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12:05 PM ET, October 9, 2008


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VIDEO: The McCain-Palin mob in Strongsville, Ohio  —  UPDATE - THANK KOS & WONKETTE & DIGG!!  Please donate to keep my camera charged and the gas tank filled for more Ohio fun!  —  It's no wonder that the slightest incitement from Sarah Palin or John McCain will turn one of their rallies into a lynch mob.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
McCain goes full frontal on Obama-Ayers connection  —  Team McCain has a new ad out this morning called “Ayers”, a comprehensive attack on Obama on his relationship with former Weather Underground terrorist William Ayers.  This isn't just a suggestive 30-second spot.
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 …
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 …
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.
Andy Barr / The Politico:
McCain launches Ayers ad
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Roger L Simon / Pajamas Media:
Why the press hides Obama's lies
Jeane MacIntosh / New York Post:
NUTS!  —  HOW ACORN GOT ME INTO VOTE SCAM  —  CLEVELAND - Two Ohio voters, including Domino's pizza worker Christopher Barkley , claimed yesterday that they were hounded by the community-activist group ACORN to register to vote several times, even though they made it clear they'd already signed up.
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
States' Actions to Block Voters Appear Illegal  —  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, according to a review of state records and Social Security data by The New York Times.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
What does Obama know about ACORN fraud?  —  Investors Business Daily asks what Barack Obama knows about the epidemic of voter fraud in ACORN, and it's not an unfair question.  Not only has Obama publicly endorsed ACORN, he has paid them at least $800,000 for their services, an amount that he didn't immediately disclose until pressed.
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 …
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.
Bill White / Anchorage Daily News:
Todd Palin campaigned years for firing trooper  —  SWORN STATEMENT: He says he wanted to protect his family.  —  —  Todd Palin talked with over a dozen state officials, many of them repeatedly, in his crusade to get a state trooper fired whom he considered to be a bad cop …
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Eli Saslow / Washington Post:
From Outsider To Politician  —  SPRINGFIELD, Ill. The taunting began as soon as Barack Obama joined the Illinois Senate in January 1997.  He had expected to face some skepticism as a political neophyte, but not such outright hostility.  For the first few months of his career as a lawmaker …
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Corrente and MSNBC
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Soviet document shows Biden sold out human-rights concerns  —  According to internal Soviet Union documents from the SALT-2 negotiations in 1979, Joe Biden effectively told Soviet negotiators not to worry about American rhetoric about human-rights concerns.  In fact, Biden also told the Soviets …
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.
The Huffington Post:
Obama, McCain Transition Efforts Are Worlds Apart  —  As the 2008 campaign nears its conclusion, the presidential transition efforts of the two major candidates have become a study in contrasts: Sen. Barack Obama has organized an elaborate well-staffed network to prepare for his possible ascension …
George F. Will / Washington Post:
McCain in a Bear Market  —  Time was, the Baltimore Orioles' manager was Earl Weaver, a short, irascible, Napoleonic figure who, when cranky, as he frequently was, would shout at an umpire, “Are you going to get any better or is this it?”  With, mercifully, only one debate to go, that is the question about John McCain's campaign.
Discussion: Comedy Central and Balloon Juice
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
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
McCain Campaign Tries To See Glass as Half Full  —  Behind in Polls, Republican Needs Momentum  —  It was a late night for John McCain's campaign — a post-debate repast of karaoke until the wee hours of the rain-soaked morning.  They sang neither in celebration nor to drown their sorrows.
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Schmidt's Opening?  —  John Heilemann on how McCain lost his brand:
Amy Schalet / Washington Post:
A Question for Sarah Palin
Discussion: The Corner and The Foundry
FactChecking Debate No. 2  —  Nonsense in Nashville
David Samuels / The New Republic:
Invisible Man  —  How Ralph Ellison explains Barack Obama.
Discussion: Althouse and Swampland
Manu Raju / The Hill:
Judge deals blow to case against Sen. Stevens
Dorothy Rabinowitz / Wall Street Journal:
News Flash: The Media Back Obama
Washington Post:
Mr. McCain's Mortgage Offer
Discussion: TalkLeft and New York Times
Sharon Waxman / The Daily Beast:
At the Craps Tables With John McCain
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Associated Press:
National Rifle Association endorses McCain
Discussion: Hot Air, and The Campaign Spot
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Voters Haven't Decided Yet
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain camp making news in the morning