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10:20 AM ET, October 14, 2008


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Wall Street Journal:
Obama and Acorn  —  Community organizers, phony voters, and your tax dollars.  —  At the recent Emmy Awards, historian Laura Linney averred that America's Founders had been “community organizers” — like Barack Obama.  Too bad they aren't like that any more.
Glenn Reynolds / Pajamas Media:
MORE REPORTS OF MASSIVE VOTER FRAUD BY ACORN.  “They turn in 5000 new voter registration forms in Indiana, election officials start checking them and give up after the first 2100 were found to be fraudulent.”  Where's the Department of Justice on this?  CNN report below.
Jim Hoft / Pajamas Media:
The Complete Guide to ACORN Voter Fraud  —  They register dead people.  But that's not all.  —  And you thought 2000 was bad.  —  This year's election is shaping up to be one of the most controversial in history.  Just this week, a federal judge ordered Ohio's top elections official …
National Enquirer:
OBAMA SEX PERV SCANDAL  —  The ENQUIRER exclusively reports a “sex pervert” was Sen. Barack Obama's longtime mentor and “father figure”.  —  For seven years, the presidential candidate had a “father-son” relationship with Frank Marshall Davis, who has confessed to having sex with children …
Erick Erickson /
Obama's Special Relationship  —  What goes around and all of that . . .  Remember John Edwards?  Who broke the Edwards story?  The National Enquirer of course.  —  After that coup, the left, which patently refused to mention the Edwards scandal decided that anything the Enquirer wrote about Sarah Palin had to be the gospel truth.
Washington Post:
U.S. Forces Nine Major Banks To Accept Partial Nationalization  —  Dow Soars 11 Percent; Biggest Point Gain Ever  —  The U.S. government is dramatically escalating its response to the financial crisis by planning to invest $250 billion in the country's banks, forcing nine of the largest …
Mark Landler / New York Times:
U.S. Investing $250 Billion in Banks  —  WASHINGTON — The Treasury Department, in its boldest move yet, is expected to announce a plan Tuesday to invest up to $250 billion in large and small banks, according to officials.  The United States is also expected to guarantee new debt issued …
Brad DeLong / Grasping Reality with Both Hands:
Offers You Can't Refuse: Henry Paulson Edition
Discussion: Kevin Drum and Washington Monthly
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Bank Program Reignites Debate on Executive Pay
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Worst Case Scenario  —  What an Obama administration and a heavily Democratic Congress would accomplish.  —  John McCain trails Barack Obama and shows no signs, at the moment anyway, of propelling himself into the lead.  Democrats lead in eight Senate seats currently held by Republicans and are close in three others.
Monica Langley / Wall Street Journal:
Wall Street Donors Resent Being Blamed by McCain  —  NEW YORK — Sen. John McCain badly needs the cash infusion and momentum from a Tuesday night fund-raiser in New York.  But the senator's recent demonizing of Wall Street made it tough to lure contributors, with Wall Street …
Fox News:
Obama to Plumber: My Plan Will ‘Spread the Wealth Around’  —  Barack Obama tells a plumber in Ohio he wants to “spread the wealth around,” eliciting criticism that his economic recovery plan is socialist in nature.  —  —  Barack Obama told a tax-burdened plumber over the weekend …
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Confirmed: Obama Is Campaigning on Xbox 360!  —  Last week we noted unconfirmed sightings of an “Obama for President” billboard in the Xbox 360 racing game Burnout Paradise.  Today we're able to report that it is, in fact, an official advertisement placed by the senator's campaign team.
Discussion: Spin Cycle and The Plank
Washington Post:
A New Wrinkle (or Unwrinkle) in the Campaign: The Biden Brow  —  Joe Biden looks . . . different.  —  Something about his eyes, which seem smaller, and his forehead, which seems smoother.  Compared with images from last year, he seems better rested — yet also, strangely, a little sleepier.
Discussion: Gawker and Don Surber
David Brooks / New York Times:
Big Government Ahead  —  We're in the middle of a financial crisis, but most economists say there is a broader economic crisis still to come.  The unemployment rate will shoot upward.  Companies will go bankrupt.  Commercial real estate values will decline.  Credit card defaults will rise.
Discussion: Polimom Says and The New Republic
Stephen Green / Vodkapundit:
Fighting Words  —  Glenn, Brian — you guys don't know the half of it.  —  If (when?)  Obama is elected, by my estimation there's an at least even chance that the newly-reconstructed FCC will reverse course and attempt to apply the New Fairness Doctrine to blogs.  —  If (when?) it happens, I'll break that law.
Wall Street Journal:
Dow's 936-Point Surge Ends Losing Streak  —  Stocks snapped a brutal losing streak in resounding fashion as the Dow Jones Industrial Average enjoyed its biggest one-day point gain ever following new moves by governments to shore up the global financial system.  —  The Dow leapt 936.42 points, or 11.1%, to 9387.61.
Discussion: Gothamist and The Big Picture
Tom Kizzia / Anchorage Daily News:
Board's Troopergate probe casts wider net  —  ETHICS: Investigator hasn't said who else may be under scrutiny.  —  —  The state Personnel Board investigation of Gov. Sarah Palin's firing of Walt Monegan has broadened to include other ethics complaints against the governor …
Rose Garden / White House:
President Bush Discusses Economy  —  THE PRESIDENT: Good morning.  I just completed a meeting with my working group on financial markets.  We discussed the unprecedented and aggressive steps the federal government is taking to address the financial crisis.
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Poll: Obama leads in 3 of 4 key Bush counties  —  Barack Obama has erased traditional Republican advantages in four key bellwether counties that President George W. Bush won in 2000 and 2004, according to a new Politico/InsiderAdvantage survey.  Each county is critical to the outcome in the battleground state where it is located.
Discussion: MSNBC and Real Clear Politics
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
“Yep.  Every week. 11 oclock service.”  —  I am baffled why it is racist to inquire about the racist Rev. Wright when Obama himself not so long ago boasted of the value of his friendship with Wright, and sympathetic journalists saw the radical Wright as a sort of proof of Obama's leftwing fides.
Edward L. Glaeser / Economix:
Honoring Paul Krugman  —  Edward L. Glaeser is an economist at Harvard.  —  Rarely, if ever, has an economics Nobel laureate been as widely known before receiving the prize than Paul Krugman.  His New York Times columns have been read by millions; he has argued economic policy eloquently in a large number of popular books.
Holly Rosenkrantz / Bloomberg:
Nobel Prize to Arch-Critic Krugman Is Blow to Bush
Discussion: American Street and Firedoglake
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Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Looking Ahead, Obama Builds Ties With ‘Blue Dogs’
Discussion: Open Left, MSNBC and Corrente
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
RNC eyes $5M bailout for GOP senators
Discussion: MSNBC, Reason, The Caucus and MyDD
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
McCain Attack Ads Called Inevitable — And Ineffective
Sara Just / Political Radar:
Sarah Palin Tones it Down a Notch
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Remarks By John McCain in Virginia Beach, VA
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