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12:10 PM ET, October 15, 2008

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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 …
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 …
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Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
The Polls - 10/15  —  Share This: Digg!  —  Yesterday, Sarah Palin said: … Meanwhile, back on Planet Earth, today's look at the polls.  DKos/R2000 has Obama up 11, 52-41.  NYT/CBS has Obama up 14, 53-39.  Battleground has Obama up 13, 53-40.  The LATimes has Obama up 9, 50-41.
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Ed Hornick / CNN:
Will final debate be McCain's last stand?  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — The third and final presidential debate is one of the last chances for Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama to use a national stage to get their message out to undecided voters.  —  The debate, taking place at Hofstra University in Hempstead …
Steven Thomma / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Ipsos/McClatchy: Obama's lead has grown to 9 points
Discussion: Reuters, Eschaton and Open Left
New York Times:
Poll Says McCain Hurts His Bid by Using Attacks
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 Huffington Post and Althouse
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
IT'S HISTORY'S FAULT.... The Washington Post's Michael Gerson makes …
Discussion: Eunomia
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
New intelligence report says Pakistan is ‘on the edge’  —  WASHINGTON — A growing al Qaida-backed insurgency, combined with the Pakistani army's reluctance to launch an all-out crackdown, political infighting and energy and food shortages are plunging America's key ally in the war on terror deeper …
Discussion: American Street and FP Passport
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Kim Gamel / Associated Press:
US troops kill No. 2 leader of al-Qaida in Iraq
Discussion: The Corner
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.
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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.
Washington Post:
What Went Wrong  —  How did the world's markets come to the brink of collapse?  Some say regulators failed.  Others claim deregulation left them handcuffed.  Who's right?  Both are.  This is the story of how Washington didn't catch up to Wall Street.  —  A decade ago, long …
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.
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 and TIME.com
Peter J. Wallison / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Voted ‘Present’ on Mortgage Reform  —  The only banking ‘deregulation’ in recent years was that of Fan and Fred.  —  In each of the first two presidential debates, Barack Obama claimed that “Republican deregulation” is responsible for the financial crisis.
Discussion: Hot Air, Betsy's Page, Wizbang and TigerHawk
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 …
Michelle Malkin:
Voter fraud alert: Houseful of out-of-state Obama activists registered as Ohio voters, received absentee ballots
Discussion: pw and The Other McCain
Boston Globe:
Fast track the new president  —  THE NEXT PRESIDENT will be elected on Nov. 4, but will not take office until Jan. 20.  Normally, this lag time is not an issue.  But with the financial system in meltdown, the “real” economy threatening to follow, and a feckless, lame-duck administration unable to lead …
Discussion: The Corner and Balkinization
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
When Life Hands You Deficits . . .  New presidents tend to go for grand slogans for their nascent administrations: New Deal, New Frontier, New Covenant.  In that vein, the New Sobriety may not sound quite so uplifting, but that is the unavoidable situation in which the next president will begin his term.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Eschaton
Roland Martin / CNN:
Martin: Time for Palin to answer questions  —  Editor's note: Join Roland S. Martin for his weekly sound-off segment on CNN.com Live at 11:10 a.m. ET Thursday.  If you're passionate about politics, he wants to hear from you.  A nationally syndicated columnist and Chicago-based radio host …
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
National Review Boots Buckley Son For Obama Boost  —  Christopher Buckley knew he was venturing into treacherous territory when he endorsed Barack Obama: “It's a good thing my dear old mum and pup are no longer alive.  They'd cut off my allowance,” he wrote.  —  The penalty turned out to be more severe.
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: Townhall.com and NewsBusters.org
 
 
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
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Norma Greenaway / National Post:
Conservatives win a second, stronger minority; 'Our support base …
John Berman / ABCNEWS:
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