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8:35 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.
The Huffington Post:
David Brooks: Sarah Palin “Represents A Fatal Cancer To The Republican Party”
Jbrown / Politically Drunk On Power!:
Web Archives Confirm Barack Obama Was Member Of Socialist ‘New Party’ In 1996
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.
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 …
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.
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: Dr. Sanity, The Corner and Kevin Drum
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
White House:
Press Briefing by Press Secretary Dana Perino  —  MS. PERINO: A couple of announcements for you.  This afternoon, Secretary Paulson will hold a press conference in advance of the meeting this Friday of the G7 finance ministers and central bank governors.  It's at 3:00 p.m. Secretary Paulson …
Discussion: Big Brass Blog
Ali / Think Progress:   Perino Confirms White House Won't Extend Jobless Benefits …
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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
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
U.S. Urgently Reviews Policy On Afghanistan
Discussion: New York Times
PZ Myers / Pharyngula:
For you visual thinkers who couldn't be bothered to listen to the debates
Garance Franke-Ruta / Washington Post:
Biden Takes on ‘Angry Man’ McCain
Discussion: TalkLeft
 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
Zack Exley / The Huffington Post:
The New Organizers, Part 1: Obama's Neighborhood Teams and the Power …
Discussion: techPresident and Open Left