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9:25 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 …
Discussion: Reason and Romenesko
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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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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:
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
Marc Ambinder:
Who'll Call Obama A Terrorist?
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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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.
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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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Frank: Criticism of Congress is now racist, too
Arnold Kling / EconLog:   My Fantasy Testimony  —  This weekend I typed up “draft testimony” …
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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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.
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
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 …
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
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
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.
Scott Conroy / CBS News:
Fla. Sheriff Plays The “Hussein” Card At Palin Event; Campaign Calls Remark “Inappropriate”  —  From CBS News' Scott Conroy:  —  Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott took the stage moments ago as one of the introductory speakers at a rally here for Sarah Palin.  After delivering brief remarks …
Discussion: THE CITIZENS JOURNAL and Salon
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 …
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
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!
Pete Yost / Associated Press:
McCain linked to private group in Iran-Contra case  —  WASHINGTON - GOP presidential nominee John McCain has past connections to a private group that supplied aid to guerrillas seeking to overthrow the leftist government of Nicaragua in the Iran-Contra affair.
 
 
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Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Obama's Personal Ties Are Subject of Program on Fox News Channel
Discussion: TPMCafe
Boston Globe:
Earth From Above comes to NYC
Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
John McCain's options narrow on the electoral college map
Discussion: The Caucus and TalkLeft
Scott Paul / The Washington Note:
When the Wheels Came Off
Discussion: Prairie Weather
CNN:
Rice: Iraq ‘harder’ than she ‘personally imagined’
Discussion: Informed Comment
Mark R. Levin / The Corner:
The Obama Fan-Dance Must End
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Macsmind
John Heilemann / New York Magazine:
How McCain Lost His Brand
Discussion: The Corner and TIME.com
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Isambard Wilkinson / Telegraph:
Pakistan facing bankruptcy
Garance Franke-Ruta / Washington Post:
FEC Queries McCain Campaign on ‘Excessive Contributions’