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1:45 AM ET, October 13, 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:
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“Truly Peculiar And Creepy”
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
No New Economic Proposal 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 …
Faiz / Think Progress:
Politico removes its claim that McCain's tax cuts are ‘aimed directly at the middle class.’ (Updated)  —  Politico removes its claim that McCain's tax cuts are ‘aimed directly at the middle class.’ (Updated)  —  Earlier today, ThinkProgress criticized for publishing a story …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Wonk Room
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Exclusive: McCain plans new tax cuts
Discussion: Think Progress
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.
John Harwood / New York Times:
History Suggests McCain Faces an Uphill Battle
Discussion: The New Republic
The Huffington Post:
Obama Aides: Record Cash Raised In September, Polls Show McCain Ads Backfired  —  With the presidential campaign approaching its final stretch, Barack Obama finds himself in an enviable position.  —  One official close to the campaign said that September's fundraising haul set a new record …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and The RBC
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
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
The Man Behind the Whispers About Obama  —  The most persistent falsehood about Senator Barack Obama's background first hit in 2004 just two weeks after the Democratic convention speech that arguably set him on the path to his presidential candidacy: “Obama is a Muslim who has concealed his religion.”
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
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.
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!
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 …
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.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Gordon Does Good  —  Has Gordon Brown, the British prime minister, saved the world financial system?  —  O.K., the question is premature — we still don't know the exact shape of the planned financial rescues in Europe or for that matter the United States, let alone whether they'll really work.
Discussion: Calculated Risk
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.
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.
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
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
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:
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.
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David Lawder / Reuters:
Democrats call for massive econ stimulus plan
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CBS News:
A Matter of Race  —  Could Attitudes On Skin Color …
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
McCain vows to whip Obama's ‘you know what’
Deacon / Power Line:
WILL IT BE A ROUT?  —  In May of this year, looking ahead …
Discussion: The Other McCain
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