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2:40 PM ET, October 14, 2008

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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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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:
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.
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
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
McCain and the Raging Right
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’
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 …
Adam Hanft / The Daily Beast:
Sorry, Dad, I Was Sacked  —  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 …
Discussion: The Caucus
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Patrick Beach / The Reader:
A little scoop on Christopher Buckley
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
DEMANDING A DOUBLE STANDARD.... The Washington Post's Dan Balz had an online item yesterday that was so odd, I read it a couple of times, just to make sure I wasn't misinterpreting his point.  —  As Balz sees is, John McCain is very likely to lose on Nov. 4, so “the real focus now ought to be on Barack Obama.”
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Angling for a Cocktail Party Invitation
Discussion: Julian Sanchez and Eschaton
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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Washington Post:
U.S. Forces Nine Major Banks To Accept Partial Nationalization
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
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.
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” …
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
Scranton Times-Tribune:
Complete coverage: Scranton welcomes Palin  —  STAFF REPORT  —  Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee, is making her first Scranton appearence today at Riverfront Sports Complex.  She has taken the stage and was joined by her husband Todd and country singer Lee Greenwood.
Bloomberg:
Icelanders Sink Under Foreign-Currency Loans as Krona Plunges  —  Oct. 14 (Bloomberg) — Karl Karlsson, a Reykjavik taxi driver, has canceled his winter vacation.  The money he saved is being eaten up by his car loan payment, which has jumped more than 20 percent since June.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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%.
Maxim Lott / Fox News:
First Time FBI Calls Case an ‘Honor Killing’  —  Almost a year after two teenage girls were found dead — allegedly executed by their father — in the back seat of a taxicab in Texas, the FBI is saying for the first time that the case may have been an “honor killing.”
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: Wake up America and TIME.com
 
 
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McCain's brother: Let McCain be McCain
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