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WTAE-TV:
Woman Attacked At ATM, Assailant Carves Letter Into Her Face  —  Woman Robbed, Attacked With Knife At Bloomfield ATM  —  PITTSBURGH — A 20-year-old woman who was robbed at an ATM in Bloomfield was also maimed by her attacker, police said.  —  Pittsburgh police spokeswoman Diane Richard …
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Michelle Malkin:
Why that McCain volunteer's “mutilation” story smells awfully weird  —  Throughout my career, I've covered dozens of fake hate crimes — campus hate crime hoaxes, Muslim hate crime hoaxes, fake noose hangings, etc., etc., etc.  Most were perpetrated by liberals, but there have been some shameful ones on our side of the aisle as well.
Discussion: Babalu Blog
TMZ.com:
“Politically Motivated” Mutilation - Real or Hoax?
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Marc Ambinder:
Palin In 2012: The Argument  —  There's a suspicion in some McCain loyalist precincts that Gov. Sarah Palin is beginning to play the Republican base against John McCain — McCain won't let her campaign in Michigan...McCain won't let her bring up Jeremiah Wright... McCain doesn't like her terrorist pal talks....
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
McCain: ‘She needed clothes’  —  John McCain defended the Republican National Committee's decision Thursday to spend more than $150,000 dollars on clothing and accessories for running mate Sarah Palin.  —  “She needed clothes at the time,” McCain told a group of Florida reporters.
Discussion: Spin Cycle
Sara Just / Political Radar:   Hasselbeck to Campaign for Palin
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
McCain might skip his own election-night party  —  NEW YORK - Republican John McCain is not going to make his election night remarks in the traditional style — at a podium standing in front of a sea of campaign workers jammed into a hotel ballroom.  Oh, the throng of supporters will hold …
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Associated Press:
Poll: Obama edges ahead of McCain in Montana
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
CNN:
Former Bush aide voting for Obama  —  (CNN) — Scott McClellan, the former White House press secretary who sharply criticized President Bush in his memoir last spring, told CNN Thursday he's voting for Barack Obama.  —  “From the very beginning I have said I am going to support the candidate …
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The Trail / Washington Post:
McClellan Endorses Obama
Discussion: TalkLeft
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The Caucus:
Wardrobe Mysteries Linger  —  About that wardrobe ...  There are still aspects of the Republican National Committee's shopping sprees on behalf of Gov. Sarah Palin and her family that are murky.  —  Some of the fashion experts consulted Wednesday, for instance, about the $150,000 in purchases …
Bloomberg:
Greenspan Concedes to ‘Flaw’ in His Market Ideology  —  Oct. 23 (Bloomberg) — Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said a “once-in-a-century credit tsunami” has engulfed financial markets and conceded that his free-market ideology shunning regulation was flawed.
Discussion: TalkLeft, The Heretik and Donklephant
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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Greenspan Concedes Error on Regulation
Discussion: Cafe Hayek and TPMCafe
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Has Modest Lead Among Likely Voters  —  Size of margin four or six points depending on turnout assumptions  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup Poll Daily tracking shows Barack Obama running ahead of John McCain among likely voters — 50% to 46% using the “traditional” …
Discussion: Slog, Donklephant, MyDD and PoliBlog (TM)
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Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Obama Winning Over the Jewish Vote
Discussion: Salon and Commentary
Joe Klein / Swampland:
The Full Obama Interview  —  Q] I want to ask you some questions about the way you make decisions and then some questions about issues.  To me the signal decision of this election was the way you chose your vice-president and the way he chose his.  You are known for deliberation and being a rational decision-maker.
RADAR:
NYT'S UNFORGETTABLE HIRE: BONO  —  Like Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter before him, New York Times editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal sees something special in a certain teensy Gaelic man who refuses to remove his sunglasses.  That's right, the Timesman announced last night …
Discussion: UN Dispatch and Wonkette
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New York Times:   Poll Finds Obama Strong With Some Bush Backers
City Room:
Council Votes, 29 to 22, to Extend Term Limits  —  (Photos: James Estrin/The New York Times)  —  After a spirited, emotional and at times raucous debate, the New York City Council voted, 29 to 22, on Thursday afternoon to extend term limits, allowing Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg …
WJLA-TV:
Joe McCain Calls 911 To Complain About Traffic  —  He called the police emergency line because he was angry he was stuck in traffic.  —  The 911 call came into the City of Alexandria on Oct. 21st That's creating some buzz because it appears to come from Joe McCain, John McCain's brother.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and Firedoglake
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: McCain lambastes Bush years  —  ‘We just let things get completely out of hand’  —  NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW:  —  ABOARD THE STRAIGHT TALK AIR — Sen. John McCain on Wednesday blasted President Bush for building a mountain of debt for future generations, failing to pay for expanding Medicare …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
DEFINING ‘ELITE’.... It's a little jarring to hear John McCain and Sarah Palin complain about “elites.”  We are, after all, talking about two wealthy and powerful Republican politicians.  And yet, complain they do.  —  In the second part of his interview with the members of the Republican ticket …
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Avi Zenilman / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Fake America located
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Ross Clark / Times of London:
Far-right Austrian leader sacked for revealing gay affair with Jörg Haider  —  The successor of the Austrian far-right leader Jörg Haider was dismissed yesterday after he revealed a “special” relationship “far beyond” friendship with his former mentor.
Adam Smith / The Buzz:
Times poll: Obama 49, McCain 42  —  Independent Florida voters are on the verge of killing John McCain's hopes for the presidency.  —  A new St. Petersburg Times/Bay News 9/Miami Herald poll shows Barack Obama leading McCain 49 percent to 42 percent in this state McCain cannot afford to lose.
Megan McArdle:
Quiet in the peanut gallery  —  Matt Taibbi shreds Byron York into little tiny pieces … I love Matt Taibbi's work.  I just wish that when he has no idea what he is talking about, he would shut the hell up, rather than making an awkward public.  Of course, in this exchange he looks …
Discussion: www.redstate.com and Media Blog
Michelle Malkin:
Breaking: New poll shows Russell over Murtha, 48-35  —  A Pennsylvania source has just leaked me brand spanking new poll data showing GOP upstart Bill Russell leading John Murtha among over 800 probable voters by 48-35.  —  This comes on top of the Susquehanna poll showing Murtha ahead …
WKMG-TV:
Republican HQ Manager's Home Shot Up Over McCain Signs  —  ‘Democrats Far More Aggressive in Seminole County,’ Victim Says  —  LONGWOOD, Fla. — The home of a Central Florida Republican headquarters manager was shot up and damaged over his support of Sen. John McCain, the man told police.
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and HillBuzz
CBS News:
Poll: Obama Maintains Double-Digit Lead  —  CBS News/NY Times Survey Shows Voters Feel More Comfortable With Democratic Nominee, Uneasy About Rival McCain  —  (CBS) With just twelve days left until Election Day, Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama holds a 13-point lead …
Discussion: Real Clear Politics and FOX Embeds
 
 
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