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10:55 PM ET, October 23, 2008

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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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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
McCain supporter maimed for her politics by robber; Update: Photo; Update: College Republicans on the record  —  A 20-year-old woman got robbed at an ATM in a Pittsburgh suburb, and normally that would not make national news.  However, her robber wanted to make a political statement as well.
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 and Althouse
TMZ.com:
“Politically Motivated” Mutilation - Real or Hoax?  —  Pittsburgh law enforcement sources tell TMZ they have serious questions about the authenticity of the alleged victim who says she had her face cut by a politically-motivated attacker.  —  We're told there are several things about the alleged attack that don't add up.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:   McCain staffer says she was mugged, had ‘B’ cut into face
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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New York Times:
Barack Obama for President  —  Hyperbole is the currency of presidential campaigns, but this year the nation's future truly hangs in the balance.  —  The United States is battered and drifting after eight years of President Bush's failed leadership.  He is saddling his successor with two wars …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
The Trail / Washington Post:
McClellan Endorses Obama
Discussion: TalkLeft
New York Times:   Poll Finds Obama Strong With Some Bush Backers
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 and The Heretik
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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....
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:   McCain, RNC had about $84 million as of Oct. 15
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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: Firedoglake and The Raw Story
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Dept. of fraying tempers
Discussion: Maine Politics
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Michael Luo / The Caucus:
Donor Patrol: Obama's Online Site Accepts More Fakes
Discussion: The Corner and Wizbang
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Obama Winning Over the Jewish Vote  —  Three-quarters of U.S. Jewish voters now plan to back Obama for president  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Jewish voters nationwide have grown increasingly comfortable with voting for Barack Obama for president since the Illinois senator secured the Democratic nomination in June.
Discussion: The Swamp, Salon, MyDD and Commentary
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Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Has Modest Lead Among Likely Voters
Discussion: Slog, MyDD, Donklephant and PoliBlog (TM)
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 …
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.
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Greenspan Concedes Error on Regulation  —  Facing a firing line of questions from Washington lawmakers, Alan Greenspan, the former Federal Reserve chairman once considered the infallible maestro of the financial system, admitted on Thursday that he “made a mistake” in trusting that free markets …
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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 …
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
The Politico:
GOP ‘goner’ list warns of House rout  —  An internal document circulating among House Republicans warns of an impending congressional bloodbath, listing 58 Republican-held House seats being at risk, and 11 already considered as good as gone.  As many as 34 GOP-held seats are in serious jeopardy …
Discussion: Eunomia and The Next Right
Jill Zuckman / Chicago Tribune:
Sarah Palin talks about wardrobe flap, double standard for women and special education  —  An exclusive interview: ‘If people only knew how frugal we are’  —  PITTSBURGH - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin insisted in an interview with the Tribune on Thursday that she did not accept $150,000 worth …
Discussion: The Swamp, TIME.com and Chicago
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.
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.
 
 
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
What's Wrong With This Picture? (a.k.a. Nate the Poll Nazi Strikes Again)
Discussion: Left in the West
CBS News:
Poll: Obama Maintains Double-Digit Lead
Discussion: FOX Embeds and Real Clear Politics
Paul Shockley / Glenwood Post Independent:
Man allegedly pulls a gun after rally
Discussion: Wonkette
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Too lib to fail?  —  In her report on Moody's possible downgrading …
John Derbyshire / The Corner:
I'll Die If I Don't Get This Voting Bloc
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Turning the Page from Campaign Finance Fraud . . .
Discussion: Sadly, No!, Slog and Balloon Juice
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Sandra Sobieraj Westfall / People.com:
Sarah Palin: My Wedding Hope for Bristol
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Someone Put On His Thinking Cap
The Trail / Washington Post:
Polls Show McCain Leaning Into a Headwind
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Palin Denounces Negotiations Without Preconditions, Supports …
Megan McArdle:
Quiet in the peanut gallery
Discussion: www.redstate.com and Media Blog