Africanpress / African Press International:
Shocking development: Mrs Obama decides enough is enough: “My husband was born in Hawaii and adopted by his step father, does that make him unpatriotic; she asks”, on a direct telephone to API. — Accusing API of colluding with American internet bloggers in an effort to bring down her husband …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org, Gateway Pundit, JammieWearingFool, www.redstate.com, Townhall.com, Whiskey Fire, Confederate Yankee, RADARSITE, PoliGazette and td blog
Amanda Carpenter / Townhall.com: African Press Publishes Shocking Michelle Obama Quotes?
Maggie M. Thornton / RADARSITE: Michelle Obama to African Press: Bribes and “No Law Will Stop My Husband...”
Michael van der Galien / PoliGazette: OK - ODS is Real
Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
Obama Campaign Says Michelle Obama ‘Interview’ on ‘African Press’ Website is 100% Bogus — The conservative blogs are all atwitter about a bizarre interview allegedly with Michelle Obama on a website called “African Press International.” — “My husband was born in Hawaii and adopted by his step father …
Discussion: Hot Air, The Moderate Voice, African Press International and Oliver Willis
Allahpundit / Hot Air: Obama camp: The Michelle Obama/API interview is bogus
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice: Have The REALLY ROUGH Games Now Begun?
Africanpress / African Press International: The Obama saga and the Presidency
Byron York / The Corner:
That Michelle Obama Report — I'm sure a lot of you have seen references this morning to statements allegedly made by Michelle Obama in an interview with an organization called African Press International. I just asked the Obama campaign whether Michelle Obama did in fact speak to that organization …
Discussion: Little Green Footballs and Atlas Shrugs
James Janega / Chicago Tribune:
Bill Ayers: ‘What could I possibly add?’ — Decades removed from his radical opposition to the Vietnam War, UIC professor William Ayers lies low amid the political furor — As his name was tossed back and forth Tuesday in the fury of the presidential campaign, 1960s radical William Ayers spent …
Eric Ferreri / Raleigh News & Observer: N.C. academics offer Ayers endorsement
Wordsmith / Flopping Aces: Obama's Judgment on Confronting “Evil”
Jules Crittenden: “What Could I Possibly Add?” — I dunno about Ayers, most of it's out there already.
Terry Trippany / NewsBusters.org: Chi-Trib: Ayers University Door Decorated With Convicted Cop Killer and Che Guevera
Thomas Frank / Wall Street Journal:
My Friend Bill Ayers — Once wanted by the FBI, he's since become a model citizen. — “Waving the bloody shirt” was the phrase once used to describe the standard demagogic tactic of the late 19th century, when memories of the Civil War were still vivid and loyalists of both parties could be moved to “vote as they shot.”
Discussion: The Corner, The Moderate Voice, Althouse, Hot Air, The Huffington Post, Fraters Libertas and FP Passport
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner: Re: Thomas Frank & Friends
Ann Althouse / Althouse: “My Friend Bill Ayers.”
Thomas Frank / The Huffington Post: Days of Rage — On the first night of the Republican convention …
Chad The Elder / Fraters Libertas: Friends of Bill — In today's WSJ, Thomas Franks talks about His Friend Bill Ayers:
Blake Hounshell / FP Passport: Old terrorists fade away...
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Voting for Obama anyway — I just got an astounding e-mail from a Republican consultant I know well. He's a guy who's always thought Obama had a “glass jaw,” and was always among those agitating for hitting Obama harder. — Recently, he conducted a focus group in an upper-Midwestern state …
Discussion: The Corner, Open Left, Argghhh!, Daily Kos, Washington Monthly, Hot Air, TPM Election Central and marbury
Chris Bowers / Open Left: America Is Rapidly Shifting To The Left
Allahpundit / Hot Air: Surprise: Negative ad that hits Obama on Fannie and Freddie proves highly effective
Ian Leslie / marbury: the rage against republicans
Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
Obama Flack Accidentally Sends Out Pre-Debate Talking Points — “Reminder: These are for staff only and not for distribution,” warns the email. — And then, the spin, accidentally sent to reporters this morning. — “* This is John McCain's last chance to turn this race around …
Discussion: www.redstate.com, TIME.com, Hot Air and NO QUARTER
Krooney / TIME.com: Oh, The Expectations She's Setting!!
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air: Debate preview: What do McCain, Obama have to do tonight?
