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10:50 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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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 …
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 …
Jules Crittenden:
Trooper Finding  —  A hasp and a hinge or two shy of a gate, as the Alaska Legislature's bid to shaft McCain-Palin comes up a little short.  Ethics violation alleged by partisan hacks in efforts to fire the trooper.  No law broken in commissioner's firing.  Wall Street Journal:
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Allahpundit / Hot Air:   Troopergate probe: Palin abused power but had the right to fire Monegan
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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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.”
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:
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
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 …
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Michael Sneed / Chicago Sun Times:
Puck politics
Discussion: Wake up America, Hot Air and Newsalert
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 …
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Johanna Neuman / The LA Times President Bush Blog:
Bush the last president to run against gay rights?  —  For more than four years, the Bush White House has run against any changes in the law that would allow gay Americans — even his vice president's daughter — to marry.  —  Under the guidance of political maestro Karl Rove …
New York Times:
G.M. and Chrysler Explore Merger  —  DETROIT — General Motors is in preliminary talks about a possible merger with Chrysler, a deal that could drastically remake the landscape of the auto industry by reducing the Big Three of Detroit automakers to the Big Two.
Newsday:
National security: U.S. must put economics first  —  The financial crisis and how we respond to it will have a lasting impact on America's national security.  —  While congressional action on the bailout may inject needed cash into America's credit markets, the $700 billion needed to finance the plan …
Discussion: Newshoggers.com, MyDD and The Agonist
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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 …
Discussion: NO QUARTER
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 …
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
Jonathan Macey / Wall Street Journal:
The Government Is Contributing to the Panic  —  It's time to let markets do their messy work.  —  Despite all the hard work and good intentions on the part of our public officials, when economists and historians look back on the current financial crisis they are likely to conclude …
Discussion: Pajamas Media
 
 
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Discussion: MoJoBlog
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 Earlier Items: 
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
For Palin, some pork is kosher
Henry / Crooked Timber:
A bit of horserace commentary
Discussion: folo and MyDD