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10:50 AM ET, October 10, 2008


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Washington Post:
Anger Is Crowd's Overarching Emotion at McCain Rally  —  There were shouts of “Nobama” and “Socialist” at the mention of the Democratic presidential nominee.  There were boos, middle fingers turned up and thumbs turned down as a media caravan moved through the crowd Thursday …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Panic attacks: Voters unload at GOP rallies  —  The unmistakable momentum behind Barack Obama's campaign, combined with worry that John McCain is not doing enough to stop it, is ratcheting up fears and frustrations among conservatives.  —  And nowhere is this emotion on plainer display …
Wall Street Journal:
McCain Campaign Is at Odds Over Negative Attacks' Scope  —  Senator Says Faith Issue Puts Obama's Former Pastor off Limits  —  Top McCain campaign officials are grappling with how far to go with negative attacks on Sen. Barack Obama in the final weeks of what is turning into a come-from-behind effort.
Serge F. Kovaleski / New York Times:
In Dozens of Calls, Palins and Aides Pressed for Trooper's Removal  —  ANCHORAGE — The 2007 state fair was days away when Alaska's public safety commissioner, Walt Monegan, took another call about one of his troopers, Michael Wooten.  This time, the director of Gov. Sarah Palin's Anchorage office was on the line.
Anchorage Daily News:
Troopergate findings are due today
Discussion: The Caucus
Voter registration forms faked, officials say  —  CNN Special Investigations Unit  —  CROWN POINT, Indiana (CNN) — More than 2,000 voter registration forms filed in northern Indiana's Lake County by a liberal activist group this week have turned out to be bogus, election officials said Thursday.
Jeane MacIntosh / New York Post:
Brian C. Mooney / Boston Globe:
Republicans try to tie Obama to vote fraud cases
Discussion: NY Daily News
Maggie Thurber / Thurber's Thoughts:   BREAKING: Federal Court says Ohio Secretary of State broke voter laws
Charles Krauthammer / Real Clear Politics:
A Question of Barack Obama's Character  —  WASHINGTON — Convicted felon Tony Rezko.  Unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers.  And the race-baiting Rev. Jeremiah Wright.  It is hard to think of any presidential candidate before Barack Obama sporting associations with three more execrable characters.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama on Ayers: ‘I assumed that he had been rehabilitated’  —  In an interview with the sympathetic conservative talk radio host this afternoon, Obama offered the clearest explanation yet of how an extremely careful politician allowed himself anywhere near a former '60s radical who would become …
David Harsanyi / Denver Post:
Republicans have no candidate
Discussion: protein wisdom
Paul Volcker / Wall Street Journal:
We Have the Tools to Manage the Crisis  —  Now we need the leadership to use them.  —  Today, the financial crisis has reached a critical point.  The sharp decline in the stock market and its volatility dramatically make the point.  More important if less visible, the flow of credit through …
Anthony Faiola / Washington Post:
The End Of American Capitalism?  —  The worst financial crisis since the Great Depression is claiming another casualty: American-style capitalism.  —  Since the 1930s, U.S. banks were the flagships of American economic might, and emulation by other nations of the fiercely free-market financial system …
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 …
New York Times:
Fictitious Donors Found in Obama Finance Records  —  Last December, someone using the name “Test Person,” from “Some Place, UT,” made a series of contributions, the largest being $764, to Senator Barack Obama's presidential campaign totaling $2,410.07.  —  Someone identifying himself as …
Boston Herald:
Pollster: Don't believe the Dem hype  —  The presidential race is still too close to call and could come down to the very last weekend before voters decide if they like or distrust Barack Obama, a national pollster predicts.  —  “I don't think Obama has closed the deal yet,” pollster John Zogby told the Herald yesterday.
Discussion: Reason, US News and Political Machine
Wall Street Journal:
Dodd and Countrywide  —  The Senator should take the witness stand.  —  Former Lehman Brothers CEO Dick Fuld was under oath Monday when he was grilled on Capitol Hill about his role in the current financial meltdown.  But if Members really want to understand the credit mania, they should also call Chris Dodd.
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: MSNBC and YID With LID
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Class War Before Palin  —  Modern conservatism began as a movement of dissident intellectuals.  Richard Weaver wrote a book called, “Ideas Have Consequences.”  Russell Kirk placed Edmund Burke in an American context.  William F. Buckley famously said he'd rather be governed …
Nouriel Roubini / Nouriel Roubini's Global …:
The world is at severe risk of a global systemic financial meltdown and a severe global depression  —  The US and advanced economies' financial system is now headed towards a near-term systemic financial meltdown as day after day stock markets are in free fall, money markets have shut …
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Voter registration boom favors Obama
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
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Alexander Mooney / CNN:
McCain mortgage plan incites conservative ire
Kimberly Kindy / Washington Post:
PR Consultant Helped Palin Grab Spotlight
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Christopher Hitchens / Vanity Fair:
America the Banana Republic
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
New York Times:
As Fears Ease, Baghdad Sees Walls Tumble
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and On Deadline
 Earlier Items: 
The Huffington Post:
Victory Within Grasp, Obama Faces A New Choice
John Stossel / ABCNEWS:
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Real Clear Politics:
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Discussion: Power Line
Fredreka Schouten / ABCNEWS:
Obama, Paul net most military workers' campaign donations
Discussion: The Huffington Post
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Hoover vs. Roosevelt?
Discussion: The Corner and The Moderate Voice
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