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12:55 PM 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 …
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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.
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.
David Frum:
“The Chicago Way”  —  My pals over at the Corner are very excited by the last-minute attempt to transform Bill Ayers into the Willie Horton of 2008.  Well, good luck  —  In 1988, crime was a huge and rising problem - and Democrats still by and large resisted the effective crime control policies …
Discussion: American Spectator and Donklephant
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Sarah Palin: Obama's ‘left-wing agenda’
Discussion: New York Times
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org:
The Most Clueless Man in Chicago
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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Wall Street Journal:
About That Middle-Class Tax Cut . . .  Remember the last time a charismatic Democrat made such a promise?  —  “It's like déjà vu all over again.”  —  As John McCain heads into the second round of presidential debates tonight, Yogi Berra's words come to mind.
Discussion: Commentary and Donklephant
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Glen Johnson / Associated Press:
Frank says GOP housing attacks racially motivated … BOSTON (AP) - Rep. Barney Frank said Monday that Republican criticism of Democrats over the nation's housing crisis is a veiled attack on the poor that's racially motivated.  —  The Massachusetts Democrat, chairman of the House Financial …
Stanley Kurtz / National Review:
Planting Seeds of Disaster
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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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Agence France Presse:   Anti-Obama author faces deportation from Kenya
WorldNetDaily:
Kenya detains Corsi during Obama probe
Discussion: Media Blog
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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Roger Simon / The Politico:
How McCain could pull this one off  —  Can John McCain possibly win this thing?  Can he actually win in November?  —  The outlook is bleak: The polls are ugly, the Electoral College map is grim, the economy is getting worse, and McCain's choice of Sarah Palin may have energized the Republican base …
Attila Girl / Little Miss Attila:
THEATER FRAUD?  Sabotage of An American Carol and Its Opening-Week Numbers?  —  Now this sounds like enemy action.  Help me out here, folks.  —  Mpower pictures and Vivendi are starting to hear complaints about sabotage of An American Carol by employees of theaters that are carrying the movie.
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Clif / Sadly, No!:
Little Miss Attila Goes To The Movies
Discussion: Shakesville
The Huffington Post:
Why McCain's Time With Council Of World Freedom Matters  —  Read More: John McCain, John Singlaub, Mccain, Mccain Begala, Mccain Communism, Mccain Communist League, Mccain John Singlaub, Mccain u.s.  Council Of World Freedom, Meet The Press, Paul Begala, Politics News
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Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For release at 9:00 a.m. EDT  —  The Federal Reserve Board on Tuesday announced the creation of the Commercial Paper Funding Facility (CPFF), a facility that will complement the Federal Reserve's existing credit facilities to help provide liquidity to term funding markets.
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Washington Post:
Fed Moves to Thaw Credit Markets
Discussion: JustOneMinute and TalkLeft
John Dickerson / Slate:
HOW TOWN-HALL DEBATES CAN GO VERY WRONG FOR A CANDIDATE.  —  In advance of Tuesday's town-hall debate, both candidates have apparently decided to have a cleanse.  Before facing questions from an audience of undecided voters who say they don't like negative campaigning, Obama and McCain are engaging in an orgy of it.
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: NEEDING A GAME-CHANGER  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Domenico Montanaro, and Carrie Dann  —  NASHVILLE, Tenn. — McCain heads into tonight's debate here down in the polls and in need of a game-changer.  Three weeks after the Wall Street crisis began …
Discussion: New York Times, MyDD and Blog entry
Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
IS MCCAIN OBLIVIOUS?  —  Via Andrew, this video of John McCain asking who Barack Obama is and getting the answer “terrorist!” has been bouncing around the internets:  —  For this entry in the annals of amateur political psychology, take a look at McCain's face after one of his supporters shouts his answer.
 
 
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Bob Lewis / Associated Press:
Hagel's wife to back Obama
Jason Zengerle / The New Republic:
McCain's Missed Opportunity
Jay Cost / HorseRaceBlog:
The McCain Campaign and the Financial Crisis
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Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Smith admits to overstating in-state travel
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
A Day (Gasp) Like Any Other  —  Is it ever going to end?
Ross Douthat:
Blue America  —  Here's hoping you like the new design around these parts.
Discussion: Eunomia
 Earlier Items: 
Mike Robinson / Associated Press:
Prosecutors move to delay Rezko sentencing
Discussion: Hot Air and CANNONFIRE
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
This Debate's Biggest Loser
Discussion: TalkLeft and The XX Factor
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Bush Job Approval at 25%, His Lowest Yet
Discussion: The Swamp, Mudflats and Balloon Juice