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9:40 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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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
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 …
Discussion: Julian Sanchez, The Corner and Eunomia
Patrick Beach / The Reader:
A little scoop on Christopher Buckley
Patricia Cohen / The Caucus:
Buckley's Son Leaves National Review
Discussion: blogger interrupted
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 …
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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 …
Marc Ambinder:
CBS/NYT Poll: Obama at 53%
Discussion: The Anonymous Liberal
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
CBS/NYT Poll Preempt
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  —  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 …
Discussion: Commentary
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:
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: Weekly Standard and Daily Kos
New York Times:
Poll 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
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.
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 …
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Julia Hoppock / Political Punch:
Obama on ACORN Controversy: “A Distraction... We Don't Need ACORN's Help”
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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.
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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.
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.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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The Huffington Post:   Campbell Brown Hits Back On Maligning Arabs, Muslims (VIDEO)
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:
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Rush Limbaugh Says Angry Blacks Are In 30 Year Plot To Train Black Children as Militants  —  John Amato's virtual online magazine...OK, It's a blog!  — Home- Archives- Contact Us- Donate … As we are witnessing, the conservative movement is in shambles now and the only thing …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
The Politico:
GOP ditches recruits to save incumbents  —  Darren White and Erik Paulsen were prized Republican recruits, House candidates poised to be the new face of the GOP on Capitol Hill.  —  But as the two head into the homestretch of their campaigns, GOP operatives say they'll probably have to win — or lose — on their own.
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.”
Tommy McCall / New York Times:
Bulls, Bears, Donkeys and Elephants  —  Since 1929, Republicans and Democrats have each controlled the presidency for nearly 40 years.  So which party has been better for American pocketbooks and capitalism as a whole?  Well, here's an experiment: imagine that during these years …
Red Square / The People's Cube:
Obama's WealthSpread™: I Can't Believe It's Not Earned!  —  While canvassing neighborhoods in Ohio this Sunday, Barack Obama advised a tax-burdened plumber not to worry about money because under his presidency money will disappear since it will no longer have any meaning anyway.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Babalu Blog
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.
 
 
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William Yardley / New York Times:
In Oregon, Rival Candidate Rides Democratic Wave
Discussion: BlueOregon
Mark Benjamin / Salon:
Friendly fire in Iraq — and a coverup
Discussion: Reason and The Raw Story
John King / CNN:
African-American enthusiasm could tip scales
Patrick O'Connor / The Crypt's Blogs:
Boehner wants answers about Mahoney
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Media Blogs in Memeorandum Lean Left
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
The Georgia surge continues
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Roger Simon / The Politico:
Who's in control of McCain's campaign?
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Tom Fitton / The Hill:
Who Are Obama's Donors?  —  The Obama campaign has failed …
Discussion: Wizbang
Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
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