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9:00 AM ET, October 14, 2008


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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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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: Don Surber
Marc Ambinder:
Sen. McCain Stood With ACORN Rally In 2006  —  A goldfish's lifetime ago, Sen. John McCain was happy to accept the honors and acclamation of the Service Employees International Union, People for the American Way, UNITE HERE — and ACORN.  Here he is, on Feb. 20, 2006, telling immigration rights activists …
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 …
Washington Wire:
McCain's Monday Campaigning Leaves Some Puzzled  —  Elizabeth Holmes reports from Wilmington, N.C., on the presidential race.  —  Several things about John McCain's Monday caused some head scratching, including the tease of some new economic policies to a town hall meeting with no Q&A.
David Frum:
I Get So Weary of This ...  From the Corner today:  —  Respectfully Disagreeing [Kathryn Jean Lopez]  —  David Frum was on CBS this morning and expressed his view that the choice of Sarah Palin was a mistake.  He complained that it was a play to the base that hurts people like Coleman …
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.
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
Little Green Footballs:
Ugly Misogyny at the Official Obama Blog Site  —  The media keep hammering away at the “ugly incidents” at McCain-Palin rallies, but oddly they fail to notice stuff like this at the official Barack Obama blog site: Barack Obama and Joe Biden: The Change We Need |  Rhiannon-Marie Volpe.
The Jed Report:
McCain Claims Obama Rally Crowds Call Him Terrorist, Traitor  —  The man is just a pathological liar.  Here's video, from a CNN interview with Dana Bash.  (And by the way, Bash gets serious minus points for not challenging McCain on his lie.)  —  YouTube link
McCain calls Lewis remarks ‘outrageous’  —  (CNN) — Sen. John McCain said Monday that Rep. John Lewis' controversial remarks were “so disturbing” that they “stopped me in my tracks.”  —  Lewis, a Georgia representative and veteran of the civil rights movement, on Saturday compared the feeling …
Tucker Carlson / The Daily Beast:
Bring Back Rev. Wright  —  Why won't the McCain campaign attack …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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.
Discussion: Power Line
John McCain 2008:
Remarks By John McCain in Virginia Beach, VA  —  ARLINGTON, VA — U.S. Senator John McCain delivered the following remarks at the McCain-Palin 2008 rally in Virginia Beach, VA:  —  Three weeks from now, you will choose a new President.  Choose well.  There is much at stake.  —  These are hard times.
Discussion: The Caucus and BAGnewsNotes
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Republican activists off-message at McCain rallies (cont)
Stephanie Condon / CNET News:
Bush signs RIAA-backed intellectual-property law  —  Updated at 12:45 p.m. PDT with quotes.  —  President Bush on Monday signed into law an intellectual-property enforcement bill that would consolidate federal efforts to combat copyright infringement under a new White House cabinet position.
Discussion: On Deadline
President Bush Signs Bill To Create Cabinet-Level Intellectual Property Czar
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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The Trail / Washington Post:
Questioning Obama  —  For the past two weeks, the focus …
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Carl Bernstein / The Huffington Post:
Ayers and the McCain-G. Gordon Liddy Symbiosis