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8:15 PM ET, October 7, 2008

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David Talbot / Salon:
The Palins' un-American activities  —  Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her husband, Todd, at a rally in Vienna, Ohio, on Sept. 16, 2008.  —  “My government is my worst enemy.  I'm going to fight them with any means at hand.”  —  This was former revolutionary terrorist Bill Ayers back in his old Weather Underground days, right?
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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 …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
HIS DISGRACE KNOWS NO BOUNDS  —  As we saw yesterday, John McCain's latest gambit is to juice up his and Palin's crowds into calling Obama a “terrorist”, hurling racial epithets at black reporters (presumably, there aren't many in attendance as supporters), or just random calls for murder.
Washington Wire:   Palin Continues Hammering Obama on Policy and Character
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: 9-Point Obama Lead Ties Campaign High  —  Voters prefer Obama to McCain by 51% to 42%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking poll shows registered voters preferring Barack Obama to John McCain for president by 51% to 42%.  —  The nine percentage point lead …
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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 …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
William Ayers' past was unknown: Obama  —  NASHVILLE — Barack Obama has since condemned the Vietnam war-protest tactics of William Ayers, though a top adviser said today Obama didn't know of his past when Ayers hosted a campaign reception for Obama in 1995.
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
CNN: Obama's lying about William Ayers
Doug Heye / The Hill's Pundits Blog:   The Second Presidential Debate
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Obama Outspending McCain Nearly 3 to 1 on Television  —  Barack Obama is outspending John McCain at nearly a three-to-one clip on television time in the final weeks of the presidential election, according to ad buy information obtained by The Fix, a financial edge that is almost certainly contributing …
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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
RNC IE expanding buy to Maine, N.C. and Fla.
Oskar Garcia / Associated Press:
ACORN office in Vegas raided in voter-fraud probe  —  LAS VEGAS (AP) - Nevada state authorities are raiding the Las Vegas headquarters of an organization that works to get low-income people to vote.  —  A Nevada secretary of state's office spokesman said Tuesday that investigators are looking …
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Garance Franke-Ruta / Washington Post:   ACORN Nevada Office Raided
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
McCain dumps racial-joking campaigner  —  The McCain campaign has denounced a racially charged, anti-Barack Obama newspaper column written by one of the Republican campaign's organizers in Virginia, and has removed the author-activist from his post as a member of the candidate's statewide leadership team …
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Advisers worry about ‘grumpy McCain’  —  When Politico's Ryan Grim approached Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) after the evening of the Senate bailout vote, the reporter didn't even get his question out.  —  “Excuse me, you're bothering me,” McCain said.  —  It was a surprising rebuke …
Sara Goo / Washington Post:
After Bailout, AIG Executives Head to Resort  —  Less than a week after the federal government offered an $85 billion bailout to insurance giant AIG, the company held a week-long retreat for its executives at the luxury St. Regis Resort in Monarch Beach, Calif., running up a tab of $440,000 …
Discussion: Seeing the Forest
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ABCNEWS:
After Bailout, AIG Execs Head to California Resort
Discussion: Don Surber
Lynn Sweet:
Obama interviewed by Brokaw at private Goldman Sachs dinner last year.  —  WASHINGTON—On May 3, 2007, Barack Obama attended an event at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan that was not on his public schedule and is only now surfacing—a private dinner for Goldman Sachs traders with a discussion …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Steve Kornacki / New York Observer:
Dukakis on the Election: Obama Knows How to Win, ‘McCain Has Nothing’  —  When John McCain's campaign made it clear over the weekend that their stretch-run strategy would lean heavily on raising questions about Barack Obama's personal history and past “associations,” Obama's communications director provided …
Discussion: Wonkette
Faiz / Think Progress:
U.S. debt grows too big for National Debt Clock.  —  The National Debt Clock in New York's Times Square — first erected in 1989 when the debt was less than $3 trillion — cannot keep pace with the growing national debt, now at more than $10 trillion.  NBC's Brian Williams reported last night that …
Garance Franke-Ruta / Washington Post:
Obama Team Ready for Mud  —  NASHVILLE — Barack Obama's advisers are usually cautious about managing expectations — never predicting a landslide, always downplaying how well their candidate will do in the debates.  But with just a few hours until the second presidential debate here on Tuesday night …
Discussion: TIME.com
Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
Peggy Noonan Admits GOP Base Is Full Of Racist A**holes  —  A rather revealing exchange on ‘Hardball’ last night in which Nooner tells the truth about her fetid, decaying party (ignore the BS about Nooner being undecided about who to vote for): … Calling Obama a terrorist?  Fine.
Daniel Gross / Slate:
THE RIGHT BLAMES THE CREDIT CRISIS ON POOR MINORITY HOMEOWNERS.  THIS IS NOT MERELY OFFENSIVE, BUT ENTIRELY WRONG.  —  We've now entered a new stage of the financial crisis: the ritual assigning of blame.  It began in earnest with Monday's congressional roasting of Lehman Bros. CEO Richard Fuld …
Discussion: The Corner and Economix
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
McCain also said U.S. troops killed civilians  —  John McCain in 2000 said because of tactical decisions U.S. troops were put in the position of killing civilians in Kosovo — something awfully similar to the comments he's now attacking Barack Obama for.  —  During a Republican primary debate …
Daily Mail:
Man shot three times in street by racist gunman - for wearing Barack Obama T-shirt … A man told today how he was shot three times in a London street for wearing a Barack Obama T-shirt.  —  Dube Egwuatu was buying a mobile telephone top-up card in an off-licence when the gunman confronted …
Discussion: Commentary and Crooks and Liars
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Bush Now Least Popular President Since Polling Began  —  Not sure how I missed this yesterday, but with the new Gallup poll, George W. Bush has passed Nixon and Truman, and become the least popular President of all-time.  According to the Roper Center, here is the worst net approval / disapproval result …
Brett J. Blackledge / Associated Press:
State reviewing per diem payments to Palin  —  ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's practice of charging the state when she stays in her home must be reviewed to determine if she should pay taxes on the payments, state Finance Director Kim Garnero said Tuesday.
Jane Wardell / Associated Press:
Iceland teeters on the brink of bankruptcy  —  REYKJAVIK, Iceland - This volcanic island near the Arctic Circle is on the brink of becoming the first “national bankruptcy” of the global financial meltdown.  —  Home to just 320,000 people on a territory the size of Kentucky …
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
 
 
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Justin McCarthy / NewsBusters.org:
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BBC:
Government to unveil bank rescue
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Don Kaplan / New York Post:
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Discussion: TIME.com
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / Associated Press:
Retirement accounts have lost $2 trillion — so far
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Debate Format  —  The Town Hall, in case you were wondering, is basically a farce:
Discussion: TalkLeft
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John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Fact-Checking the Fact-Checkers  —  Ed Whelan takes apart …
Discussion: Washington Post and The Corner
David M. Walker / CNN:
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Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
A Debate About McCain  —  NASHVILLE — Every debate …
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
When Will The Press Do Its Job?  —  They have blinked, as Richard Cohen reiterates today.