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11:35 AM ET, October 15, 2008

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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.
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 …
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.
New York Times:
Poll Says McCain Hurts His Bid by Using Attacks
Steven Thomma / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Ipsos/McClatchy: Obama's lead has grown to 9 points
Discussion: Reuters and Eschaton
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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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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.
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
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, Wizbang, Betsy's Page and TigerHawk
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
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
M.J. Stephey / Time:
The Times Square Debt Clock  —  Two weeks ago in midtown Manhattan, time stood still — literally.  After the country's debt surpassed $10 trillion, the marquee-sized debt clock in Times Square, which has kept a running tally of the U.S. national debt for nearly 20 years, ran out of digits.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
McCain: ‘Unethical’  —  A new McCain spot, unreleased, keeps whacking away at Obama.  This one hits Obama for a new round of alleged Chicago sleaze, and the suggestion he's done favors for Chicago political allies.  —  “Obama rewards his friends with your tax dollars,” the narrator says …
Discussion: TIME.com
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
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.”
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 …
 
 
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Roland Martin / CNN:
Martin: Time for Palin to answer questions
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
McCain Proposal Seeks Tax Breaks Worth $52 Billion
Washington Post:
What Went Wrong  —  How did the world's markets come to the brink of collapse?
Discussion: The Huffington Post and EconLog
Joe Windish / The Moderate Voice:
Crunchy Con on that City on a Hill
Discussion: The Other McCain
Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
For Some, Uncertainty Starts at Racial Identity
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Why How Matters  —  I have a friend who regularly reminds …
Discussion: The Glittering Eye
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Jim Webb Cuts Ad For Obama, Strongly Defends Him On Guns, American “Greatness”
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
National Review Boots Buckley Son For Obama Boost
John Berman / ABCNEWS:
Will the Bradley Effect Be Obama's Downfall?
Discussion: pw, The Corner, The Other McCain and CNN