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5:10 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 …
The Huffington Post:
Obama Called “Traitor” Again At McCain Rally  —  John McCain's rally on Friday once again inspired furious reactions from his supporters, with one woman screaming “traitor!” as McCain criticized Barack Obama's tax record.  —  “He promised higher taxes on electricity,” McCain charged at the event in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
Sarah Palin / The Huffington Post:
Former McCain Strategist Warns Against “Angry Mob”  —  John Weaver, John McCain's former top strategist, says the Republican candidate is making both a moral and a a tactical mistake by letting abusive hecklers have free rein at rallies: … Yesterday, McCain encouraged a questioner who ranted about …
David Harsanyi / Denver Post:   Republicans have no candidate
Marc Ambinder:
Is McCain Serious About Ayers? Evidence Says No.
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Anti-Obama Fury Spills Over Into Down-Ticket Contests: “Bomb Obama”
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Dangerous Panic On The Far Right
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 …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   THE GIST OF THE ACORN STORY
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
MCCAIN ‘BLEW UP’ THE BAILOUT PACKAGE?.... It's hard to imagine …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Davis: McCain blew up bailout
Discussion: folo
Jeane MacIntosh / New York Post:
1 VOTER, 72 REGISTRATIONS  —  ‘ACORN PAID ME IN CASH & CIGS’  —  CLEVELAND - A man at the center of a voter-registration scandal told The Post yesterday he was given cash and cigarettes by aggressive ACORN activists in exchange for registering an astonishing 72 times, in apparent violation of Ohio laws.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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: The Jawa Report and YID With LID
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
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
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Coleman says he's going 100 percent positive  —  Sen. Norm Coleman's campaign announced Friday it is pulling all of its negative advertisements off the airwaves.  —  Coleman (R-Minn.) said he will pull all negative ads run against Democrat Al Franken and will urge all his supporters to do the same.
“Our Best Days are Yet to Come.” - Senator Norm Coleman
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
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.
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 …
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.
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
FOX News Poll: Obama Maintains Lead Over McCain  —  Barack Obama maintains a 7-point lead over John McCain, in the latest FOX News poll.  —  —  Barack Obama leads John McCain by 46 percent to 39 percent, according to a FOX News national registered voter poll released Friday.
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Garance Franke-Ruta / Washington Post:
McCain's Risky Turn
Michelle Malkin:
Mark Steyn acquitted in Canadian sharia case
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Garance Franke-Ruta / Washington Post:
McCain Seeks Reform of 401(k) Rules
Michael Pollan / New York Times:
Farmer in Chief  —  It may surprise you to learn that among …
Discussion: Gristmill
President Bush Speaks on Ailing Economy
Discussion: Think Progress and
Tom LoBianco / Washington Times:
Protesting nuns branded terrorists
 Earlier Items: 
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama Attacks McCain-Palin For Stoking Fear and Anger At Rallies
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Steve Scherer / Bloomberg:
Berlusconi Says Leaders May Close World's Markets
Discussion: Gawker, Reason and Pat Dollard
Ross Douthat:
Be Careful What You Wish For  —  Larison responds to my post …
Discussion: Eunomia
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:

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A Russian court convicts Evan Gershkovich of espionage and sentences him to 16 years in prison; Wall Street Journal calls the trial a “sham”

Los Angeles Times:
LA County Sheriff's Department secretly investigated and urged the state AG to prosecute an LA Times reporter who wrote about a leaked list of problem deputies

Connor Mycroft / South China Morning Post:
Media orgs, WSJ union, and a congressional panel express support for Selina Cheng, who says WSJ fired her for assuming Hong Kong Journalists Association's chair

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