SusanUnPC / NO QUARTER: Neighborhood(lums) * Open Thread [with 2 updates + “Harriet Christian needs you!"]
OBAMA CAMPAIGN ISSUES TALKING POINTS TO MEDIA AHEAD OF DEBATE — The Obama campaign issued a set of debate ‘talking points’ to media on Wednesday morning, the DRUDGE REPORT can reveal. — Press Secretary Sean Smith issued the directive in an email from Pennsylvania, 12 hours before the debate.
Discussion: pw, Babalu Blog and Gawker
Dan Collins / pw: In Case the Press Weren't Certain How to Spin Tonight's Debate
Alberto de la Cruz / Babalu Blog: In case any of you were wondering
Pareene / Gawker: Shock: Obama Campaign Doing Job
Ed Fletcher / Sacramento Bee:
Material linking Obama to Bin Laden removed from Sacramento GOP Web site — Sacramento County Republican leaders Tuesday took down offensive material on their official party Web site that sought to link Sen. Barack Obama to Osama bin Laden and encouraged people to “Waterboard Barack Obama” …
Discussion: Firedoglake, Taylor Marsh, The Raw Story, Pam's House Blend, pandagon.net and Think Progress
Pam Spaulding / Pam's House Blend: California: Sacramento GOP web site calls for the torture of Barack Obama
Jesse Taylor / pandagon.net: And Boom Goes The McCainimite
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish: “Waterboard Him!” — In a perfect confluence of all the current …
Waterboard Barack Obama
Waterboard Barack Obama
Discussion: The New Republic
Jason Zengerle / The New Republic: How Far Has Bill Clinton Fallen?
David Singleton / Scranton Times-Tribune:
Breaking news: Secret Service investigating threat from Scranton Palin rally — The U.S. Secret Service is investigating a threatening remark directed at Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama during a political event in Scranton. — The agency followed up on a report in The Times-Tribune …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice, Washington Monthly and AMERICAblog News
Lawrence O'Donnell / The Huffington Post:
Colin Powell Is Ready To Endorse — When Colin Powell turns off his TV after the final presidential debate, he will have learned everything he is going to learn about the candidates vying to succeed his former boss, George W. Bush. Powell has made it clear that he has been thinking …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and The Washington Independent
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice: Colin Powell Getting Ready To Endorse Obama?
Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent: Fox News Racism Says Powell Will Endorse Obama
Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
Stephanopoulos: Is There Anything McCain Can Do?
Stephanopoulos: Is There Anything McCain Can Do?
Ed Hornick / CNN: Obama, McCain hope to woo undecideds in debate
Krooney / TIME.com: Morning Show Summary
Jay Newton-Small / Swampland: Debate Expectations — The CW this morning seems to anticipate …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
McCain, advisers divided over Wright attack — John McCain is at odds with many of his top advisers over launching a renewed attack on Barack Obama's ties to his long-time pastor and mentor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, according to campaign sources. — Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin …
John McCormick / The Swamp: Obama headed to Missouri this weekend
John McCormack / Weekly Standard: Is a Jeremiah Wright Ad Campaign in the Works?
Pete Abel / The Moderate Voice: McCain: Hedging Bets on His Legacy
Carol Platt Liebau / Townhall.com: One Way or the Other — Politico reports that McCain and his advisors …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly: INCESSANT WRIGHT SPECULATION.... For a campaign that has allegedly …
Ann Althouse / Althouse: “Wright is off the table... It's all McCain. …
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs: Wright is still out and third-party help not likely coming
Jason Zengerle / The New Republic: Let the McCain Premortems Begin!
David Knowles / Political Machine: Which McCain Shows Up Tonight?
Doug Mataconis / Donklephant: A Civil War In The McCain Campaign
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Obama Dominating Among Early Voters in Five Swing States — SurveyUSA has a lot of good habits as a pollster, and one of them is breaking out the results of early and absentee voting in states where such things are allowed. So far, SurveyUSA has conducted polling in five states where some form of early voting was underway.
