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8:30 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 and The Washington Note
Patricia Cohen / The Caucus:
Buckley's Son Leaves National Review
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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 …
Marc Ambinder:
CBS/NYT Poll: Obama at 53%
Discussion: The Anonymous Liberal
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
Wall Street Journal:
Obama and Acorn  —  Community organizers, phony voters, and your tax dollars.
Julia Hoppock / Political Punch:
Obama on ACORN Controversy: “A Distraction... We Don't Need ACORN's Help”
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Marc Ambinder:   Palin To Limbaugh: Media Wants Me To “Shut Up”
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.
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” …
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Fox News:
Obama Camp Rejects Jackson's Claim That He Would Diminish ‘Zionist’ Influence
Discussion: Commentary and Babalu Blog
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 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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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“Monty Python Could Have Written This”  —  John Cleese on Sarah Palin:
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
New York Times:
Polls Finds Attacks by McCain Turn Off Voters  —  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.
Discussion: Washington Post and News Hounds
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.
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.”
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.
Patrick Ruffini / The Next Right:
Media Blogs in Memeorandum Lean Left  —  I am a proud geek, and also an avid Memeorandum user, and so I jumped at the chance to install this Greasemonkey script visualizing political bias in Memeorandum.  The script will highlight various blogs linking to an item in shades of red or blue depending …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
The Georgia surge continues  —  The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported recently on disproportionate early voting among African-Americans.  Georgia doesn't appear to be in play in the presidential election, but it tracks early votes contemporaneously (and online), so it may be a useful bellwether for what's happening elsewhere.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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 …
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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John King / CNN:
African-American enthusiasm could tip scales
Patrick O'Connor / The Crypt's Blogs:
Boehner wants answers about Mahoney
Discussion: Political Machine
Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
Ex-GOP Operative in New Hampshire Indicted
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Hullabaloo
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Who's in control of McCain's campaign?
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
 Earlier Items: 
Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
UPSTATE POL BUSTED FOR KIDDIE PORN
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Plouffe on Fox: ‘24-hour ACORN channel’
Discussion: The Swamp