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11:50 PM ET, October 12, 2008


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Dschabner / Political Punch:
Palin Makes Troopergate Assertions that Are Flatly False  —  On Saturday, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin twice spoke to reporters about the so-called “Troopergate” scandal and the investigative report on whether she had abused her power in trying to get her sister's ex-husband Mike Wooten fired as a state trooper …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Rick Davis: The last 8 years encapsulated  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  It's simply not possible to lie more deliberately or flagrantly than this:  —  McCain campaign manager Rick Davis on Fox News this morning, when asked by Chris Wallace about the Troopergate report issued on Friday:
Alaska_Politics / Anchorage Daily News:
Palin: ‘Very much appreciating being cleared of any legal wrongdoing or unethical activity at all’  —  Gov. Sarah Palin took about 5 minutes and 30 seconds Saturday afternoon to talk by phone with Alaska reporters and give her view of the Troopergate investigation.
Discussion: Mudflats
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“Truly Peculiar And Creepy”
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
No New Economic Policy Is Expected From McCain  —  WASHINGTON — Despite signals that Senator John McCain would have new prescriptions for the economic crisis after a weekend of meetings, his campaign said Sunday that Mr. McCain, the Republican presidential nominee, would not have any more proposals …
Sharon Churcher / Daily Mail:
Obama is hit by ‘affair’ smears following claims that attractive aide was banned by his wife … Barack Obama is the target of a shadowy smear campaign designed to derail his bid for the US Presidency by falsely claiming he had a close friendship with an attractive African-American female employee.
Steven Thomma / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Daring to utter the ‘L’ word: Obama on track to a landslide  —  WASHINGTON — Barring a dramatic change in the political landscape over the next three weeks, Democrats appear headed toward a decisive victory on Election Day that would give them broad power over the federal government.
Terry Trippany /
NYT Pulls Misleading Account of Palin Puck Dropping Ceremony  —  The New York Times took the unusual step of quickly editing and replacing a hysterical post by hockey blogger Lynn Zinser that covered Sarah Palin's appearance at the Philadelphia Flyers home opener where she was invited to drop a ceremonial puck.
Palin hears plenty of boos
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Gallup Daily: Obama-McCain Gap Narrows  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking report finds registered voters preferring Barack Obama (50%) to John McCain (43%) when asked who they would vote for if the presidential election were held today.
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!
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Ayers ad: ‘Guilt by participation’  —  The Republican Party on Monday morning will make a new push to convince voters that distant ties between Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and former radical William Ayers are somehow disqualifying for the presidency.  —  The Republican National Committee plans to e-mail …
Discussion: Hot Air
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Comparing Campaign Attacks: The Chris Matthews Show panel just doesn't get it  —  John Amato's virtual online magazine...OK, It's a blog!  —  Home › Blogs › SilentPatriot's blog … Glenn Greenwald has a must-read piece this week exploring how the concept of “balance” corrupts any sense of honest media analysis.
Ilaina Jonas / Reuters:
U.S. gasoline price marks biggest drop ever -survey  —  The average price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States recorded its largest drop ever as consumer demand continued to wane and oil prices slid, a prominent industry analyst said on Sunday.  —  The national average price for self-serve …
Jill Zuckman / The Swamp:
Obama knocks on doors, surprises voters  —  Sen. Barack Obama canvasses a Holland, Ohio neighborhood on October 12, 2008.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)  —  Barack Obama jetted back to Ohio today to spend three days preparing for his final debate with John McCain.
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
U.S. Officials Said to Offer Protection to Japan Investors  —  In what could set an important precedent, federal officials assured a big Japanese bank late Sunday that its planned investment in the embattled Wall Street giant Morgan Stanley would be protected, according to people involved in the talks.
Discussion: naked capitalism and TigerHawk
Ta-Nehisi Coates:
Epic Fail—Ayers ghost-wrote Obama's memoir  —  How desperate can it get?  This desperate: … GG conservatives.  —  UPDATE: More on literary criticism for the low-info voters from Edge of The West:
Deacon / Power Line:
WILL IT BE A ROUT?  —  In May of this year, looking ahead to the McCain-Obama race, I opined that “the ‘fundamentals’ favor the Democrats by at least ten percentage points.”  However, I did not predict that Obama would win by 10 points.  For it seemed to me that McCain would outdo a “generic” …
Discussion: The Other McCain
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
Islamists Day Parade Gets Ugly  —  I have been covering these things for three years now and as I have recently said, there has been a palpable change.  It is getting uglier, more aggressive - violent even .Today was no different.  —  The parade was much smaller this year and there were a couple of American flags, most unusual.
Discussion: Political Byline
Many convicted felons remain on voter rolls, according to Sun Sentinel investigation  —  Thousands who should be ineligible are registered to vote  —  Reported by Peter Franceschina, Sally Kestin, John Maines, Megan O'Matz and Dana Williams Written by Sally Kestin
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Human Valium  —  Obama's not-so-secret weapon in an international crisis: his calm.  McCain's not-so-secret liability in a tense election: his hotheadedness.  This race is about policy and the times.  But it is also about temperament and character.  That's why, in my judgment, it has broken so clearly in Obama's direction.
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
McCain vows to whip Obama's ‘you know what’  —  ARLINGTON, Va. - Republican John McCain vowed Sunday to “whip” Democratic rival Barack Obama's “you-know-what” when the two presidential candidates meet Wednesday in their final televised debate.  —  McCain made that pledge as top advisers …
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David Lawder / Reuters:
Democrats call for massive econ stimulus plan
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama lead in Colorado hits double digits
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CBS News:
A Matter of Race  —  Could Attitudes On Skin Color …
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
America aloner  —  A reader thinks my column this week …
Discussion: Power Line
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Where's Obama's proof of citizenship?
Molly Ball / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
‘REALLY, REALLY CLOSE’: Obama edges McCain in poll
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