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9:10 AM ET, October 11, 2008

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Don Hunter / Anchorage Daily News:
Troopergate report: Palin abused power  —  A legislative investigation has concluded that Gov. Sarah Palin abused her power in pushing for the firing of an Alaska state trooper who was once married to her sister.  —  The report by investigator Steve Branchflower was made public late …
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Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press:
Buy AP Photo Reprints  —  Web Search:  —  Post |  Get Photos |  Get Reprints |  Reuse Options  —  Alaska panel finds Palin abused power in firing  —  ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Sarah Palin unlawfully abused her power as governor by trying to have her former brother-in-law fired as a state trooper …
Alaska_Politics / Anchorage Daily News:
The Branchflower report
Discussion: Hot Air and Pam's House Blend
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Troopergate report: Palin abused authority
Discussion: Say Anything
Ana Marie Cox / Swampland:
McCain Denounces Pitchfork-Wavers  —  Here in Lakeville, the traveling press was pretty sure we'd see more of the kind of vicious anti-Obama attitude that's becoming a hallmark of McCain rallies of late.  —  As the town hall started, McCain was off with more pep than usual.
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David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
TRYING TO SNUFF OUT THE FLAME  —  At a rally late today in Minnesota, John McCain addressed the heated comments, including calls to violence, coming from some supporters at his rallies this week: … Here's the (updated longer version) video of a portion of McCain's remarks:
The Politico:
Crowd boos after McCain says Obama not ‘an Arab’  —  Fearing the raw and at times angry emotions of his supporters may damage his campaign, John McCain on Friday urged them to tone down their increasingly personal denunciations of Barack Obama, including one woman who said she had heard that the Democrat was “an Arab.”
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
McCain asks crowd to be ‘respectful’ of Obama
David Weigel / Reason:
A Tale of Two Videos  —  This is a video from the McCain campaign called “Ayers.”  It's 90 seconds long, meant for web consumption, and it spent all of yesterday linked from The Drudge Report.  As of 10 a.m. today, it had 418,605 views.  —  Remember “the McCain-Palin mob,” the video from a liberal blogger that I linked yesterday?
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Washington Post:
McCain Mum on Former Pastor  —  Some in GOP Frustrated at Omission in Attacks on Obama  —  As John McCain's campaign hits hard at some of Barack Obama's past associations, one person closely tied to the Democratic candidate is conspicuously absent from the attacks: the Rev. Jeremiah …
CNN:
Rage rising on the McCain campaign trail
Mike Robinson / Associated Press:
Obama fundraiser, convicted of fraud, spills beans  —  CHICAGO - Jailed political fundraiser Antoin “Tony” Rezko, the Chicago real estate developer who helped launch Barack Obama on his political career, is whispering secrets to federal prosecutors about corruption in Illinois and the political fallout could be explosive.
Discussion: Newsalert
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Michael Sneed / Chicago Sun Times:
Puck politics  —  The penalty box!  —  Scoopsville: Sneed is told GOP veepmate Sarah Palin will be dropping the puck for the Philadelphia Flyers home opener hockey game in Philly Saturday, and the press is being put in the penalty box!  —  “That's where they will have to stay if they want to cover it …
Discussion: Wake up America, Hot Air and Newsalert
HillBuzz:
URGENT: Big story about to break, we are one step closer to Rezko giving Obama up to federal prosecutors  —  The Sun Times today gave a major clue that Barack Obama will indeed go down with Tony Rezko, sooner rather than later.  It looks as though Rezko is about to turn on Alexi Giannoulias …
New York Post:
GAY-PORN KINGPIN LINKED TO O  —  ONE of the “bundlers” who has raised $50,000 to $100,000 for the Barack Obama presidential campaign is Terrence Bean, who once controlled the biggest producer of gay porn in America.  —  Bean, the first gay on Sen. Obama's National Finance Committee …
Jonathan Darman / Newsweek:
Obama opens a double-digit lead in new NEWSWEEK poll  —  Obama on the campaign trail in Columbus, Ohio.  —  The global financial meltdown has caused a dramatic shift in the 2008 presidential race, according to the latest NEWSWEEK poll.  With four weeks left in the presidential campaign …
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Reading Incomprehension  —  Per the Times Caucus blog Sarah Paulson picked up the Washington Times story that Obama interfered with and attempted to influence Iraqi Foreign Minister Zebari while the Bush Administration was trying to negotiate the status of US forces in Iraq.
New York Times:
A Bit of ‘I Told You So’ Outside World Bank Talks  —  WASHINGTON — They told everyone this was going to happen, no one listened, and now see?  —  As column after column of black Lincoln Town Cars disgorged international finance officials onto the sidewalk in front of World Bank headquarters on Friday …
Discussion: The Agonist
 
 
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Jennifer Fermino / Reuters:
STOCKS SOAR! (IN BAGHDAD)
Laura Rozen / MotherJones.com:
Q: What Do Sarah Palin, Ahmad Chalabi, and the NRA Have in Common?
Discussion: MoJoBlog
John Steele Gordon / Wall Street Journal:
A Short Banking History of the United States
Discussion: The Foundry
Paul Taylor / Reuters:
Ex-president Carter slams Bush on market crisis
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
For Palin, some pork is kosher
 Earlier Items: 
Henry / Crooked Timber:
A bit of horserace commentary
Discussion: folo and MyDD
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Gen. Petraeus backs Obama: ‘You have to talk to enemies.’
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Today's Polls, 10/10  —  With 25 days to go until the election …
Discussion: The Daily Dish