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6:15 PM ET, October 8, 2008

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The Huffington Post:
David Brooks: Sarah Palin “Represents A Fatal Cancer To The Republican Party”  —  In an interview with The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg at New York's Le Cirque restaurant to unveil that magazine's redesign, Brooks decried Palin's anti-intellectualism and compared her to President Bush in that regard:
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama's Lead Over McCain Expands to 11  —  52% share of the vote is Obama's highest to date  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking report shows Barack Obama with a 52% to 41% lead over John McCain.  —  These results, based on Oct. 5-7 polling …
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The Jed Report:
McCain Loses It: Calls Americans ‘My Fellow Prisoners’  —  Update (12:26pm): I've posted an extended version of the clip in the vodpod so you can see the context.  McCain was talking about his domestic policies, and clearly meant to say “Americans” or “countrymen” or somesuch.
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
LOSING IT?  —  In most political speeches, the common refrain is “my fellow citizens”.  —  John McCain just referred to the country as “my fellow prisoners.”  —  “Across this country, this is the agenda I have set before my fellow prisoners and the same standards of clarity and candor must now be applied to my opponent.”
Discussion: Open Left
Satyam Khanna / Think Progress:
McCain addresses crowd as ‘my fellow prisoners.’  —  McCain addresses crowd as ‘my fellow prisoners.’  —  The Jed Report notes that in a rally today, Sen. John McCain referred to his audience as “my fellow prisoners”: … Watch it:
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
2005  —  “He [Obama] said they have not spoken by phone or exchanged e-mail messages since Mr. Obama began serving in the United States Senate in January 2005” (New York Times, 10/3)  —  Why in the world was Barack Obama still communicating on the phone or via email with Bill Ayers up until 2005 …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
SCRAPPING THE AYERS ATTACK ALREADY?.... The political world was told to expect some ugly, guilt-by-association attacks last night.  We'd hear about Bill Ayers.  And Tony Rezko.  And maybe even Jeremiah Wright.  The phrase “unrepentant terrorist” would be bandied about.  —  And then, nothing.
David Harsanyi / Denver Post:
Negativity and the truth  —  Most polls tell us that Americans …
Discussion: protein wisdom
Nitya / Political Radar:
Palin Fields Questions on Plane  —  ABC News' Imtiyaz Delawala reports: For the first time in a month on the campaign trail, Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin took questions from her full traveling press corps, covering topics ranging from her continued connection of Sen. Barack …
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Mark Halperin / TIME.com:
McCain Release on Ayers
Discussion: TPM Election Central
Roland Martin / CNN:
Martin: Ayers case is risky for McCain-Palin
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Eric Zorn / Change of Subject:
What is (and isn't)'terrorism'?  —  It's common these days …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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Washington Wire:
Obama's Name Again Is Used in Attack  —  Elizabeth Holmes reports from Lehigh, Pa., on the presidential race.  —  Barack Obama's middle name was attack fodder once again Wednesday when John McCain and his running mate Sarah Palin were introduced at a rally here in Lehigh, Pa.
Discussion: Swampland and TIME.com
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Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:
Obama's 180 on genocide  —  JOHN MCCAIN'S opening words last night were: “Senator Obama, it's good to be with you at a town hall meeting!”  Indeed it was.  We now know why Barack Obama declined McCain's invitation earlier this year to appear together in a series of 10 town hall meetings around the country.
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Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Paging Rick Warren  —  Why did a town hall debate in Nashville revolve around what interests an East Coast newsman?  —  A presidential debate at its best gives voters a glimpse of a candidate's personality, quick-wittedness, likeability, sense of humor, judgment, basic honesty, knowledge, even character.
