saturday Night Live about the craptastic bailout and its Democrat roots.  The skit called out Fannie/Freddie and featured Nancy Pelosi dragging out various sob-story …
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Michelle Malkin:
The forbidden skit: Full transcript and screenshots of SNL's Soros …
Discussion: The Campaign Spot
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.
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Lee Glendinning / Guardian:   Author of anti-Barack Obama book detained in Kenya
Patterico's Pontifications:
L.A. Times Cuts Out McCain's Remarks About Economy, Then Quotes Barack Obama Saying McCain is Scared to Talk About the Economy  —  Today John McCain finally began to tell the country about his own efforts to regulate Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and the Democrats' incredible inaction.
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Glen Johnson / Associated Press:
Frank says GOP housing attacks racially motivated
Discussion: Political Punch and Power Line
Larry Rohter / The Caucus:
Drilling Down on the Facts in McCain's Speech
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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.
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Campaigns Shift to Attack Mode on Eve of Debate  —  WASHINGTON — Senator John McCain and Senator Barack Obama entered their general election contest this summer denouncing American politics as trivial and negative, and vowing to run campaigns that would address the concerns of voters during a difficult time.
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Scott Conroy / CBS News:
Fla. Sheriff Plays The “Hussein” …
Discussion: THE CITIZENS JOURNAL
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Youth Decay  —  I used to sometimes think that the relatively left-wing views of the under-30 generation were basically just a reflection of the fact that the under-30 cohort contains many fewer non-hispanic whites than does the over-30 cohort.  This new report from Amanda Logan …
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
This Debate's Biggest Loser  —  Reading William Kristol's column in yesterday's New York Times, I discover that Sarah Palin and I have something in common.  Kristol, who was once Dan Quayle's chief of staff and therefore, shall we say, has a Mister Rogers approach to certain politicians …
Discussion: The XX Factor
Kevin Sack / New York Times:
Business Cool Toward McCain's Health Coverage Plan  —  American business, typically a reliable Republican cheerleader, is decidedly lukewarm about Senator John McCain's proposal to overhaul the health care system by revamping the tax treatment of health benefits, officials with leading trade groups say.
Wall Street Journal:
Reimbursements Raise Tax Issues for Palin  —  Several tax experts said they believe Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin is required to pay federal taxes on $25,000 in reimbursements from the state of Alaska for her children's travel expenses.  —  The Alaska governor released …
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
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, Balloon Juice and Mudflats
Mike Robinson / Associated Press:
Prosecutors move to delay Rezko sentencing  —  CHICAGO - Federal prosecutors moved Monday to delay indefinitely the sentencing of convicted fundraiser Antoin “Tony” Rezko, sending their strongest hint yet that he is ready to spill his political secrets.  —  The filing asks for a postponement …
Discussion: Hot Air
 
 
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Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
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When the Wheels Came Off
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CNN:
Rice: Iraq ‘harder’ than she ‘personally imagined’
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Mark R. Levin / The Corner:
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