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8:35 AM ET, October 15, 2008

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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.
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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 …
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.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
CBS/NYT Poll Preempt
Michael Luo / The Caucus:
Clinton Supporters Aid Palin  —  Gov. Sarah Palin met with a group of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's former supporters Tuesday evening at a special fund-raising reception organized for them on behalf of the Republican ticket.  —  The reception, which organizers said brought in more than $500,000 …
Discussion: Don Surber and Political Machine
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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.
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Who's in control of McCain's campaign?
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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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Ross Douthat:
The Liberal Media's Conservatives
Discussion: The Next Right, Eunomia and The Corner
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
National Review Boots Buckley Son For Obama Boost
Norma Greenaway / National Post:
Conservatives win a second, stronger minority; ‘Our support base is stronger,’ Harper says  —  As of 1:55 a.m. ET, the Conservative party was leading or elected in 143 seats  —  Conservatives 143; Liberals 77; Bloc 49; NDP 37; Ind 2; Green 0  —  OTTAWA — Stephen Harper's Conservatives returned …
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy and Hot Air
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Michael J.W. Stickings / The Reaction:
Canada Votes 2008  —  UPDATED BELOW.  —  For reasons related …
Campbell Clark / Globe and Mail:
Harper heads for stronger minority
Darke Blog:
BREAKING: 6th Circuit reverses on TRO (devastation, humiliation for Jennifer Brunner)  —  A 3-judge panel of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals recently vacated a temporary restraining order which would effectively make Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner follow the law - and do her job - in preventing election fraud.
Discussion: www.redstate.com and Hot Air
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Philip Elliott / Associated Press:   Federal court: Ohio must check voter registrations
Cincinnati.com:   Court casts doubt on Ohio voter rolls
Spectator:
Pinch Yourself  —  The contrast between, on the one hand, the huge amount of material about Obama's radical associations that has been published in on-line journals and in a few brave newspapers, and on the other the refusal by big media to address it and to vilify those who do, becomes more astounding by the day.
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 …
Discussion: Guardian and Hullabaloo
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 …
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 …
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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.
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Obama drowning out McCain in TV ads  —  In the first three weeks of September, Barack Obama ran 1,342 television commercials in the Washington media market that reaches heavily populated and contested Northern Virginia.  —  According to The Nielsen Company, in the same period and market …
Techdirt:
McCain Campaign Sends Letter To YouTube Defending Fair Use  —  from the what-the...?  dept  —  This is impressive, and somewhat unexpected.  It's rather rare to see politicians (other than maginal ones, at least) showing any sort of recognition of fair use.
Discussion: PoliGazette and Obsidian Wings
John Berman / ABCNEWS:
Will the Bradley Effect Be Obama's Downfall?  —  Worries Rise That Questions of Race Overstate Obama's 10-Point Lead  —  With the economic crisis center stage, Barack Obama has solidified his lead, pulling ahead of John McCain by 10 points among likely voters, 53-43 percent, in a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll.
Discussion: The Corner and The Other McCain
Michelle Malkin:
Voter fraud alert: Houseful of out-of-state Obama activists registered as Ohio voters, received absentee ballots
Discussion: The Other McCain
Robert George / thepublicdiscourse.com:
Obama's Abortion Extremism  —  Sen. Barack Obama's views on life issues ranging from abortion to embryonic stem cell research mark him as not merely a pro-choice politician, but rather as the most extreme pro-abortion candidate to have ever run on a major party ticket.
Discussion: The Corner and www.redstate.com
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
In Support of Bill Ayers  —  There's a petition making the rounds that has academics purportedly defending Ayers against unrepentant terrorist and other (factual) labels.  It also has my name on it.  It has Jonah's name is on it.  And it includes others who you know obviously didn't sign it.
Discussion: Pajamas Media and pw
 
 
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Laylan Copelin / Austin American-Statesman:
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iowahawk:
A Vote For Obama is a Vote For Civility
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Michael Shedlock / Mish's Global Economic …:
Essence of the “Rescue” Plan
Discussion: Portfolio and Buck Naked Politics
Jesse Walker / Reason:
Did Milton Friedman Make New Zealand a Nuclear-Free Zone?
Discussion: The Agitator and www.redstate.com
Ian Welsh / Firedoglake:
Obamanomics  —  Is Obama the New FDR?  —  At this point it's clear …
Discussion: BeyondChron and Hullabaloo
Matt / Think Progress:
McCain Tries To Blame Financial Crisis On Democratic Takeover Of Congress In 2007
 Earlier Items: 
Tommy McCall / New York Times:
Bulls, Bears, Donkeys and Elephants
John King / CNN:
African-American enthusiasm could tip scales
Discussion: The Corner
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
The Georgia surge continues
Discussion: MyDD
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“Monty Python Could Have Written This”