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6:35 PM ET, October 14, 2008

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Adam Hanft / The Daily Beast:
Buckley Bows Out of National Review  —  Obama: Better to Be Lucky Than Smart by Tina Brown  —  Christopher Buckley, in an exclusive for The Daily Beast, explains why he left The National Review, the magazine his father founded.  —  I seem to have picked an apt title for my Daily Beast column …
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Rich Lowry / The Corner:
A Word on Christopher Buckley  —  Chris is up with a post at The Daily Beast, “Sorry, Dad, I Was Fired.”  I'd like to clarify this “firing” business.  Over the weekend, Chris wrote us a jaunty e-mail with the subject line “A Sincere Offer,” in which he offered to resign his column on NR's …
Patrick Beach / The Reader:
A little scoop on Christopher Buckley  —  Christopher Buckley, author and son of late conservative icon William F. Buckley, last week surprised readers of the magazine his father founded, the National Review: “Sorry, Dad, I'm voting for Obama” was the headline on The Daily Beast blog.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Washington Note
Patricia Cohen / The Caucus:
Buckley's Son Leaves National Review
Discussion: The XX Factor
The Times-Tribune:
Palin concludes Scranton appearance  —  STAFF REPORT  —  Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee, made her first Scranton appearance today at Riverfront Sports Complex.  She took the stage joined by her husband Todd and country singer Lee Greenwood.
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Scranton Times-Tribune:
Complete coverage: Scranton welcomes Palin
Discussion: Daily Kos and Ben Smith's Blogs
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
No One Ever Said ‘Kill Him’ About Obama
The Huffington Post:
McCain Transition Chief Aided Saddam In Lobbying Effort  —  William Timmons, the Washington lobbyist who John McCain has named to head his presidential transition team, aided an influence effort on behalf of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein to ease international sanctions against his regime.
The Huffington Post:
Bush Strategist: McCain Knows He Put Country At Risk With Palin Pick  —  Matthew Dowd, a prominent political consultant and chief strategist for George W. Bush's reelection campaign eviscerated John McCain on Tuesday for his choice of Sarah Palin as vice president.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama's Ayers ad  —  Here's the audio of Obama's new radio spot responding to attacks on his relationship to Bill Ayers.  It's a version of his television spot accusing McCain of using “smears” to avoid talking about the economy, but — unlike the TV spot — mentions Ayers by name and discusses him at some length:
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Republicans Who Fund Bill Ayers
Discussion: Cafe Talk Aggregator
RushLimbaugh.com:
Rush Interviews Governor Sarah Palin  —  BEGIN TRANSCRIPT  —  RUSH: Welcome back, ladies and gentlemen.  Rush Limbaugh and Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress by The Hollies taking us into our little chat here with Governor Sarah Palin, the vice presidential nominee for John McCain.
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Stanley Kurtz / National Review:
Wright 101  —  Obama funded extremist Afrocentrists who shared Rev. Wright's anti-Americanism  —  It looks like Jeremiah Wright was just the tip of the iceberg.  Not only did Barack Obama savor Wright's sermons, Obama gave legitimacy — and a whole lot of money — to education programs built around …
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“Monty Python Could Have Written This”  —  John Cleese on Sarah Palin:
The Trail / Washington Post:
Obama Comments on ACORN Controversy  —  TOLEDO, Ohio — Sen. Barack Obama distanced himself from the voter registration group ACORN but also downplayed the fraud controversy that has embroiled the organization in recent days.  —  GOP vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin told radio host Rush Limbaugh …
Discussion: Cafe Talk Aggregator and TIME.com
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Wall Street Journal:
Obama and Acorn  —  Community organizers, phony voters, and your tax dollars.
Randyj / TIME.com:
McCain: Last Debate Will Probably Include Ayers  —  Speaking on St. Louis radio, the candidate says Obama's recent comments have “probably ensured” the former Weather Underground leader will come up in Wednesday's debate.  —  “I was astonished to hear him say that he was surprised I didn't have the guts” to talk about Ayers last week.
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New York Post:
THE O JESSE KNOWS  —  JACKSON ON OBAMA'S AMERICA  —  EVIAN, FRANCE  —  PREPARE for a new America: That's the message that the Rev. Jesse Jackson conveyed to participants in the first World Policy Forum, held at this French lakeside resort last week.  —  He promised “fundamental changes” …
Jeff Murray / Star-Gazette:
Halloween display aims for ‘shock value’  —  Democratic backer sends message by showing McCain, in KKK robe, chasing Obama  —  CATHARINE — Ron Havens has a reputation for provocative Halloween displays that reflect his strong political views.  —  But even Havens was pretty sure his latest effort was over the top.
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Jeff G. / protein wisdom:   “Democratic backer sends message by showing McCain, in KKK robe, chasing Obama”
Anchorage Daily News:
Palin vindicated?  —  Governor offers Orwellian spin  —  Sarah Palin's reaction to the Legislature's Troopergate report is an embarrassment to Alaskans and the nation.  —  She claims the report “vindicates” her.  She said that the investigation found “no unlawful or unethical activity on my part.”
The Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions:
Buckeye Institute Files State Rico Action Against ACORN  —  COLUMBUS - The Buckeye Institute, a Columbus-based think tank, today filed a state RICO action against the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) on behalf of two Warren County voters.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
DISGRACE  —  I always used to think former Sen. John Danforth (R-MO) was a respectable guy.  So why is he prostituting himself for the McCain campaign phony ‘vote fraud’ scam.  Just disgraceful.  —  Let's be clear about what this is.  These are random stories about fake vote registrations.
Cathleen Decker / Los Angeles Times:
Obama widens lead over McCain, thanks to the economy  —  As election day nears, Barack Obama leads John McCain 50% to 41%.  Only 10% say the country is on the right track.  Still, the Democrat has not broken the race open.  —  With fear about the economy driving voters his way …
Real Debate Wisconsin:
Racine schools hand out textbook with 15 page Obama love-fest...  This comes from the mother of a Racine Unified School District 8th grader.  She has asked to keep her name out of this but frankly I can't add much to what she has said here but I do have one question.
Sinan Salaheddin / Associated Press:
Iraq's Kurds, Turkish delegation meet in Baghdad  —  BAGHDAD (AP) - Turkish officials on Tuesday pressed the president of Iraq's Kurdish enclave to crack down on the Kurdish separatists launching cross-border attacks from their Iraqi mountain sanctuaries.  —  It was the first direct talks …
Discussion: PoliGazette
Liza Mundy / Slate:
Michelle and Me  —  THE TRIALS OF BEING AN OBAMA BIOGRAPHER.  —  Reporting political profiles is like giving birth: You forget how painful it is until you go through it again.  And the minute you do, you think, “Somebody make it stop now.”  The begging for access, the plaintive calls to sources …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Maxim Lott / Fox News:
First Time FBI Calls Case an ‘Honor Killing’  —  Almost a year after two teenage girls were found dead — allegedly executed by their father — in the back seat of a taxicab in Texas, the FBI is saying for the first time that the case may have been an “honor killing.”
Bloomberg:
Roubini Sees Worst Recession in 40 Years, Stock Drop  —  Oct. 14 (Bloomberg) — Nouriel Roubini, the professor who predicted the financial crisis in 2006, said the U.S. will suffer its worst recession in 40 years, driving the stock market lower after it rallied the most in seven decades yesterday.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
 
 
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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Obama Widens Lead in Four Key States
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and MyDD
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Looking Ahead, Obama Builds Ties With ‘Blue Dogs’
David Brooks / New York Times:
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