Discussion: McClatchy Washington Bureau, The Moderate Voice, The Daily Dish, Open Left and American Street
Elyas Bakhtiari / The Moderate Voice: Obama Dominating Among Early Voters
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish: 23% — Obama is dominating with early voting in Iowa …
Chris Bowers / Open Left: Early Exit Polls: Obama Leads In Georgia
Kevin Hayden / American Street: What the polls and the stock markets portend
Early voting in Cobb: Not a single black voter abandoned the long line
Early voting in Cobb: Not a single black voter abandoned the long line
Discussion: Marc Ambinder and MoJoBlog
Jonathan Stein / MoJoBlog: Drawing Conclusions from Early Voting (Georgia Edition)
WisPolitics: No RNC ads for the next week, TV stations report — The Republican National Committee hasn't booked ads for the next week in Wisconsin TV markets after running a series of spots attacking Barack Obama and congressional Dems, according to TV sources.
Discussion: Liberal Values and Salon
Alex Koppelman / Salon: Republicans giving up on Wisconsin?
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
GOP deploys squirrels — Meet Tony Romo and Mickey Mouse. — They are this year's version of those dolphins that stalked John Kerry in 2004, swapping out “flip-flopping” for ACORN. — The nut-hunters swooped into Harry Smith's Manhattan nest this morning, surprising the CBS “Early Show” anchor.
Discussion: Weekly Standard, The Swamp, Newsday and Swampland
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard: The ACORN Connection — A group of concerned squirrels …
Frank James / The Swamp: McCain squirrels go nuts over ACORN
Michael Scherer / Swampland: And Now For Something Completely Different
CNN POLL: Obama making gains in red states — HEMPSTEAD, New York (CNN) - As the two major party presidential candidates get ready to face off in person one last time, new polls in some crucial states that could decide the race for the White House suggest John McCain is having to defend himself …
Discussion: The Swamp
Mark Silva / The Swamp: Obama leads, competes in Bush states
Andrew Greeley / Chicago Sun Times:
Palin, McCain stir up storm of ugly racism — 'South Pacific" is a morality play for our time. Sarah Palin is the Ensign Nellie Forbush — an All-American girl as racist, this time a racist with her eye on the White House. She can stir up crowds to shout “Kill him!” …
Michael M. Bates / NewsBusters.org: Chgo Sun-Times: McCain ‘Treats His Rival Like a Field N—’
Agence France Presse:
US communists say their time has come — NEW YORK (AFP) — A rare bird in the political world, the US Communist Party is feeling rather smug in these days of capitalist turmoil. — At the party's New York headquarters on 23rd Street in Manhattan, regional party chairman Libero Della Piana …
Discussion: The Jawa Report, Little Green Footballs and Moonbattery
Charles Hurt / New York Post:
OBAMA FIRES A ‘ROBIN HOOD’ WARNING SHOT — WASHINGTON - You won't find it in his campaign ads, but Barack Obama let slip his plans to become a modern-day Robin Hood in the White House, confiscating money from the rich to give to the poor. — Conservatives yesterday ripped Obama after he was caught …
Discussion: QandO, Riehl World View, Newshoggers.com and www.redstate.com
BJ Bjornson / Newshoggers.com: A Modern Day Robin Hood
Whitehorse / www.redstate.com: Barak Obama is Prince John - Not Robin Hood
John Hood / The Corner:
Don't Mean to Be a Party Pooper — The triumphalism on the Left and defeatism on the Right about the present moment in American politics have long since departed from reality. I know emotions such as glee and angst are always lying just below the surface among the politically active …
David Weigel / Reason: Even the Losers Get Unlucky Sometimes
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
CIA Tactics Endorsed In Secret Memos — The Bush administration issued a pair of secret memos to the CIA in 2003 and 2004 that explicitly endorsed the agency's use of interrogation techniques such as waterboarding against al-Qaeda suspects — documents prompted by worries among intelligence officials …
Tristero / Hullabaloo: Are You An American Citizen?
Richard Simon / Los Angeles Times: Federal deficit hits record $455 billion
Julie / Cleveland Leader: Bush Administration Issued Secret Memos Approving the Use of Waterboarding
Pareene / Gawker: Even Torture Comes Down to PR
Matthew Weaver / Guardian: Waterboarding: the Bush administration's paper trail
Marty Lederman / Balkinization: The Commander in Chief's Signature
Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent: Exhibit A in the War Crimes Trial That Won't Ever Be Held
Kate Klonick / TPMMuckraker: White House Endorsed Torture in Memos to CIA
Gallup Daily: Before Final Debate, Obama Leads by 7 — McCain's 43% matches his high over the past two weeks — PRINCETON, NJ — The latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking report shows Barack Obama continuing to lead John McCain, now by seven percentage points among registered voters, 50% to 43%.
