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12:40 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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: The Caucus
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org:
The Most Clueless Man in Chicago
Rich Lowry / National Review:
Change vs. Change the Subject
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
Washington Post:
Fed Moves to Thaw Credit Markets  —  The Federal Reserve said today it is establishing a special fund to lend money directly to businesses so they have adequate cash to operate, a major move by the central bank to ensure that “main street” companies are not crippled by the financial crisis gripping Wall Street …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and TalkLeft
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Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For release at 9:00 a.m. EDT
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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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 and Roger Ailes
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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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 and MyDD
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight.com
 
 
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Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Bush Stresses Judicial Nominations
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
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?
Discussion: folo
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
 Earlier Items: 
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
This Debate's Biggest Loser
Discussion: The XX Factor
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Obama's Personal Ties Are Subject of Program on Fox News Channel
Discussion: The Corner, Shakesville and TPMCafe
Scott Conroy / CBS News:
Fla. Sheriff Plays The “Hussein” …
Discussion: THE CITIZENS JOURNAL
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Bush Job Approval at 25%, His Lowest Yet
Discussion: The Swamp, Mudflats and Balloon Juice
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Hypocrisy Doesn't Begin To Describe It