Jbrown / Politically Drunk On Power!:
Web Archives Confirm Barack Obama Was Member Of Socialist ‘New Party’ In 1996  —  UPDATE: WE WILL POST AT LEAST ONE MORE SOURCE COMING TOMORROW!  Subscribe to feeds or bookmark page.  —  In June sources released information that during his campaign for the State Senate in Illinois …
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Salon:
Nobody's dummy  —  What a powerful letter — which I am pleased to share with Salon readers.  Yes, let us not forget the tragic series of dubious political judgments that led the U.S. to lurch into Southeast Asia after the French had prudently packed up and left.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Palin's Kind of Patriotism  —  Criticizing Sarah Palin is truly shooting fish in a barrel.  But given the huge attention she is getting, you can't just ignore what she has to say.  And there was one thing she said in the debate with Joe Biden that really sticks in my craw.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Cindy on attack  —  Amie Parnes reports from a McCain speech in Pennsylvania that Cindy McCain again went after Obama directly today, and accuses him, more or less, of endangering her son's life.  —  “The day that Sen. Obama cast a vote to not to fund my son when he was serving sent …
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Kate Howard / Tennessean.com:
Cindy McCain makes appearance at Children's Hospital
Discussion: The New Republic
Wall Street Journal:
Housing Pain Gauge: Nearly 1 in 6 Owners ‘Under Water’  —  More Defaults and Foreclosures Are Likely as Borrowers With Greater Debt Than Value in Their Homes Are Put in a Tight Spot  —  The relentless slide in home prices has left nearly one in six U.S. homeowners owing more on a mortgage …
Jim Tankersley / The Swamp:
McCain's ‘suspension’: not quite  —  Turns out John McCain never did quite “suspend” his campaign during negotiations over the federal bailout plan, at least on television.  —  Tucked into a new report today on the campaign air wars from the Wisconsin Advertising Project is this factoid:
Discussion: TPM Election Central
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Marc Ambinder:
Ad Spending Update: McCain's 100% Negative
Discussion: Washington Monthly
The Politico:
The worst debate ever  —  With the country at one of its most interesting — not to mention terrifying — moments in a generation, John McCain and Barack Obama met in Nashville for what was surely one of the dullest and least satisfying presidential debates in memory.  —  There have been boring debates before, of course.
Discussion: The Swamp and JustOneMinute
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
Md. Police Put Activists' Names On Terror Lists  —  The Maryland State Police classified 53 nonviolent activists as terrorists and entered their names and personal information into state and federal databases that track terrorism suspects, the state police chief acknowledged yesterday.
Discussion: Open Left, Reason, ACSBlog and CANNONFIRE
Time Edit / Swampland:
They Liked Him, They Really Liked Him  —  From TIME's Amy Sullivan: As he did for the first presidential debate, Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg gathered a group of undecided voters in a swing state (this time Colorado) to watch the town hall, polling them before and after to gauge …
Kate Sheppard / Gristmill:
One swing voter, swung  —  For the first time in this year's presidential debates, the two candidates were asked point-blank about what they would do to address climate change in the first two years of their administration.  —  Ingrid Jackson asks the candidates about environmental issues.
 
 
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Charles Babington / Associated Press:
Obama camp says McCain's mortgage plan unworkable
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Parsing in St. Paul
Jim Kavanagh / CNN:
Nebraska law lets parents abandon teens
Contrapositive / Collins Watch:
BREAKING: Planned Parenthood For Allen
Discussion: The Huffington Post and MyDD
Anne / Nielsen Wire:
42% Of Households In Top Local TV Markets Watched McCain and Obama's Second Debate
Discussion: The Live Feed
 Earlier Items: 
Jay Nordlinger / The Corner:
Celebration  —  Friends, have you seen this video?  Maybe you have.
Discussion: Dirty Harry's Place
Vikas Bajaj / New York Times:
Forget Logic; Fear Appears to Have Edge
Discussion: The Corner and Kevin Drum
CNN:
Bush: The elephant in the room
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
John Boehner on Barney Frank: 'He's from Massachusetts, although …
Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica:
750,000 lost jobs? The dodgy digits behind the war on piracy