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1:10 PM 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 …
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 …
Washington Post:
Probe Finds Palin Abused Power in Case of Trooper
MataHarley / Flopping Aces:
Trooper'gate witchhunt finale: $100K cost to taxpayers... no $5000 fine?
CNN:   Palin denies state report that she abused power
Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press:
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Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Troopergate report: Palin abused authority
Discussion: Say Anything
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: Sweetness & Light and Newsalert
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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 …
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
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.)
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
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.”
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
WEIRD. SAD. SURREAL
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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.
Discussion: Commentary, Reason and ATTACKERMAN
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
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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Gail Collins / New York Times:
Dear Old Golden Dog Days  —  I miss the good old days.  Remember when the presidential campaign was all about oil drilling?  That sure was fun.  —  I miss August.  August was neat.  The Dow was over 10,000 and nobody had ever heard of Sarah Palin.  —  Remember how we used to joke …
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.
Discussion: American Street
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
In Final Months in Office, Bush Is Burdened but Still Confident  —  WASHINGTON — George W. Bush began his presidency with the worst terrorist attack on American soil and he is ending it with the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.  In between, he confronted a hurricane …
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
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Garance Franke-Ruta / Washington Post:
Questions About Online Controls Follow News of Fake Obama Donors
Discussion: Townhall.com
Johanna Neuman / The LA Times President Bush Blog:
Bush the last president to run against gay rights?
Jonathan Macey / Wall Street Journal:
The Government Is Contributing to the Panic
Discussion: Eunomia
 Earlier Items: 
Laura Rozen / MotherJones.com:
Q: What Do Sarah Palin, Ahmad Chalabi, and the NRA Have in Common?
Discussion: MoJoBlog
New York Post:
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New York Times:
A Bit of ‘I Told You So’ Outside World Bank Talks
Discussion: The Agonist
Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
RNC Hits Obama Campaign for Meeting with Controversial Muslim Leader …
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
For Palin, some pork is kosher
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Reading Incomprehension  —  Per the Times Caucus blog Sarah …