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3:45 AM ET, October 15, 2008

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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 …
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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.
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.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
CBS/NYT Poll Preempt
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 …
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 …
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.
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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
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.
Cincinnati.com:
Court casts doubt on Ohio voter rolls  —  COLUMBUS - With the nation watching not just Ohio's voters but its voting process, Tuesday marked another tumultuous day of bitter partisan accusations over the security of Ohio's elections - with new lawsuits, press conferences, calls for investigations and court decisions.
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Philip Elliott / Associated Press:   Federal court: Ohio must check voter registrations
Rick Hasen / Election Law:
SOME ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS ON OHIO REPUBLICAN PARTY V. BRUNNER
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
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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.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Mahatma X Files
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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: Babalu Blog
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New York Post:
THE O JESSE KNOWS  —  JACKSON ON OBAMA'S AMERICA  —  EVIAN, FRANCE
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.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“Monty Python Could Have Written This”  —  John Cleese on Sarah Palin:
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 …
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.
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: pw
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 …
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: www.redstate.com
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
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Wizbang
 
 
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Ian Welsh / Firedoglake:
Obamanomics  —  Is Obama the New FDR?  —  At this point it's clear …
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Matt / Think Progress:
McCain Tries To Blame Financial Crisis On Democratic Takeover Of Congress In 2007
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Internet use ‘good for the brain’
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