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5:40 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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Patrick Beach / The Reader:
A little scoop on Christopher Buckley
Discussion: Hot Air
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
A Word on Christopher Buckley
Discussion: The Opinionator and Salon
Patricia Cohen / The Caucus:
Buckley's Son Leaves National Review
Discussion: The XX Factor
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.
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The Trail / Washington Post:
Obama Comments on ACORN Controversy
Discussion: Cafe Talk Aggregator and TIME.com
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  —  STAFF REPORT  —  Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee, is making her first Scranton appearence today at Riverfront Sports Complex.  She has taken the stage and was joined by her husband Todd and country singer Lee Greenwood.
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
No One Ever Said ‘Kill Him’ About Obama
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
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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Stanley Kurtz / The Corner:
Happy October...Surprise!  —  It took me a while to put the pieces together, but I think I've figured out what's had the Obama camp so worried about the Chicago Annenberg Challenge records.  It goes way beyond Bill Ayers.  In fact, it connects the dots between Ayers, Jeremiah Wright, and Obama's own early radicalism.
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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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“Monty Python Could Have Written This”  —  John Cleese on Sarah Palin:
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.
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Michelle Malkin:
ACORN Watch: RICO suit filed in Ohio
Discussion: BizzyBlog
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”
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” …
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Wall Street Journal:
America Will Remain the Superpower  —  When the tide laps at Gulliver's waistline, it usually means the Lilliputians are already 10 feet under.  —  Constantinople fell to the Ottomans after two centuries of retreat and decline.  It took two world wars, a global depression and the onset of the Cold War to lay the British Empire low.
Discussion: Don Surber
 
 
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Plouffe on Fox: ‘24-hour ACORN channel’
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Bloomberg:
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Mark J. Konkol / Chicago Sun Times:
Early voting gets off to a record start
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Associated Press:
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