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8:50 PM ET, October 11, 2008


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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
John Lewis, invoking George Wallace, says McCain and Palin ‘playing with fire’  —  UPDATED WITH MCCAIN STATEMENT AND OBAMA REACTION  —  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 …
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.
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 charging 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, The RBC and RADAMISTO
Marc Ambinder:
A Religious War In Davenport?  —  Here's the full transcript and audio from pastor Arnold Conrad's invocation before Sen. McCain's speech in Davenport this morning.  This pastor sees the election as a religious war.  Either that, or Bill Maher paid him to promote Religulous.
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:   McCain shies away from recent days' attacks
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Private sector loans, not Fannie or Freddie, triggered crisis  —  WASHINGTON — As the economy worsens and Election Day approaches, a conservative campaign that blames the global financial crisis on a government push to make housing more affordable to lower-class Americans has taken off on talk radio and e-mail.
Discussion: Corrente and Open Left
Noel Sheppard /
Maxine Waters Caught Lying About Fannie Mae Ties on ‘Real Time’
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.
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, The Caucus and
Scott Conroy / CBS News:
Palin Denies Report's Finding That She Abused Her Power
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.
Lynn Zinser / Slap Shot:
A Misplaced Hockey Mom Moment  —  Let me start this off by saying, I would object to this sideshow whichever political party it involved.  Having vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin drop the ceremonial first puck at the Flyers' opener Saturday night was problematic not because it was Palin …
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
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
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” …
Sarah Palin's High-School Grades?
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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 …
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.
New York Times:
G.O.P. Officials Hope for Stability From McCain  —  Republican leaders across the country said Saturday that they were worried that Senator John McCain was heading for defeat unless he brought stability to his presidential candidacy and settled on a clear message to counter Senator Barack Obama.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and Daily Kos
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: CNN and The Moderate Voice
Rasmussen Reports:
The Coming Obama Thugocracy  —  A Commentary by Michael Barone  —  “I need you to go out and talk to your friends and talk to your neighbors,” Barack Obama told a crowd in Elko, Nev. “I want you to talk to them whether they are independent or whether they are Republican.
Mark Steyn / The Corner:   The 50-state campus  —  Anyone wondering what my battle …
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
What kind of education reform did Ayers & Obama have in mind?  —  You can draw plenty of rational inferences from Stanley's rich work.  But for a clear statement of Ayers's frightening vision, I submit that his November 2006 speech at the World Education Forum should be required reading.
Discussion: Power Line and The Sundries Shack
Spiegel Online:
‘The United States Has Essentially a One-Party System’  —  The linguist and public intellectual Noam Chomsky has long been a critic of American consumerism and imperialism.  SPIEGEL spoke to him about the current crisis of capitalism, Barack Obama's rhetoric and the compliance of the intellectual class.
Discussion: normblog
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Scott Conroy / CBS News:
Man At Palin Rally Displays Monkey Doll Donning Obama Sticker
Discussion: The Swamp and AMERICAblog News
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Report: McCain, Palin at odds over how hard to hit Obama
Washington Post:
Western Journalists in Iraq Stage Pullback of Their Own
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Obama Battles Block by Block to Get Voters to Polls
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Appeals Court Sides With Ohio Secretary of State
Discussion: Thurber's Thoughts
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Maddow Era  —  Check out Sam Boyd's American Prospect cover story on Rachel Maddow.
Mark Hemingway / The Corner:
Bigger Than Ayers  —  I've stayed largely silent on the William …
Gail Collins / New York Times:
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