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2:40 PM ET, October 12, 2008


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Mike Allen / The Politico:
23 days out — McCain to make a Letterman appearance  —  Good morning — the Sunday speed read:  — BREAKING — Dave and Mac make up: CBS announces that Senator McCain will appear on Letterman on Thursday, a makeup from his cancellation of Sept. 24 when he claimed to be suspending his campaign.
Toledo Blade:
Forward with Obama  —  AS THE nation wavers precariously at the precipice of economic ruin, American voters must decide who has the knowledge, steadiness, judgment, and inspirational qualities to lead us effectively out of that morass, for the next four years and beyond.
The Politico:
Polls aside, Pa. remains a battleground  —  PHILADELPHIA - Pennsylvania hasn't voted Republican for president since 1988.  Democrats have increased their registration numbers here by more than a half-million over the past year and Barack Obama has a double-digit lead in the polls.
Thomas Fitzgerald /
Polls give Obama clear lead in Pa.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
It's Obama: We need a president who will break with the past
Discussion: TalkLeft
Sarah Baxter / Times of London:
McCain tussles with Palin over whipping up a mob mentality  —  Video: the second presidential debate in 10 easy minutes  —  With his electoral prospects fading by the day, Senator John McCain has fallen out with his vice-presidential running mate about the direction of his White House campaign.
Ron Beasley /
Looking Out For Number One  —  This is amusing and telling:
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Michelle Malkin:
Crush the Obamedia narrative: Look who's “gripped by insane rage”  —  The Obamedia is attempting to set yet another false narrative: The narrative of the McCain “mob.”  McCain-Palin rallies are out of control, they wheedle.  Conservatives are mad!  They're yelling mean things about Obama and calling him names!
Pair arrested after large McCain sign torched in Sellwood yard  —  PORTLAND, Ore. - Authorities have arrested two men after a Molotov cocktail was thrown at a 4-foot by 8-foot campaign sign for Republican presidential candidate John McCain in a southeast Portland yard.
Holley Gilbert / Oregonian:
Two men arrested in McCain sign burning
Discussion: Political Punch
Lowell / Raising Kaine:
Jeff Frederick Compares Barack Obama to Osama Bin Laden  —  (Cross posted at Daily Kos, please “recommend” if you can.  Thanks. - promoted by Lowell)  —  Look, we all know that Jeff Frederick is a right-wing extremist nutcase, but he's also the head of the Republican Party of Virginia (RPV).
New York Post:
7-YR.-OLD GETS AN ACORN VOTE  —  CONN. JOB TO BOOST OBAMA  —  By GINGER ADAMS OTIS and SUSAN EDELMAN in New York and MELISSA KLEIN in Bridgeport, Conn.  —  O'jahnae Smith is ready and registered to vote this November.  —  There's only one problem: She's 7 years old.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Boys' night out: “The Politico guys,” Rove's top disciple and how our press corps works  —  (updated below)  —  Tim Griffin has long been one of Karl Rove's closest “protégés” and has been at the epicenter of many of the most significant episodes of Republican sleaze over the last decade …
Discussion: The Politico and Rolling Stone
The Griffin Room:
The Final Debate: McCain Should Call for a Special Prosecutor
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
Daley reins in radicals — the Chicago Way  —  Turn on the TV news when John McCain is picking up undecided voters by invoking Barack Obama's relationship with unrepentant American terrorist William Ayers and, invariably, some liberal talking head will sniff in disgust and say Ayers is no big deal where Obama comes from.
Discussion: YID With LID and Hot Air
Richard Dooling / New York Times:
The Rise of the Machines  —  “BEWARE of geeks bearing formulas.”  So saith Warren Buffett, the Wizard of Omaha.  Words to bear in mind as we bail out banks and buy up mortgages and tweak interest rates and nothing, nothing seems to make any difference on Wall Street or Main Street.
Pajamas Media:
Jumping Ship...  This is becoming a very strange campaign.  On CNN this evening both David Gergen and Ed Rollins echoed the current mantra that the “old” noble McCain is gone, and a “new” nastier one has emerged, largely because of his attacks on Ayers, perhaps his planned future ads on Wright …
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain backers raise divided government  —  Implying that the GOP won't win back either the House or Senate, two McCain backers this morning sounded out a new talking point by raising the specter of Democrats in control of both the Congress and White House.  —  Rick Davis, McCain's campaign manager, posed it as a question.
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Issue of Race Creeps Into Campaign  —  In the first presidential campaign involving an African American nominee of a major party, both candidates have agreed on this much: They would rather not dwell on the subject of race.  —  But their allies have other ideas.
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“Truly Peculiar And Creepy”
Discussion: Donklephant and Washington Monthly
Molly Ball / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
‘REALLY, REALLY CLOSE’: Obama edges McCain in poll
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
The quotes that explain the entire financial meltdown
Discussion: Say Anything
David Knox / Openers:
Ohio Newspaper Poll: McCain, Obama in ‘dead heat’ for state's electoral votes
Discussion: TPM Election Central and
 Earlier Items: 
Ross Douthat / Washington Post:
Not So Wonderful Now  —  Looking for someone to blame in the worsening crisis?
Discussion: TalkLeft
Alex Williams / New York Times:
Overfeeding on Information  —  YANA COLLINS LEHMAN …
Discussion: TigerHawk
Lynn Zinser / Slap Shot:
Palin Met With Boos at Flyers' Opener