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9:40 PM ET, October 12, 2008

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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 and Salon
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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 …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Think Progress
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“Truly Peculiar And Creepy”
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.
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!
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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
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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.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:   It's Obama: We need a president who will break with the past
Gallup:
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.
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.
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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.
Discussion: TIME.com
Karen Tumulty / Time:
In Battleground Virginia, a Tale of Two Ground Games  —  If John McCain is as serious as he says about running a “respectful” campaign against an opponent he considers “a decent person,” word hasn't yet trickled down to his newly opened storefront field office in Gainesville, Virginia.
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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 …
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
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Mitsubishi and Morgan Stanley Renegotiating  —  Morgan Stanley was racing to salvage a crucial investment from a big Japanese bank on Sunday in an effort to allay growing fears about its future — negotiations so critical to the financial markets that they have drawn in both the Treasury Department and the Japanese government.
Discussion: naked capitalism and TigerHawk
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Bill Kristol in a nutshell  —  On October 5, Bill Kristol used his New York Times column to describe his telephone interview with Sarah Palin, during which they both agreed that the McCain/Palin campaign must attack Obama harder on his “associations,” particularly with Bill Ayers.  He ended his column this way:
Discussion: The Jed Report and Balloon Juice
Sun-Sentinel:
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
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 …
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 …
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.
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
America aloner  —  A reader thinks my column this week “creates problems” for my thesis in America Alone:  —  If Obama is elected, then he will be America's Trudeau.  A transformational president as you put it.  America will turn out not Alone but just Belated (or perhaps Retarded is more apt).
Discussion: Power Line
 
 
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MiamiHerald.com:
Florida Republicans cast blame as McCain trails in polls
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‘REALLY, REALLY CLOSE’: Obama edges McCain in poll
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