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12:30 PM 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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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.
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.
CNN:   CNN POLL: Obama making gains in red states
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
Scott / Power Line:
JOEL MOWBRAY REPORTS: MCCAIN IN MANHATTAN
Discussion: Commentary and Maggie's Farm
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 …
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: Althouse and The Huffington Post
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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
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
New Robocalls From McCain Campaign And RNC Slam Obama's Patriotism, Charge He Put “Hollywood Above America”  —  The McCain campaign and the RNC are pumping new robocalls into North Carolina that question Barack Obama's patriotism by charging that he and his fellow Dems put “Hollywood above America …
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.
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
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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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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.”
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?
John Hood / The Corner:
Don't Mean to Be a Party Pooper  —  The triumphalism on the Left and defeatism on the Right about the present moment in American politics have long since departed from reality.  I know emotions such as glee and angst are always lying just below the surface among the politically active …
Chicago:
Cheney has heart problem, misses fundraiser  —  Vice President Dick Cheney experienced an abnormal heart beat this morning and will see doctors to “restore his normal rhythm” — the second time in less than a year that he will have the procedure.  —  Cheney, 67, canceled a planned appearance …
Discussion: The Swamp, MSNBC and The Raw Story
 
 
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ABCNEWS:
FBI Reported to Begin Probe of Florida Congressman
Discussion: Commentary and HillBuzz
Johnny Dollar / Olbermann Watch:
Olbermann Kicks Off Special Komment with a Lie
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Bush Declares Exceptions to Sections of Two Bills He Signed Into Law
Discussion: Think Progress and Salon
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
David Gregory cherry picks polls to favor McCain
Binyamin Appelbaum / Washington Post:
Smaller Banks Resist Federal Cash Infusions
Discussion: The Swamp
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
When Life Hands You Deficits . . .
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Eschaton
Boston Globe:
Fast track the new president
Discussion: The Corner and Balkinization
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Agence France Presse:
US communists say their time has come
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Moonbattery
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
McCain: ‘Unethical’  —  A new McCain spot, unreleased, keeps whacking away at Obama.
Discussion: TIME.com
Roland Martin / CNN:
Martin: Time for Palin to answer questions
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
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”
Discussion: The Campaign Spot
Norma Greenaway / National Post:
Conservatives win a second, stronger minority; 'Our support base …
Michelle Malkin:
Voter fraud alert: Houseful of out-of-state Obama activists registered …
Discussion: pw and The Other McCain