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7:15 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 …
Discussion: Salon and The Opinionator
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
Patricia Cohen / The Caucus:
Buckley's Son Leaves National Review
Discussion: The XX Factor
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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The Trail / Washington Post:
Obama Comments on ACORN Controversy
Discussion: Cafe Talk Aggregator and TIME.com
Wall Street Journal:
Obama and Acorn  —  Community organizers, phony voters, and your tax dollars.
Roger Simon / The Politico:   Who's in control of McCain's campaign?
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.
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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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 …
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.
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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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
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“Monty Python Could Have Written This”  —  John Cleese on Sarah Palin:
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.”
Mark Halperin / TIME.com:
McCain's Remarks in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania  —  ARLINGTON, VA — U.S. Senator John McCain today will deliver the following remarks as prepared for delivery on his Pension and Family Security Plan in Blue Bell, PA, at 11:30 a.m. ET:  —  Thank you all very much.
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The Trail / Washington Post:
McCain Offers Economic Plan
Discussion: TalkLeft
Campbell Brown / CNN:
Commentary: So what if Obama were a Muslim or an Arab?  —  Editor's note: Campbell Brown anchors CNN's “Campbell Brown: Election Center” at 8 p.m. ET Mondays through Fridays.  She delivered this commentary during the “Cutting through the Bull” segment of Monday night's broadcast.
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The Huffington Post:   Campbell Brown Hits Back On Maligning Arabs, Muslims (VIDEO)
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.
Tom Fitton / The Hill:
Who Are Obama's Donors?  —  The Obama campaign has failed to release the names of donors responsible for approximately half of his campaign's $426.9 million: those  —  who have contributed less than $200.  —  In addition, press reports allege Barack Obama's presidential campaign …
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.
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 …
 
 
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The New Republic:
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Ex-GOP Operative in New Hampshire Indicted
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