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2:50 PM ET, October 11, 2008

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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A HISTORIC TICKET.... Now that Sarah Palin has been found to have abused her powers, violated state ethics, and lied about it, I did a little digging and found an interesting historical footnote.  —  The McCain/Palin ticket is the first in American history in which both candidates were found …
Discussion: Think Progress
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Sarah Palin: Denies ‘abuse’ of power  —  Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin today denied any abuse of her powers as governor, as a state legislative inquiry into her firing of the state's public safety commissioner has found.  —  “If you read the report, you will see that there was nothing unlawful …
Discussion: MSNBC, The Caucus and TIME.com
Don Hunter / Anchorage Daily News:
Troopergate report: Palin abused power
Scott Conroy / CBS News:
Palin Denies Report's Finding That She Abused Her Power
CNN:   Palin denies state report that she abused power
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.
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Mark Hemingway / The Corner:
Bigger Than Ayers  —  I've stayed largely silent on the William Ayers controversy because, while associating with someone of that nature is completely reprehensible, I'm not altogether convinced it's a poltically effective attack.  (I also wish McCain was putting a better economic message on the table right now as well.)
Discussion: Say Anything
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 …
Dawn Eden / The Dawn Patrol:
Nutroots use my SAT scoresheet to forge ‘Palin Grades’  —  Gawker—the same online rag that called me a “Crazed Christ-Loving Re-Virgin”—is engaging in some craziness of its own: It's asking readers to judge the validity of what it says may be 'Sarah Palin's High-School Grades' …
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and BatesLine
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Gawker:
Sarah Palin's High-School Grades?  —  Any amateur document experts want to weigh in on this document which is floating around the web?  It purports to represent the high-school grades of one Sarah Heath of Wasilla, Alaska, now the Republican running mate.  If the report card is a forgery, it's decent work.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Khaled Hosseini / Washington Post:
McCain and Palin Are Playing With Fire  —  I prefer to discuss politics through my novels, but I am truly dismayed these days.  Twice last week alone, speakers at McCain-Palin rallies have referred to Sen. Barack Obama, with unveiled scorn, as Barack Hussein Obama.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
WEIRD.  SAD.  SURREAL  —  This afternoon on the campaign trail, John McCain began dialing back (or began trying to appear to be dialing back) the rising tide of hatred and verbal violence he and his running mate have been whipping up over recent weeks.  After all we've seen over recent months …
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John Deeth / Iowa Independent:
John McCain: Davenport Liveblog  —  Why is John McCain in Iowa when polls show him trailing?  Will he again defend his opponent Barack Obama from personal attacks as he did Friday?  What is his response to an Alaska legislative report changing his running mate Sarah Palin with abuse of power?
Sasha Issenberg / Boston Globe:
Supporters jeer as McCain calls Obama ‘a decent person’  —  Promises civility after days of harsh attacks on rival  —  Senator John McCain took a question from a supporter who called Senator Barack Obama an Arab during a town hall meeting in Lakeville, Minn., yesterday.
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Washington Post:   McCain Mum on Former Pastor
IBDeditorials.com:
Investors' Real Fear: A Socialist Tsunami  —  The Crash: “Why has the market dropped so much?” everyone asks.  What is it about the specter of our first socialist president and the end of capitalism as we know it that they don't understand?  —  Business & Regulation
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Maddow Era  —  Check out Sam Boyd's American Prospect cover story on Rachel Maddow.  It's been out in print for a while, but for some reason the powers that be didn't see fit to put it online to dovetail with the premiere.  —  One issue I'm interested in that I think hasn't been aired yet …
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Ahead by 9 Points  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup Poll Daily tracking from Oct. 8-10 finds Barack Obama holding a sizeable lead over John McCain in national voter preferences, as he has continuously for the past six days.  Today's report puts Obama ahead by nine percentage points, 51% to 42%.
HillBuzz:
Clinton supporters sharing evidence for RICO case against Obama campaign  —  If you haven't been a regular here at HillBuzz, you might not know about Gigi Gaston's documentary “We Will Not Be Silenced” on the caucus fraud deliberately orchestrated by the Obama campaign during the primaries.
 
 
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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
John Lewis, invoking George Wallace, says McCain and Palin ‘playing with fire’
Discussion: TIME.com
Ben Smith / Yahoo! News:
Obama cautious, vague in economic crisis
Discussion: Say Anything
Fox News:
Appeals Court Sides With Ohio Secretary of State
Discussion: Thurber's Thoughts
Garance Franke-Ruta / Washington Post:
Questions About Online Controls Follow News of Fake Obama Donors
Discussion: Townhall.com and Say Anything
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Dear Old Golden Dog Days
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