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6:15 PM ET, October 11, 2008


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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?
Washington Wire:
Pastor Delivers Odd Invocation at McCain Rally  —  Laura Meckler reports from Davenport, Iowa, on the presidential race:  —  Sometimes the most interesting stuff happens before John McCain even arrives.  At a McCain rally today in Davenport, a pastor delivered an odd invocation.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:   McCain shies away from recent days' attacks
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 …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Sarah Palin: Denies ‘abuse’ of power
Discussion: Obsidian Wings, MSNBC and
Scott Conroy / CBS News:
Palin Denies Report's Finding That She Abused Her Power
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
John Lewis, invoking George Wallace, says McCain and Palin ‘playing with fire’  —  Civil rights icon and Georgia congressman John Lewis is accusing John McCain and Sarah Palin of stoking hate, likening the atmosphere at Republican campaign events to those featuring George Wallace …
The Politico:
What impact will the finding that Sarah Palin “abused her authority” have on the campaign?  —  As one who was a victim of violence and hate during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, I am deeply disturbed by the negative tone of the McCain-Palin campaign.
Thomas Lifson / American Thinker:
This could be the game changer  —  Someone with the unlikely name of Molotov Mitchell has produced a 10 minute and 52 second video [watch it below] that could well change the terms of the election — if enough people watch it.  Illuminati Productions has posted it to YouTube.
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%.
Discussion: MyDD, Jules Crittenden and PoliGazette
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Did Obama Write “Dreams from My Father” ... Or Did Ayers?  —  There has been speculation about this which I've ignored, no doubt because there are enough policy reasons to oppose Barack Obama and I don't want to feed into what sounds, at first blush, like Vince Fosteresque paranoia.
Alexander Marquardt / CNN:
Biden to Palin: Don't lecture me on patriotism  —  JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri (CNN) - Joe Biden Thursday night told Sarah Palin not to lecture him on patriotism, after weeks of attacks mocking him for his statement the wealthy should be patriotic and pay higher taxes because not enough has been asked of them.
Discussion: Mudflats and Crooks and Liars
New York Times:
White House Overhauling Rescue Plan  —  WASHINGTON — As international leaders gathered here on Saturday to grapple with the global financial crisis, the Bush administration embarked on an overhaul of its own strategy for rescuing the foundering financial system.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Ben Smith / Yahoo! News:
Obama cautious, vague in economic crisis
Discussion: Say Anything
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
Sarah Palin's High-School Grades?
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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.
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
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.
Palin heightens rhetoric on abortion  —  JOHNSTOWN, Pennsylvania (CNN) — Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin charged into the culture wars Saturday in Pennsylvania, painting Sen. Barack Obama as a radical on abortion rights.  —  The stop comes amid news that Palin violated Alaska ethics law by trying …
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
Fox News:
Appeals Court Sides With Ohio Secretary of State  —  Court sets aside federal judge's order that Jennifer Brunner institute the means to verify voter registration information.  —  CINCINNATI - A federal appeals court sided with Ohio's top elections official Friday in her running battle …
Discussion: Thurber's Thoughts
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 …
John Dickerson / Slate:
Putting Off Ayers  —  HOW OBAMA BENEFITS FROM THE CYNICISM HE DECRIES.  —  John McCain wants you to consider whether Barack Obama's association with unrepentant terrorist William Ayers makes him fit to be president.  Actually, that's not quite right: McCain and Republican Party leaders …
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Jamison Foser / Media Matters for America:
Media Matters: The media's enduring pro-McCain double standard
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Washington Post:
Western Journalists in Iraq Stage Pullback of Their Own
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Mark Steyn / The Corner:
The 50-state campus  —  Anyone wondering what my battle …
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Obama Battles Block by Block to Get Voters to Polls
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The Maddow Era  —  Check out Sam Boyd's American Prospect cover story on Rachel Maddow.
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