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1:49 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.
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.
New York Post:
BOGUS VOTER BOOTED AMID PROBE OF ACORN  —  4,000 OF LEFT-WING GROUP'S SIGN-UPS ARE SHADY  —  By JEANE MacINTOSH in Cleveland and MAGGIE HABERMAN in New York  —  Investigators probing ACORN have learned that an Ohio man registered to vote several times and cast a bogus ballot with a fake address …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Error Rates  —  I find that an awful lot of problems are caused by people's inability to understand things like error rates and big numbers.  If a pharmaceutical company came out with a new anti-depression drug and gave it to a million people suffering from depression, of whom 970,000 …
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.
Randyj /
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.
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” …
Discussion: Hot Air and Real Clear Politics
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama's Ayers ad
Discussion: TPM Election Central and
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.”
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Think Progress
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 …
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
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
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.
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.
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
Obama Sex Perv Scandal  —  Under the headline OBAMA SEX PERV SCANDAL, the intrepid journalists at National Enquirer bring us an October Surprise three weeks before Election Day: … The story has taken the blogosphere by storm.  — Jules Crittenden notes the Enquirer's “confirmation rate is spotty” …
National Enquirer:
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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Spin Cycle
Monica Langley / Wall Street Journal:
Wall Street Donors Resent Being Blamed by McCain  —  NEW YORK — Sen. John McCain badly needs the cash infusion and momentum from a Tuesday night fund-raiser in New York.  But the senator's recent demonizing of Wall Street made it tough to lure contributors, with Wall Street …
Real Debate Wisconsin:
Racine schools hand out textbook with 15 page Obama love-fest...  This comes from the mother of a Racine Unified School District 8th grader.  She has asked to keep her name out of this but frankly I can't add much to what she has said here but I do have one question.
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Worst Case Scenario  —  What an Obama administration and a heavily Democratic Congress would accomplish.  —  John McCain trails Barack Obama and shows no signs, at the moment anyway, of propelling himself into the lead.  Democrats lead in eight Senate seats currently held by Republicans and are close in three others.
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: Yahoo! News and
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” …
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Looking Ahead, Obama Builds Ties With ‘Blue Dogs’  —  Rep. Mike Ross of Arkansas is not likely to bring Barack Obama many votes on Nov. 4.  Neither is Rep. John Tanner of Tennessee or Rep. Allen Boyd, a farmer from the Florida Panhandle.  —  But the three could play a big role in the success …
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Republicans Who Fund Bill Ayers
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Marc Ambinder:
Warmonger and Palin-Mocker v. Terrorist
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Senate Projections, 10/14  —  The Democrats appear to have nearly …
Discussion: Left in the West
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David Frum:
Mirror Imaging  —  One follow up to the post below …
Discussion: Cogitamus and Hot Air
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Sarah Palin heads for Indiana Friday; not a good sign for GOP
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
“Yep. Every week. 11 oclock service.”
Discussion: Moonbattery