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8:25 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 …
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 …
Serge F. Kovaleski / New York Times:
Alaska Inquiry Concludes Palin Abused Powers  —  Gov. Sarah Palin abused the powers of her office by pressuring subordinates to try to get her former brother-in-law, a state trooper, fired, an investigation by the Alaska Legislature has concluded.  The inquiry found, however …
Alaska_Politics / Anchorage Daily News:
The Branchflower report  —  FINDINGS:  —  Finding Number One  —  For the reasons explained in section IV of this report, I find that Governor Sarah Palin abused her power by violating Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a) of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act.  Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a) provides
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.
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:
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
McCain asks crowd to be ‘respectful’ of Obama
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.
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 …
Nate Silver /
Today's Polls, 10/10  —  With 25 days to go until the election …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
No Sleep 'Till West Virginia
Discussion: The Anonymous Liberal
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 …
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Re: Complaint against Steyn dismissed  —  Mark Hemingway is right to say that free speech in Canada “does not exist in any meaningful way”.  As the British Columbia “Human Rights” Tribunal's rambling and incoherent decision makes plain, Maclean's and I were acquitted of “flagrant Islamophobia” …
Discussion: The Shotgun and Jules Crittenden
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 …
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?
Rage rising on the McCain campaign trail
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.
Associated Press:
U.S. will buy stock in banks, Paulson says  —  Last time similar program was used was during the Great Depression  —  WASHINGTON - The federal government will buy stock in American banks for the first time since the Great Depression, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said Friday …
Discussion: Athens Daily News and Tom Watson
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
Ragnar / The Jawa Report:
Question: Does Barack Obama Have Any Friends Who AREN'T Communists?  —  The news of Barack Obama's close relationship with Frank Marshall Davis has been around before, but it's important.  Via Accuracy in Media: … Aren't we seeing a pattern here?  One interaction with one old communist isn't particularly troubling.
Henry / Crooked Timber:
A bit of horserace commentary  —  So I hear (via a prominent member of the sane Republican faction) that the word on the right side of the street is that the Republican National Committee is about to pull the plug on its joint ads with the McCain campaign, and devote its resources instead …
Discussion: folo, Emptywheel and MyDD
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