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8:30 AM ET, October 15, 2008

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New York Times:
Poll Says Attacks Backfire on McCain  —  The McCain campaign's recent angry tone and sharply personal attacks on Senator Barack Obama appear to have backfired and tarnished Senator John McCain more than their intended target, the latest New York Times/CBS News poll has found.
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CBS News:
Poll: Obama Opens 14-Point Lead On McCain  —  CBS News/New York Times Survey Shows Major Swing Among Independents, Suggests McCain's Strategy May Be Hurting Him  —  (CBS) Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama is entering the third and final presidential debate Wednesday with a wide lead …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Rush Limbaugh Says Angry Blacks Are In 30 Year Plot To Train Black Children as Militants  —  As we are witnessing, the conservative movement is in shambles now and the only thing they can do is spew racist hatred out into the world and hope it sticks to their audience in droves.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
CBS/NYT Poll Preempt
Michael Luo / The Caucus:
Clinton Supporters Aid Palin  —  Gov. Sarah Palin met with a group of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's former supporters Tuesday evening at a special fund-raising reception organized for them on behalf of the Republican ticket.  —  The reception, which organizers said brought in more than $500,000 …
Discussion: Don Surber and Political Machine
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
An Unwitting Assist From the Hockey Mom  —  PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 13 The Hillary voter has come home.  —  It wasn't primarily the work of Hillary Clinton, though by her count she has made more than 50 public appearances for Barack Obama.  Nor was it the work of Obama, who has kept Clinton and her advisers at arm's length.
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Who's in control of McCain's campaign?
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Darke Blog:
BREAKING: 6th Circuit reverses on TRO (devastation, humiliation for Jennifer Brunner)  —  A 3-judge panel of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals recently vacated a temporary restraining order which would effectively make Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner follow the law - and do her job - in preventing election fraud.
Discussion: www.redstate.com and Hot Air
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Cincinnati.com:   Court casts doubt on Ohio voter rolls
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:   Federal court: Ohio must check voter registrations
Spectator:
Pinch Yourself  —  The contrast between, on the one hand, the huge amount of material about Obama's radical associations that has been published in on-line journals and in a few brave newspapers, and on the other the refusal by big media to address it and to vilify those who do, becomes more astounding by the day.
Paul West / Baltimore Sun:
McCain's brother blasts campaign strategy  —  In e-mail statement, he calls on top aides to “Let John McCain be John McCain”  —  WASHINGTON - Frustrations inside John McCain's camp boiled over on the eve of Wednesday night's presidential debate as the candidate's brother unleashed …
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.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
National Review Boots Buckley Son For Obama Boost  —  Christopher Buckley knew he was venturing into treacherous territory when he endorsed Barack Obama: “It's a good thing my dear old mum and pup are no longer alive.  They'd cut off my allowance,” he wrote.  —  The penalty turned out to be more severe.
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Rich Lowry / The Corner:
A Word on Christopher Buckley
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Obama drowning out McCain in TV ads  —  In the first three weeks of September, Barack Obama ran 1,342 television commercials in the Washington media market that reaches heavily populated and contested Northern Virginia.  —  According to The Nielsen Company, in the same period and market …
Techdirt:
McCain Campaign Sends Letter To YouTube Defending Fair Use  —  from the what-the...?  dept  —  This is impressive, and somewhat unexpected.  It's rather rare to see politicians (other than maginal ones, at least) showing any sort of recognition of fair use.
Discussion: PoliGazette and Obsidian Wings
Fox News:
Obama Camp Rejects Jackson's Claim That He Would Diminish ‘Zionist’ Influence  —  Barack Obama's campaign rejects Jesse Jackson's claim that “Zionists” would lose clout under an Obama administration.  —  FOXNews.com  —  Barack Obama's campaign stepped in quickly Tuesday to distance itself …
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John Berman / ABCNEWS:
Will the Bradley Effect Be Obama's Downfall?  —  Worries Rise That Questions of Race Overstate Obama's 10-Point Lead  —  With the economic crisis center stage, Barack Obama has solidified his lead, pulling ahead of John McCain by 10 points among likely voters, 53-43 percent, in a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll.
Discussion: The Corner and The Other McCain
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
CIA Tactics Endorsed In Secret Memos  —  The Bush administration issued a pair of secret memos to the CIA in 2003 and 2004 that explicitly endorsed the agency's use of interrogation techniques such as waterboarding against al-Qaeda suspects — documents prompted by worries among intelligence officials …
Discussion: Guardian
Michelle Malkin:
Voter fraud alert: Houseful of out-of-state Obama activists registered as Ohio voters, received absentee ballots
Discussion: The Other McCain
Ross Douthat:
The Liberal Media's Conservatives  —  Various folks have already gone round on this subject, but I think it's worth saying something further about the way figures like Mark Levin, Mark Steyn, Victor Davis Hanson and others have responded to those right-of-center pundits who have harshly criticized …
Robert George / thepublicdiscourse.com:
Obama's Abortion Extremism  —  Sen. Barack Obama's views on life issues ranging from abortion to embryonic stem cell research mark him as not merely a pro-choice politician, but rather as the most extreme pro-abortion candidate to have ever run on a major party ticket.
Discussion: The Corner and www.redstate.com
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.
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
In Support of Bill Ayers  —  There's a petition making the rounds that has academics purportedly defending Ayers against unrepentant terrorist and other (factual) labels.  It also has my name on it.  It has Jonah's name is on it.  And it includes others who you know obviously didn't sign it.
Discussion: Pajamas Media and pw
Campbell Clark / Globe and Mail:
Harper heads for stronger minority  —  OTTAWA — Stephen Harper's Conservatives are headed to a larger minority government because of gains in Ontario, as results from tonight's federal election pour in.  —  Preliminary results show the Tories leading the Liberals in the key battleground of Ontario …
 
 
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Michael Shedlock / Mish's Global Economic …:
Essence of the “Rescue” Plan
Discussion: Portfolio and Buck Naked Politics
Jesse Walker / Reason:
Did Milton Friedman Make New Zealand a Nuclear-Free Zone?
Discussion: The Agitator and www.redstate.com
Ian Welsh / Firedoglake:
Obamanomics  —  Is Obama the New FDR?  —  At this point it's clear …
Discussion: BeyondChron and Hullabaloo
Matt / Think Progress:
McCain Tries To Blame Financial Crisis On Democratic Takeover Of Congress In 2007
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Tommy McCall / New York Times:
Bulls, Bears, Donkeys and Elephants
John King / CNN:
African-American enthusiasm could tip scales
Discussion: The Corner
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Time to Be Outward Bound  —  Since George W. Bush became president …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
The Georgia surge continues
Discussion: MyDD
Tom Fitton / The Hill:
Who Are Obama's Donors?  —  The Obama campaign has failed …
Discussion: Wizbang