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9:50 AM ET, October 15, 2008

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New York Times:
Poll Says McCain Hurts His Bid by Using Attacks  —  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 …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Today's Polls, 10/14  —  Perhaps the CBS poll that shows Barack Obama with a 14-point lead among likely voters (12 points when third-party candidates are included) is a modest outlier.  But if so, John McCain has more and more outliers that he has to explain away these days.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
CBS/NYT Poll Preempt
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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Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
Federal court: Ohio must check voter registrations
Discussion: PoliGazette
Cincinnati.com:   Court casts doubt on Ohio voter rolls
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 …
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.
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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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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 …
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
Michelle Malkin:
Voter fraud alert: Houseful of out-of-state Obama activists registered as Ohio voters, received absentee ballots
Discussion: The Other McCain
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.
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, TigerHawk and Betsy's Page
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.
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
Ross Douthat:
The Liberal Media's Conservatives  —  Various folks have already gone round on this subject, but I think it's worth saying something further about the way figures like Mark Levin, Mark Steyn, Victor Davis Hanson and others have responded to those right-of-center pundits who have harshly criticized …
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McClatchy Washington Bureau:
New intelligence report says Pakistan is ‘on the edge’
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
John Kerry comes to Madison to promote Barack Obama.
Discussion: HillBuzz and The Moderate Voice
Laylan Copelin / Austin American-Statesman:
Dissent blocked in DeLay case, justice says
Robert George / thepublicdiscourse.com:
Obama's Abortion Extremism
Discussion: The Corner and www.redstate.com
 Earlier Items: 
Jesse Walker / Reason:
Did Milton Friedman Make New Zealand a Nuclear-Free Zone?
Discussion: The Agitator and www.redstate.com
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
In Support of Bill Ayers
Ian Welsh / Firedoglake:
Obamanomics  —  Is Obama the New FDR?  —  At this point it's clear …
Discussion: BeyondChron and Hullabaloo
Tommy McCall / New York Times:
Bulls, Bears, Donkeys and Elephants
Fox News:
Obama Camp Rejects Jackson's Claim That He Would Diminish ‘Zionist’ Influence
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
The Georgia surge continues
Discussion: MyDD and Daily Kos