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9:15 AM ET, October 9, 2008


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Jason Horowitz / New York Observer:
Black Congressmen Declare Racism In Palin's Rhetoric  —  ‘Racism Is Alive, Well’ Says Democrat Ed Towns; Greg Meeks: ‘Racial’  —  Barack Obama.  —  As the McCain campaign ratchets up the intensity of its attacks on Barack Obama, some black elected officials are calling the tactics desperate, unseemly and racist.
Hilzoy / Washington Monthly:
Round The Bend  —  The crowd at The Corner seems to have gone well and truly insane.  It all starts when David Frum asks: … There follow a series of posts at The Corner which basically answer: yes.  Jonah Goldberg: … Mark Levin: … Andy McCarthy:
Discussion: Kevin Drum, Dr. Sanity and The Corner
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Rage in the Town of Bethlehem
Discussion: Firedoglake and FishBowlDC
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 …
The Politico:
The worst debate ever
Discussion:, The Swamp and JustOneMinute
Paul K. Ogden / Ogden on Politics:
Vote Early & Often?  — 105% of Indianapolis Residents Now Registered to Vote  —  It's the elephant in the room that Indiana election officials don't talk about.  Voter registration numbers in the counties have been growing dramatically far above what is possible given the population.
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.
Esnead / The Dish Rag:
How did Newsweek get Sarah Palin to pose with a rifle?  —  How did Newsweek convince Gov. Sarah Palin to pose with a rifle for its cover?  —  Simple.  It didn't.  —  Instead, it used an archive (fancy speak for old) stock photo of her taken back in June 2002 and used it for the cover without her knowledge.
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.
The Smoking Gun:
“Keep The N*gger Out Of Office”  —  Cops: Man threatened voter officials over tardy registration card  —  Angered by a delay in the receipt of his voter registration card, a Louisiana man today threatened to shoot election officials, claiming that he urgently needed to cast a ballot to …
Peter S. Goodman / New York Times:
Taking Hard New Look at a Greenspan Legacy  —  “Not only have individual financial institutions become less vulnerable to shocks from underlying risk factors, but also the financial system as a whole has become more resilient.”  — Alan Greenspan in 2004  —  George Soros, the prominent financier …
Discussion: First Draft
Cindy McCain goes on the attack  —  (CNN) - Cindy McCain, wife of Republican presidential candidate John McCain, appears to have sharpened her attacks against Barack Obama on the campaign trail in the final stretch of the race for the White House.  —  One day after she told a Tennessee newspaper …
New York Times:
U.S. Study Is Said to Warn of Crisis in Afghanistan  —  WASHINGTON — A draft report by American intelligence agencies concludes that Afghanistan is in a “downward spiral” and casts serious doubt on the ability of the Afghan government to stem the rise in the Taliban's influence there …
Discussion: Think Progress and Reuters
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:   U.S. Urgently Reviews Policy On Afghanistan
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Prayers for Dean Barnett  —  So often in this business, we become friends with people whom we've never met face to face.  That's certainly true of Dean Barnett of the Weekly Standard.  I've long admired his writing, and Dean has always been kind enough to request me as a guest whenever he guest hosts for Hugh Hewitt.
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain camp making news in the morning  —  On what, they won't say.  —  “We'll have something to talk about,” is all a campaign aide would allow.  —  Check back again in this space or over on our front-page in the morning.
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
All's Fair  —  Until now, I hadn't been able to catch up with today's editorial on the shady company Obama keeps.  While I substantially agree with the editors, two observations are in order:  —  1. The editorial says:  —  The New Republic has reported that Obama joined Trinity around …
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Obama's Race May Be as Much a Plus as a Minus  —  Not much different from the impact of McCain's race  —  PRINCETON, NJ — While 6% of voters say they are less likely to vote for Barack Obama because of his race, 9% say they are more likely to vote for him, making the impact of his race …
Discussion: The Swamp
New York Times:
G.O.P. Facing Tougher Battle for Congress  —  WASHINGTON — The economic upheaval is threatening to topple Republican Congressional candidates, putting more Senate and House seats within Democratic reach less than a month before the elections, lawmakers and campaign strategists say.
Carrie Dann / MSNBC:
MCCAIN'S ‘FELLOW PRISONERS’ ?  —  From NBC/NJ's Adam Aigner  —  ALLENTOWN, Penn.  — After not attacking Obama in last night's debate as forcefully as his campaign had in previous days, McCain was back on the offensive today at a rally at Lehigh University with his running mate Sarah Palin.
Gateway Pundit:
MORE ACORN FRAUD!  Kansas City Officials Find Hundreds of Bogus Registrations  —  Like Barack Obama says... “The ACORN does not fall far from the tree.”  —  Indeed.  —  Tonight Kansas City officials are reporting that ACORN officials have turned in possibly hundreds of bogus registrations in Missouri.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
McCain changes homeowner plan  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) made an overnight change in the homeowner bailout he proposed at Tuesday's presidential debate, making it more generous to financial institutions and more costly for taxpayers.  —  McCain's staff says it was always meant that way.
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
Dem strategists see landslide in the making  —  Three weeks of historic economic upheaval has done more than just tilt a handful of once-reliably Republican states in Barack Obama's direction.  Democratic strategists are now optimistic that the ongoing crisis could lead to a landslide Obama victory.
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Bill Ayers: I've been saying for 40 years, you can't separate “the concept of progressive education from the concept of politics and political change”  —  Reader John Rylanders points Cornerites to this very interesting October 2006 interview of Bill Ayers in Revolution (the self-styled …
Garance Franke-Ruta / Washington Post:
Biden Takes on ‘Angry Man’ McCain  —  Democratic vice-presidential nominee Sen. Joe Biden sharply attacked the recent moves of Sen. John McCain's campaign in a speech today, casting the Arizona senator as “an angry man, lurching from one position to another.”
Discussion: TalkLeft
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Tough Press Conference  —  Unlike Marc Ambinder, I've never met Cullen Sheehan and have no idea whether or not he's a nice guy, but it's impossible to watch this and not feel kind of sorry for him.  I note that if Al Franken wins, he'll earn the prestigious title of Only Senator to Have Ever …
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Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Voters Haven't Decided Yet
David Plotz / Slate:
Ian Urbina / MSNBC:
States' purges of voter rolls appear illegal
Mark R. Levin / The Corner:
re: The Ayers Card is a Deuce, Not an Ace
Discussion: Sadly, No!
Elisabeth Rosenthal / New York Times:
U.N. Says Biofuel Subsidies Raise Food Bill and Hunger
Discussion: The Foundry
PZ Myers / Pharyngula:
For you visual thinkers who couldn't be bothered to listen to the debates
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press:
Todd Palin had unusual access to wife's staff
Discussion: Emptywheel
New York Times:
A.I.G. to Get Additional $37.8 Billion
Discussion: Kevin Drum
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
McCain's Depression stat just a tad high
Kara Kenney / WBBH-TV:
Feds investigating sheriff after ‘Hussein’ remark
Discussion: folo
Katie Allison Granju / Because I said so:
The real reason a lot of women can't stand Sarah Palin