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3:40 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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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 …
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.  She was within her right, however …
Alaska_Politics / Anchorage Daily News:
The Branchflower report  —  FINDINGS:  —  Finding Number One  —  For the reasons explained in section IV of this report, I find that Governor Sarah Palin abused her power by violating Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a) of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act.  Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a) provides
Discussion: Hot Air and Pam's House Blend
Alaska_Politics / Anchorage Daily News:
Troopergate hearing (Updated: 12-0 vote to release the report)  —  4:11 p.m.The Legislative Council just voted 12-0 to release the report, except for certain parts they consider confidential.  —  The reporters were to be available immediately, but no one seems to know where to get them here at the Legislative offices.
Washington Post:   Alaska Legislative Probe Finds Palin Misused Power
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Christopher Buckley / The Daily Beast:
Sorry, Dad, I'm Voting for Obama  —  Welcome to The Daily Beast: A Q&A with Tina Brown  —  The son of William F. Buckley has decided—shock!—to vote for a Democrat.  —  Let me be the latest conservative/libertarian/whatever to leap onto the Barack Obama bandwagon.
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:
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
McCain booed after telling crowd to be respectful to Obama  —  The gloves are off on. … He did the right thing, needless to say, but I'm not sure how this squares with Palin telling people at fundraisers how many supporters are urging her to take the gloves off.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
McCain asks crowd to be ‘respectful’ of Obama
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
McCain calls Obama ‘decent person,’ is booed
Sasha Issenberg / Boston Globe:
McCain warns supporters, calls Obama decent man
Krooney / TIME.com:
STOP THE PRESSES  —  After days of watching in silence …
Discussion: Brian Beutler and The RBC
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Palin schedules bus tour of West Virginia  —  CLEVELAND, Ohio (CNN) — In what may be another signal that the troubled economy is forcing John McCain's campaign to play electoral map defense, Sarah Palin has scheduled a bus tour for Sunday through West Virginia, a state that's been leaning red throughout this presidential race.
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Today's Polls, 10/10  —  With 25 days to go until the election …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
No Sleep 'Till West Virginia
Discussion: The Anonymous Liberal
Garance Franke-Ruta / Washington Post:
McCain's Risky Turn  —  There is a scene early in “Dead Certain,” Robert Draper's book about President Bush, when the Bush campaign, reeling from its loss to John McCain in New Hampshire in the 2000 primary, is plotting its moves for a do-or-die struggle in South Carolina.
Discussion: MSNBC, Left in the West and MyDD
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
THE GIST OF THE ACORN STORY  —  The Republican party is grasping on to the ACORN story as a way to delegitimize what now looks like the probable outcome of the November election.  It is also a way to stoke the paranoia of their base, lay the groundwork for legal challenges of close outcomes …
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 …
Bob Gardinier / Albany Times Union:
Barack ‘Osama’ on Rensselaer County ballots  —  TROY — Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's last name is spelled “Osama” on hundreds of absentee ballots mailed out this week to voters in Rensselaer County.  —  The misspelling, which elections officials on both sides of the aisle insist …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and The BRAD BLOG
Jay Currie:
'Roos blink … More when the decision comes available.  Right now congratulations to Mark and Mcleans.  And a moment of nostalgic hilarity as we bid adieu (until appeal - snort) to the Mohammedan Legal Titan Faisal Joseph, the looney law students and the CIC.
Discussion: The Corner
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Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Re: Complaint against Steyn dismissed
Discussion: five feet of fury.
Waxy.org:
Memeorandum Colors: Visualizing Political Bias with Greasemonkey  —  Like the rest of the world, I've been completely obsessed with the presidential election and nonstop news coverage.  My drug of choice?  Gabe Rivera's Memeorandum, the political sister site of Techmeme …
Paul Krugman:
Not about the financial crisis  —  The crisis isn't the only scary thing going on.  Something very ugly is taking shape on the political scene: as McCain's chances fade, the crowds at his rallies are, by all accounts, increasingly gripped by insane rage.  It's not just a mob phenomenon …
Ragnar / The Jawa Report:
Question: Does Barack Obama Have Any Friends Who AREN'T Communists?  —  The news of Barack Obama's close relationship with Frank Marshall Davis has been around before, but it's important.  Via Accuracy in Media: … Aren't we seeing a pattern here?  One interaction with one old communist isn't particularly troubling.
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
 
 
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Paul Taylor / Reuters:
Ex-president Carter slams Bush on market crisis
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
For Palin, some pork is kosher
Discussion: Think Progress
Henry / Crooked Timber:
A bit of horserace commentary
Discussion: Emptywheel and MyDD
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Gen. Petraeus backs Obama: ‘You have to talk to enemies.’
Steven Weber / The Huffington Post:
Prop 8 = Prop Hate  —  To the children of same-sex parents: You Are Bad.
 Earlier Items: 
The Huffington Post:
‘Economists For McCain’ Trash McCain's New Mortgage Plan
Discussion: The Record
Andy Barr / Yahoo! News:
Candidates pressured to change debate
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Biden defends Obama against association hit
Discussion: TIME.com
Garance Franke-Ruta / Washington Post:
As McCain Goes Negative, a GOP Senator Makes a Positive Turn
Discussion: The New Republic
TPM Election Central:
Fox Poll: Nearly Two-Thirds Say Ayers Makes No Difference To Their Vote
Discussion: Comments from Left Field and MyDD