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7:25 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 …
Marc Ambinder:
Is McCain Serious About Ayers? Evidence Says No.
David Harsanyi / Denver Post:   Republicans have no candidate
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:
Not mentioning the market  —  McCain didn't talk about the stock market yesterday, and didn't put out a statement on it, while Obama did both, and McCain campaign manager Rick Davis was asked about that on a conference call (about Acorn!) this afternoon.  —  “There's very little a candidate …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Davis: McCain blew up bailout
Discussion: MSNBC, Newsweek Blogs and folo
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
MCCAIN ‘BLEW UP’ THE BAILOUT PACKAGE?.... It's hard to imagine …
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 …
Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:   Political Punch Exclusive: New Obama Ad Hits Back on McCain Attack Ad …
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 …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Think Progress
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
McCain calls Obama ‘decent person,’ is booed  —  McCain sort of can't win here.  —  Parnes reports from Minnesota: … If it's not the Times editorial board jeering him, it's his own crowd.  —  ALSO: Whoa:
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
McCain asks crowd to be ‘respectful’ of Obama
Discussion: Swampland and Talking Points Memo
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
McCain's Not Very Big Guns  —  In a post entitled “The Booming of the Big Guns,” Peter Robinson boasts that the McCain campaign has gotten “100 economists” to sign a statement warning of the grave effects of Barack Obama's economic program.  —  This statement strikes me as far less devastating than Robinson makes it out to be.
Discussion: Think Progress
Peter Robinson / The Corner:
The Booming of the Big Guns
Discussion: John McCain 2008
‘Kill Him’ Yell At Clearwater Palin Rally Being Probed  —  TAMPA - The U.S. Secret Service is looking into reports that a crowd member yelled,"Kill him!" while Gov. Sarah Palin was talking about Sen. Barack Obama during her Clearwater rally Monday.  —  The incident reportedly occurred …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
CNN:   Rage rising on the McCain campaign trail
TPM Election Central:
McCain Campaign Now Attacks Michelle Obama Over Ayers  —  The McCain campaign is now broadening their attack on Obama's past association with William Ayers to include Michelle Obama — even though McCain has repeatedly said spouses should be off limits during the campaign.  —  The attack?
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, MyDD and Shakesville
Garance Franke-Ruta / Washington Post:
As McCain Goes Negative, a GOP Senator Makes a Positive Turn  —  CHICAGO — Falling behind in a sheaf of polls amid one of the nastiest campaigns in the country, Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) announced today that he will unilaterally disarm: He will pull his negative advertising and urge his supporters to do the same.
Discussion: The New Republic
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Andy Barr / Yahoo! News:
Candidates pressured to change debate
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Associated Press:
Judge orders state to preserve Palin's e-mails
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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Biden defends Obama against association hit
Heidi N. Moore / Deal Journal:
Stewards of Capital Gather at NYSE. What Happens Next? Who Knows?
Discussion: New York Magazine
Evan Tracey / AdAge:
Obama Airs 25,000 Commercials in Past Four Days
Alaska lawmakers review Palin trooper report
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
HOW LOW CAN HE GO, TAKE #9  —  With John McCain descending …
Discussion: Think Progress
 Earlier Items: 
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
Marc Ambinder:
Senate Race Rankings: 57+ For Democrats
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
FOX News Poll: Obama Maintains Lead Over McCain
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Dangerous Panic On The Far Right
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs