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2:30 PM ET, October 14, 2008

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Wall Street Journal:
Obama and Acorn  —  Community organizers, phony voters, and your tax dollars.  —  At the recent Emmy Awards, historian Laura Linney averred that America's Founders had been “community organizers” — like Barack Obama.  Too bad they aren't like that any more.
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Richard Danielson / St. Petersburg Times:
Vote drives defended, despite fake names  —  Mickey Mouse tried to register to vote in Florida this summer, but Orange County elections officials rejected his application, which had an ACORN stamp on it.  —  Mickey Mouse tried to register to vote in Florida this summer.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
‘Fraud’ vs. ‘Suppression’
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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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
McCain: If I Bring Up Ayers At Debate, It Will Be Obama's Fault  —  In an interview that John McCain gave to local radio in St. Louis, McCain says that he was “astonished” to hear Barack Obama say recently that he was reluctant to bring up Ayers to Obama's face, and promises that he'll raise the subject at tomorrow's debate.
Andy Barr / The Politico:
McCain: Ayers will come up in debate  —  John McCain said Tuesday that Barack Obama is “probably ensured” that his association with 1960s radical William Ayers will come up in Wednesday's debate.  —  “I was astonished to hear him say that he was surprised that I didn't have the guts” …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama's Ayers ad
Discussion: TPM Election Central and TIME.com
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
McCain and the Raging Right
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.”
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 …
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Stanley Kurtz / The Corner:
Happy October...Surprise!
Discussion: The New Republic
Associated Press:
Hillary Clinton says a second White House run is unlikely  —  WASHINGTON - Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton puts the chances of her running for president again at near zero — slightly higher than the chances she gives for becoming Senate majority leader or a Supreme Court justice.
Discussion: Wake up America and TIME.com
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Investor's Business Daily:
Obamacorn  —  Election '08: Barack Obama lies about his ACORN past while agreeing to let the group shape the policies of his administration.  He hopes his community organizer pals will help him make America “less mean-spirited.”  —  Read More: Election 2008
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Mark Murray / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: THE STATUS QUO
Discussion: The Politico
Washington Post:
GOP Officials Assail Community Group
Discussion: Gawker and Marc Ambinder
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Angling for a Cocktail Party Invitation  —  I think this situation is rather more complicated than Julian Sanchez makes out.  It's true that on the whole career incentives point in the direction of ideological orthodoxy rather than trying to snag some slot as a token.
Discussion: Julian Sanchez and Eschaton
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David Brooks / New York Times:
Big Government Ahead  —  We're in the middle of a financial crisis, but most economists say there is a broader economic crisis still to come.  The unemployment rate will shoot upward.  Companies will go bankrupt.  Commercial real estate values will decline.  Credit card defaults will rise.
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Wall Street Journal:
America Will Remain the Superpower  —  When the tide laps at Gulliver's waistline, it usually means the Lilliputians are already 10 feet under.  —  Constantinople fell to the Ottomans after two centuries of retreat and decline.  It took two world wars, a global depression and the onset of the Cold War to lay the British Empire low.
Discussion: Don Surber and Polimom Says
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
No One Ever Said ‘Kill Him’ About Obama  —  A look back at the original language used by Palin at the rally in question makes it nearly impossible for the exclamation to be misunderstood as an attack on Obama unless you happen to be a MSM member just dying to think the worst of the Right.
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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Obama Widens Lead in Four Key States  —  Barack Obama widened his lead considerably over John McCain in four key battleground states during the past three weeks, providing further evidence that the economic crisis has greatly enhanced the Democrat's advantage with just 21 days left before Election Day.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Republicans Who Fund Bill Ayers  —  I think Obama's relatively weak but nonetheless real interactions with William Ayers are a legitimate campaign issue.  But Obama's best response, after telling the facts of the relationship, is to point out who else supported him.
Discussion: Cafe Talk Aggregator and marbury
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Confirmed: Obama Is Campaigning on Xbox 360!  —  Last week we noted unconfirmed sightings of an “Obama for President” billboard in the Xbox 360 racing game Burnout Paradise.  Today we're able to report that it is, in fact, an official advertisement placed by the senator's campaign team.
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” …
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Race Steady With Obama Leading by 9  —  Registered voters prefer Obama over McCain, 51% to 42%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — With exactly three weeks remaining before Election Day, Barack Obama leads John McCain in the presidential preferences of registered voters by nine percentage points, 51% to 42%.
 
 
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Paul West / The Swamp:
McCain's brother: Let McCain be McCain
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Rachel Donadio / New York Times:
Report Says Acclaimed Czech Writer Informed on a Supposed Spy
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Peter Finn / Washington Post:
Lawyers Criticize Quality of Guantanamo Interpreters
Marc Ambinder:
Warmonger and Palin-Mocker v. Terrorist
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Senate Projections, 10/14  —  The Democrats appear to have nearly …
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Sarah Palin heads for Indiana Friday; not a good sign for GOP
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