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11:55 PM ET, October 14, 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.
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
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 …
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
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
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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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“Monty Python Could Have Written This”  —  John Cleese on Sarah Palin:
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.
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 …
Joe Sudbay / AMERICAblog News:
David Gregory: Meet Pollster.com and FiveThirtyEight.com  —  In a set up to an interview with Senators Jim Webb (D-VA) and Richard Burr (R-NC), MSNBC's painful David Gregory gave an “update” on polling in those two states:  —  Notice the dates of those polls?  —  The Virginia poll is two weeks old.
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.
Discussion: Ta-Nehisi Coates and Truthdig
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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.
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:
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.
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.
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
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: Babalu Blog and Gateway Pundit
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Who's in control of McCain's campaign?  —  John McCain's campaign is pretty much a shambles right now.  —  If you don't believe me, just listen to John McCain.  His chief goal these days is calming down his crowds, not firing them up.  —  And that is an honorable thing to do.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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
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.
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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Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Obama drowning out McCain in TV ads
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
In Support of Bill Ayers
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Ian Welsh / Firedoglake:
Obamanomics  —  Is Obama the New FDR?  —  At this point it's clear …
Discussion: BeyondChron and Hullabaloo
CNN:
Fact Check: Would Obama ‘take away right’ to secret ballot for unions?
Discussion: Power Line and AFL-CIO NOW BLOG
Matt / Think Progress:
McCain Tries To Blame Financial Crisis On Democratic Takeover Of Congress In 2007
William Yardley / New York Times:
In Oregon, Rival Candidate Rides Democratic Wave
Discussion: BlueOregon
John King / CNN:
African-American enthusiasm could tip scales
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