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10:10 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 …
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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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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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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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CNN:
CNN Polls: New Obama gains in battleground states
Discussion: TPM Election Central
Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
John McCain's options narrow on the electoral college map
Discussion: TalkLeft
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
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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.
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
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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 …
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
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 …
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.
New York Post:
‘RESCUE’ REWARDS HOUSING HUSTLERS  —  IF you thought the trillion- dollar-plus “financial-rescue plan” signed into law Friday had been stripped of the radical group ACORN, think again: The Chicago-based Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now's fingerprints are still all over the law.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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 …
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
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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Mike Robinson / Associated Press:
Prosecutors move to delay Rezko sentencing
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Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
This Debate's Biggest Loser
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Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Obama's Personal Ties Are Subject of Program on Fox News Channel
Discussion: TPMCafe
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
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John Heilemann / New York Magazine:
How McCain Lost His Brand
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