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1:30 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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The Huffington Post:
Obama Hatred On Display Again At Palin Rally, Supporter Screams “Treason!”  —  In the latest instance of inflammatory outbursts at McCain-Palin rallies, a crowd member screamed “treason!” during an event on Tuesday after Sarah Palin accused Barack Obama of criticizing U.S. troops.
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.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Sarah Palin: Obama's ‘left-wing agenda’  —  Sarah Palin, waging the Republican Party's presidential campaign in a state that she and John McCain count on for victory, kept up an assault today on Democratic rival Barack Obama's association with William Ayers, a Chicago education professor and onetime radical war protester in the Sixties.
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org:
The Most Clueless Man in Chicago
David Frum:
“The Chicago Way”  —  My pals over at the Corner are very excited …
Discussion: American Spectator and Donklephant
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 …
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Barbs traded at hearing on Lehman's fall
Discussion: protein wisdom and Hot Air
Stanley Kurtz / National Review:
Planting Seeds of Disaster
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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 …
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Michael Scherer / Time:
Poll: Obama Gains in States That Went for Bush
Discussion: TIME.com and Donklephant
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
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
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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David Zaring / Conglomerate:
The Fed Can't Let Section 13 Go  —  The latest rescue development moves the Fed back to expanding its section 13 discount window powers still further and has absolutely nothing to do with the bailout bill.  It is the new initiative whereby the central bank would buy commercial paper directly from issuers.
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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 …
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: MyDD, Blog entry and Spin Cycle
New York Magazine:
How McCain Lost His Brand  —  Whatever the reasoning, the strategists behind McCain's 2000 run, Weaver and Mike Murphy, immediately voiced their disquiet over the potential long-term damage to the image they'd so carefully crafted.  “There is no brand in politics you can just put on the shelf …
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans' Satisfaction at All-Time Low of 9%  —  Dismal rating sets stage for town hall-style debate  — USA - Election 2008 - Government and Politics - Most Important Problem - Satisfaction - Americas - Northern America  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Presidential candidates Barack Obama and John …
Discussion: Ross Douthat
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: TalkLeft and The XX Factor
 
 
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Campbell Brown / CNN:
Brown: Stop the negative campaigning
Discussion: www.redstate.com and The Reaction
Elrod / The Moderate Voice:
Greetings from Tennessee  —  Tonight all eyes will be focused …
Bob Lewis / Associated Press:
Hagel's wife to back Obama
Jason Zengerle / The New Republic:
McCain's Missed Opportunity
Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
IS MCCAIN OBLIVIOUS?  —  Via Andrew, this video of John …
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
A Day (Gasp) Like Any Other  —  Is it ever going to end?
 Earlier Items: 
Ross Douthat:
Blue America  —  Here's hoping you like the new design around these parts.
Discussion: Eunomia
Mike Robinson / Associated Press:
Prosecutors move to delay Rezko sentencing
Discussion: Hot Air, Atlas Shrugs and CANNONFIRE
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Bush Job Approval at 25%, His Lowest Yet
Discussion: Open Left, The Swamp and Mudflats