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2:00 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 …
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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 …
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 …
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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.”
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 …
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” …
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“Waterboard Him!”  —  In a perfect confluence of all the current …
Ta-Nehisi Coates:
Waterboard Barack Obama
Discussion: The Plank
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 …
WisPolitics.com:
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.
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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 …
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Drudge Report:
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 and Gawker
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Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
Obama Flack Accidentally Sends Out Pre-Debate Talking Points
Discussion: Hot Air and NO QUARTER
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.
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Early voting in Cobb: Not a single black voter abandoned the long line
Discussion: MoJoBlog and Marc Ambinder
CNN:
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: Open Left
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Bush Declares Exceptions to Sections of Two Bills He Signed Into Law
Discussion: Think Progress and Salon
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 …
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?
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 …
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.”
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Marc Ambinder:
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.
Megan McArdle:
Future shock  —  Several liberal blogs are chortling over this statement I made early in the year: … This is obviously hilarious—if you have an incredibly shaky understanding of statistics, and also, no knowledge of decision science.  —  If you keep predicting a recession, eventually you will be right.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Brian Beutler
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 …
Gallup:
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: Donklephant
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!” …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
 
 
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Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
One More Problem With McCain's Ayers Strategy
Discussion: MoJoBlog and Real Clear Politics
Agence France Presse:
Iran hails world financial crisis as ‘end of capitalism’
MSNBC:
Nancy Reagan hospitalized with broken pelvis
Lawrence O'Donnell / The Huffington Post:
Colin Powell Is Ready To Endorse
David Weigel / Reason:
Frank Gaffney, Obama Truther
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Those Hard-Boiled Eggheads  —  I'm not sending Paul Krugman Champagne.
Discussion: The Daily Beast
John Hood / The Corner:
Don't Mean to Be a Party Pooper
Discussion: Reason
 Earlier Items: 
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
David Gregory cherry picks polls to favor McCain
Boston Globe:
Fast track the new president
Discussion: The Corner and Balkinization
Kim Gamel / Associated Press:
US troops kill No. 2 leader of al-Qaida in Iraq
Discussion: Hot Air and The Corner
Pew Research Center:
Public Not Desperate About Economy or Personal Finances
Discussion: The Swamp and TIME.com
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
New intelligence report says Pakistan is ‘on the edge’
Discussion: American Street and FP Passport
Spectator:
Pinch Yourself  —  The contrast between, on the one hand …
Discussion: Sadly, No! and American Power