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7:15 AM ET, October 19, 2008

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Zombie / zomblog:
Barack Obama's review of William Ayers' book  —  On December 21, 1997, Barack Obama wrote a short review of William Ayers' book A Kind and Just Parent: The Children of Juvenile Court, which had recently been published by Beacon Press.  Here's a photo of how the review appeared in the Chicago Tribune:
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Gateway Pundit:
Obama & Ayers Shared Chicago Office For Years On the Same Floor... And Maoist Hardliner Mike Klonsky Worked There Too  —  More Hope and Change...  BARACK OBAMA LIED ABOUT HIS ASSOCIATION WITH BILL AYERS  —  Barak Obama told George Stephanopoulos during the ABC democratic primary debate in April that …
Discussion: 24Ahead, USS Neverdock and Atlas Shrugs
See-Dubya / Michelle Malkin:
Oh, these are the people in your neighborhood...
Discussion: NO QUARTER
Associated Press:   McCain draws bipartisan criticism for ‘robo calls’
The Huffington Post:
Sarah Palin On SNL With Tina Fey, Weekend Update's Alaska Rap, Baldwin And Wahlberg (VIDEO)  —  Read More: Palin Alaska Rap, Palin SNL Rap, Palin Weekend Update, Sarah Palin, Sarah Palin Alec Baldwin On Snl, Sarah Palin Mark Wahlberg Snl, Sarah Palin On Snl, Sarah Palin Saturday Ngiht Live Video …
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John / Power Line:
SARAH DOES SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE  —  It's a mistake, I'm afraid.  It's not that I lack confidence in Governor Palin; I don't.  But I think it's almost always a mistake to visit an enemy's home turf without a clear understanding that you are among enemies.  —  The Saturday Night Live people are Democrats.
Discussion: Ed Driscoll.com
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Sarah Palin: ‘Hotter in person’ (Baldwin)  —  It's Saturday Night in New York and Tina Fey is making room for Sarah Palin: The show opens with a simulated C-Span- broadcast press conference, the first official press conference with Sarah Palin, it seems.  —  Gov. Sarah Palin (Fey).
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
On ‘SNL,’ Fey as Palin, and Palin as Palin  —  Anyone tuning in to “Saturday Night Live” hoping to see side-by-side versions of Gov. Sarah Palin — the real thing and the Tina Fey version — would have been disappointed.  —  But Ms. Palin, the Republican vice-presidential nominee …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
New York Times:
Day's Campaigning Shows an Inverted Political Plane  —  ST. LOUIS — There was the feel of a political world turned upside down on Saturday as Senator John McCain found himself defending North Carolina and Virginia, while Senator Barack Obama was greeted by huge crowds in Missouri …
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The Trail / Washington Post:
Obama Draws 100,000 in Missouri
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Carrie Budoff Brown / Ben Smith's Blogs:
100,000 people  —  Barack Obama apparently attracted more people …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Salon
Marc Ambinder:
McCain's Cosmological Breakthrough: Unreality Is Expanding  —  The McCain campaign has broken through a heretofore impenetrable barrier in quantum physics, experimentally proving the existence of unseen dimensions and, in the process, setting three of its surrogates on a pathway towards winning …
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:   “Real” America Looks Different to Palin, Obama
Tyler Cowen / New York Times:
Three Trends and a Train Wreck  —  HOW did the world's financial system get into such a mess?  It's tempting to blame specific politicians, decisions and laws (or the lack thereof), and leave it at that.  —  While it's certainly true that a great number of serious, identifiable mistakes have been made …
Sarah Baxter / Times of London:
Barack Obama lines up a cabinet of stars as John McCain struggles on  —  The Democrat may recruit some big names, including Republicans, to see America through the crisis  —  With the economy on the brink of recession and the country in the midst of two foreign wars, Barack …
Greta Van Susteren / Fox News:
“You have not tried to find Barack Obama's drug dealer”  —  Gloves are off ....Big Time!!!  Look for blood on the floor!!  Mrs. McCain's lawyer fires off a letter to the New York Times!  See the letter to Keller of the New York Times below:  —  Note from me: I am told we have this letter independently - see below.
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
What's So Awful About “Spreading the Wealth”?  —  It is hard to imagine we've heard the last of Barack Obama's interactions with William Ayers and Jeremiah Wright.  But lately John McCain seems much more interested in talking about another Obama encounter.  It's the now infamous conversation …
The Huffington Post:
Obama Launches Own ‘Joe The Plumber’ Robocall  —  Barack Obama's campaign is trotting out its own “Joe the Plumber” to counteract efforts by John McCain to make inroads on the white working class vote.  —  A reader in Colorado sends over word that the state Democratic Party and the Obama camp …
Edward Wong / New York Times:
Wary of Islam, China Tightens a Vise of Rules  —  KHOTAN, China — The grand mosque that draws thousands of Muslims each week in this oasis town has all the usual trappings of piety: dusty wool carpets on which to kneel in prayer, a row of turbans and skullcaps for men without headwear …
Sam Schulman / Weekly Standard:
Class Will Tell  —  Why is Bill Ayers a respectable member of the upper middle class and Sarah Palin contemptible?  —  Pour yourself a Johnnie Walker Black and remember.  The presidential campaign was going to be about sex—the sex of the inevitable winning candidate.  Then it was going to be about race.
The Trail / Washington Post:
McCain Adviser Suggests NoVa Not ‘Real Virginia’  —  By Matthew Mosk and Christopher Twarowski  —  Sen. John McCain headlined a boisterous outdoor rally in Woodbridge, Va., today, while his campaign took heat for suggesting the populous region was not part of “real Virginia.”
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Jerry Seper / Washington Times:
Complaint hits Rezko land deal
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Among Rock-Ribbed Fans of Palin, Dudes Rule
Stephen Majors / Cincinnati.com:
Deters subpoenas voter records
Discussion: Election Law
New York Times:
F.B.I. Struggles to Handle Wave of Financial Fraud Cases
Discussion: TalkLeft
Elwyn Tinklenberg / Daily Kos:
(Update 4) Kossacks, Thank You and Michele Bachmann, $488,127.30 raised!
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
A tale of two networks  —  Carl Cameron and Ed Henry are both top-flight reporters.
Discussion: Commentary
Peter Finn / Washington Post:
Detainee's Time Served Is Challenged
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Trouble With Character  —  David Brooks was very high on Barack Obama for a while.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
 

 
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Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
Ben Sherwood and Joanna Coles take minority stakes in The Daily Beast; Sherwood will be CEO and publisher, and Coles will be chief creative and content officer

Max Tani / Semafor:
The Intercept is losing ~$300K/month and could run out of cash by May 2025, according to data from March; its CEO says the projection was a worst case scenario

Sahil Patel / The Information:
Sources: Disney plans old-style TV channels within Disney+, with a continuous, scheduled stream of shows that are focused on certain genres like Star Wars

 
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