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9:10 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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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.
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 …
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
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Debate Live-Blog and Chat!
Lynn Sweet:
Obama interviewed by Brokaw at private Goldman Sachs dinner last year.
Discussion: Washington Post
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
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.
Garance Franke-Ruta / Washington Post:
Obama Team Ready for Mud  —  Obama campaign spokesman Robert Gibbs in St. Paul, Minn. (Jim Mone/Associated Press)  —  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.
Discussion: TIME.com
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
‘Town-hall McCain:’ Expectations game
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
Doug Heye / The Hill's Pundits Blog:   The Second Presidential Debate
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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Ali / Think Progress:
Palin will sit for two more Fox News interviews; campaign scoffs at idea of a press conference.  —  Fox News announced today that it scored two more interviews with Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK).  A Sean Hannity interview with Palin and John McCain will air tomorrow night, followed by a Palin interview by Greta Van Susteren.
Discussion: News Hounds
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Michael Calderone / The Politico:   McCain, Palin head to Fox News
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
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Sarah Palin's museum of trite right-wing tactics: 1980-2008  —  (updated below)  —  Listening to a Sarah Palin rally is like visiting a museum exhibit of every empty, trite, manipulative right-wing political slogan from the last three decades.  Today, an anti-war heckler interrupted …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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Del Quentin Wilber / Washington Post:
Judge Orders Release of Chinese Muslims Into U.S.  —  A federal judge today ordered that 17 Chinese Muslims held at the Guantanamo Bay military prison be released into the United States by Friday, agreeing with the detainees' attorneys that the Constitution bars holding the men indefinitely without cause.
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Kate Howard / Tennessean.com:
Cindy McCain makes appearance at Children's Hospital  —  Cindy McCain said today that she expects her husband to clear the record at tonight's debate and let America know where he truly stands.  —  McCain, who stopped to visit a half-dozen children at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital …
Discussion: MyDD, Talking Points Memo and TIME.com
Associated Press:
Obama wishes he had more time for staying fit  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Barack Obama says he wishes he had more time for staying fit.  And the Democratic presidential candidate admits that he still occasionally smokes a cigarette.  —  “Most of my workouts have to come before my day starts,” …
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 …
Discussion: Shakesville
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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
A follow-up follow up  —  Lynn Sweet reported yesterday that the two campaigns had reached an agreement under which, among other things, moderator Tom Brokaw wouldn't ask follow-up questions tonight.  —  But Brokaw wasn't a party to the deal, I'm told, and hasn't agreed to it …
Justin McCarthy / NewsBusters.org:
Barbara Walters: Stop Discussing William Ayers!  —  What may possibly be a peak into why the mainstream media has been less than enthusiastic in investigating Barack Obama's background and associations, Barbara Walters, on the October 7 “View,” called on all to “stop slinging mud around” …
Discussion: MsUnderestimated and YID With LID
 
 
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Gateway Pundit:
Now this is bad... Even George McGovern Thinks Obama's Position …
Discussion: Ed Driscoll.com
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Robert Gibbs Still Doesn't Know Much About Obama and Ayers
Discussion: Townhall.com and The Campaign Spot
Daniel Casse / Commentary:
My Workout With Barack Obama
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Jane Wardell / Associated Press:
Iceland teeters on the brink of bankruptcy
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Daniel Gross / Slate:
THE RIGHT BLAMES THE CREDIT CRISIS ON POOR MINORITY HOMEOWNERS.
Discussion: The Corner and Economix
BBC:
Government to unveil bank rescue
Discussion: Biased BBC
 Earlier Items: 
Brett J. Blackledge / Associated Press:
State reviewing per diem payments to Palin
Don Kaplan / New York Post:
MCCAIN TO PATCH IT UP WITH DAVE
Discussion: TIME.com
Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
Peggy Noonan Admits GOP Base Is Full Of Racist A**holes
Discussion: The Other McCain
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Fact-Checking the Fact-Checkers  —  Ed Whelan takes apart …
Discussion: Washington Post and The Corner
Daily Mail:
Man shot three times in street by racist gunman - for wearing Barack Obama T-shirt
Discussion: Commentary and Crooks and Liars