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1:55 PM ET, October 13, 2008


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William Kristol / New York Times:
Fire the Campaign  —  It's time for John McCain to fire his campaign.  —  He has nothing to lose.  His campaign is totally overmatched by Obama's.  The Obama team is well organized, flush with resources, and the candidate and the campaign are in sync.  The McCain campaign …
Faiz / Think Progress:
McCain campaign attacks Bill Kristol: 'He's bought into the Obama campaign's party line.'  —  Yesterday on Fox News Sunday, Bill Kristol said John McCain's campaign has really become “a pathetic campaign.”  In his New York Times op-ed this morning, Kristol went further, suggesting that McCain should …
Washington Post:
Obama Up by 10 Points as McCain Favorability Ratings Fall  —  With just over three weeks until Election Day, the two presidential nominees appear to be on opposite trajectories, with Sen. Barack Obama gaining momentum and Sen. John McCain stalled or losing ground on a range of issues and personal traits …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Struggling McCain debuts comeback speech  —  Three weeks before Election Day, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Monday is unveiling what his aides call a more forceful new stump speech in which he portrays himself as a scrappy fighter on the comeback trail against an opponent who's already “measuring the drapes” in the Oval Office.
Nate Silver /
Is Drudge Priming a McCain “Reboot” Narrative?  —  Something is a little bit funny when Matt Drudge is treating 1-2 point gains for McCain in the Rasmussen and Zogby tracking polls as “BREAKING” news.  Naturally, Drudge ignores other results like the just-released ABC/WaPo poll that show Obama continuing to gain ground.
Jim Tankersley / The Swamp:
McCain's Pennsylvania problem
Discussion: Associated Press and US Elections
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:   On the Bus, But With No Reason to Go?
Catherine Rampell / Economix:
Paul Krugman Wins Economics Nobel  —  Paul Krugman, a professor at Princeton University and an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times, was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences on Monday.  —  “It's been an extremely weird day, but weird in a positive way,” …
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Paul Krugman wins the Nobel Prize  —  He is cited for trade theory and, appropriately, location theory and economic geography.  He could have been cited for his work on currency crises as well.  Here are the most basic links on Paul, it is hard to know where to start.
Associated Press:
Krugman Wins Nobel Prize for Economics  —  STOCKHOLM, Sweden — The American economist Paul R. Krugman won the Nobel economics prize on Monday for his analysis of trade patterns and location of economic activity.  —  Mr. Krugman, 55, a professor at Princeton University in New Jersey …
Princeton University's Paul Krugman Wins Nobel Economics Prize  —  Oct. 13 (Bloomberg) — Princeton University Professor Paul Krugman, known as much for his criticism of George W. Bush's policies as for his academic work, won the Nobel Prize in economics for his theories on world trade.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
More Krugman  —  Daniel Davies remarks:
Discussion: Crooked Timber
Congressman's $121,000 Payoff to Alleged Mistress  —  Tim Mahoney Elected to Remove ‘Ethical Cloud’ of His Disgraced Predecessor, Mark Foley  —  West Palm Beach Congressman Tim Mahoney (D-FL), whose predecessor resigned in the wake of a sex scandal, agreed to a $121,000 payment to a former mistress …
Wall Street Journal:
Obama's 95% Illusion  —  It depends on what the meaning of ‘tax cut’ is.  —  One of Barack Obama's most potent campaign claims is that he'll cut taxes for no less than 95% of “working families.”  He's even promising to cut taxes enough that the government's tax share of GDP will be no more than 18.2% …
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Camp's Travel Seems a Factor In Recent Leads in Battleground States  —  The Democrats Have Appeared at 95 Events, While It's Just 55 for the Republicans  —  Sen. Barack Obama, his running mate and his wife have appeared at twice as many events in swing states as their Republican counterparts …
Marist Poll:
The Battleground: The Presidential Race in Ohio
Discussion: Washington Wire
New York Post:
Discussion: Confederate Yankee
Tim Craig / Washington Post:
GOP Head Compares Obama to Bin Laden  —  Va. Party Leader Criticized, Including By McCain Team  —  RICHMOND — The chairman of the Virginia Republican Party has compared Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama to Osama bin Laden because of the Illinois senator's past association with Bill Ayers …
McCain to voters: America needs a fighter
Discussion: Political Machine
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Acorn pushes back, hugs McCain  —  The beleaguered Democratic-leaning community group Acorn sends over this photograph: John McCain, in March of 2006, sitting beside Florida Rep. Kendrick Meek at an event Acorn co-sponsored in Florida.  —  The immigration event, which other photos show …
Discussion: Progress Illinois
Adam Goldman / Associated Press:
Johnston speaks on Bristol Palin, Obama and baby  —  WASILLA, Alaska - Levi Johnston, who's having a baby with Gov. Sarah Palin's daughter, can't believe all the things he's hearing.  —  No, he wasn't held against his will on the campaign trail.  No, he's not being forced into a shotgun wedding with 17-year-old Bristol Palin.
Mark R. Levin / The Corner:
Obama's Associations Matter, Despite McCain's Failure to Explain Why  —  The Left, the Obama media, and the Messiah's campaign cry “personal attacks.”  Sarah Palin trivializes with phrases like “palling around with domestic terrorists.”  McCain wobbles from “liar” to" a decent person …
Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:
What McCain Hasn't Tried  —  John McCain likes Barack Obama.  He admires and respects Obama.  He believes Obama is “very impressive, he's thoughtful, he's centrist.”  Obama has “probably got a great future.”  He is “a very honest and fine person” — “absolutely” qualified to be president.
Washington Wire:
Three Weeks to Go, McCain Vows to Fight On  —  Elizabeth Holmes reports from Virginia Beach on the presidential race.  —  John McCain delivered a somber speech at a large rally here today, at once seemingly describing both the state of the economy and the state of the race.  —  “We have to act immediately.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Palin: I've been cleared of ‘any hint of unethical activity’  —  (CNN) — Sarah Palin told Alaska reporters Saturday that she had been “cleared of any legal wrongdoing, any hint of unethical activity” in the investigative report released the day before that explored her actions in dismissing …
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Los Angeles Times:
Obama surges past McCain in fundraising race
Discussion: Economix
John M. Broder / New York Times:
In Friendly Region, Biden Cites McCain as Erratic
Discussion: The New Republic, Lynn Sweet and MSNBC
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
What Right Wingers Mean When They Call Obama A “Socialist”
Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
Hundreds of Economists Sign Letter Opposing Obama's Tax Plan
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Might need to update that Palin intro
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
An N.C. endorsement  —  Here's sort of endorsement …
Discussion: The New Republic
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V. Lance Tarrance, Jr / Real Clear Politics:
The Bradley Effect - Selective Memory
Discussion: MSNBC and Betsy's Page
Jerome L. Sherman / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Candidates differ on female draft
Grand Forks Herald:
Obama, McCain in dead heat in ND, poll says
Gary Langer / The Numbers:
Attack Blowback  —  The McCain campaign's more aggressive tone …
Mark R. Levin / The Corner:
Unfriendly Rhetoric  —  I've been out of pocket since Thursday …
Discussion: Hot Air