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere and TPM Election Central
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
CNN bid to tie Palin to secessionists is a stretch — The cable news network fails to show that Sarah Palin embraced the call by some in the Alaskan Independence Party to sever their beloved state from ‘the Lower 48.’ — 'Who is Todd Palin? What is his influence?
Discussion: Hot Air, Weekly Standard, Townhall.com, Media Blog and NewsBusters.org
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air: LA Times: CNN did a smear job on Palin
John McCormack / Weekly Standard: LA Times Slams CNN Smear on Palin
Amanda Carpenter / Townhall.com: CNN's Sanchez P'wned by the LA Times
Ken Shepherd / NewsBusters.org: LAT's Rainey: Palin Not Most Likely to Secede
Wall Street Journal:
At Moment of Truth, U.S. Forced Big Bankers to Blink — WASHINGTON — On one side of the table sat Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, flanked by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chairman Sheila Bair. — On the other side sat the nation's top bank executives …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
New York Magazine:
Matt Taibbi and Byron York Butt Heads Over Whether McCain Deserves Blame for the Wall Street Meltdown — Every day (or close to it) until November 4, a series of writers and thinkers will discuss the election over instant messenger for nymag.com. Today, Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi …
Discussion: Washington Monthly, Salon, The Daily Dish, Gawker and Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly: TAIBBI VS YORK.... New York magazine has an interesting new feature …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon: Patrick Ruffini, the demise of the right and the Democratic alternative
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish: Phil Gramm And The Crisis
Pew Research Center:
Public Not Desperate About Economy or Personal Finances — Obama Clearer than McCain in Addressing Crisis — Americans are concerned about the nation's economic problems almost to the exclusion of every other issue, and they register the lowest level of national satisfaction ever measured in a Pew Research Center survey.
Discussion: The Swamp, FishBowlDC and TIME.com
Mark Silva / The Swamp: Obama's 10-point lead: The economy
Patrick / FishBowlDC: Coverage Pendulum Back To Obama
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
Gods That Failed — In 1949, a number of famous writers, among them Arthur Koestler, André Gide, Richard Wright, Stephen Spender and Ignazio Silone, wrote essays explaining why they were no longer communists. The essays were collected in a volume entitled “The God That Failed.”
Discussion: Clive Crook, The Corner, The Foundry, Donklephant, NewsBusters.org and The Mahablog
Conn Carroll / The Foundry: What Unregulated Capitalism?
Alan Stewart Carl / Donklephant: With Small Government Dead, What Now?
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org: WaPo's Myerson: God of ‘Unregulated’ Capitalism is Dead
6th Circuit's En Banc In Ohio — The 6th Circuit's en banc ruling yesterday upholding a st...forget it. They did what, Rick Hasen? … Ok, pay attention. This is important. — Mickey Mouse can register, right, but he can't vote. — Well, he can. He can vote absentee — no photo ID, no need to appear in person.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias, The Moderate Voice and Hot Air
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice: Will Ohio Be The Focus Of Voting Controversy Again?
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Those Hard-Boiled Eggheads — I'm not sending Paul Krugman Champagne. — He won the Nobel prize in economics this week, and while I'm sure that's delightful for him, it has raised the bar to an impossible height for his fellow columnists at The Times. We used to strive for Pulitzers …
Discussion: The New Republic and The Daily Beast
Michelle Cottle / The New Republic: More Political Wisdom From Bill Kristol
Jon Meacham / The Daily Beast: Resolved: Sarah Palin Is Not Andrew Jackson
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Ambushed By History — For all their talk about respecting the constraints of reality, conservatives generally hold to the “great man” theory of history. It is leftists who embrace economic determinism. Conservatives read biographies of Winston Churchill and wait in constant expectation for the second coming of Ronald Reagan.
Discussion: Whiskey Fire, Washington Monthly, American Street, Lean Left, Democratic Strategist, Jules Crittenden and Eunomia
Molly Ivors / Whiskey Fire: Little Man Bleeding
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly: IT'S HISTORY'S FAULT.... The Washington Post's Michael Gerson makes …
Mark Adams / American Street: Alright, Enough Of This Stupid Narrative
Ed Kilgore / Democratic Strategist: Blame It On Reality — It's hard to scan conservative opinion outlets …
Daniel Larison / Eunomia: Playing Not To Lose … This is an important point.