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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:
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
McCain goes full frontal on Obama-Ayers connection
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain will be accused of racism regardless
Rob / Say Anything:
More Voter Registration Shenanigans: Indianapolis Has 105% Of Its Population Registered To Vote  —  Does ACORN have an office in Indianapolis?  You know they do. … Across the nation voter registration irregularities are coming to light.  Many of these irregularities involving the former employer …
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Paul K. Ogden / Ogden on Politics:
Vote Early & Often?  — 105% of Indianapolis Residents Now Registered to Vote
Gateway Pundit:   MORE ACORN FRAUD!  Kansas City Officials Find Hundreds of Bogus Registrations
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.
ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: Inside Account of US Eavesdropping on Americans  —  US Officer's “Phone Sex” Intercepted, Recorded, Shared Across NSA Listening Post  —  Despite pledges by President George W. Bush and American intelligence officials to the contrary, hundreds of US citizens overseas have been eavesdropped …
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
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.
Associated Press:
National Rifle Association endorses McCain  —  WASHINGTON - The National Rifle Association is endorsing Republican presidential nominee John McCain.  —  NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre announced the endorsement Thursday.  LaPierre and the chairman of the NRA's political action committee …
Discussion: TIME.com and The Campaign Spot
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.
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
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Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:   U.S. Urgently Reviews Policy On Afghanistan
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Rage in the Town of Bethlehem  —  BETHLEHEM, Pa. Now, it's personal.  —  John McCain and Sarah Palin were backstage, and Lehigh County GOP Chairman Bill Platt was warming up the crowd of 6,000 at a rally here for the Republican ticket.  —  “Think about how you'll feel on November 5 …
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: The Big Picture and First Draft
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
BAITING MCCAIN.... One almost gets the sense that Barack Obama wants John McCain to confront him directly with some of these guilt-by-association attacks.  ABC's Charlie Gibson sat down with Obama yesterday, and asked whether he was surprised that McCain didn't go in this direction during Tuesday's debate.
Discussion: Oliver Willis
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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.
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.
CNN:
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 …
Ian Urbina / MSNBC:
States' purges of voter rolls appear illegal  —  Actions apparently the result of mistakes in complying with 2002 law  —  Tens of thousands of eligible voters in at least six swing states have been removed from the rolls or have been blocked from registering in ways that appear to violate federal law …
 
 
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Eli Saslow / Washington Post:
From Outsider To Politician  —  SPRINGFIELD, Ill. The taunting began …
Discussion: Hullabaloo, MSNBC and Corrente
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Voters Haven't Decided Yet
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight.com
David Plotz / Slate:
ITS PORTRAIT OF RUSSIA IS DATED. …
Mark R. Levin / The Corner:
re: The Ayers Card is a Deuce, Not an Ace
Discussion: Sadly, No!
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
All's Fair  —  Until now, I hadn't been able to catch …
PZ Myers / Pharyngula:
For you visual thinkers who couldn't be bothered to listen to the debates
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Garance Franke-Ruta / Washington Post:
Biden Takes on ‘Angry Man’ McCain
Discussion: TalkLeft
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Tough Press Conference
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
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Katie Allison Granju / Because I said so:
The real reason a lot of women can't stand Sarah Palin