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6:05 PM ET, October 10, 2008


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Christopher Buckley / The Daily Beast:
Sorry, Dad, I'm Voting for Obama  —  Welcome to The Daily Beast: A Q&A with Tina Brown  —  The son of William F. Buckley has decided—shock!—to vote for a Democrat.  —  Let me be the latest conservative/libertarian/whatever to leap onto the Barack Obama bandwagon.
Pat Shellenbarger /
Former governor Milliken backs away from McCain  —  GRAND RAPIDS — He endorsed John McCain in the presidential primary, but now former Republican Gov. William Milliken is expressing doubts about his party's nominee.  —  “He is not the McCain I endorsed,” said Milliken, reached at his Traverse City home Thursday.
Frank Schaeffer / Baltimore Sun:
McCain's attacks fuel dangerous hatred  —  John McCain: If your campaign does not stop equating Sen. Barack Obama with terrorism, questioning his patriotism and portraying Mr. Obama as “not one of us,” I accuse you of deliberately feeding the most unhinged elements of our society the red meat of hate …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Dangerous Panic On The Far Right
Marc Ambinder:
Is McCain Serious About Ayers? Evidence Says No.
David Harsanyi / Denver Post:   Republicans have no candidate
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Anti-Obama Fury Spills Over Into Down-Ticket Contests: “Bomb Obama”
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
THE GIST OF THE ACORN STORY  —  The Republican party is grasping on to the ACORN story as a way to delegitimize what now looks like the probable outcome of the November election.  It is also a way to stoke the paranoia of their base, lay the groundwork for legal challenges of close outcomes …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Davis: McCain blew up bailout  —  On that Acorn call, McCain campaign manager Rick Davis also credited McCain with “blowing ... up” the first bailout package when he suspended his campaign to come to Washington, something McCain's campaign had heatedly denied at the time.
Discussion: Newsweek Blogs, folo and MSNBC
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
MCCAIN ‘BLEW UP’ THE BAILOUT PACKAGE?.... It's hard to imagine …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Not mentioning the market
Memeorandum Colors: Visualizing Political Bias with Greasemonkey  —  Like the rest of the world, I've been completely obsessed with the presidential election and nonstop news coverage.  My drug of choice?  Gabe Rivera's Memeorandum, the political sister site of Techmeme …
Bob Gardinier / Albany Times Union:
Barack ‘Osama’ on Rensselaer County ballots  —  TROY — Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's last name is spelled “Osama” on hundreds of absentee ballots mailed out this week to voters in Rensselaer County.  —  The misspelling, which elections officials on both sides of the aisle insist …
Marc Ambinder:
Senate Race Rankings: 57+ For Democrats  —  Every analyst does their own version of Senate race rankings.  They're easy to do and they draw traffic.  Mine are below.  The polls close in Kentucky at 6:00 pm ET, so we'll have a pretty good idea pretty early if Democrats will hit 60 Senate seats.
Garance Franke-Ruta / Washington Post:
As McCain Goes Negative, a GOP Senator Makes a Positive Turn
Discussion: The New Republic
Aaron Blake / The Hill:   Coleman says he's going 100 percent positive
Hartford Courant:
High Court Grants Gay Marriage Rights  —  Beth Kerrigan and Jody Mock sat hunkered down in front of their computer in their West Hartford home Friday morning, sifting through the voluminous Supreme Court decision in their case seeking the right to marry as a same-sex couple.
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Palin schedules bus tour of West Virginia  —  CLEVELAND, Ohio (CNN) — In what may be another signal that the troubled economy is forcing John McCain's campaign to play electoral map defense, Sarah Palin has scheduled a bus tour for Sunday through West Virginia, a state that's been leaning red throughout this presidential race.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Spin Cycle
Albert Bozzo /
Radical Measures May Be In The Wings  —  As the financial crisis threatens to spiral out of control, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson is prepared to take extraordinary steps through the extensive authority granted to him under emergency rescue legislation.  —  With the legislation's main mechanism …
William C. Ibershof / New York Times:
Prosecuting Weathermen  —  To the Editor:  —  Re “Politics of Attack” (editorial, Oct. 8) and “Obama and '60s Bomber: A Look Into Crossed Paths” (front page, Oct. 4):  —  As the lead federal prosecutor of the Weathermen in the 1970s (I was then chief of the criminal division in the Eastern District …
TPM Election Central:
Fox Poll: Nearly Two-Thirds Say Ayers Makes No Difference To Their Vote
Discussion: The Huffington Post and MyDD
Barbara Slavin / Washington Times:
Obama tried to sway Iraqis on Bush deal  —  In private conversations on troop presence, candidate pitched delay  —  At the same time the Bush administration was negotiating a still elusive agreement to keep the U.S. military in Iraq, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama tried …
Alaska lawmakers review Palin trooper report  —  ANCHORAGE, Alaska (CNN) — Alaska lawmakers huddled behind closed doors Friday to review a report on Gov. Sarah Palin's firing of her public safety commissioner, who says he was sacked for resisting pressure to fire the governor's ex-brother-in-law.
Wall Street Journal:
Dow Makes a Late Comeback  —  Stocks staged another wrenching turnaround on Friday afternoon, this time bouncing sharply higher as banking stocks surged, in a fitting cap to one of the most turbulent weeks in financial history.  —  The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell more than 600 points shortly …
Wall Street Journal:
Market's 7-Day Rout Leaves U.S. Reeling
Susan Schmidt / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Staff Slips Up With Muslim Outreach  —  The Obama campaign said it was a mistake for an outreach coordinator to join a meeting last month attended by leaders of two controversial Muslim groups as it seeks votes from large Muslim populations in swing states.
Discussion: YID With LID
Paul Krugman:
Not about the financial crisis  —  The crisis isn't the only scary thing going on.  Something very ugly is taking shape on the political scene: as McCain's chances fade, the crowds at his rallies are, by all accounts, increasingly gripped by insane rage.  It's not just a mob phenomenon …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Gallup Daily: Obama 51%, McCain 41%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Barack Obama has a 51% to 41% lead over John McCain in the latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking report involving interviewing conducted Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights.  —  These results show little major change in the basic structure …
Discussion: Firedoglake, Shakesville and MyDD
New York Post:
GOLLY, PALIN TO PLAY HERSELF ON ‘SNL’  —  SOCCER moms and Joe Sixpacks, listen up.  Get your beer, mooseburgers and caribou dips ready.  Sarah Palin is doing “Saturday Night Live.”  Not Tina Fey doing Sarah Palin doing “Saturday Night Live.”  But the Sarah Herself.  She has already OK'd it.
Discussion: Political Machine
Peter Robinson / The Corner:
The Booming of the Big Guns  —  This week the McCain campaign released a statement warning that Barack Obama's policies would gravely damage the American economy.  —  So?  —  So the statement was signed by 100 economists, including Nobel Prize winners Gary Becker, Edward Prescott, Vernon Smith, Robert Mundell, and James Buchanan.
Robert Barro / John McCain 2008:
Economists Statement on Barack Obama's Risky Economic Proposals
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Garance Franke-Ruta / Washington Post:
McCain's Risky Turn
Michael Pollan / New York Times:
Farmer in Chief  —  It may surprise you to learn that among …
Discussion: Gristmill
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
FOX News Poll: Obama Maintains Lead Over McCain
Tom LoBianco / Washington Times:
Protesting nuns branded terrorists
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Ross Douthat:
Be Careful What You Wish For  —  Larison responds to my post …
Discussion: Eunomia
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo: