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11:35 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:
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: The Reaction, Open Left and Philly.com
Washington Wire:
McCain Addresses ‘My Fellow Prisoners’
Discussion: TalkLeft
Satyam Khanna / Think Progress:
McCain addresses crowd as ‘my fellow prisoners.’
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Stanley Kurtz / The Corner:
Obama Acorn Cover-up?
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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David Frum:
Obama in the Corner  —  Let me say at the outset:  —  I'll be voting for John McCain on November 4.  —  I'll be voting for the man who was right about the surge, who holds clear-eyed views about terrorism and America's enemies, who has fought for leaner government over 20 years …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Hot Air
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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, JustOneMinute and Philly.com
Katie Allison Granju / Because I said so:
The real reason a lot of women can't stand Sarah Palin  —  MORE ON THIS: I respond to the comments below this post RIGHT HERE.  —  There's a ridiculous fluff piece in TIME this week that's getting a lot of attention.  In it, a female essayist alleges that among the reasons many women …
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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.
Kara Kenney / WBBH-TV:
Feds investigating sheriff after ‘Hussein’ remark  —  LEE COUNTY: Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott may have more to worry about than just the court of public opinion.  Federal investigators are now looking into whether Scott broke the law by campaigning for John McCain.
Discussion: folo
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Washington Wire:
Obama's Name Again Is Used in Attack
Discussion: Swampland and TIME.com
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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Dean Reynolds / CBS News:
Reporter's Notebook: Seeing How The Other Half Lives  —  From CBS News' Dean Reynolds:  —  (NASHVILLE, TENN.) - After most of the previous 12 months covering Barack Obama's campaign for the presidency, it was interesting, instructive and, well, relaxing to follow John McCain for the last few days.
Brad DeLong / Grasping Reality with Both Hands:
John McCain's New Mortgage Plan Is Worse than I Had Imagined Possibly, Even Given What I Know About John McCain  —  Douglas Holtz-Eakin says, this morning: … What does this mean?  It means that John McCain wants to give $100 billion of taxpayers' money to America's worst-behaving mortgage financiers.
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Paul Krugman:
To do, not to do  —  Readers ask what I think should be done about the financial crisis.
New York Times:
U.S. May Take Ownership Stake in Banks  —  WASHINGTON — Having tried without success to unlock frozen credit markets, the Treasury Department is considering taking ownership stakes in many United States banks to try to restore confidence in the financial system, according to government officials.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Marc Ambinder:
Obama's Top Field Generals Dispatched To Florida  —  The Obama campaign's top two field generals have decamped to Florida, a sign of its confidence that the state, with 27 electoral votes, is tilting toward the Democratic candidate.  —  Steve Hildebrand, the deputy campaign manager …
Discussion: Facing South
Zack Exley / Firedoglake:
The New Organizers: Obama's Neighborhood Teams  —  Inside the Obama campaign, almost without anyone noticing, an insurgent generation of organizers has built the Progressive movement a brand new and potentially durable people's organization, in a dozen states, rooted at the neighborhood level.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
McCain's Depression stat just a tad high  —  John McCain himself has admitted that he is not the best student of the economy, but tonight the Republican nominee for president missed the official mark by a fairly long-shot with his discussion of unemployment during the Great Depression.
Justin Fox / The Curious Capitalist:
Treasury prepares for a TARP-and-switch.  And it's a good thing, too  —  Did anybody else notice that when Hank Paulson was describing in his press conference today what the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act enables Treasury to do, the first thing he listed was “to inject capital into financial institutions”?
Wockner:
Polls flip: Gays now losing marriage in Calif.  —  A TV ad showing San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom saying California is going to have same-sex marriage “whether you like it or not” is being credited with flipping poll numbers to favor the Nov. 4 ballot proposition to amend the state constitution …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
OBVIOUSLY INTENTIONAL  —  Seems like almost every day now there's a McCain-Palin rally where the campaign has the candidates introduced by someone who hits on “Barack Hussein Obama”.  Just happened again in Bethlehem, PA. After the fifth or sixth time you pretty much know on the orders of the campaign.
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.
Richard A. Epstein / Forbes:
Robert Nozick Vs. The U.S. Congress  —  Now that yesterday's market nosedive shows the disappointing Congressional bailout has not calmed markets, let the post-mortem begin.  Disasters like this latest financial meltdown don't just happen.  Mistakes this huge require an impoverished political philosophy to grease the skids.
ABCNEWS:
Obama: McCain Scoring ‘Cheap Political Points’  —  Democratic Contender Discusses Economy in Post-Debate Exclusive With Charlie Gibson  —  Sen. Barack Obama says the personal attacks levied against him by the campaign of his presidential rival, Sen. John McCain, particularly references …
Discussion: Political Radar and Hot Air
 
 
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Lynn Sweet:
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Hugh Hewitt / Townhall.com:
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Ross Douthat:
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Discussion: The Next Right
Kate Sheppard / Gristmill:
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